As part of my paid trip to the Walt Disney Resort for the #ZootopiaEvent, I had the chance to experience the Magic Kingdom without kids. It had been a long time since I’d done that (Justin and I still talk about our Honeymoon there) and I had a blast! But you don’t have to be alone to have a blast. Are you planning on visiting the Magic Kingdom with toddlers sometime soon? Here are a few things we’ve learned from our experiences!
6 Things to Do at the Magic Kingdom with Toddlers
One of my favorite things about the Magic Kingdom is the huge amount of rides in the park. On my most recent trip without the family, I rode so many rides. It was definitely my focus. But when we go to Walt Disney World with the kids, we can’t always do all the rides. Weston loves them all and will ride anything (and is tall enough to do it too!) but we have to take Carrigan into consideration too.
So if you’re headed to the Magic Kingdom with toddlers, try some of these magical things to do. Trust me, you’ll have a blast and create some memories even if you can’t make it on Space Mountain or Seven Dwarves Mine Train. (But consider having the adults do rider swap so that you can take turns and get those rides in!)
Eat at Crystal Palace
One of my favorite things about the parks and resorts at Walt Disney World is eat! There are so many amazing places to eat whether you’re looking for a sit down meal or just a snack. If you’re traveling to the Magic Kingdom with toddlers and they are fans of meeting characters, definitely try to get a reservation at Crystal Palace.
I’ve enjoyed breakfast with the kids there and had lunch there with a friend on our last trip. Yes, we had a blast meeting the familiar faces from the Hundred Acre Woods even without the kids in tow. Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore all stop by your table while you eat! So much fun.
If you can, snag a breakfast reservation for a time before the park opens. They will let you in early to walk to the restaurant and Main Street will be nearly empty! Photo Pass photographers will still be out so you can get photo memories like the one at the top of this post!
Eat at Gaston’s Tavern
I see a lot of people talk about Be Our Guest and I’ve enjoyed both breakfast and lunch there. But reservations can be hard to snag. So if you’re looking for a fun way to feel like you’ve stepped into the world of Beauty and the Beast, check out Gaston’s Tavern! It’s perfect when you have younger kids with you.
Grambo is a huge fan of LeFou’s Brew and Weston loves the GIANT cinnamon rolls. Seriously, one cinnamon roll can be shared by all of us. So that’s a good deal! The theming is great and the kids will love the fireplace and big chair to take photos in.
Go Early One Morning
If you’ve never been to the Magic Kingdom for park opening, you have to plan to do it one day. Yes, this means an early start to the day when you might want to take it easy while on vacation. But consider planning to hit the Magic Kingdom early on one of your first few days at Walt Disney Resort.
The kids love watching the morning opening cermonies. It’s full of great music and when all of their favorite characters arrive on the train, the looks on their faces are memory makers for sure!
Stay Late One Night
Staying late at Magic Kingdom with toddlers can take more planning than if you’re with older kids or no kids at all! So plan to stay late one night so you can catch the fireworks and Main Street Electrical Parade.
We always choose one later night and start our day later, letting the kids relax at the resort in the morning before heading out later in the afternoon.
Watch a Parade
As an adult, I love the Disney parades but I can see them once and be good to go. For younger kids, there’s something truly magical about a parade at the Magic Kingdom. So don’t forget the possibilities there.
Weston and Carrigan love to dance in the streets with the characters during the day and on our last trip Weston was captivated by the Main Street Electrical Parade. There really is something special about the watching your kids watch a Disney parade.
Try on Ears
Whether you buy a pair or not (we actually have never brought a pair home because the decision making, oh the decision making!), take some time to stop in a shop and try on some ears! You can find a great variety at the Emporium Shop on Main Street USA or our favorite, the Chapeau Hat Shoppe. It’s located to the right of the Main Street Confectionary (also a favorite stop for my family).
Try on some ears and take some pics! Whether you end up buying one or not, it’s an easy way to have fun with the kids!
And if you’re looking to bring a little Disney magic to your everyday life, we took the kids to see Zootopia and they loved it! It’s in theaters now, so be sure to check it out! Trust me, it’s fun for the whole family! And yes, Carrigan went with us and did really well so even the toddlers can come along if they can handle movie theaters!
You can learn more about Zootopia by visiting the website or connecting on social media!