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Matt asked

Tips for bringing toddlers? Just about 3yo.

Specifically, what fast passes to get, and things to do at each park. 

Walt Disney World (United States)

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answered first by
John from Chicago

We went with a 2-1/2 year old, so hopefully this helps. This was before all the new Star Wars stuff, so definitely research the website to figure out the newer rides and shows. Feel free to call Disney, they are super helpful on the phone.

Download the My Disney Experience mobile app. Reserve things on the computer way in advance, otherwise the most popular rides like Toy Story and Buzz Lightyear get filled up fast. A good way to see characters is to book a character dining experience, you see a bunch of characters instead of waiting in line for each one.

Magic Kingdom Park has the most stuff for younger kids. Epcot has the fewest. Disney's Hollywood Studios has shows for kids. Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park has fewer things for kids, but the safari ride is a must-do (with FastPass) if you go there. You generally want to start with easier rides first, so your kid doesn't get freaked out on Tower of Terror and refuse to go on anything else. Start with things like Dumbo, It's a Small World, meeting princess characters, or shows like Disney Junior Live on Stage, or Mickey's PhilharMagic. Also rides like Peter Pan's Flight or Winnie the Pooh.

FastPass is included in the park tickets, so reserve the max of 3 things for each day even if you don't use them. You can change the FastPass reservations on your phone using the app. If you go to the ride that you reserved and it's a really low wait like 15 minutes or less, you could go in the regular line and then switch that FastPass to something else. After you use all 3 of that day's FastPass, you can add 1 additional FastPass but this has to be done in park at a FastPass kiosk.

You didn't specify if your child is a boy or girl, so here's a bunch of random ideas that you can filter for your kid's preferences:

Magic Kingdom

It's a Small World
Peter Pan's Flight
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
Monsters Laugh Floor
Under the Sea Little Mermaid

Country Bear Jamboree
Mickey's Philharmagic
Jungle Cruise
Enchanted Tiki Room
Princess Fairytale Hall
Winnie the Pooh
Mad Tea Party

Prince Charming Carousel
Carousel of Progress
Swiss Family

Animal Kingdom

Festival of Lion King
Finding Nemo show

Triceratop spin

Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Mania
Disney Jr. Live


Muppet 3D
Beauty and the Beast

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  1. Magic Kingdom Park (attraction)
  2. Epcot (attraction)
  3. Disney's Hollywood Studios (attraction)
  4. Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park (attraction)

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