Any "Must Do's" for 3 and 1 year old?

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Any "Must Do's" for 3 and 1 year old?
Mon, 09-08-2003 - 4:34pm
I am traveling to WDW at end of September with a 31/2 and 1 1/2 year old. I know we will be limited on alot of the rides and shows as too "old" for them. Does anyone have any experience with rides or shows, or restaurants that your toddlers especially enjoyed?

Also, is it worth taking them to a waterpark? We were thinking the hotel (contemporary) pool may be just their speed.

TIA, Judy
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Mon, 09-08-2003 - 5:46pm
I can't answer on the water park, as I have yet to take my child, but this list should be helpful for you on the other 2.

First, there may be some rides that are ok for the 3½ but not for the 1½, and if so, you can do baby swap with another adult in your party.

I'll go by park..


WDW Railroad

Tomorrowland Speedway (neither can drive, but both can ride, 1 child + 1 adult per car)

Tomorrowland Transit Authority

Buzz Lightyear

Mickey's House

Minnie's House

Toonpark (playground in Toontown...there's another playground near Splash Mt)

Goofy's Barnstormer (your 1½ y/o may be too short)

Tiki Room

Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Jungle Cruise

(maybe) Pirates of the Carribean (dark, pirates, cannonball fire, small boat drop)

Country Bear Jamboree

Goofy's new show at Diamond Horseshoe

Tom Sawyer Island (good break! and there is a restaurant that serves lemonade & sandwiches here)

Liberty Belle Riverboat

it's a small world


Cindy's Carroussel

(don't know if Mickey's Philharmagic is open or appropriate)

Mad Tea Party

Storytime with Belle

Show in front of castle

Many Adventures of Pooh

(maybe) Peter Pan & Snow White (dark rides)


mask in each country (even the little one can color on it)

Mexico boat ride

train in Germany

China acrobats

Journey into Imagination

Land boat ride

Food Rocks

(maybe) Circle of Life movie (might be too long for them)

Living Seas

Spaceship Earth


Playhouse Disney show

Little Mermaid & Beauty & the Beast shows if they can sit long enough (about 20 minutes each)

Honey I Shrunk playset may be too crowded/too "older" for them..designed for elem age


Dino Dig Boneyard

Triceratops Spin

Rafiki's Planet Watch

Kilimanjaro Safari (kinda bumpy, but should be ok)

Forest Trail (Africa)

Jungle Trek (Asia)

Fest of Lion King, kind of long, but good attention keeper

And there are great things at Downtown Disney, too..including the Lego playground, carousel ($2/rider), train ($1/rider..including adults), fountains to play in, etc

And don't miss characters, parades, possibly fireworks.



Edited 9/8/2003 11:40:34 PM ET by alygator

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Tue, 09-09-2003 - 1:34am
I went this past May with a 3 1/2 yr old DD, and 11.5mo old DS. I highly reccommend staying at DW with little ones. It made it so much easier to be able to go back to the room so easily. We watched the video many times, so my DD knew she wanted to ride Dumbo, Aladin, tea cups, etc. Of all the rides her favorite was Goofy's Barnstormer rollerocaster. She was a bit scared of Snow White's ride and Peter Pan just b/c they were dark. Not bad though. Epcot was a bit boring for the kids, they liked the fireworks. Another thing that was a must do was Spectromagic parade. Basically we would get up go to a park until around 1 to 2pm then go back to the room, lunch and naps. Then spend the afternoon playing in the pool. Sometimes we would head back to the park in the late afternoon. We brought our own strollers(one for each kid) which worked well b/c we walked too much for the 3yr old. Face paintings were fun, Lion King show is a must, I can go on and on, but this gives you a good idea. We never ran out of things to ride or see, in fact we didn't get to do everything we wanted. I also reccommend a character meal if they are not scared. CRT was priceless! We didn't do a waterpark b/c we were there for 6days and felt we had plenty of water time in the pool every day. Walkie talkies were helpful b/c of splitting up and potty breaks. Hope this helps out. Kelly
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Tue, 09-09-2003 - 3:21am
"Listening to what the kids want to do" has been good advice for me...sometimes we grownups get so caught up in what is next on our "to do list" (I'm guilty of that) that we aren't paying attention to what our children want to do.

I remember one time we went to Disneyland and I was very anxious to get to the rides (!!!!), but DS then 2yo, wanted to get out of his stroller for a bit...he ended up running around there on Main St and my DH and I got the biggest kick out of watching him...DS acted like it was some big party or something the way he was carrying on and he was having a GREAT time!

About the water park, I took DD when she was 5 and she had an absolute ball, which is surprising considering she couldn't swim then and she was very leery of the water. But they had such a cool area just for kids, with little squirty things and small water slides she felt really comfortable there and was not afraid. She also met another little girl there that had the same swimsuit on and they became instant friends! They went on the kiddie slide about 100 times and walked around holding hands! It was too cute! We went to Typhoon Lagoon which I really enjoyed, the big wave pool is sooooo much fun (not for the little ones, but for the grownups). There is also a lazy river that is really cool, I had DS on my innertube with me, it was very relaxing...if you like doing different water things besides just swimming, then you will really enjoy the water park! There is also a beach area with sand that my kids really loved too.




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Tue, 09-09-2003 - 3:08pm
Thank You so much for al the great toddler advice...Alysha, your list was fantastic and gives me a definite Map of what what is geared toward them, thanks also for including Downtown Disney as I was thinking about hitting that on a day we don't use our Hopper pass.

Kelly, thanks for the heads up on the dark rides, I definitely think my 3 year old would be spooked by that, and funny we seem to be thinking alike because we have the same "plan" to do pool in afternoon and maybe? go back later, we are bringing a double stroller, and Dh already bought walie talkies! (Although I think he just wants to use them)

Heather thanks for the waterpark info and the reminder to let the kids set the pace...too true! ~Judy