Monday, October 18, 2010

Jenny's Family Vacation: Part 3 - time for the rides, Magic Kingdom-style!

As a parent of 2 little ones, Jenny and her hubby, Aaron, are going to have their hands cut out for them.  Eli will be almost 9 months and Tiger is 2 (36"), so the coasters are out, but there is still so much to see and do.  Hopefully, I can help to make their planning a little easier!


It would be very easy to think about Disney World and only picture Space Mountain, but there so many rides that the children can ride, in all of the parks.  For the next series of posts, I'm going to highlight the rides per park and also include which I personally think are best for nursing - without losing any park time!


We'll start with Magic Kingdom.  For obvious reasons :)




If you're not a Disney-phile like I am, maybe it's not as obvious.  Magic Kingdom was the first park at WDW, and at 39 years old is the staple of the parks.  A trip without Animal Kingdom is absolutely doable, but a trip without Magic Kingdom is impossible.  At least to me.


From Right to Left past the castle:


Tomorrowland:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • * Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Movers
  • * The Carousel of Progress
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Stitch's Great Escape (ride-able, but not recommended for little ones.. could be scary!)
  • Tomorrowland Speedway - 32" minimum (perfect for Tiger and Daddy while Mommy and Eli are relaxing.. but expect a very long line!)



Next we're on to...


Mickey's Toontown Fair:
Unfortunately, the land of Mickey and Minnie's neighboring homes, of Goofy's barnstormer ride, and of Pete's service station will be closing in the fall (if not already closed) to continue with the Fantasyland Expansion.  In the case that it still happens to be open, there is the 1 roller coaster that a little guy can ride on.  With a minimum of 35", The Barnstormer is the perfect roller coaster for the little ones!  I hope that keep it after the expansion!


Now one of my favorites:


Fantasyland:
With rides like Peter Pan, Small World, and Mickey's Philharmagic, there is nothing that the little ones can't ride and enjoy in Fantasyland.  Philharmagic is a 3D show and is one of my personal favorites.  I wouldn't recommend nursing in Fantasyland rides because they are all fairly short, but, after you head out of Fantasyland, you'll come quickly to more shows and attractions that are slow, dark, and perfect for nursing!


Liberty Square:

  • * The Hall of Presidents - a very long animatronic show perfect for getting away from it all and nursing!
  • The Haunted Mansion - no height requirements - 5 year olds have been known to get scared, but often the younger ones don't think it's scary.. depends on your kids!



Frontierland:
Tom Sawyer Island is the only baby/toddler friendly ride.  Ride at your own risk - the one time I went to TSI, the rafts stopped working and we were stuck for 30 minutes!


Adventureland:

  • * The Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Swiss Family Tree house - a walk through house that would be great for a kid with a lot of energy and a baby in a comfy carrier!
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean



Also, the Walt Disney World Railroad can take you all over the parks, for a nice and peaceful ride.


*denotes perfect for nursing!


There are several more attractions I left out, but these are some of my personal favorites (and a few extras).  I don't skip out on Main Street, U.S.A.  It's a clever and magical street filled with shops, bakeries, and other hidden treasures!


Did I leave any child-friendly rides off of the list?  Which are your favorites?


Thanks for stopping by,
~Jenn

2 comments:

  1. Yaaaaay! This is my favorite post so far! Thanks so much, Jenn...we are getting more excited every day!!

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  2. Thanks for your comment today on my blog. I love this post--what a great resource for nursing moms and moms of real little ones. How useful!

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