One of the most fun things to do with little ones at Walt Disney World Resort is take them to meet the characters that they enjoy from beloved stories and films. It is one of those magical moments that you never forget as a parent, and it creates a memory that kids can relive at home by looking at photos and autograph books from your trip. From Disney Junior characters and Pixar friends, to fairytale princesses and the Fab 5, there is no shortage of opportunities for kids to interact with their favorites.
Parent tips: Utilize FastPass+ to bypass lines at select locations, and have Disney Photo Pass photographers capture shots of the entire family that can be added to your My Disney Experience account via your MagicBand.
Here’s a roundup of some of our guests’ top meet and greet locations in all four theme parks.
Magic Kingdom Park
For Disney’s Hollywood Studios, click here. For Epcot, click here. For Disney’s Animal Kingdom, click here.
Our guests have been sending in adorable videos of their preschoolers sharing favorite Walt Disney World Resort memories as part of our “Kids Remember” series. It has been fun and often hilarious hearing what little ones recall from their visits. So much so, that we couldn’t resist working with artist and dad Spaghetti Toes to turn some of the cutest quotes into charming posters which you can see below.
Young Isaac remembers his ride on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin at Magic Kingdom Park. Who knew marshmallows could take down Emporer Zurg?
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is no match for the fearless (and curious) Arianna.
Sweet Taryn sure got into character during Enchanted Tales with Belle at Magic Kingdom Park.
Do your kids have any stories from your family Disney trip? You still have a chance to enter the “Kids Remember” contest by submitting a video at KidsRememberContest.com. Hurry, the last day to enter is April 30!
In honor of Earth Day next week and the fact that many children have an endless fascination with animals, we wanted to focus this week’s #DisneyKids story on our furry, feathered and scaled friends at the Walt Disney World Resort. There are quite a few areas both in the theme parks and at the resorts where guests of all ages can interact with their favorite animals.
As the name suggests, Disney’s Animal Kingdom park is home to magnificent creatures across 250 species, and is an incredible place for little ones to learn about wildlife. Even better, there are several self-guided areas where families can go at their own pace without lines – perfect for toddlers who aren’t interested in sitting still for long. Pangani Forest Exploration Trail is a favorite of my own little girls because they can decide how long we spend checking out each animal like gorillas and hippos.
For a day outside of the theme parks, another place that is a huge hit with horse lovers is the Tri-Circle-D Ranch at the laid-back Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Little ones over the age of two can enjoy pony rides, and the entire family can take a carriage or wagon ride through the beautiful resort grounds.
Check out more ideas for your little animal lovers here.
We have shared some videos of some of our littlest guests remembering their experiences at Walt Disney World Resort and it is fun to see what sticks out in their minds, from the color of the fireworks, to outscoring mom on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. While each child has their own unique memories from their visit, they all seem to recall quite a bit of detail in their own way.
Now we are offering your little ones the chance to share their favorite Walt Disney World Resort memories for the chance to win the Ultimate Princess and Pirate vacation! From now through April 30, parents can submit a video online on Instagram or Vine (through Twitter) with the hashtag #KidsRememberContest for a chance to win. So grab your preschooler, get out your camera and be creative! Check out KidsRememberContest.com for inspiration, details and official rules.
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One of the coolest things about young children is their seemingly limitless imaginations. As far as a preschooler is concerned, a toy pirate sword can really fend off fierce enemies, and falling into a puddle could be a portal to a secret entrance to Walt Disney World Resort. For James, AKA Action Movie Kid, his wildest dreams come to life on film with the help of his dad, Hashi (Action Movie Dad).
Action Movie Kid and his family recently visited Walt Disney World Resort, where the 4-year-old experienced classic Magic Kingdom Park attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Pirates of the Caribbean in a way that only he can. In true action hero style, James also had an adventure with Indiana Jones at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Luckily, Action Movie Dad was on hand to capture all of the excitement, which you can see in this video from their vacation.
We have shared some details about how Walt Disney World Resort will be the coolest place for an unforgettable family getaway this summer, and as a mom of preschoolers, I was thrilled to see how much there is for my little ones to do! With Olaf as the host for “Coolest Summer Ever,” of course there will be lots of Frozen-inspired fun, but there is also so much more.
Here are some highlights of just some of the activities that little ones will enjoy:
From hugs from favorite Disney Jr. characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and royal meet & greets at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park, and of course the chance to cozy up to Mickey Mouse and pals at all four theme parks, kids will delight in hanging out with their favorites this summer.
Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
From June 17 – September 7, little ones’ Frozen dreams will come true at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- Where else but the magical “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” can they belt out the lyrics to all of their favorite songs from the film in a room full of other kids?
- Kids get to feel like they’re part of the show during the daily Frozen procession, where Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and friends parade through the park and greet the citizens of “Hollywoodland.”
- It’s worth taking a nap in order to stay up for the special Frozen Fireworks, featuring Elsa and Anna, and a dazzling fireworks display set to the music from the film.
Frozen encounters at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom is a favorite for my family. There is so much to see and do, and now with FastPass+, you can reserve seating to ensure you won’t miss a moment!
Cool Off at Two Water Parks
The two water parks at Walt Disney World Resort are an ideal way for the entire family to chill out this summer.
- At Disney’s Blizzard Beach, young children will enjoy Tike’s Peak, a play area with kid-sized versions of the attractions including slower-moving, scaled-down thrills for small fries 48 inches and under.
- Over at Typhoon Lagoon, Ketchakiddee Creek is a play area featuring 10 different aquatic activities just for preschoolers and little kids.
Throughout our #DisneyKids series, we have showcased not only how much there is for preschoolers to do at Walt Disney World Resort, but also how much they love and remember their adventures in the parks.
We recently learned about one of our park guests, a little girl named Lane whose mother Jennifer creates elaborate Disney Parks-themed costumes as a way to help Lane overcome her shyness. As you can see in this video, three-year-old Lane absolutely beams when her handmade dresses help to connect her to her favorite characters and cast members at Magic Kingdom Park.
This family is undoubtedly creating lasting memories together, and we are so happy to be a part of their story. Do you and your little ones have unique memories from a Walt Disney World Visit?
One of the most fun, and frankly easiest, ways to meet favorite Disney characters at Walt Disney World Resort is through themed character dining. Each park, and many resorts, offer a unique experience where families are immersed in the story of their beloved characters as they dine on delicious meals.
Character dining is a great option for young children since the characters come to each table, allowing kids to give hugs and get autographs with several of their favorites without waiting in line. Parents can rest assured that their child will get to see every character during the course of the meal. We asked our Walt Disney World Facebook fans to vote on their recommendations on the best in-park dining for little ones, and here is what they came up with. From classic characters and princesses to Disney Junior stars and even a meal in an enchanted castle, we think this is a great list. Do your kids have a favorite character dining experience?
When is the right time to take kids on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation? Parents sometimes ask if their little one is too young to make the trip and if they should wait a few years. Is there enough for them to do, and will they even remember? Yes and yes! There are more than 80 attractions and experiences throughout the four theme parks that are great for younger kids, creating lasting memories for them and their parents.
But don’t take our word for it – hear it from kids themselves. We spoke to preschool-aged guests in our theme parks about their experiences at Walt Disney World Resort and they had a lot to share.
They really loved exciting attractions, like our kid-friendly roller coaster in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, The Barnstormer.
Check out this video to see for yourself!
There are so many attractions at Walt Disney World Resort, and sometimes as a parent it can be tough to determine which ones are a good fit for younger children. Once I had kids, I was pleasantly surprised at just how many rides and experiences are available for everyone, including the littlest members of the family. There are 25 attractions without any height requirements at Magic Kingdom Park alone! Once your baby grows into a preschooler, there is even more fun to be had on rides for slightly taller kiddos.
We rounded up height requirements from the most popular attractions in all four theme parks and put them into handy charts to help you plan ahead.
For Disney’s Hollywood Studios, click here. For Epcot, click here. For Disney’s Animal Kingdom, click here.
Once in the parks, be sure to check out the My Disney Experience mobile app for height requirements, thrill levels, wait times and more, all while on the go. If you are dying to check out a thrill ride and your youngest isn’t quite there yet, your family may be able to utilize Rider Switch, which allows adults to take turns riding the attraction without waiting in line all over again. What are your favorite attractions to experience with your little ones?