Heading to Walt Disney World with a baby for the very first time? Not sure what attractions you and your little bundle of joy will be able to handle? We’ve got you covered with the Best Magic Kingdom Attractions for Babies!
Exactly three weeks ago, my wife and I welcomed our precious little girl, Lilly Evelyn, into the world. Though we are still in the very beginning stages of parenthood, I assure you, we are savoring each moment. Every time I look at her, I am reminded of that unforgettable Disney lyric, “all at once everything is different, now that I see you.” Suddenly, everything is new again and we are oh-so-excited to experience the world through her eyes. Especially our home away from home, Walt Disney World.
In preparation for our first trip to Magic Kingdom, we have comprised a list of attractions that we feel we can safely enjoy with a 1 – 6-month-old. Keep in mind, every infant is different and there are a lot of dependents here, such as weather, wait times, and more! In addition, in no way are we encouraging you (or ourselves, for that matter) to attempt all of these attractions in one day. In fact, on our first outing we are simply looking take a slow stroller ride through the park!
Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
If your baby likes car rides, they’re going to love the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover! This narrated tour gives you a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at attractions such as Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain, and more.
- Pro: Slow moving, relatively quiet.
- Cons: Track is a little jerky.
Liberty Square Riverboat
Head straight into the past as you board the majestic, Colonial-era Liberty Belle riverboat and enjoy a relaxing half-mile tour around Tom Sawyer Island, featuring a myriad of sights from the early days of the American frontier, including; an idyllic Native American village, Harper’s Mill, Fort Langhorn, Woodland animals, and more!
- Pro: The vibration of the riverboat may be relaxing for some babies.
- Cons: The whistle blow of the riverboat may be a little jarring.
it’s a small world
Take a gentle 10-minute musical journey through all 7 continents, as you encounter an endless array of Audio-Animatronic figures singing in universal harmony.
- Pros: Peaceful, full of bright colors and whimsical motions. Not unlike a mobile found above a crib.
- Cons: The ‘it’s a small world’ anthem will be stuck in your head till your child goes off to college.
Prince Charming Regal Carousel
Climb aboard one of 90 wood-carved ornate horses—or one intricately carved chariot—at this classic attraction inspired by Disney’s Cinderella.
- Pros: Calm, iconic, and chances are you’ve been skipping over it for years!
- Cons: On a hot and/or rainy day, the unshaded outdoor queue can get a bit trying. In addition, you’ll need to snag that chariot or secure your little one into a carrier/wrap to mount a horse!
Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
Your underwater adventure brings you deep below the waves on a tour of Ariel’s gadget-filled grotto, festooned with immersive effects and unforgettable show scenes.
- Pros: Cute characters, smooth ride, nothing jumpy. In addition, this attraction seems to pump AC more than most!
- Cons: There are some flashing lights which can cause issues for guests with epilepsy.
Carousel of Progress
Presented inside a revolving theater, this show includes innovative audience seating that moves around a stationary central stage where you follow an American family over 4 generations of progress and watch technology transform their lives.
- Pros: It’s 21-minute run provides plenty of time to rest your feet after a long day in the park with your little Mouseketeer!
- Cons: This attraction is literally a theatrical experience, placing you in a theater with fellow audience members in close proximity. If your baby is prone to sudden fits of fussiness, enter with caution. After all, if you refuse to exit the attraction mid-Magic Kingdom-meltdown, you’ve got 20 more minutes with your new favorite friends.
And there you have it, our Best Magic Kingdom Attractions for Babies!
Peanuts & Pixie Dust
You are probably wondering why classic kiddie attractions such as Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Peter Pan’s Flight didn’t make it onto the list. Allow this new (and overprotective) father to explain! The above list strictly features attractions that either remain on land or water. In other words, we have skipped over any highflying rides, regardless of how tame they appear.
Birds vs. Progress
You may also have noticed that we have skipped over The Enchanted Tiki Room yet Carousel of Progress made the cut. In that case, we determined Tiki Room’s thunder cracks and flashing lights as a deterrent, while Carousel of Progress remains relatively docile the enter time.
The Search for Honey & Gold
Last but not least, an argument against Pirates of the Caribbean and The Many Adventure of Winnie the Pooh; Pirates of the Caribbean has a drop, as well as a “boat backup” that forces two (or more) vesicles to collide. As for Winnie the Pooh, Tigger’s bounce can be a little intense for the 1-3 month old whose necks are still in their most fragile state.
Have you been to Walt Disney World with a baby? Which attractions worked best for you?
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