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Can Babies Get on Rides at Disney World?

Contrary to what most parents may think, going to Disney World with a toddler is more than manageable.

Disney offers numerous attractions and activities for little ones to enjoy, and there are many child-care options available for when you want to partake in a ride that’s more adult.

There are several toddler and baby-friendly rides at Disney World, and many, like Jungle Cruise and Peter Pan’s Flight, don’t have height requirements. As long as you’re comfortable holding the baby on your lap, they can have just as much fun on the rides as you do.

What Rides Can Babies Get On At Disney World?

All four theme parks at Disney World have rides suitable for babies and toddlers, although some parks have more to offer than others.

The following is a list of the rides at each park:

Magic Kingdom Rides:

  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Haunted Mansion
  • It’s a Small World
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Walt Disney World Railroad

Animal Kingdom Rides:

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • TriceraTop Spin
  • Wildlife Express Train

Hollywood Studios Rides:

  • Toy Story Mania

EPCOT Rides:

  • Frozen: Ever After
  • Grand Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Which Disney World Theme Park is Best for a Baby?

Magic Kingdom is the best theme park to visit with a baby or toddler. 

If you only have time for one park, it should be this one – more than half the toddler-friendly rides (about 60%) are available here.

The scenery and atmosphere at Magic Kingdom are more immersive for small children as its theming really highlights the fantastical and magical world of Disney.

Magic Kingdom also features a playground where kids can have fun and play games if they’re not in the mood for the rides.

Not all attractions at the park are good for small children, and some rides do have specific height requirements.

If your child isn’t tall enough (or it’s not an appropriate ride for small children), you can use Disney World’s Rider Switch service while you hop on and enjoy yourself.

What Is Disney World’s Rider Switch Service?

Rider Switch is a system that allows groups with children to alternate their turns on an attraction that has a height requirement.

It means guests don’t need to wait in line twice when their little ones don’t meet the conditions to ride.

This service allows one adult to enjoy the ride while another adult watches the child(ren) in a designated area.

Adult 2 will receive a Ride Switch entitlement, so when Adult 1 is finished, Adult 2 can have their turn right away, and the kids are never left unattended.

The Rider Switch Service is free and is available at select rides across all four parks.

How Do I Use Disney World’s Rider Switch Service?

To use Rider Switch, you just need to confirm that the ride offers it.

Ask the cast member at the attraction, and they’ll let you know if it’s an option.

If the ride offers the service, the cast member will direct you to split your group into those who are riding and those who aren’t.

As mentioned, at least one adult will need to remain behind with those who can’t ride. 

When it’s their turn, the adult(s) that stayed behind can get on the ride without waiting in line again.

It’s a good way to save time during your visit to Disney World and allows everyone with kids to experience the attractions more easily.

What Baby-Related Services Does Disney World Offer?

Disney World is the most baby-friendly theme park and offers excellent services for visitors with small children.

Baby Care Centers

Baby Care Centers are where you can go to do all the things your little one needs.

If you need to change diapers, you can do so in the changing rooms.

If you want to feed them, there are feeding areas complete with high chairs, a microwave, and a sink.

If you want to entertain them, the main room offers a TV and seating area.

You also have access to private nursing rooms and a shop specializing in essentials for infants.

You don’t have to pay to use these services (unless you’re getting something from the shop).

There are Baby Care Centers all over Disney World available in the following locations:

  • Magic Kingdom: Between Crystal Palace and Casey’s Corner
  • Animal Kingdom: On Discovery Island, near the entrance to Africa
  • Hollywood Studios: To the left of the park entrance by Guest Relations
  • Epcot: Outside of the EPCOT Experience, next to the restrooms.

Stroller Rentals

While I would recommend bringing your own stroller, Disney World offers stroller rentals just in case you need one.

The strollers come in singles and doubles. 

A single stroller costs $15 a day, and doubles cost $31 a day.

If you plan on renting them for multiple days, prices go down to $13/day and $27/day.

You’ll need a stroller if you have a baby, but you can also rent one for slightly older kids to help aid their tired little feet.

Make sure to familiarize yourself with Disney’s policies to know when to return them and when to pick one up the following day.

What Else Can Babies Do At Disney World?

Disney World offers many other activities your baby can enjoy.

The theme park has various meet and greets where your little one can interact with famous characters like Mickey, Minnie, and Donald Duck.

The park also hosts several festivals throughout the year, and though some are targeted at older audiences, others are specifically for the little ones.

These are usually hosted at Magic Kingdom, and your kid can see their favorite characters from afar while enjoying the experience.

Disney World also has excellent shows that children of all ages will love.

The musical performance, For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, is a fan favorite that your kid is sure to enjoy.

The park also has play areas that offer a simpler experience where the kids can play with toys and meet new friends.

You can find them at all four theme parks, and access is free of charge.

Conclusion

Don’t be nervous about bringing your little one with you if you plan to visit Disney World.

There are many activities they can participate in, and they’re sure to enjoy the amazing experiences around every corner.

Disney World also offers several helpful services for taking care of a baby in a crowded place.

Since children under three get free park admission, and all this comes at no additional cost, it’s a win for both you and your baby.

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