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  • On Nov 17, 2019
    Becky from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! I will be coming to Disney with my one year old (and thankfully a lot of family to help!) in a few months. Any advice on which rides she shouldn't miss or how to navigate nap time? Really, any advice for Disney with a toddler is appreciated!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Becky! How exciting that you will be visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth with your little one in just a few months! Visiting with a toddler is always extra exciting and rewarding as everyone's hearts will melt with every first encounter your daughter will have with princesses and beloved characters. 

    To give you an idea, in Magic Kingdom, she will have a variety of attractions without height restrictions that she should for sure experience such as Dumbo the Flying Elephant, "it’s a small world", Mad Tea Party, The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, Prince Charming Regal Carousel, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Mickey's PhilharMagic, Peter Pan’s Flight and, if she is not afraid of dim lights, she could even ride Pirates of the Caribbean, a classic must-do attraction of all times. 

    At Disney's Hollywood Studios, it might be best for you to focus on shows, meet-n-greets opportunities, and live entertainment since many other rides might present a challenge height restriction wise. I am sure she will be captivated by the music,  and Broadway-style colorful costumes of Beauty and the Beast Live On Stage. For sure, Disney Junior Dance Party should be at the top of the list. In this live show, your baby princess will see Mickey, Timon, Vampirina, and Doc McStuffins dancing to fun music. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration should also be at the top of the list since there is no better karaoke-style retelling of the Frozen movie with Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff acting live onstage! In a very similar style, Voyage of The Little Mermaid will keep her entertained with songs and scenes of the story performed live.  If you know she won't be scared of dim lights and fireworks, I will definitely recommend you all go to Fantasmic! a nighttime spectacular with laser projections and pyrotechnics. 

    In this link, you will find all the attractions without height requirements at Epcot and Disney's Animal Kingdom, which I am sure she will love too!  

    Be sure to visit this link for a guide to travel to Walt Disney World with preschoolers and little kids, and remember also that every park has a Baby Care Center for your little one to take a nap, get changed, fed and just for you both to take a breather from all the excitement and vibrancy of the Parks. Something I recommend when traveling with little ones is to start early, go back to your Disney Resort Hotel for a dip in the pool, lunch, and a nap, and then return re-energized in the evening for dinner and fireworks. 

    I hope this has been helpful, Becky. Remember you can come back with more and more questions as your trip comes closer! 

    Wishing you the most pixie-dusted vacation, 

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Meet the Panelist: Desiree, Peru

Hi! I'm Desiree from Lima, Peru. My family will never ever tire of visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth, even if means traveling almost 3,000 miles to do so! My husband and I love to watch the fireworks with our kids, but the best magic happens when the grandparents come along and we all feel the same age in front of Cinderella Castle! I love giving tips about different types of resorts and traveling with multigenerational groups.
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