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Magic Kingdom. This park truly is Disney. It's classic. It is by far the most family friendly park of the Walt Disney World Resorts. The whole family can ride together on most of the rides, see lots of shows, and meet characters. In the past year I've been there quite often, even a few times where it was just me and the kids (ages 1 and 5). We've always had a fantastic time, because there is simply so much we can do!
Can I bring my little one on rides at Disney's Magic Kingdom?
Yes! There are lots of rides the whole family from babies to great-grandparents can ride together! Here is a list of all the rides that allow riders of "any height". Keep in mind that oftentimes the youngest riders will have to sit on an adults lap, and it is one child per lap. (It's also best to figure out who's sitting with whom before you get to the boarding zone.)
- Astro Orbiter Height
- Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Haunted Mansion (a little spooky)
- "it's a small world"
- Jungle Cruise
- Liberty Square Riverboat (no seats!)
- Mad Tea Party
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Peter Pan's Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Prince Charming Regal Carousel
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
- Tom Sawyer Island (take a short boat ride over to the island that you self-explore by foot)
- Journey of The Little Mermaid
- Walt Disney World Railroad
- Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress *
*A note about the Carousel of Progress. Maybe it should be classified as a show, since you sit in a theater seat and watch a stage; however, the theater moves. Keep in mind that this means you must stay seated for the duration of the show which is just over 20 minutes long. You cannot get up to walk a fussy baby. If you do this the entire ride has to shut down and things get messy. You could easily nurse a fussy baby in the AC while enjoying the show.
Are the shows appropriate for all ages?
Yes! The shows are entertaining for all ages. The following is a list of the indoor (and air-conditioned) shows that the whole family will enjoy.
- Country Bear Jamboree
- The Hall of Presidents ("fun" might be a little strong for the younger crowd)
- Mickey's PhilharMagic
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
- Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
- Enchanted Tales with Belle (Very entertaining and interactive)
There is always a variety of outdoor entertainment too -- everything from the Dapper Dans along Main Street to the fireworks over Cinderella's Castle.
Can I bring my baby to meet Micky?
Of course! Character meet and greets are for guests of all sizes and ages. Let those babies get Princess kisses and meet The Mouse Himself! I have been quite amazed at how each character that we've met has taken great care to make those brief moments special. The characters focus on making your child happy -- no matter the age. (They also are quite accommodating to adults.)
|Dominic fell asleep while waiting to meet Cinderella. |
Can you see Catherine's expression? She was utterly enthralled and amazed by the experience.
There are a few rides that simply aren't safe for shorter riders (or if there are certain health concerns). For these rides your group will need to split up. Be sure to take advantage of the Rider Swap option to get everyone that meets the requirements on the ride! Here's a list of the rides with height restrictions:
- Tomorrowland Speedway -- Height: 32 inches
- The Barnstormer -- Height: 35 inches
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train -- Height: 38inches
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad -- Height: 40 inches
- Splash Mountain -- Height: 40 inches
- Stitch's Great Escape! -- Height: 40inches
- Space Mountain -- Height: 44 inches
These two attractions aren't rides, or shows, or a character greeting, but they are fun for all ages:
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station
As you can see, there is plenty to keep your whole family, including little kids and babies, busy all day long! In fact, I would be shocked if you were able to fully experience in the whole park in a day. (Personally, I've been there 20+ times in the past year and I still feel like there's stuff I haven't done or seen!) If you can, spend multiple days enjoying the magic at Magic Kingdom.
Keep in mind that things at Walt Disney World are constantly changing. Something that might be there today might not be there tomorrow. Something that is there today might not have been there yesterday. Attractions will need maintenance. If you notice something on this page that needs updating please leave me a comment.