I love bringing my kids to Disney, yes, even the toddlers and babies. I’ve also gone to the parks with three different pregnancies many times now- Disney Is really a very family friendly vacation.
Many would argue that the best thing about Disney are the rides, and I couldn’t agree more! (though I haven’t been on a roller coaster in 3 years due to pregnancy) Disney sure has some great options!
If you go to the official Disney World site, they always refer you to the signage posted outside the rides.
Yes, you should absolutely check to make sure that nothing has changed. That is just common sense for your health.
BUT we need to plan ahead here people! Especially when you are hanging out at Disney World with a kid under 3, you don’t need to be planning, you need to be having fun!
You need to know NOW so you can make sure you have your fast passes in place, your dining reservations lined up with the right park and, hopefully, some backup plans if things don’t go according to plan (like rain, or a toddler meltdown!)
The other good news is that if a baby can ride the rides, then a pregnant mother should also be able to board (again, check the signs for what you feel comfortable with!!)
This is great news because technically this list is a two-for-one! Yay!
Criteria for picking the Best Rides at Disney
I want to point something out. A lot of these posts that talk about the “best rides for kids” include the attractions- like the non ride options for entertainment at each park.
I’m not doing that in this list because I feel like rides should mean rides, not rides and attractions. Pretty much anything that isn’t a ride is good for kids under 3 so long as they don’t get scared. Disney has so many cool attractions, from shows and musicals to parades and sing alongs. But they aren’t rides.
You will also find, that sometimes the attractions have different hours, or may be at capacity. This does happen, especially when you go when it’s busy. Try to be flexible and have several options for that time spot (then your fast passes and dining reservations). That way you can still enjoy your trip without getting flustered.
I’ve been to every park a billion times (I Should be bored by now!) and ridden everything at least once- so when I set out to list the best rides, I knew I would need to explain my criteria.
Needs to be:
- Safe and approved by Disney
- Easy to get on and off with a baby- both the baby that needs to be carried the whole time and the one that thinks they need to walk off the ride
- FUN- so not scary!
Ok, so here are the BEST RIDES for each park- this is not an exhaustive list of every option (check your my disney app for all the rides!)– just the best stuff you need to plan for when you have a baby or toddler. And this applies to those pregnant ladies too!
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Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover- located in Tommorowland (our favorite at Magic Kingdom!) .Just Under 10 minutes of relaxation.
Under the Sea- Journey Of the Little Mermaid- Fantasy Land
It’s a Small World (EH! It’s a classic)
Walt Disney World Railroad- Multiple Entrances. (will be closed till 2021)
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Jungle Cruise – They even do a Christmas themed ride!
The Seas with Nemo and Friends (our favorite at Epcot!)
Living with the Land (located inside the Soarin Area)
Gran Fiesta tour starring the Three Caballeros (located in Mexico, easy to miss)
Frozen (does have a significant drop, but not scary)
Hollywood Studios (not our favorite baby park)
Toy Story Midway Mania- similar to Buzz lightyear, not recommended for Infants.
No other rides for smaller kids at Hollywood Studios, if you go to this park prepare to be emerged in the attractions of Hollywood. Hopefully 2019/2020 will see the addition of some more rides for everyone in the family.
Looks like Mickeys Runaway Railway will be here in spring of 2020. Should be very family friendly.
Na’vi River Journey
Train to Rafiki’s Planet Walk (it is a bit of a walk and you can’t bring your stroller so be aware!)
Rides at Disney World are only part of the magic. If you have a very tall and mature toddler (like almost 3) it’s possible that they would be able to ride a few more of the rides at each park. Some of the rides have height restrictions that apply to the average 4 year old (like the Dumbo the Elephant ride, one I highly recommend when they are big enough! )
Well, that Highlights the best rides for Toddlers, Babies and Pregnant Moms- most of these have fast pass options so you can make sure to plan your trip! I always recommend Fast Passes (or Rider Switch) so you don’t end up waiting in these super long lines. Save the lines for the attractions and eating, not hot rides that are over in a few minutes!
Double bonus is that most of these rides are wheelchair friendly- But that is something I would encourage you to check at Guest Services at the front of the park.
I hope you have a magical trip!
Don’t forget to check out all the other wonderful posts in the “Bringing Baby to Disney Series” so you can have a smooth and amazing trip to Walt Disney World.