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  • On Mar 2, 2024
    Carolin from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Everyone, We plan to visit Disney World with our 18-month old for the first time! Could you please recommend your top two parks most suitable for a young toddler? What park would give him most options for rides considering his age and height (84cm)?

    Hi Carolin!

    Welcome to planDisney!  As a mom of three, I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with my kids when they were as young as five months old through the oldest now being a tween.  The excitement of a first trip is extra magical and I'm so thrilled to help you sprinkle a bit of pixie dust on your planning!  

    When I traveled with my boys as toddlers, hands down our favorite park to visit was Magic Kingdom Park.  They ran down Main Street, U.S.A. with great big smiles toward Cinderella Castle, had breakfast with Winnie The Pooh and friends at The Crystal Palace, danced along with the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, and watched Happily Ever After in awe.  Here you'll also find the largest number of rides with no minimum height requirement.  Some of our favorites were Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid, "it's a small world," and Jungle Cruise.

    With so many toddler-friendly activities and attractions at the other parks, it may come down to thinking about what they'd be most excited to see.  If you have an animal lover, they'll enjoy the many trails at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park as well as riding on Kilimanjaro Safari to see animals roaming the open savanna.  There are also great productions of The Lion King and Finding Nemo here.  If you have a Disney Junior fan in the house, check out Disney's Hollywood Studios.  There you'll find the Disney Junior Play n' Dine Breakfast at Hollywood and Vine as well as the Disney Junior Play and Dance! party.  Toy Story Land is another great place for little ones to feel immersed in the world of Andy's backyard and enjoy several rides.  EPCOT is best for young explorers who want to go under the sea at The Seas with Nemo and Friends or sail to Arendelle on Frozen Ever After.

    Carolin, I know that is A LOT to think about, but I hope it helps you start planning the perfect vacation for your family.  If you have more questions or would like additional recommendations, please feel free to write me back or ask another question to planDisney!  

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Meet the Panelist: Kristi, Maryland

Hi! I'm Kristi and I've been making magical memories at the Walt Disney World Resort since my first visit in 1989. While I cherished my childhood visits, my favorite memories have come sharing all of the excitement and wonder of a Disney Parks vacation with my husband and three boys. Whether you're planning a runDisney racecation, a trip with little ones, a land and sea adventure, or anything in between, I'm ready to help you make some bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful plans for your next Disney Parks vacation! Learn More About Kristi

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