Disney World with a baby – What rides and shows are suitable for babies?

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It’s not surprising that Disney World is very child friendly. However, what you may not know is that there are many rides that babies (of any age) are able to experience and lots of shows they can watch.

We took Theo to Disney World when he was 6 months old and we had such a great time. It was truly magical to see the joy on Theo’s face when he was on the rides and he really seemed to enjoy the shows that we watched. I think he loved all of the bright colours, larger than life characters and songs. He seemed mesmerised by it all. We have wonderful memories from this trip that will stay with us forever.

We did a lot of research before we travelled to Orlando to visit Disney World and a lot of that research was to identify the rides and shows that we could enjoy with Theo. This would help us to plan our days at the parks and to navigate the huge parks while we were there.

Below is a list of all the rides and shows that babies can experience (they have no height restrictions). The list is broken down by park and area/land within each park.  We’ve also identified the rides you’re able to book fastpasses for and the average wait times (short, medium or long wait times) for each ride. Hopefully you will find this useful. I used this list to help decide what rides to book fastpasses for . I booked passes for the rides that we wanted to go on that had long wait times on average.

Rides/attractions that babies can go on/see:

Key:

FP=Fast pass available.

Long= Average wait times are relatively long (above 45 mins)

Medium= Average wait times are relatively medium in length (25-44 mins)

Short = Average wait times are relatively short (less than 25 mins)

Click here for an interactive map of all of the Disney World parks.

Magic Kingdom

Main Street USA:

  • Main Street Vehicles
  • Walt Disney World Railroad
  • Town Square Theatre

Adventure Land:

  • Jungle Cruise (FP) (Long)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (FP) (Medium)
  • Swiss Family Treehouse (Low)
  • The Enchanted Tiki room (short)
  • The Magic carpets of Aladdin (FP) (short)

Frontier Land:

  • Country Bear Jamboree 
  • Frontierland Shooting Arcade
  • Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Walt Disney World Railroad Station

Liberty Square:

  • The Hall of Presidents (short)
  • The Haunted Mansion (FP) (medium)
  • Liberty Belle Riverboat

Fantasyland:

  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (short)
  • It’s a small world (FP) (short)
  • Mad Tea Party (FP) (short)
  • The many adventures of Winnie the Pooh (FP) (medium)
  • Peter Pan’s flight (FP) (long)
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (FP) (short)
  • Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid (FP) (short)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (FP) (short)
  • Walt Disney World Railroad 
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (FP) (medium)
  • Princess Fairytale Hall

Tomorrowland:

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (FP) (medium)
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (short)
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (FP) (short)
  • Carousel of Progress (Short)

Epcot Centre

Future World:

  • Spaceship Earth (FP) (short)
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends (FP) (short)
  • Turtle talk with Crush (FP) (Short)

The Land:

  • Living with the Land (FP (short)

Imagination:

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival (FP)
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment (FP) (short)

World Showcase:

  • Frozen Ever After (in Norway) (FP) (medium)
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Morocco
  • Japan
  • The American Adventure
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • China
  • Norway
  • Mexico

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage (FP)
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration (FP)
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage (FP)
  • Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams (FP) (medium)
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid (FP)
  • Walt Disney Presents
  • Toy Story Mania (FP) (medium)
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (FP)
  • Muppet Vision 3-D (FP) (short)
  • Star Wars Launch Bay (short)
  • Fantasmic (FP)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Discovery Island:

  • The Tree of Life
  • It’s tough to be a bug (FP) (short)

Pandora- The World of Avatar:

  • Na’vi River Journey (FP (long)

DinoLand U.S.A:

  • Finding Nemo – The Musical (FP)
  • The Boneyard

Africa:

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris (FP) (long)
  • Rafiki’s should Planet Watch 
  • Festival of the Lion King (FP)

Asia

  • Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure (FP)

Recommendations

I would recommend visiting Magic Kingdom first as this park has the most rides and attractions for babies. By doing this, you give yourself a greater chance of being able to visit the park again if you don’t manage to do everything that you’d like to do first time round.

Below is my view on what fast passes to try and secure in advance. These are the rides and shows that I think babies will enjoy the most and/or that have relatively long wait times:

Magic Kingdom:

  • Peter Pan’s flight
  • The many adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Under the sea- the voyage of the little mermaid

Epcot Centre:

  • Frozen ever after
  • Spaceship earth
  • Journey into imagination

Hollywood studios:

  • Toy story mania
  • Voyage of the little mermaid
  • Mickey and Minnie starring in red carpet dreams

Animal Kingdom:

  • Na’vi river journey
  • Kilimanjaro Safari
  • Finding Nemo the musical

Theo’s favourite rides seemed to be (from the smiles on his face) Frozen Ever After in Epcot, Kilimanjaro Safari in Animal Kingdom and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Magic Kingdom.

I really hope this post is helpful to you in your Disney planning or in helping to decide whether a trip to Disney World is the right holiday for you and your family. There will be more posts to come soon on other aspects of visiting Disney World with a baby and so keep a look out for these.

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