This week we are doing our very first Top 5 on the WDW Ride Guide! So, what can you expect from a Ride Guide Top 5? Like normal, we will introduce a ride and discuss its essential facts. What will be different is our exploration of 5 rides rather than 1. We won’t go into the same detail with each of the 5 rides like we do on our regular format, but we will do our best to help you understand who the ride is really geared for.
The other new and exciting thing about our Top 5 is I recruited some help. Each Top 5 we do will feature a guest host who has some insight into that specific ride topic. This week we are excited to have my good friend and fellow Disney lover, Tim Miller join us. Tim has two little ones of his own, as well as many nieces and nephews. He has been to Disney twice recently with many of these toddlers in tow. Today he is going to share his Top 5 Rides for Toddlers. Let’s see what he has in store!
#5- Toy Story Midway Mania!
This is one of the most popular rides in all the Disney parks right now. People rush to Pixar Place inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios as soon as the park opens. The interactive and elaborate queue entertains riders of all ages as their favorite Toy Story characters and games come to life. The ride itself is akin to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin over at the Magic Kingdom. However, in Toy Story Midway Mania!, riders are given 3-D glasses to bring the virtual game to life. The ride combines a real pull cord with a 3-D screen in the style of classic midway games. While this is highly stimulating for toddlers, it can be difficult for them to coordinate the pulling action while aiming in order to actually score points. Still, they will have a blast with the spinning ride vehicles, bright colors, and visual effects. A Fastpass + is very handy if you want to avoid a long wait.
#4- Finding Nemo – The Musical!
This broadway style musical brings the story of Finding Nemo to life in a unique combination of live actors and giant puppets. Each actor voices their character while also operating their larger than life puppet. The result is a fun, upbeat, colorful 40 minute show that amazes children and adults of all ages. The large theater is located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom between Dinoland U.S.A. and Expedition Everest. Fastpass + is available, but usually not necessary as there is a lot of seating in the cool air conditioned building.
This classic Disney ride has been delighting children since day 1 at the Magic Kingdom. The song, the colorful scenes, and the animatronic children may be annoying to some adults. However, let those same adults ride It’s A Small World with a child and they are sure to feel the magic of this ride anew. The “Happiest Cruise that Ever Sailed” is quick, easy, and a ride toddlers will want to do over and over again. Check out Episode 001 of our podcast for a full review.
#2- Disney Jr. – Live on Stage!
Take all the beloved characters from Disney Jr., put them together in a high energy puppet show, and sit back as your toddlers are filled with glee. This show is located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Interactive elements create a Disney 4-D experience that toddlers will not want to miss. The show last 24 minutes and is usually offered several times throughout the day. Be sure and check the Times Guide when you arrive at the park as the show is subject to change and may not be offered every day.
The Big Top is calling and cute little Dumbo is ready to flap his ears and lift you high into the sky! Kids flock to Dumbo year after year and keep this ride a top destination for toddlers. The ride is so popular it got a big upgrade when the new Fantasyland was unveiled at the Magic Kingdom. Before going round and round on this spinner kids can play under the tent in one of the best queues in all of Walt Disney World. Come back next week as we focus on Dumbo the Flying Elephant as our ride of the week!