Saturday, February 11, 2012

Reader Question - Planning for a 16 month old!

I was asked on Twitter this morning what attractions are not to be missed with a 16 month old.  I originally thought about tweeting back, but with 140 characters or less, I knew I needed more room!

So, here is a quick oversight of our favorites from around that age (18 months):

Magic Kingdom:
  • Fantasyland - A very anxious child may find Snow White's Scary Adventure a bit scary, but in our experience, 16 months was more about seeing than understanding - we didn't have much fear then!  We enjoyed every attraction in Fantasyland available to us - favorites were Prince Charming's Royal Carousel and the Mad Tea Party teacups!
  • Tomorrowland - Our favorites have been The PeopleMover, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters
  • Nap/Cool Down - Carousel of Progress (Tomorrowland), Hall of Presidents (Liberty Square), or the Baby Care Center located next to the Crystal Palace
  • Main Street- Main Street Vehicles are a personal favorite and our son loves the train!  And, there's a great place for a 1st (or any) haircut if you're in need!
Epcot
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment 
  • Need to cool down?  Bring a swim diaper or a change of clothes - there is a great splash pad in Future World!  
  • Germany Pavilion - the model train set can be a great place to relax and enjoy the trains - as long as they're working!
Animal Kingdom
  • Rafiki's Planet Watch - take a nice train ride to the Conservation Station to get up close and personal with animals, characters, and more!  
  • Dinoland, U.S.A. - Noah loved the Dinosaur version of Dumbo - the Triceratops Spin!
  • Kilimanjaro Safari and the walking paths are great to watch the animals and enjoy the atmosphere of this park!
Hollywood Studios
  • Toy Story Midway Mania - at 6 months, this ride was too intense for Noah, but by 2 he's grown to love it.  If you're child doesn't like quick and jerky movements, this may be a problem, but hopefully they'll enjoy taking in the fun games!
  • Disney Junior, Live on Stage! If your child knows the shows and characters on Disney Junior, this show is a great opportunity to catch them up close and join in on the fun - make sure to check times and plan around!  We always seem to be 3 minutes late for a show!

Hope this list has been helpful and given you a great place to start!  Many more attractions are child friendly, but this is a list of the ones we've had the most success with over our past 4 trips!  For a list of Places to Play and burn off energy, click here!



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