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Toddlers in Disney's Magic Kingdom
People are apprehensive when taking 2-4 years old to Orlando but there is so
much to do and although they may not remember everything when they are older,
the looks on their faces and the photos are such memories that they must not be
missed. Hire the buggies available at all parks so if they do get tired, they
can have a lie down, it is a long day of walking for them otherwise. There is
nothing worse for everyone than a tired toddler who needs a sleep. Don’t forget
the shade for your own buggies too. Take a cool bag with their favourite drinks
in, we often freeze water or fruit juices in the freezer in the villa and then
they melt nicely during the day.
Our kids used to love the characters as toddlers (still do I suppose) so
Magic Kingdom was our first stop. Such a lot of characters here but most of
all MICKEY! So off to Toontown Fair and stop by his house and
then get the photo of Mickey in his famous red jacket and black trousers.
As you enter Mickey's home, be on the lookout for all the "mouse-ified"
details: the coat rack, the mirror. And check out who Mickey’s been sent letters
from on his hall table -- Buzz Lightyear, Ariel, even Wendy and Peter Pan! Keep
on going thru all his rooms and you will see All Things Mickey. Toontown Fair
is busiest in the early morning, but traffic flows fairly smoothly through
Mickey's House. Allow 15-20 minutes to walk through. You'll have to wait a
little longer to see Mickey though - we have waited up to 45minutes before now
and the little ones found that hard. You can bypass the sights in the house
and exit the back door, then follow the path to the Judge's Tent, in which
Mickey greets guests most of the day. However, if you are going to Hollywood Studios, Mickey
is always there in his Sorcerers uniform and the queues for him here are not
great. Also, at Animal Kingdom, he is always about in Camp Minnie Mickey in his
safari gear. Opposite Mickey’s house is a small play area with slides etc.
Make sure you take the little one’s swimming gear, there are lots of water
fountains/water fun areas the parks. Aerial's area is fantastic so while you
queue for the all important photo of Little Mermaid, the kids have a great
time. Remember to reapply the sun cream afterwards.
Don’t miss the Share a Dream Come True Parade and Cinderella’s
Castle often has shows during the day, the music will even give you
Definitely go to Fantasyland and take them on the It's a Small
World (at time of writing this is in rehab until late 2004). Take them on
Cinderella's Golden Carrousel and Dumbo The Flying Elephant. For
Winnie the Pooh fans there is a colourful sedate ride for them to enjoy.
Off now to Frontierland and Goofys Dancing Jamboree where kids
can get up and dance and even get involved in the show. County Bear Jamboree
is a little dated but daft huge bears will keep them entertained.
Toddlers and adults alike will enjoy Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
at Tomorrowland – take a look at the photo outside and see the intensity
on Dad’s face! Tomorrowland Transit Authority is not usually busy and is
a welcome sit down and leisurely ride. Story time with Belle as you enter
Tomorrowland near the base of the Castle takes place a few times a day –
check the site maps/planner.
The above will definitely take a day, but you can go back to the villa mid
afternoon to have a nap or swim and then return to the park in the evening but
the fireworks whilst amazing, may frighten little ones as they are noisy.
We have been visiting Florida for over 15 years and always encompass a visit
to Magic Kingdom – it really is the heart of Disney!
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