This picture is at Hollywood and Vine for Minnie’s Halloween dinner.
The kids knew we were going on a “road trip,” but we didn’t tell them we were going to Disney World that morning before we left.
Okay so let’s start with travel. We were on the runway for TWO hours due to weather delay, making our 2 our travel turn into 4. But, we were prepared with activities, snacks, and iPads.
We stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation, which is considered on resort, but you are not inside the tram loop. We rented a car, which was great for going to the park, doing things off property, and getting groceries. If you are staying on property you do not have to pay to park at the parks.
We got the Cars Suite, which had a master bedroom, a table that pulled out into bed, living room area, and extra bathroom.
The resort had different themed areas; cars, little mermaid, lion king, and finding Nemo. The kids loved walking around and seeing all the characters.
The hotel had 3 pools, a large finding Nemo pool in the middle, a small cars themed at our end, and a small little mermaid on the other end.
Swimsuit Mickey Mouse swimsuit
The large pool in the middle was Nemo themed, there was a gradual entry, and a small splash pad. They had trivia and music and a movie at night.
Then there was the small cars pool, which had the cutest cone teepees.
So over all we loved the resort. It was just a few minutes to all the parks, but the cafeteria style restaurant is the only thing at the resort which was kind of a negative. Also, the price of the food and drinks but o guess that is to be expected at Disney World. Art of animation is actually a budget friendly Disney resort. The size of our room for the price is hard to beat at Disney.
We rented a stroller from private company rather than the park. We used Kingdom strollers, so they drop it off at the hotel and you drop it off before you leave. You can take it wherever you go, where as renting the stroller from the park you can not take it with you.
We did 3 days at Disney World, with the park hopper and Mickey’s not so scary Halloween party.
First park we went was Animal Kingdom. I wouldn’t consider this park the best for toddler, but the kids did have fun.
We rode the avatar boat ride which had a cool light show, but wasn’t a toddler favorite.
We met safari mickey and minnie, which the kids enjoyed.
The safari ride was a toddler favorite for sure! They had tons of animals to see up close.
Then we stumbled upon Dinosaur USA, which is a great toddler area. They have a jungle gym area to play at, dinosaur spin ride, and games.
Playing and climbing in the dinosaur playground.
We rode the dinosaur flying ride a couple times, because there wasn’t much of a line and the kids loved it. There is a bigger dinosaur rollercoaster, that we had a fast pass for but once our 4 year old saw it he said it was to scary.
We also saw the Nemo live musical, which was a fun show that the kids enjoyed. It was nice to be inside and have some air condition for a while too!
We had lunch at the dinosaur area at an order at the counter place, with quick food.
Then I made a mistake by making reservations at Tiffins. The restaurant is fine dining and the kids were not thrilled. The art and setup was beautiful, but wouldn’t consider taking young kids to eat there.
The next park was Magic Kingdom, which was by far our favorite. We could have went back another day, because there were rides that we didn’t get a chance to ride. We took a break mid day when it started to rain, because we were going back for Mickeys Halloween party.
Let’s talk about this Buzz Lightyear shooting ride, I think our son rode it 4 times that day. It was a favorite for both kids.
Also, in Tomorrowland is astroblaster which was a little scary for me. Haha.
Then we went on the people mover, it’s not really a ride. It takes your through all the rides in Tomorrowland which was pretty neat and there wasn’t a line for it.
From Tomorrowland we can’t to fantasy island where the kids split a Cheshire cattail which was yummy. It was under $6 so one of the cheaper things at the park.
After a quick snack, we were onto rides. Next on the list was the dumbo ride, which is another great toddler option. We didn’t do a fast pass for this ride either because the line was short. When you went inside the line they actually had a little dumbo play area that the kids enjoyed. We actually rode this ride 2-3 times.
In between tomorrow land and fantasy island was the Tomorrowland race track. We used a fast pass the first time and then went back for the party and didn’t use it.
For lunch we ate at Casey’s famous Hot dogs on Main Street. The boys had Mac and cheese hot dogs and I enjoyed a organic veggie dog with slaw on top and a side of apples. It was actually good and nice to have healthier options. The kids also split their mint Julep slushy and it was very good. It was a lot of food and we didn’t eat it all, but the price wasn’t outrageous considering the amount of food we got.
Another fun ride the kids enjoyed was Whinnie the Pooh ride! It also, had a little play areas while waiting in line. The kids enjoyed running around some before getting on rides. We also, used a fast pass for this ride.
Another ride we used a fast pass on was it’s a small world boat ride. The kids loved the music and all the themes throughout the ride.
Then we ventured over to Adventureland and rode Aladdin’s magic carpet ride, this is similar to dumbo and great for toddlers. I think we might have rode this twice as well without a fast pass.
Then we took a a break because we were going to Mickeys not so scary Halloween party. In order to go to the party you have to have park admission plus tickets to the Halloween party. Between the two tickets it was pretty pricey. We went back before truck or treating started and got to do a couple of the rides again because the park closed early we didn’t have long lines.
We also rode the boat safari ride in Adventureland which was a little cheesy and fake. The kids weren’t impressed, but they were fine.
Someone decided not to wear their dinosaur costume, but we all got festive on Halloween shirts. We did a little trick or treating before our dinner reservation at the Crystal Palace. It was Halloween themed and the deserts were Halloween themed. All the Pooh characters were at the restaurant walking around the buffet style restaurant. The cost for character dinning is pricey, but if you want to see the characters without waiting in long lines it’s perfect. The food is okay, but it’s nice quick and easy.
We left magic kingdom a little after 9 PM! The kids got so much candy and enjoyed trick or treating.
One benefit of having a 1 year old is there free to get in the park and the Halloween party, but not y’all enough for lots of rides. Also, their buffet character dinning meals are discounted because they don’t eat as much.
Overall we spent about 9 hours at magic kingdom and had a blast. One of the best things about the Halloween party is getting to go on rides without as long of lines.
Our third and final day at Disney World was spent at Hollywood Studios. The kids were excited to get to toy story land. We got there 30 min before the park opened and headed straight to toy story land, but that is what it seems everyone did. This was the busiest park that we went to it seemed.
We had breakfast in Woodys lunch box, they had a s’more sandwich and magical slushy. They also had a poptart that seemed to be super popular and reasonably priced.
We rode the toy story mania 2-3 times. The kids enjoyed this ride! We used a fast pass and we also waited 25 min in line.
We also did the alien ride in toy story land without a fast pass and the wait was about 30 minutes. The kids enjoyed this ride and it went a little bit faster than I expected.
Then the slinky ride had an issue and wasn’t open when the park opened so they stood in line for an hour and a half to ride it. It was a little scary for a boy turning 4 that day. As far an toddler friendly rides in Hollywood studios there isn’t too may.
We did however do the 3D mullet experience and the kids loved that!
Then we took a break before we went back to dinner at Hollywood and Vine for Minnie’s Halloween dinner. All the characters were dressed up.
It was another buffet style character dinning, which the kids are still a little unsure about the characters.
Over all we had a blast and the kids were great!
I would recommend getting a rental car if you want to get any groceries or go other places which we did .
Also, rent stroller from third party for best rates and flexibility.
We didn’t do the meal plans because we put off resort a lot to and I saw a lot of people not using all their meal plans. Unless you plan on eating only on Disney properties, I wouldn’t do the meal plan.
Magic kingdom was by far our favorite, we could have done the other 2 parks in one day and went back to magic kingdom since we had the park hopper.
We think we will go again when the kids are 5 and 7 and that will be the absolute perfect age!
I will post a separate blog about the other places we went in Orlando!
What is your favorite thing at Disney?
Let me know if you have any questions about toddler and Disney or just Disney!