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It’s true that Disney brings out the kid in us all! From the most successful CEO’s to the “over-it” teenagers, Disney is the place where your inner child just can’t help but come out! With Mickey Ear hats appearing on unsuspecting naysayers and smiles for days, the magic of Disney can take you back! In my opinion, the best way to capture this magic is to do Disney with an actual kid!
I’m not a mom yet, but my nephew and niece are the next best thing and I love watching them! I love seeing Disney World through their eyes.
So, today, I’m listing my top 10 picks for rides and attractions at Disney World and I’m gearing it toward amping up the magic for you little one. We’re talking toddlers and their taking over the parks. These rides are sure to please your toddler and you! Here’s my take (in no particular order) for the top 10 rides at Disney World: toddler edition!
Let’s get started!
What’s not to love about the Walt Disney World Railroad? It takes you on a complete scenic tour around the Magic Kingdom all from the comfort of a fully functioning steam engine! Many folks have wised up and have used the train to beat the Main Street USA crowd, but not the toddler in my life; boy he could ride that thing all day if you’d let him! This is a calm ride that typically requires a short wait and is sure to please! You will see the sights and have a fun time on this ride that will make your toddler and the rest of your family smile!
I don’t know about you, but where I live spring has done nothing in the line of being sprung. It is still cold, dreary, and gray. Plants have fought the good fight and every now and then it seems like there will be a great big beautiful tomorrow, shinning at the end of every dreary day, but there is NOT…not yet. Spring will come. I am sure of it. I think…
So, in the absence of capri pants, sundresses, and the beginnings of warm days, I am dreaming. Yes, I’m dreaming of something Disney. Today, I’m dreaming of being at the parks, enjoying the warm sun and enjoying the many pool offerings available on Disney Property. One of the most fun Disney trips I ever went on with was a friend and her family. We drove down from South Carolina around midnight (no worries, we had a professional driver) and arrived in Orlando bright and early the next morning. After securing our rental, we took advantage of a day at Typhoon Lagoon. It was such a great idea! We rested, renewed, and enjoyed our time on the many attractions at this water park. I highly recommend adding in some water park days to your visit. The best park is you can really stretch your vacation buck, by purchasing park tickets with the water park add on. Water Park days don’t count as theme park days, so your vacation time can double by using water park tickets some days and theme park tickets for other days of your stay.
We really made a day of it at this awesome water park! Today I’m listing off my top tips for making the most of your time in the sun…if that EVER happens…though I’m sure it will soon enough! Take a look at my tips for Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon!
10. Bring Your Own Towels
There is a non-refundable charge to rent towels. Plan ahead and pack a few from home! Don’t waste money on drying off! Take a tip from Scar and BE PREPARED (maniacal laugh….maniacal laugh….maniacal laugh)!
9. Bring Your Own Food
There are quick service restaurants at Typhoon Lagoon to purchase food or use dining plan credits, but what I’m talking about here is food for snacking. I don’t know what it is about playing in the water that makes me so hungry, but I like to have food to snack on handy. Stash some snacks and enjoy your time in that lounge chair!
Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Is it your first time? Don’t worry, we have your back! We know that planning your vacation and your days at the parks can seem like quite an undertaking considering the massive amount of things to do and see; but that’s part of what makes Disney World great because you will never get bored and there’s always a reason to come back!
But what do you do with all of those options? What should you not miss on your first trip? What if you miss out?
Stress no more! Just sit back and relax while I list the top 10 things Disney Rookies shouldn’t miss during their magical Disney Vacation!
10. Monorail-Disney World’s has its own unique transportation system, a sleek, elevated train that transports guests to and from select Disney Resorts to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom! This mode of transportation is so iconic, and even fun, that Disney fans sometimes ride it just for fun! For the complete Disney experience, and especially if you have kids, the monorail is a must for Disney Rookies! Try this Monorail Tour.
9. Deluxe Resorts-Disney’s most luxurious resorts are magical experiences within themselves and they can be enjoyed by guests who may be staying elsewhere! Each resort has its own theme and features restaurants, shops, hundreds of details, cool pools, and gorgeous views and landscaping. Visiting Disney resorts is actually called “resort hopping,” and it’s a relaxing way to take a break during the heat of the day or to avoid the crowds.
8. Unique Treats-Food at Disney is also an experience, especially when it comes to sweet treats! Disney World has become famous for a few of their yummy snacks; and with all of these options, Disney Rookies should definitely not settle for the generic theme park hot dogs and cotton candy. What kind of unique treats are we talking about? We recommend the iconic Mickey Premium Bar, Dole Whips, a variety of creative cupcakes, cultural sweets from Epcot, and more!
There are lots of “extras” to be enjoyed at Walt Disney World. Some of them are hard ticket events requiring the purchase of a separate (and often expensive) ticket, some of them require that you attend a dinner show (also not cheap), but there are some that only require that you be in the park to enjoy them. These are, again in my opinion only, the three best “Free” extras available and they are so significant that many visitors plan their vacations to coincide with them.
- The Osborne Family Spectacle Of Dancing Lights - We saw this one for the first time in 2009 and it simply took our breath away. The word spectacle simply doesn’t do it justice. Millions and millions (literally) of lights all synchronized to Christmas music put on a spectacular show culminating with a snowfall. The only way to truly appreciate it is to be there to see it for yourself but the next best way is to check out these videos. The whole thing started when the neighbors of Arkansas businessman Jennings Osborne became a bit irritated as his Christmas display grew and grew causing major traffic and other issues in his neighborhood. The folks at Disney, never the ones to pass up an opportunity, asked him if they could move the display to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the rest is history. This particular extra generally runs from about mid November through New Year’s Day.
When I was younger I was a big Disney World thrill seeker. I could ride Splash Mountain all day long, take the trek to the top of Everest every hour on the hour, and spend enough time on Rockin Roller Coaster to make Aerosmith question my sanity. As I got older and had kids my ride choices changed. I would have to spend more time on family friendly rides and sneak off to ride Space Mountain when the little ones would be napping in the stroller. No matter what your situation the fact remains there are some rides you Must Do ever visit.
Here is a list of my Must Do Disney World Rides:
- Soarin’ - This virtual hang glider ride over California is located in the land pavilion at Epcot. The combination of sight, smell, and sensation will leave you breathless! Make sure as soon as you get off pick up a Fastpass to do again later.
- Pirates of the Caribbean - This classic ride located in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom will take you through a swash buckling tale that will make everyone in your group smile! You will also be guaranteed to be singing “Yo Ho Yo Ho, a pirate’s life for me” for the rest of the day! Now featuring mermaids!