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

What to Pack in Your Walt Disney World Park Bag for A Toddler

What to Pack in Your Walt Disney World Park Bag for A Toddler

( In the Summer at Walt Disney World – hot & rainy)

Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom
  • Magic Bands or Park Tickets
  • Mickey Ears/ Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain Ponchos & Stroller Rain Cover
  • Plastic Straws or reusable metal straw (Toddlers tear through paper straws so quickly)
  • Snacks -goldfish, fruit snacks, banana, cutie oranges, etc
  • Small Entertainment toys for waits in line or restaurants – stickers, light blocks, small car, new toy, stuff from Target $1 section, glow sticks, etc
  • Toddler Water Bottle & Adult Water bottles (Cheaper than buying in park – Cups of water are free at any food service location)
  • Disney Gift Cards (to Save Money – 5% off when Buy from Sam’s or Target – read more!)
  • Phone (and portable charger if it dies!)
  • Diapers, Wipes, Changing Pad
  • Nursing Cover (If needed)
  • Change of clothes or Swim Diaper (if you anticipate Child going in splash pad or needing it)
Walt Disney World with a Toddler Family Photo Locations for Great Family Photos at Magic Kingdom

Before you leave hotel: Apply Sunscreen

Bring a Stroller even if your toddler doesn’t normally use it!

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

How to take a FAMILY TRIP TO DISNEY FOR $500

We recently took our family of three to Walt Disney World for a weekend trip! I would have never been able to go on this trip if we were going to spend thousands of dollars.

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I found flights $50 each way on Southwest airlines, leaving from Houston – Orlando from Friday to Monday. The Friday flight was either early in the morning or arrived late at night. Make sure to check out Southwest’s low fare calendar to try and find deals on flights!

I booked my flights and hotels on points, and my son is still under 3 so he gets into the park for free. This means spending the day at the hotel when you arrive and enjoying their pool. It means missing some of the Disney Parks, but with a two year old we were happy to just show him Magic Kingdom again! We know we will miss stuff, but a weekend trip definitely was amazing and didn’t break the bank.

A big extra expense is food. We spend a lot on Food, but you can cut costs on your food at Disney World too! We had our Uber stop at as CVS for a few extra bucks so we could grab a case of water on the way back to the hotel. Our hotel offered transportation to the parks, but we still spent money on food and Ubers. Disney is not a cheap place, but we had an incredible time without breaking the budget!

Flight: Booked on Points (10,600 points + my Son booked on my Southwest Companion Pass) + $33.60 in taxes

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress (51,000 points to stay at Club Level with free food + beer/wine !)

Park Tickets: 2 Days at the Park for 2 Adults (No Hopper): $477.16

Total for flight, hotel, and parks for 3 people: $510.76‬

A big part of being able to take this trip using points was through collecting points with the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Southwest Chase Personal & Business Card. There are supposedly cards where you can get free park tickets too, but I wasn’t able to take advantage of that! Here’s a great place to start in learning about using credit card points for travel.

How I took my family of three to Disney World for $500 including Flights, Hotels, and Park Tickets!
How I took my family of three to Disney World for $500 including Flights, Hotels, and Park Tickets!
How I took my family of three to Disney World for $500 including Flights, Hotels, and Park Tickets!
Top Tips on Visiting Walt Disney World with a Baby

3 Day Trip Itinerary at Walt Disney World with a Baby!

Our 3 Day Disney World schedule with a 6 Month Old BABY!

(please don’t judge how little we can get done with a baby!)

Top Tips on Visiting Walt Disney World with a Baby

Day 1 at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Flew in on the EARLYYYY (too early)

Flight on Southwest Houston – Orlando

Uber Car Seat to Polynesian Resort

Checked into room

Wings at Kona Cafe

Ate at Kona cafe

Monorail to Magic Kingdom

Leo slept through Daytime Parade

Rode Dumbo (with Fast Pass but didn’t need it!)

Top Tips on Visiting Walt Disney World with a Baby

Carousel

It’s A Small World

Magic Kingdom Railroad – Closed for renovations as of Aug 2019

Ohana for Dinner

Watched Fireworks from the Polynesian  

Top Tips on Visiting Walt Disney World with a Baby

Day 2

Slow relaxing Breakfast – Let Dad sleep in while Leo looked out window and gnawed on banana

1st Nap of the Day

Monorail to Magic Kingdom

Top Tips on Visiting Walt Disney World with a Baby

Pirates of the Carribean – FastPass

Jungle Canteen Restaurant – with 2nd Nap – the restaurants were popular places to nap

Jungle Cruise -FastPass

Boat Ferry from Magic Kingdom

Relaxed at Polynesian Resort

Top Tips on Visiting Walt Disney World with a Baby

Minnie Van to Hollywood Studios

Dinner at Sci-fi Drive-in (Note: Cars are not good for Breastfeeding due to tight space)

Little Mermaid

Bus back (long wait for bus)

Fireworks from the Polynesian  

Top Tips on Visiting Walt Disney World with a Baby

Day 3

Slow Breakfast

1st Nap of the Day

Animal Kingdom Bus

Yak and Yeti Restaurant – and 2nd Nap

Finding Nemo the Musical

Wildlife Express Train and Petting Zoo

Avatar Flight of Passage + Rider Swap – With FastPass too!

Kona cafe room service   – This was everything, and there is only like a $5 charge for room service!

Check out my top tips on Disney World with a Baby here!

Top Tips on Visiting Walt Disney World with a Baby
Top Tips on Visiting Walt Disney World with a Baby

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.

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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

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*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. 

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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.