Heading to Disney World with a toddler in tow?  This is our 5 Day Disney World Itinerary for toddlers (children 1 or 2 years old) to help you maximize your trip.  We’ve called this an itinerary, but really it’s a comprehensive plan.

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How to read this Disney World plan

We approach our comprehensive Disney World plan with 4 steps:

1. Pick parks
2. Make ADRs
3. Make FastPasses
4. Execute schedule

We then break each of the steps down by day, day 1 through day 5.

We have a Disney World base planning process here.  Add this plan on top of it, to customize for toddlers and for 5 day length.  Step 1 of this plan ties into step 3 of the base process (pick your park).  This will be self-explanatory after looking at both.

A word of wisdom on toddlers at Disney World

We recommend only doing a half-day in the park with toddlers. It’s important not to over-do it with a toddler in the park, or you will probably regret it the next day (or later the same day).  It’s one of our best tips for taking toddlers to Disney World.

This is especially true if you are doing 5 park days back-to-back, as in this itinerary.

For this reason, we have provided optional afternoon itineraries for each of the 5 days.  We definitely don’t recommend doing afternoons all 5 days.  If it was us, we wouldn’t do any afternoons in park.

If you do decide to stay for an afternoon, book a FastPass in the afternoon, and be prepared for meltdowns.

Okay, on to the itinerary!

By the way, don’t forget to checkout our packing list for toddlers to further simplify your planning.

 

Step 1: Pick your Park

You toddler can have fun at any of the 4 parks (here are our favorite things for toddlers at Magic KingdomEpcot, and Hollywood Studios).

However, Magic Kingdom is our favorite park for toddlers.  Epcot is also great for toddlers but requires a monorail switch if you are staying at a monorail hotel (here are the best Disney resorts for toddlers). It is a short walk if you are staying at an Epcot Resort.  Hollywood Studios is off the monorail completely, but is also great for toddlers.  Animal Kingdom is discussed below.

Use our Park Selector table for toddlers to chose your park.

Disney World Park Plan for 2 day Toddler Itinerary

For this 5 day toddler plan, we will be planning for:

  1. Magic Kingdom on Day 1
  2. Epcot on Day 2
  3. Rest OR Animal Kingdom on Day  3
  4. Hollywood Studios on Day 4
  5. Magic Kingdom on Day 5

Note on Animal Kingdom:

As you can see, our 5 day plan has a rest vs Animal Kingdom on Day 3.  We also have a return trip to Magic Kingdom on Day 5.  Animal Kingdom has a more limited selection of toddler activities, but is worth doing if your stay is long enough, or you have older kids in your party.  If that’s the case, consider going on Day 3 or substituting for Magic Kingdom on Day 5.

Note on Magic Kingdom:

Most toddler-friendly activities happen to be in Fantasyland, which is where our AM schedule for both Magic Kingdom Days is focused.  Our Day 1 afternoon option takes you to Liberty Square and Adventure Land (the West side of Magic Kingdom), while Day 5 takes you to Tomorrow Land (the East side of Magic Kingdom).

You can adjust your park days after you get your ADRs, before you make your FastPasses as needed.  Picking your parks in advance helps you focus in which ADRs to make and when.

 

Step 2: Make your Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR)

We cover Advanced Dining Reservations, or ADRs, here.

Day 1 Magic Kingdom ADR

Make an 8 am early morning ADR at Cinderella’s Royal Table (Cinderella and rotating princesses)

This will get you into the park before it opens.  Even if your ADR is at 8:30 am, show up to the restaurant promptly at 8:00 am.  Seating is in order of arrival.

You should be finishing breakfast just as the rope is dropping.  When you leave the restaurant, lines will still be short, and you should be able to walk right on your first ride / attraction.  Plus, you’ve already met a bunch of characters!

(Note: Cinderella’s Royal Table is a notoriously hard-to-get ADR, so use our instructions to get it. We used to recommend an early morning ADR at Crystal Palace, but as of the changes to rope drop in 2017, this no longer gets you in early.)

Day 2 Epcot ADR

On day 2, we don’t recommend using the early morning ADR trick.  This is because World Showcase doesn’t open until 11 and only 2 restaurants offer ADRs: Akershus and Garden Grill.

Instead, make make a 12:45 ADR at Akershus.

(An early morning Garden Grill ADR does get you in to Future World early, but it’s not our favorite restaurant.  And, an early morning Akershus ADR can be used to be first in line for Frozen Ever After, but then you have to trek all the way back to Future World and back again when World Showcase opens.)

Day 3 Animal Kingdom ADR

On Day 3, we recommend a rest day to keep your toddler fresh.

If you would rather do Animal Kingdom, make an 8 am early morning ADR at Tusker House.  This is a character breakfast, and you will meet Daisy, Donald, Goofy, and Mickey.

Just like on Day 1, this will get you into the park before it opens.  Make this reservation for as early is you can, but show up to the restaurant promptly at 8:00, even if your reservation is later.  This is a hard to get ADR, so use our instructions to get it.

An early morning ADR at Animal Kingdom is important if you have older kids in your party that will want to go on popular rides.  If you are only traveling with a toddler, it’s less important, because your 3 FastPasses will cover all of the toddler-friendly rides.

 

Day 4 Hollywood Studios ADR

On day 4, make an early morning 8:00 am ADR at Hollywood and Vine.   This will get you into the park early, just like at Magic Kingdom.  It’s also a must-do if your toddler watches any Disney Jr.  You will meet Doc McStuffins, Jake the Pirate, Sophia the First, and Handy Manny.

For lunch, make a 12:30 ADR at 50’s Prime Time Café.

 

Day 5 Magic Kingdom ADR

On Day 5, head back to Magic Kingdom for a last hurrah.

Make an 8 am early morning ADR at Be Our Guest Restaurant

Just like on Day 1, this will get you into the park before it opens.  Make this reservation for as early is you can, but show up to the restaurant promptly at 8:00, even if your reservation is later.

 

Step 3: Make your FastPasses

After you make your ADRs, adjust your park days and make FastPasses accordingly.  For example if you were able to get an ADR at Be Our Guest (a Magic Kingdom restaurant) on day 3 instead of day 5, then make day 3 a Magic Kingdom day instead of day 5.  Makes sense, right?

We cover FastPasses here.  This is how you will select your rides and attractions for the day.

Day 1 Magic Kingdom FastPasses

As we mentioned, we are presenting Magic Kingdom options that are character/princess heavy and options that is ride heavy.  These are ordered for an efficient trip without a lot of back tracking.

  • 9:00-10:00 am FastPass – The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (ride)
  • 10:10-11:10 am FastPass – Dumbo the Flying Elephant (ride)
  • 11:20-12:30 am FastPass – Enchanted Tales with Belle (interactive show).

Some alternates:

  • Peter Pan’s Flight: this is our favorite ride for toddlers.  Rather than use a FastPass, we are going to take advantage of being in the park early to get on this ride with minimal waiting.
  • Mad Tea Party can be squeezed in between FastPasses
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant does not necessarily require a FastPass, because there is a toddler friendly play area in the waiting line.  This can be a good way to cool down in the afternoon, and longer wait time just means more play time in the AC.
  • Prince Charming’s Royal Carousel can usually be squeezed in between FastPasses

Day 2 Epcot FastPasses
  • 9:00 – 10:00 FastPass – Spaceship Earth
  • 10:10-11:10 FastPass – The Seas with Nemo and Friends (Seas Pavilion)
  • 11:15 – 12:15 FastPass – Ride Frozen Ever After (Norway Pavilion)
Day 3 Animal Kingdom FastPasses

If you are going to Animal Kingdom instead of taking a rest day, make these FastPasses.

  • 9:00 – 10:00 FastPass Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • 10:10-11:00 FastPass – TriceraTop Spin
  • 11:15 – 12:15 FastPassIt’s Tough to be a Bug

Notes and alternates:

  • There is a lot to see at Animal Kingdom, but the rides are largely focused on older children.  
  • Your toddler might enjoy Maharaja Jungle Trek (featuring animals)  and Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, both walking experiences. These may not be interesting for long periods of time but can be worth a look if you have time.
Day 4 Hollywood Studios FastPasses
  • 9:00 – 10:00 FastPass – Toy Story Midway Mania 
  • 10:10 – 11:10 FastPass – Disney Jr. Live on Stage
  • 11:20 – 12:20 FastPass – For the First Time in Forever, A Frozen Sing Along Celebration (review here)

Notes and alternates:

  • You can interchange Disney Jr: Live on Stage and For the First Time in Forever, a Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, depending on FastPass availability. 
  • Toy Story Midway Mania‘s lights and sounds will entertain most toddlers, but only older toddlers will be able to engage in the shooting game.  It’s still a fun time for everyone.
  • Voyage of The Little Mermaid is a show that is well-suited to toddlers.  You may be able to squeeze this in between FastPasses, especially in the earlier morning.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D is another show that entertains all ages, although your toddler may be too young to wear the 3D glasses.  He or she will give it high marks anyways.

 

Day 5 Magic Kingdom FastPasses

If you are going to Magic Kingdom instead of taking a rest day, make these FastPasses.

  • 9:00-10:00 am FastPass – Peter Pan’s Flight (ride)
  • 10:10-11:10 am FastPass – Princess Fairytale Hall (character meet)
  • 11:20-12:20 am FastPass – Under the Sea: The Journey of the Little Mermaid

Notes and alternates:

  • Mad Tea Party can be squeezed in between FastPasses
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant does not necessarily require a FastPass, because there is a toddler friendly play area in the waiting line.  This can be a good way to cool down in the afternoon, and longer wait time just means more play time in the AC.
  • Prince Charming’s Royal Carousel can usually be squeezed in between FastPasses

 

If you don’t get exactly the FastPasses above, or can’t get them in that order, its not the end of the world.  This order was only selected for an efficient path through the park.  A little extra walking never hurt as long as you’ve got a good stroller.

Step 4: Execute the schedule!

Day 1 Magic Kingdom
7:30 - arrive at the park and check in for your dining reservation with one of the employees holding tablets.

Main Street opens an hour before the rest of the park, and ropes keep guests out of individual lands, with the exception of those with early ADRs in FantasyLand at Cinderella's Royal Table and Be Our Guest. 

7:40 - Get a photo in front of Cinderella's castle on the way to your restaurant.

7:50 - Check in for your reservation at the restaurant.

8:00 - Eat breakfast at ADR reservation (or get in line for rope drop as close to FantasyLand as possible, if you were unable to secure an early AM ADR)

9:00 - Ride Peter Pan's Flight in Fantasyland. We skipped the FastPass for this ride on Day 1. Instead, take advantage of early ADR or rope drop to get on this very cool, very popular ride with little to no wait.  If you don't get there in time, don't worry, it's in the Day 3 FastPass list.

9:00 - 10:00 First FastPass - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

10:10 - 11:10 Second FastPass - Dumbo the Flying Elephant

11:20 - 12:20 Third FastPass - Enchanted Tales with Belle 
     Squeeze in between FastPasses: It's a Small World
     Squeeze in between FastPasses: Prince Charming's Royal Carousel

Lunch - We recommend heading back to home base in the afternoon for a nap and to wind down, swim, and relax, when with toddlers.
Day 1 Magic Kingdom Afternoon Option

If you are intent on getting as much of Magic Kingdom in as you can… We recommend saving at least one of your FastPasses for an afternoon option.

1:00 Meet Ariel at her Grotto (if you haven't met her today already)

1:45 Mickey's Philiharmagic (FastPass not usually needed)

2:30 The Enchanted Tiki Room (FastPass not usually needed)

3:15 Magic Carpets with Aladdin

4:30 Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
Staying Cool at Magic Kingdom

You and your toddler will probably need to cool off during your day. We strategically included air-conditioned rides in this itinerary so that you can cool off in between walking treks.  These include:

Two Day Toddler Plan Disney World, Casey Jr. Splash 'n' Soak
Kids will have fun in this splashpad and playground in Magic Kingdom called Casey Jr. Splash ‘N Soak.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (ride only; line shaded)
  • Princess Fairy Tale Hall
  • Under the Sea: The Journey of the Little Mermaid (ride only, line shaded)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (line and ride)
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (line and ride)
  • Tiki Room (attraction only)

There is also a splash pad located in the Storybook Circus area of Fantasy Land called Casey Jr. Splash ‘n’ Soak.  Kids have a blast running through the water and splash features.  But be warned, they will end up soaked.  Check out our tips on staying cool at Disney World here.

Play Areas at Magic Kingdom

We didn’t schedule playgrounds into this itinerary.  Most visitors with only 1 day in the park will want as much time on rides and attractions as possible.  Having said that, if you want to sit down and let your toddler run around in a play area, we recommend:

  • The line for Dumbo the Flying Elephant (air conditioned with seats for parents)
  • Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak in Fantasyland
  • The Laughin’ Place near the exit to Splash Mountain (shaded, outdoors)

We have a more comprehensive list of Disney World play areas and playgrounds here.

Other Notes about Magic Kingdom
  • Park hours often change from 9 a.m. to 8 a.m. Call the day before to ensure you know what time the park is opening.
  • If you don’t have an early ADR, being at Magic Kingdom for Rope Drop is important in order to get a head start on the crowds.
  • Magic Kingdom generally lets guests through the turnstiles, but not all the way into the park, 15 minutes before park opening (usually 8:45 am). If early crowds are large enough, Disney may let people in early or open the park early.

On to day 2!

Day 2 Epcot
8:00 - Arrive at park to wait for rope drop

9:00 - 10:00 First FastPass - Spaceship Earth

     Squeeze in between FastPasses: Space Base play area. 
     Enter through Mission: SPACE exit, and walk through the gift shop at the exit of the ride. 

10:10 - 11:00 Second FastPass - The Seas with Nemo and Friends (Seas Pavilion)

     Squeeze in Between FastPasses: Turtle Talk with Crush (Seas Pavilion)

11:15 - 12:15 Third FastPass - Ride Frozen Ever After (Norway Pavilion)

     Squeeze in Between FastPasses: See Anna and Elsa in Norway if you have time

12:45  - ADR for Akershus Royal Table
Day 2  Epcot Afternoon Option
1:45 - 4:45 - Walk around the World Showcase 

     See while you are in the World Showcase:
     Mexico Pavilion - Gran Fiesta Tour starring the Three Caballeros (air-conditioned)
     France Pavilion - Serveur Amusant (if performing)
     United Kingdom Pavilion - Rose & Crown Pub
     Anything else that interests you.
Staying Cool and Play Areas at Epcot

We recommend taking cooling break during warmer months.  The Mexico Pavilion building is a cool, air-conditioned break from the sun.  In addition, there is a great indoor, air-conditioned play area for toddlers at the exit of Mission: SPACE, called Space Base.  Enter through the exit of Mission: SPACE, and walk through the gift shop.

Day 3 Animal Kingdom
7:30 - arrive at the park and check in for your dining reservation with one of the employees holding tablets. 

7:40 - Get a photo in front of Cinderella's castle on the way to your restaurant.

7:50 - Check in for your ADR at Tusker House

8:00 - Eat Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 First FastPass - Kilimanjaro Safaris

     Walk over to DinoLand

10:10 - 11:10 Second FastPass - TriceraTop Spin

     Play at the Boneyard play area

11:20 - 12:20 Third FastPass - It’s Tough to be a Bug

12:30 Lunch - Rainforest Cafe (if you are leaving) or Flame Tree Barbecue (if you are staying)

We recommend heading back to home base in the afternoon for a nap and to wind down, swim, and relax, when with toddlers.
Day 3 Animal Kingdom Afternoon Option

If you are intent on getting as much of Animal Kingdom in as you can.

1:00 Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch
  
1:30 Meet Chip and Dale FastPass not needed

2:00 Meet Rafiki FastPass not needed 

2:30 Wildlife Express Train return
Day 4 Hollywood Studios
7:00 - Get on bus to Hollywood Studios. Buses do run in time for early ADRs even though the official line is that they start an hour before parks open.

8:00 - Breakfast Advanced Dining Reservation at Hollywood & Vine

9:00 - 10:00 First FastPass - Toy Story Midway Mania 

     Pro Tip - if the standby line is short, ride standby first and then ride a second time using your FastPass, or cancel your FastPass and use it to get onto another ride later. You can do this on the Disney mobile app or at a FastPass kiosk.

10:10 - 11:10 Second FastPass - Disney Jr: Live on Stage - You do not want to be the first in line as the stage is high and those who arrive first sit in the first row with an obstructed view. 

      Squeeze in between FastPasses - The Great Movie Ride (watch ahead on YouTube to see if your child would find this frightening). My two-year old loved it and wasn’t scared. 

11:20 - 12:20 Third FastPass - For the First Time in Forever, a Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

12:30 - Lunch ADR for 50’s Prime Time Cafe

We recommend heading back for a rest at this point. If you want to stay for the whole day, we recommend saving one FastPass for an afternoon attraction. We think Hollywood Studios is a great half-day park, and thus, perfect for toddlers.

Day 4 Hollywood Studios Afternoon option
1:45 - The Great Movie Ride (if you haven’t already been on it)

2:30 - Jim Henson’s Muppet-Vision: 3D (show)

3:15 -  Voyage of the Little Mermaid (show) 

4:00 - Meet Characters -  use the remainder of your day to meet characters

     Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars, Mike and Sully from Monsters, Inc., Phineas and Ferb, and the Incredibles are characters that are only found at Hollywood Studios.


Day 5 Magic Kingdom
7:30 - arrive at the park and check in for your dining reservation with one of the employees holding tablets. 

7:40 - Get a photo in front of Cinderella's castle on the way to your restaurant.

7:50 - Check in for your ADR at Be Our Guest

8:00 - Eat breakfast (or get in line for rope drop as close to FantasyLand as possible, if you were unable to secure an early AM ADR)

9:00 - Ride 

9:00 - 10:00 First FastPass - Peter Pan's Flight

10:10 - 11:10 Second FastPass - Princess Fairytale Hall

11:20 - 12:20 Third FastPass - Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
     Squeeze in between FastPasses: It's a Small World
     Squeeze in between FastPasses: Prince Charming's Royal Carousel

12:30 Lunch - Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café

We recommend heading back to home base in the afternoon for a nap and to wind down, swim, and relax, when with toddlers.
Day 5 Magic Kingdom Afternoon Option

If you are intent on getting as much of Magic Kingdom in as you can… We recommend saving at least one of your FastPasses for an afternoon option.

1:00 Buzzlight Year's Space Ranger Spin (FastPass required, fun for parents and toddlers)

1:45 Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (FastPass not usually needed)

2:30 Mad Tea Party (FastPass not usually needed)

3:15 Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

 

 

Look at Day 1 for Magic Kingdom cooling options and play areas.

That’s it!  That’s our comprehensive 5 Day Disney World Plan designed specifically for Toddlers.  Do you have improvements? Let us know in the comments!

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