Best Disney Attractions for Kids2018-12-13T18:14:02+00:00
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Best Disney Attractions for Kids

Disney World may just be the best vacation destination for kids – period. After all, it’s home to 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, hotel resorts with fun themes, gigantic pools, sporting activities, and amazing dining options including Disney character meals, buffets, and mouthwatering foods of every kind. From the perspective of a kid, what’s not to like?!  But while most things at Disney are geared towards kids, there are still elements of the park which are more suited to adults and teens. Let’s review the best Disney attractions for kids in order to pinpoint the rides and activities that are best for toddlers, preschoolers, and younger children up to – say – age 10 or so.

Magic Kingdom – Best Disney Attractions for Kids

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Magic Kingdom is Disney World’s oldest and most iconic theme park. It may very well be the most exciting place for kids in all of Disney.

Centered around the majestic Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom is home to 6 lands (sections) with dozens of exciting rides, activities, dining locations, and more! Despite its relatively small size, there is so much to explore in this theme park that you really need several days here to take it all in.

Why not start by hopping aboard the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and chugging through a diamond mine, blast off on the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, or fly over Storybook Circus on the classic Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction. Kids also love the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, a fantastical procession of music and dance around Fantasyland featuring all your kids favorite Disney characters. Young girls especially love the Meet Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall where they have an opportunity to get up close and personal and take photos with these iconic female Disney characters.

Magic Kingdom is filled with fun attractions, lively entertainment, and mouth-watering dining to delight the young ones.  Here is a list of Magic Kingdom attractions which are suitable for preschoolers and kids of all ages.

Astro Orbiter

Tomorrowland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, Spinning, Classics

The Barnstormer

Fantasyland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: 35in (89cm) or taller, Small Drops, FastPass+

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Tomorrowland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height. Slow Rides, Spinning, FastPass+, Indoor, Interactive

Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station

Fantasyland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Water Rides, Interactive, Play Areas

Cinderella Castle

Fantasyland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Disney Princesses, Indoor

Country Bear Jamboree

Frontierland
Hours: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Classics, Indoor, Stage Shows

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Fantasyland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, Spinning, Classics, FastPass+, Interactive

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Fantasyland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Disney Princesses, FastPass+, Indoor, Interactive

Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade

Frontierland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor, Interactive

The Hall of Presidents

Liberty Square
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height. Classics, Indoor

“it’s a small world”

Fantasyland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, Classics, FastPass+, Indoor

Jungle Cruise

Adventureland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, Classics, FastPass+

Mad Tea Party

Fantasyland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Spinning, Classics, FastPass+

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Adventureland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, Spinning, Disney Princesses, FastPass+

Main Street Vehicles

Main Street, U.S.A.
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Fantasyland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, FastPass+, Indoor, Interactive

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Fantasyland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Classics, Disney Princesses, FastPass+, Indoor, Stage Shows

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Tomorrowland
Hours: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, FastPass+, Indoor, Interactive, Stage Shows

Peter Pan’s Flight

Fantasyland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Small Drops, Slow Rides, Classics, FastPass+, Indoor, Play Disney Parks

A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas

Adventureland
Hours: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Interactive

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

Fantasyland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, Spinning, Classics, Disney Princesses

Swiss Family Treehouse

Adentureland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height

Tomorrowland Speedway

Tomorrowland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: 32in (82cm) or taller, FastPass+

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Tomorrowland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides

Tom Sawyer Island

Frontierland
Hours:10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Height: Any Height

Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

Fantasyland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, Disney Princesses, FastPass+, Indoor, Interactive

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Tomorrowland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, Classics, Indoor

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Adventureland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Classics, Indoor

Walt Disney World Railroad – Fantasyland

Fantasyland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides

Walt Disney World Railroad – Frontierland

Frontierland
Hours: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides

Walt Disney World Railroad – Main Street, U.S.A.

Main Street, U.S.A.
Hours: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides

Epcot – Best Disney Attractions for Kids

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Epcot is the perfect theme park to discover new things and immerse yourself in new cultures. But the park is also brimming with exciting and memorable attractions and rides, aquatic wonders,  and plenty of food, entertainment, and Disney characters to keep everyone in your family very satisfied. Epcot has the perfect mix of fun and educational for toddlers, preschoolers, and kids of all ages.

Disney opened its Future World section of Epcot in order to showcase modern innovation. There is a myriad of “edutainment” attractions for children (and adults) of all ages. Epcot’s other section – World Showcase – endeavors to promote cultural awareness and unity through its world nations exposition of 11 different countries. Here you can explore each country and immerse your little ones in fun and enriching activities. As an added bonus, the restaurants located in World Showcase are some of Disney’s best! 

In Epcot, kids can help find Nemo in The Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction or spend some quality time with Turtle Talk With Crush. The Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot allows kids to get close and personal with Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy and experience magical interactions with Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Anna & Elsa, and Disney friends. Kids also love the charm, diversity, and amazing cuisine of the 11 countries of World Showcase, where they can make their own craft and souvenirs at one of the Kidcot Fun Stops locations. Additionally, kids can experience the fun, adventure, and music of Frozen Ever After.

Here is a list of Epcot attractions which are suitable for preschoolers and kids of all ages.

Advanced Training Lab

Future World
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor, Interactive, Play Areas

The American Adventure

World Showcase
Hours: Various
Height: Any Height, Classics, Indoor, Stage Shows

American Heritage Gallery

World Showcase
Hours: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor

Bijutsu-kan Gallery

World Showcase
Hours: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor

Bruce’s Shark World

Future World
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor

Coral Reefs – Disney Animals

Future World
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival

Future World
Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Dark, FastPass+

Frozen Ever After

World Showcase
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Small Drops, Slow Rides, Dark, Disney Princesses, FastPass+, Indoor

Gallery of Arts and History

World Showcase
Hours: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

World Showcase
Hours: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, Classics, Indoor

House of the Whispering Willows

World Showcase
Hours: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor

ImageWorks – The “What If” Labs

Future World
Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor, Interactive

Impressions de France

World Showcase
Hours: Various
Height: Any Height, Disney Princesses, Indoor

Innoventions

Future World
Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor, Interactive

Journey Into Imagination With Figment

Future World
Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, Dark, FastPass+

Kidcot Fun Stops

World Showcase
Hours: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor, Interactive

Living with the Land

Future World
Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, FastPass+, Indoor 

Mexico Folk Art Gallery

World Showcase
Hours: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor

O Canada!

World Showcase
Hours: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor

Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future

Future World
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Play Areas

Reflections of China

World Showcase
Hours: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor

SeaBase

Future World
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters, Indoor, Interactive

The Seas with Nemo & Friends

Future World
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, FastPass+, Indoor

Sea Turtles – Disney Animals

Future World
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

Sharks and Stingrays – Disney Animals

Future World
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

Spaceship Earth

Future World
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, Dark, Classics, FastPass+, Indoor, Interactive

Stave Church Gallery

World Showcase
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor

Turtle Talk With Crush

Future World
Hours: 9:40 AM to 8:40 PM
Height: Any Height, FastPass+, Interactive

Animal Kingdom – Best Disney Attractions for Kids

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As one of the largest zoological parks in the world, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a fascinating experience for kids of all ages. Here you can see exotic animals as they roam freely and learn all about wildlife and nature. Like Epcot, Animal Kingdom isn’t just about education. The park has plenty of action-packed thrill rides and fun activities for the kids. Plus, there are interesting (and not so interesting) dining options that kids will love.

Some of the Animal Kingdom attractions kids will especially enjoy include Kilimanjaro Safaris, an open-air tram ride traversing through the park’s wildlife reserve. See zebras, lions, hippos, elephants as they graze and roam in the “desert.” Join Russell and Dug as they host the live stage show, UP! A Great Bird Adventure. Head to Donald’s Dino-Bash to see all your favorite Disney character like Pluto, Goofy, Daisy, Launchpad McQuack and Chip ‘n Dale as they help Donald Duck make the prehistoric party a lively event. Experience the puppetry and comedy of Finding Nemo – The Musical starring Nemo, Dory, and Crush. Catch the Broadway-style musical Festival of the Lion King, or seek out thrills on the kid-friendly TriceraTop Spin. And of course, you don’t want to miss the new Pandora – The World of Avatar land and its popular  Na’vi River Journey through a bio-luminescent rainforest. The educational opportunities and thrills abound at Animal Kingdom.

Here is a list of Animal Kingdom attractions which are suitable for preschoolers, toddlers, and kids of all ages.

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Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters, Interactive

African Elephants – Disney Animals

Africa
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

The Boneyard

DinoLand U.S.A.
Hours: 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Height: Any Height, Play Areas

Butterflies – Disney Animals

Africa
Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Height: Any Height

Conservation Station

Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters, Indoor, Interactive

Dino-Sue

DinoLand U.S.A.
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Height: Any Height

Discovery Island Trails

Discovery Island
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

Fossil Fun Games

DinoLand U.S.A.
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Height: Any Height, Interactive

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

Africa
Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

Gorillas – Disney Animals

Africa
Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

Habitat Habit!

Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Hours:10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Africa
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, Animal Encounters, Classics, FastPass+

Lions – Disney Animals

Africa
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

Maharajah Jungle Trek

Asia
Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

Migratory Birds – Disney Animals

Oasis
Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

The Oasis Exhibits

Oasis
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

Rhinos – Disney Animals

Africa
Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

Tamarins – Disney Animals

Discovery Island
Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

Tigers – Disney Animals

Asia
Hours:9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Animal Encounters

Tree of Life

Discovery Island
Hours:9:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Height: Any Height

TriceraTop Spin

DinoLand U.S.A.
Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides, Spinning 

Wilderness Explorers

Multiple Locations
Hours:10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Interactive

Wildlife Express Train

Africa
Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Height: Any Height, Slow Rides

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Hollywood Studios – Best Disney Attractions for Kids

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With the recent opening of Toy Story Land, now there is more reason than ever to bring the kids to Hollywood Studios!

Andy’s world comes to live with a host of amazing attractions, including the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster, Alien Swirling Saucers and the interactive carnival game attraction of Toy Story Mania! Kids will surely love to join Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the gang at this brand new area of the park.

Bring you little one to Disney Junior – Live on Stage!  where they have a chance to dance and sing.  Head to the Meet Disney Junior Pals in the Animation Courtyard to get autographs from Captain Jake and Doc McStuffins, or meet Anna and Elsa at For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. Kids ages 4 to 12 can participate in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple and learn the ways of the Force taught by Jedi Masters. Between the shows, attractions, and mouth-watering restaurants, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has plenty of fun in store for the kids.

Here are some other Hollywood Studios attraction for kids.

Muppet*Vision 3D

Grand Avenue
Hours: 8:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Height: Any Height, FastPass+, Indoor, Stage Shows

Star Wars Launch Bay

Animation Courtyard
Hours: 8:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Height: Any Height, Star Wars, Indoor, Interactive

Star Wars Launch Bay Theater

Animation Courtyard
Hours: 8:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Height: Any Height, Indoor, Interactive

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

Echo Lake
Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Height: Any Height, Dark, Star Wars, Indoor

Star Wars Photo Opportunities

Multiple Locations
Hours: 8:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Star Wars

Plus Many Attractions in Toy Story Land!

More on that later….

Hopefully this list of best Disney attractions for kids gets you started on your daily itinerary! There are even more Disney attractions for kids at the shopping and entertainment district known as Disney Springs, as well as the two water parks – Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Please see our Disney Crowd Calendar, Disney Dining Plan Calculator, and Disney Travel Agents pages for more insightful information.

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