EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On May 26, 2014
    Jillian from CT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am headed to Disney with my 16 month old, and while the rest of our group will be going into the parks, I don't want to with such a young child. What are you suggestions of things to do outside of going into the parks?

    Hi Jillian ~

    The Disney World Hotel resorts are awesome and you should definitely plan on exploring your resort. They have great pools and some have splash play areas as well. Many resorts also have playgrounds. When you check in your resort, pick up a list of activities they have planned for the week. Many of them have special activities for little ones that would certainly get you out of your room.

    Head to Downtown Disney. In addition to all the awesome shops and great places to eat there, your 16 month old may enjoy:

    * LEGO Imagination Center
    * Marketplace Carousel
    * Marketplace Train Express
    * Visit Once Upon A Toy to build a great Mr. Potato Head and shop for some awesome toys

    In the summer months the fountains near Once Upon A Toy are a big hit. Kids love to splash around in them. Take a change of clothes, a towel, and enjoy.

    I would not completely shy away from the parks, especially the Magic Kingdom. Your 16 month old would not have to pay to enter and there are attractions and entertainment options that little ones really enjoy. Plus it is great to see the look on their faces when they meet Mickey Mouse for the very first time. If you do decide to head to a park, I provided another Guest with some tips for visiting the parks with little ones that you may find helpful as well.

    Please feel free to visit us with all of your planning questions. We'll be hEAR for you up until you embark on your pixie dusted trail!

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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