Disney World Vacations with 3 & 4 Year Olds

Best Disney Attractions for 3-4-year-old Kids

If your choice of what to do on your Disney vacation is not perfect for your kids, then why go?  We have chosen activities that are just the Best Disney World experience for pre-schoolers in each park by attraction.

Disney’s Magic Kingdom with Toddlers

See Mickey, Minnie, and the gang. The parade in the afternoon at 3 pm and the evening are great fun and the energy and movement keep the little ones engaged. Lot of kiddie rides, hang out with Woody and Buzz from Toy Story, ride a Magic Carpet from Aladdin, see Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, too.  Ride the Train, fly in Dumbo and don’t miss the Merry-go-round. Circle around the park up high at Furtureland to get a good view.  Easily a whole day here, two days is even better if there are lines—and to be able to take a break and go back to the hotel to play in the pool or take a nap.  Be sure to see the fireworks every night with a special appearance by Tinker Bell. Some healthy food snacks, but best to bring some water and snacks of your own. You can rent a stroller or bring your own. Use the FastPass system to reserve a time to ride popular rides like Peter Pan.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a 3-year-old

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a very special zoo where you go on a safari, walk through the African landscape, and see monkeys and birds. They have a special show about Lion King for 3 and 4-year-olds, and It’s a Bugs Life which might be too scary depending on the child—it’s a 3D experience that may be too real.  The afternoon parade is great fun with a special appearance from Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. Dino kiddies ride too!   Spend a day here! Use FastPass to reserve a time for the Safari. This park closes early (5 PM) so go early.

Disney Hollywood Studio with a 4-year-old

Disney Hollywood Studio has a very fun afternoon parade with little cars and many kid Hollywood  Stars. Meet the Characters at the Central Plaza and get autographs or take your picture with them. Live show for little ones—Beauty and the Beast—and other attractions include Disney Junior and Little Mermaid. Then, end the day at the evening performance of Fantastic a musical and fireworks extravaganza!

There is a special Princess adventure where girls get their hair done up with glitter and wear princess dresses. They also have a Pirate Adventure where you go on an evening boat ride after meeting Captain Hook and Peter Pan. These cost extra and you need to make reservations ahead of time. The easiest way to do that is to call a Disney hotel and talk to the concierge—you can do that even if you aren’t staying at a Disney resort. All Parks and Disney Resort have meals with the characters—you need a reservation.   Our favorite for little ones is at Magic Kingdom ‘s Crystal Palace.

Blizzard Beach – Great for the little ones

This waterpark has a lazy river, smaller water slides, and a wave pool that works well for the little ones. Fun for adults too!

After all this, you will need some time to relax so hang out at the pool at your hotel or if you have a car head to the beach—see this article about the closest Beaches to Orlando.


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