Disney World Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Ages 5 and Under)

Best Resorts, Rides and Tips for Vacationing with Toddlers and Preschoolers

Disney World is the perfect destination for vacationing with toddlers and preschoolers. The family-friendly atmosphere is colorful and welcoming, friendly and familiar characters are everywhere and gentle rides are plentiful. It still takes significant planning by parents to ensure our little ones stay safe and sound and happy. Making that happen is made easier if you follow the suggestions, tips and tricks on the following pages.

  • 01 of 11
    Father carrying his son in baby carrier
    ••• If you are park-hopping, a carrier may work better than a stoller that has to be folded before boarding transporation. Tobias Titz/Getty Images
    Choosing the right resort, bringing along the right gear, and knowing where to find essentials will help your Disney vacation go smoothly when traveling with an infant to Disney World.
  • 02 of 11
    Young children reach out to Pluto character on parade route at Disney World.
    ••• Toddlers love seeing all their favorite characters and the bright-colored floats in Disney's parades. © The Walt Disney Company
    A trip to Disney World is an ideal first vacation for your preschooler. Help your child get the most from your Disney vacation by choosing the right resort, packing the right gear and experiencing the best rides and attractions for little ones.
  • 03 of 11
    Cinderella's Carousel
    ••• Cinderella's Golden Carousel. © The Walt Disney Company
    There are kid-friendly attractions in each of Disney's four main theme parks, so no matter where you are in the "World," you can find something fun for your preschooler. Here are the 10 best.
  • 04 of 11
    Giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
    ••• Seeing live wild animals like this giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge can be the highlight of their vacation stay. © The Walt Disney Company
    Disney World does an excellent job of making its hotels appealing to kids of all ages, but there are a few that stand out as great picks for families traveling with toddlers and preschoolers.
    Continue to 5 of 11 below.
  • 05 of 11
    Hidden Mickey cactus found outside Big Thunder Mountain Railraod at Disney's Magic Kingdom.
    ••• Looking for Hidden Mickeys, like this one at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, can be a great pasttime while waiting in long attraction lines. © Loren Javier/flickr

    Preschoolers and toddlers are not known for their patience, and even a short wait in line may give way to a meltdown if they don't have something to occupy their time. There are a few things you can do to make the wait easier on your little one, and on the whole family as well.

  • 06 of 11
    Disney Character Caravan
    ••• Meet and greet Disney characters in all the theme parks. © The Walt Disney Company
    A Disney vacation simply isn't complete without a face-to-face meeting with the Mouse himself. Each Disney World theme park offers you the opportunity to meet not only Mickey, but other favorite characters as well. Learn where to find your favorite characters and what to do when you meet them.
  • 07 of 11
    Cinderella makeovers transform little girls into princesses.
    ••• Every little girl dreams of a Cinderella for a Day Princess Makeover. © The Walt Disney Company
    The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney World is dedicated to creating magical Disney Princess makeovers guaranteed to delight any little girl. Here are the details every parent should know before "promising" this experience to their little princesses.
  • 08 of 11

    Making Memories Last with Disney's PhotoPass

    Disney World PhotoPass photographer taking a picture of a young guest along with Goofy and Minnie Mouse.
    ••• Disney World PhotoPass take the worry out of preserving those vacation memories. © The Walt Disney Company
    Disney World's PhotoPass card makes capturing those memory-making vacation moments really easy and convenient... and, everyone in the family gets in the picture! All it takes is a card — Disney's PhotoPass Card. We'll tell you here how to get one and how to use it.
    Continue to 9 of 11 below.
  • 09 of 11
    Picture of Mickey's Air Ship in Festival of Fantasy Parade with Cinderella's Castle in the background.
    ••• It is easy for young ones to wander off during the excitement of Disney's parades. © The Walt Disney Company

    Traveling to Disney? Would you know what to do if your child becomes lost? It's important for everyone in your party to be safe for the duration of your Disney vacation. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you stay safe, happy, and healthy on your next Disney vacation.

  • 10 of 11
    Andrew Zimmern and Goofy eating turkey legs by Cinderlla Castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom.
    ••• Andrew Zimmern and Goofy enjoy smoked turkey legs at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. © The Walt Disney World Company
    Whether you are looking for a quick pick-me-up between rides or a small meal, these great snacks can't be beat.
  • 11 of 11
    Refillable Disney Mugs
    ••• Keep those thirsty kids satisfied with refillable mugs that are available at most Disney World resort hotels. © Dawn Henthorn, licensed to About.com
    Combine the heat of Florida with the fast pace of a Disney World vacation, and staying cool and hydrated becomes a priority for most theme park guests. Following is a list of the best beverages you will find on Disney property, designed to appeal to guests of all ages and tastes.