2 year old 2nd Birthday Photo Session - Our Long Life wearing bow tie and suspenders with balloon

2nd Birthday Photos for Toddler Boy

I had trouble finding inspiration for a two year old boy’s second Birthday photos, maybe because 2 years olds are so challenging to photograph. Or maybe because 2 year old Birthday photos aren’t as common as one year old Birthday photos. I was happy with how ours turned out, so I thought I would share them. I took about 500 photos and liked about 10 of them! So, it was definitely a challenge photographing the always moving toddler. I am still so happy I took them though.

2 year old 2nd Birthday Photo Session - Our Long Life wearing bow tie and suspenders with balloon

My son usually stays in cotton t shirts and shorts all the time with tennis shoes so he is comfortable and can play and get them dirty, but I love the dressed up look! Before having kids, I never understood why Moms were putting their kids in formal wear all the time. Now, I understand. They are so cute in it!

2 year old 2nd Birthday Photo Session - Our Long Life

Thank goodness my son didn’t mind the suspenders and bow tie. He did get tired of me photographing him after about 30 minutes though!

2 year old 2nd Birthday Photo Session - Our Long Life wearing bow tie and suspenders with balloon
2 year old 2nd Birthday Photo Session - Our Long Life wearing bow tie and suspenders with balloon
2 year old 2nd Birthday Photo Session - Our Long Life wearing bow tie and suspenders with balloon

Before I put him in the shirt and bow tie, I took some photos outside with no shirt. I love the close-up face shots. And, I especially love his small grin.

2 year old 2nd Birthday Photo Session - Our Long Life wearing bow tie and suspenders with balloon

I love capturing a few candids in nice lighting especially when all the kids do is move. I have so many photos of the back of his head.

Shirt, Shorts, bow tie, Suspenders : H&M

Shoes: Carters

John Deere Tractor themed 2nd Birthday Party for a boy

John Deere Tractor themed Birthday Party

John Deere Tractor themed Birthday Party

John Deere Tractor themed 2nd Birthday Party for a boy

We recently through our son a John Deere themed 2nd Birthday Party. It was a big success considering my son loves tractors. There were a surprisingly large amount of John Deere themed party supplies.

John Deere Tractor themed 2nd Birthday Party for a boy

Tractor cake!

My neighbor makes beautiful cakes and made this cake for us.

John Deere Tractor themed 2nd Birthday Party for a boy

Custom Tractor T-shirt!

My Mom ordered this shirt off of Etsy. This one off Amazon would work too!

John Deere Tractor themed 2nd Birthday Party for a boy

Delicious Texas BBQ!

My husband cooked the BBQ. He makes some amazing BBQ, but he doesn’t get any sleep doing it!

John Deere Tractor themed 2nd Birthday Party for a boy

John Deere Cap!

My son had a blast and that’s all I care about. He loves wearing this hat when he’s on the tractor with Papa too!

He loves his backpack too!

John Deere Tractor themed 2nd Birthday Party for a boy

A John Deere Tractor, of course!

My Dad has a tractor, which is part of the reason Leo loves them, and why we are able to have one at the party!

John Deere Tractor themed 2nd Birthday Party for a boy
John Deere Tractor themed 2nd Birthday Party for a boy

John Deere toys!

John Deere Tractor themed 2nd Birthday Party for a boy

John Deere colored flowers, balloons, and tablecloths – Oh my!

John Deere Tractor themed 2nd Birthday Party for a boy

Best things to do Oakland, CA with a toddler

Things to do in Oakland, CA with a Toddler

Visiting Oakland, CA California with a Toddler - Tilden Farm, Fairyland, Lake Merritt, San Francisco Ferry

Lake Merritt

Visiting Oakland, CA California with a Toddler - Tilden Farm, Fairyland, Lake Merritt, San Francisco Ferry

Lake Merritt in Oakland,CA is a great place for a toddler to run around and have enough room between the street and the Lake where you don’t feel too stressed.

My son loved seeing the geese and all the dogs walking. On the weekends, there’s also tons of stuff happening. We also walk over to Oaktown Spice to pick-up on some high quality spices before heading home.

After Lake Merritt fun, we left our car parked near Oaktown Spice shop and walked to Fairyland with our stroller, stopping for high quality coffee at Perch Coffee house. Bonus: Bonsai Garden is another great park to run around in.

Fairyland

Visiting Oakland, CA California with a Toddler - Tilden Farm, Fairyland, Lake Merritt, San Francisco Ferry

We had a great time visiting Fairyland, the inspiration for Walt Disney creating Disney World. This place was really made for little kids. They have some rides that only older kids could ride, but my almost two-year-old enjoyed going down slides, seeing animals, seeing real animals. There is a train, but we skipped it since the line was so long. We went on the Steam train at Tilden Farm the following day! Way better!

Tilden Farm & Steam Train

Visiting Oakland, CA California with a Toddler - Tilden Farm, Fairyland, Lake Merritt, San Francisco Ferry

Tilden farm was the highlight of the activities for my son. He loves train, so he loved the Steam train. We rode it twice! The views were beautiful for the adults too. After the train rides, we drove to the farm to feed the cows.

Pro-tip: Bring your own lettuce or celery when visiting Tilden Farm

Visiting Oakland, CA California with a Toddler - Tilden Farm, Fairyland, Lake Merritt, San Francisco Ferry

Leo loved feeding the cows! He still talks about it months later. We are from Texas, but this was his first time seeing a cow close up and feeding the cow. The farm was FREE and the steam train was super affordable. With it being California, I was surprised! We ran out of time to ride the carousel, but I heard we really missed out because it is so beautiful. We will have to ride it next time.

San Francisco Ferry

Visiting Oakland, CA California with a Toddler - Tilden Farm, Fairyland, Lake Merritt, San Francisco Ferry

We rode the San Francisco Ferry from Jack London Square to San Francisco Ferry Building. There was a garage for free parking if you ride the Ferry. You walk over to the Ferry landing and wait for your Ferry. Then pay for a round trip (or one way) ticket on the boat. Bring a jacket for you and the little one as it is chilly and I wanted to be outside!

We enjoyed dinner reservations on the Bay and my toddler loved our view from the restaurant. We had 5PM Reservations at La Mar Cebicheria Peruana celebrating seeing our wonderful friends in the area. We walked through the Ferry Building right next to the Pier 1. That would be a great place to eat too even though it is busy, the food looked high quality.

Our view on the Ferry back was pretty magical and my toddler loved it too!

Jack London Square

Another great place we ate was Farmhouse Thai in Jack London Square. It was pricey but sooo amazing if you like Thai food. Jack London square has a lot to do too. If we had more time, I wanted to visit the USS Potomac since my little boy likes all things boats, trucks, planes. I also would love to stay at the Waterfront hotel near there.

Oakland Zoo, Fenton’s Ice Cream.

These are a few great options that we weren’t able to do. This is a great long list of all the options from another awesome Mom travel blog!

Hotel: Hyatt Place Emeryville/San Francisco – We stayed here because we had some credit card points and the Waterfront was unavailable. They had a great breakfast with lots of healthy options and the staff was super friendly. There’s a mall walking distance as well as a lot of places around if you need to run to the store. My husband always runs to get us bottled water when we are on vacation. There was a fridge in the room as well.

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Take Great Family Photos at Disney World!

Take Photos in the Morning!

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Arrive at the parks early when lighting is good and there are fewer people.

This is also when the family is fresh and not too sweaty and tired!

Maybe Bribe the kids and let them know you want to spend 10-15 minutes on this then they get to do XYZ- AKA enjoy everything about Disney World!

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Best locations for family photos in the Magic Kingdom

– grassy area in Magic Kingdom next to Crystal Palace

-side of the castle as you are walking to Tomorrowland (near the Cinderella wishing well)

-use colorful wall backgrounds where the sun is not blinding you

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

The back of the train station has amazing views of the castle!

Photos in the Candystores are so fun and colorful and will for sure produce a real smile!

Check out my pinterest board to see more creative ideas other people have done!

Book a Morning Tour

Disney offers tours before the park opens. You can enjoy the park and take advantage of family photos without people everywhere!

Really want AMAZING Family Photos? Hire a Professional!

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom
Tips on how to take the best Family Photos at Walt Disney World!

Hire a professional photographer – I recommend Rya Photos

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Best Magic Kingdom Rides for a toddler!

Best Rides at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for a Toddler

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Some people worry that there’s nothing for their toddler to ride at Disney World, but you will probably struggle to do it all! I know I do!

Magic Kingdom is definitely the park with the most options for rides that toddlers can ride.

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Here are all rides for a 2 year old at Magic Kingdom! I have put stars by my top favorites!

Fantasyland – This land was made for the little kids!

Peter Pan – Good Fast Pass Option – Always a long line! This is a short ride too.

*It’s a Small World – fast moving line

The Carousel – short wait

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

*Dumbo

Mad Tea Party

Mickey’s Philharmagic

Journey of the Little Mermaid – Great Fast Pass Option for those littles that love Ariel!

Top Tips on Visiting Walt Disney World with a Baby

Adventureland –

*Jungle Cruise – good option for Fast Pass

*Enchanted Tiki Room – A great break in the air conditioning! Grab some dole whip too! They now let you bring it inside!

*Pirates of the Caribbean

Liberty Square

*Haunted Mansion

Tomorrowland

*Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – Good fast pass option

*Astro Orbiter – Good Fast Pass Option

*Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – a short wait and a relaxing time in Air conditioning

Tomorrowland Transit Authority – Short line and fun ride for a break

Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Tomorrowland’s Speedway – must be 32 inches (one of the shorter height restrictions)

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

*The railroad!- No, not big thunder, but the railroad around the park is so fun and can help you avoid extra walking. NOTE: The train was currently closed for refurbishment at the end of 2019 and they said it could be 1-2 years before it is back and running, but it is available for photos.

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Cinderella’s Castle is a great thing especially for little girls that love princesses!

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Fireworks shows and Parades are also great entertainment. People often wait for hours to get the best spot. That is not worth it to me with a toddler, but you can put them on your shoulders for a better view for them!

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Visiting Disney World with a Toddler

Visiting Walt Disney World with a Toddler!

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom


After visiting Walt Disney World with a baby, we have now visited with a toddler, who just turned 2 years old. 


We have a couple of Disney trips planned with Leo as a toddler. We just came back from our first trip, and here are my top tips for visiting Walt Disney World with a 2 year old!

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom


Schedule in Nap/Rest time

I debated trying to push through and just try and have my son sleep in the stroller, but rest is for us too! I love Disney World, but it is hot and full of people. I love laying in a clean air conditioned hotel room and maybe even taking a nap myself!

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom


Disney World Fast Passes!

Toddlers do not have patience, and with nap times and snack times, our time in the park is valuable! If you are staying on Disney Property (or a Disney Neighbor hotel), then you can book these 60 days out. If you stay on property, you can book them 30 days out. You can still grab really great fast passes 30 days out, but the top couple of rides at each park might already be taken!

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Disney World Buffets

Honestly, I hate buffets. But, I want my son to see all the characters. Character meals are a great way to do that without waiting in long lines and using up fast passes on character meets. We ate at Chef Mickey’s lunch buffet. This restaurant is on the monorail at the Contemporary Hotel. After lunch, we ubered back to the room for some rest before heading back out for more Magic Kingdom fun. Dining reservations can be made as early as 180 days out. Dining reservations are good to have as some places fill up early, but I still found some good reservations booking a few months out. It depends on when you are going and how busy the park will be too!
Avoid Park HoppersWe are always a family to stay on property and buy Park Hoppers, but with a toddler everything moves slower. This is the first trip we are staying off property and not getting a park hopper. This is how we able to fit in this weekend trip before a longer trip in 2020 by cutting back. 

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is your best friend

I always love Magic Kingdom because it is so classically Disney World. IT HAS THE CASTLE! But, this is also the best park for toddlers. I love the other parks, especially Epcot. There’s not as much to do in Epcot for toddlers. I love Animal Kingdom too, but there’s a lot of walking in that park which can take a lot of time as well. One day, I definitely want to bring Leo to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, a great place for a toddler that loves animals!

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Take Advantage of Rider Swaps!

If you want to ride roller coasters, make sure to use Rider Swap options. When someone has to hang back and watch the child that can’t ride, you can use a rider swap card for two fast passes to ride after the person waits.

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Disney Park Baby Changing Rooms

Even though Leo isn’t a baby anymore, I still use the baby rooms when we are nearby. They have diaper changing tables and air conditioning! This is a great escape for a clean changing or feeding place for the little ones.
Also, it is okay if there is something YOU want to do at Disney too. I rode some of my favorite rides the Leo isn’t old enough to ride yet!
These are my top tips for going to Disney with a Toddler!

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom


Check out this blog on my favorite rides for a toddler.