Updated June 1, 2022
It’s no secret that Orlando, the Best U.S. City for Families according to United Airlines’ Hemisphere Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards, offers a worlds of wonder for all ages — and now, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort has unveiled a brand-new Peppa Pig Theme Park, joining classic favorites at Walt Disney World® Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort!
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In fact, no matter where your Orlando adventures take you, an abundance of places to play, stay and dine will delight even the youngest members of your family, including infants, toddlers and preschoolers, starting with the highlights featured here. Gear up for the family adventure of a lifetime in Orlando!
- Theme Parks for Little Ones
- Attractions for Little Ones
- Accommodations for Little Ones
- Dining for Little Ones
- Orlando for Little Ones Map
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
The world’s first Peppa Pig Theme Park is now open at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort! Crafted with preschoolers in mind, the standalone theme park will feature sensory-rich and interactive attractions, themed playscapes, a water play area, live shows and more. The park will also be a Certified Autism Center.
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Just steps away at LEGOLAND® Florida Theme Park, your little ones can enjoy attractions like the DUPLO® Tot Spot, designed specifically for children under the age of two, and Ford Jr. Driving School, a driving course for ages 3 and up.
WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort
Your children can see their favorite storybooks come to life at Walt Disney World Resort, where more than 80 attractions are perfect for preschoolers! For starters, character appearances are offered daily at Magic Kingdom® Park, including favorites such as Cinderella, Donald Duck, Ariel and many others. (More character appearances can be enjoyed at Walt Disney World Resort’s other theme parks.) Magic Kingdom Park also offers numerous toddler-friendly attractions and shows.
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is home to Toy Story Land, Based on Pixar Animation Studios’ blockbuster Toy Story franchise. It also features Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, a first-of-its-kind show that puts little ones in the middle of the Disney and Pixar Cars universe, and Disney Junior Play & Dance, a high-energy musical celebration where families can sing and dance along with Disney Junior characters like Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, Timon and Mickey Mouse. Disney’s Hollywood Studios also features Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, which has no height restrictions and is the first Disney attraction to start Mickey and Minnie Mouse!
The littlest members of your family will also enjoy the space-themed games and activities at Advanced Training Lab, located in World Discovery at EPCOT®, as well as animal sightings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. EPCOT is also home to the all-new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, which has no height restrictions and will shrink you down to Remy’s size for a 4-D culinary adventure.
Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld® Orlando theme park is an immersive opportunity to stroll through Sesame Street, meet beloved characters like Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster, enjoy themed attractions like Abby’s Flower Tower, and dance along with the Sesame Street Party Parade. Sesame Street Land is also a Certified Autism Center.
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SeaWorld is also filled with animal experiences and rides perfect for tots. Bring the kids to the Dolphin Nursery, where they can catch a close glimpse of dolphin mothers and their newest arrivals, or Stingray Lagoon, where they can pet the rays. (Please note that, depending on the time of your visit, SeaWorld’s animal attractions may be temporarily unavailable.) Smaller children will also enjoy attractions such as Turtle Trek® and its 360-degree theater, Flamingo Paddle Boats, and the incredible bird’s-eye view from the 400-foot-tall Sky Tower.
Universal Orlando Resort
Theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort have numerous play areas for toddlers. At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, tots will be transported into the magical worlds of Dr. Seuss courtesy of Seuss Landing™, which features scenery and attractions that bring imagination to life. Join Dr. Seuss’ famous feline on The Cat in The Hat™ ride, and keep an eye out for character encounters. Little ones can also accompany the Grinch™ or the Cat in the Hat™ for musical story time during daily Oh! The Stories You’ll Hear! ™ shows.
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At Universal Studios Florida, Curious George Goes to Town℠ is a playground overflowing with fun, including a water play area, activities in the Animal Show tent, and the Man with the Yellow Hat’s Ball Factory. Smaller children will also enjoy Fievel’s Playland, a whimsical playground filled with oversized props.
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Located at The Florida Mall® close to the International Drive Entertainment District (aka I-Drive), Crayola Experience brings the magic of color to children while stimulating their creativity with dozens of hands-on attractions, including the newest, Meltdown, where guests can paint with melted wax.
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SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
Featuring 5,000 creatures from oceans across the globe, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium is one of many popular attractions at ICON Park® on I-Drive. It presents an ideal opportunity for little ones to connect with the amazing world beneath our oceans.
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Orlando Science Center
Minutes from downtown Orlando in Loch Haven Park, the KidsTown exhibit at Orlando Science Center offers seven dynamic and interactive zones for kids ages 7 and under. From experimenting with cause and effect using massive water tables, to learning how oranges travel from tree to table, little ones are encouraged to play and learn in a setting designed just for them.
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One of Orlando’s longest-running attractions, Gatorland has a wealth of safe entertainment for toddlers — beginning with loads of alligators, crocodiles, Florida panthers and more to marvel at! Children can pet goats, llamas and other friendly critters at Allie’s Barnyard, or feed birds at the Very Merry Aviary. Tots can also have a wet and wild time at Gator Gully Splash Park, while the Gatorland Express Railroad provides a soothing, 20-minute ride for the whole family.
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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Children don’t only get to meet animals at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens — they can feed them, too! At the Barnyard Buddies Children’s Zoo, visitors of all ages can enjoy a close encounter with domesticated animals such as llamas, alpacas and even goats. Then, toddlers can take a break and cool off in the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground. The Central Florida Zoo is in Sanford, approximately 40 minutes north of our main tourism districts.
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Harry P. Leu Gardens
Less than 15 minutes from downtown in the Audubon Park Garden District, Harry P. Leu Gardens is a tropical oasis in the heart of Orlando. Enjoy a scenic stroll through 50 acres of cultivated beauty with lots of natural wonders for children to enjoy.
While most Orlando accommodations offer amenities geared toward families, these hotels and resorts go above and beyond with immersive themed suites and play features for little ones.
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Universal Orlando Resort
Themed Kids Suites are available at three of Universal Orlando Resort’s official hotels. They include Jurassic World suites at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Despicable Me suites at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, and Future Rock Star suites at Hard Rock Hotel®. Select Universal Orlando resorts also offer child-proofing on request, including outlet guards, bedrails, Pack ‘n Plays, and cribs.
WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort
Rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort sport a new look inspired by the Disney-Pixar film The Incredibles, featuring futuristic and modern decor. Also at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort features family suites designed after different Disney films, including Finding Nemo, Cars and The Lion King, plus traditional guestrooms inspired by The Little Mermaid.
CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort Orlando
At CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort Orlando’s onsite park, little swimmers can enjoy a special lagoon created just for them, featuring pint-sized slides and fountains. Each guestroom booked includes four tickets to the water park, and children under 36 inches tall always receive complimentary entry even when not staying at the hotel.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
At Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, kids ages 4-12 can enjoy the complimentary Kids For All Seasons camp, featuring indoor and outdoor activities like themed crafts and supervised swim time.
The Grove Resort & Water Park
The Grove Resort & Water Park offers an onsite Surfari Water Park with dual water slides, a 695-foot lazy river, kids activities pool and zero-entry pool. Smaller children have a two-story play area to run around in, including three waterslides, waterfalls, spouts and a wading pool, for hours of free fun.
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa
The new collection of family suites at JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa offers exclusive amenities and two separate rooms with kid-approved loft beds, whimsical design elements and interactive surprises, including chalkboard walls and a book nook. The connecting room layout gives adults their own retreat.
Orlando World Center Marriott
At Orlando World Center Marriott, little ones can learn to swim with the exclusive Baby Otter Swim School program. The outdoor resort pool complex offers a zero-entry heated pool and a children’s water playground with fountains, bubblers and small water slide.
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
At The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, the Ritz Kids program taps into curiosity and creativity to inspire youngest guests with kid-friendly activities through storytelling, lessons on recycling, arts and crafts, physical activities, and much more. The drop-off program for children ages 4 to 12 is complimentary for all Ritz-Carlton guests for up to two children per room, per day, between the hours of 12 to 3 p.m.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort / Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
Available for an additional fee at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and all-new Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, Camp Dolphin is an evening kids’ club. It features activities from arts and crafts to interactive games and more, so there’s plenty of fun for children ages 5 to 12 while the grownups enjoy a meal.
An incredible destination for dining enthusiasts, Orlando offers fun, unique dining experiences for even the youngest of foodies. Be sure to make reservations well in advance, particularly for character dining.
At SeaWorld Orlando, kids will love the seasonal dining experiences offered at Sesame Street Land. Options like Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast and the Sesame Street Christmas Breakfast gives kids of all ages the chance to enjoy a delicious meal with popular characters from the classic show.
WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort
A variety of dining experiences at Walt Disney World Resort invite guests to meet their favorite characters. One of the newest character dining options, where theme park admission is not required, is Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera at Disney’s Riviera Resort. The rooftop restaurant offers a storybook dining experience with Mickey and friends, along with French and Italian cuisine.
For the ultimate dinosaur enthusiast, T-REX is an interactive attraction that includes a full-size restaurant with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and simulated meteor showers, as well as a kids’ play area with a fossil sandpit. It’s located at Disney Springs®, the open-air dining, shopping and entertainment district at Walt Disney World Resort.
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The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
Part of Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is every chocolate-lover’s dream — no matter the age. Little ones will enjoy interacting with Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker Toothsome, the restaurant’s creator, and Jacques, her robot friend, who walk around the restaurant.
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Located in Lake Nona, Boxi Park is a family-friendly, open-air venue that specializes in fun, food and festivities. With food trucks made from shipping containers, this venue features a playground, a special kid-friendly green area for children to run around, and live entertainment.
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