Mom And Son On Run
  • On May 15, 2011
    Bridget from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    hi. me and my daughter 2 1/2 going to disney first week of june. getting overwhelmed with all planning. any ideas of must do attractions rides..suggestins?? plan on doing magic kingdom and animal kingdom? are most toddler activities in one area?

    Hi Bridget!

    I wouldn't worry too much.  Walt Disney World is the crown jewel of the theme park industry and most guests will have a great time even without any planning.  Planning just helps you do a little bit more, spend a little bit less, etc.  However, with a 2.5 year old, I would recommend slowing down and enjoying quality time with her in the parks as opposed to running from attraction to attraction as if you were both teenagers!

    With a 2.5 year old child, you should be able to enjoy most of the attractions in the four Walt Disney World theme parks. I know that sounds strange if you've been to other amusement parks before, but never to Walt Disney World. However, it's true.  Walt Disney World has been designed with the family in mind. For example, in the Magic Kingdom, your  daughter should be be able to do almost every attraction except:
    • Space Mountain
    • Splash Mountain
    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    • Stitch's Great Escape
    Be sure to check out this page for information on traveling with very young guests! There's a link on that page to the height restrictions for the various attractions in the various parks. If there's no height restriction, then your 2.5 year old can ride!

    That said, I will say that some children that young will be afraid of the Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom; that's as much due to the name of the attraction as the ride itself. In fact, the Haunted Mansion is not really scary! 

    The Magic Kingdom is obviously a "must see". Most 2.5 year olds also enjoy Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. I can't tell you which one she might like better as every child is different.  I can tell you that both of my kids had fun in all of the parks at that age!

    Good luck!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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