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Animal Kingdom with Toddlers
Of the four Walt Disney World theme parks, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are best suited for small children. There are several attractions which would not be recommended for the little ones, but the majority of Animal Kingdom can be enjoyed by all ages.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a small child who is not a big fan of going to the zoo. Animal Kingdom is like no other animal park your child has ever seen and amidst the animal exhibits are the wonderful attractions characteristic only of Disney. Animal Kingdom is the smallest of the Disney parks and allows families with small children ample time to cover the park at a toddler’s pace. Your children will enjoy seeing some unusual animals that they may have never seen before like Komodo dragons, anteaters, and the Flying Fox (the largest bat in the world with a wing-span of 6 feet)!
The attractions that you will need to avoid with your small children are Kali River Rapids, Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, It’s Tough to be a Bug and Primevil Whirl.
The rest of the park is totally suitable for all ages including Kilimanjaro Safaris which is a pleasant ride in an open air safari jeep across the “African Savannah” where riders can view giraffes, zebras, lions and more in their natural habitat.
Your small children will enjoy the Wildlife Express Train or a ride on the TriceraTop Spin which is similar to Dumbo in Magic Kingdom (and always a family favorite) as well as playing in the Boneyard which is a play maze built around dinosaur fossils, but don’t miss the fabulous performances. Our favorite is The Festival of the Lion King. The colorful costumes, incredible imagery including giant floats with all your favorite Lion King characters, stilt walkers, acrobats, trapeze artists, and talented singers rival the Broadway performance of The Lion King that we saw a few years back in New York City!
Finding Nemo – the Musical is not to be missed by little Nemo fans! This colorful live performance with actors and puppetry is a shortened re-telling of the movie only with original music numbers added in.
Flights of Wonder is an interesting program but may not be interesting enough for young children. And if your children have a fear of birds, then this may a good one to avoid as some of the birds will be flying over the audience.
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