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Things to Do in Orlando With Toddlers

Age range: Up to 3 years old

In Orlando, we understand that your little ones are only little for a little while — and that it’s important to capture this special time while it’s here. You and your preschooler can make lifelong memories together as you explore a world of wonder in Orlando, including toddler-friendly adventures at Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, plus select attractions.

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Use our helpful tips to make the most of this tender age, and get more suggestions on things to do with kids in Orlando from our blog. You’ll also be glad to know that Orlando’s theme parks, attractions, hotels and other businesses are working hard to keep your family safe with robust health and sanitization measures. Your children are only young once, but the memories you create in Orlando will last forever!

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Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed. Learn more about healthy travel and what’s open in Orlando, and check with your favorite businesses for their current status.

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Orlando Theme Park Tips for Toddlers

Orlando’s theme parks offer a variety of benefits and guidelines for families traveling with toddlers to ensure a great time for everyone. The following tips and suggestions can help you plan your own Orlando family adventure.

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Walt Disney World Resort for Toddlers

Storybook legends and flights of fancy become real at Magic Kingdom® Park in Orlando. For starters, the park features several parades, shows and rides that are perfect for toddlers, including the 10 attractions spotlighted below.

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Your tot’s eyes will light up during character meet-and-greets throughout the park, including encounters with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, Chip and Dale, Donald Duck and others. Characters can also be found at all of Disney’s Orlando theme parks, including Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, and character-dining reservations are available if you want to ensure your kids will meet a specific favorite.

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Preschoolers will also enjoy a visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, where the whole family can visit with amazing exotic wildlife at Kilimanjaro Safaris®. The park’s numerous self-guided walking tours provide even more chances to see mesmerizing animals in action.

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Universal Orlando Resort for Toddlers

At Universal Orlando Resort, you’ll find imaginative play areas that are perfect for toddlers at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. At Universal Studios, turn your tots loose in A Day in the Park With Barney™, Curious George Goes to Town℠ and Fievel’s Playland, while Universal’s Islands of Adventure has Camp Jurassic, If I Ran the Zoo™, Jurassic Park Discovery Center, and Me Ship, The Olive®.

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Universal’s Islands of Adventure also has Seuss Landing™, which features scenery, attractions and shows based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved books. And throughout both parks, live entertainment and chance encounters will bring your toddlers face-to-face with the Minions, Marvel Super Heroes and others.

Last but not least, Universal’s Volcano Bay has many ways for younger guests to enjoy themselves, including sandy beaches, tranquil lagoons and dedicated children's play areas.

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SeaWorld Orlando for Toddlers

Family-friendly animal encounters and live shows are the top attractions for toddlers at SeaWorld’s main Orlando theme park, starting with the Dolphin Nursery — a special viewing area where you and your children can watch baby and mother dolphins at play.

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Throughout the park, you’ll discover numerous other viewing areas where toddlers can marvel at a wide range of aquatic life, plus special shows where the park’s residents strut their stuff. And of course, SeaWorld is now home to Sesame Street Land™, packed with themed rides, character encounters, interactive play, dining and shopping based on the long-running TV series, plus the park's first-ever parade!

SeaWorld’s other Orlando properties, Discovery Cove® and Aquatica® Orlando, offer gentle adventures for toddlers, too. From frolicking in pint-sized waters at Aquatica, to coming face-to-face with wild animals and birds at Discovery Cove, both options promise endless fun for little ones.

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort for Toddlers

Like no other theme park in Orlando, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is made especially for kids — and the park’s DUPLO® Valley section was designed with the very littlest ones in mind! It features numerous play areas, rides and activities that will keep your tot occupied for hours, but there’s more for them to do at LEGOLAND.

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Besides the Tot Spot play zone in DUPLO Valley, you’ll find other Tot Spots in the LEGO® Technic and LEGO City areas. And at LEGO Kingdoms, The Forestman’s Hideout invites kids of all ages to climb, crawl, slide and swing to their heart’s content.

Your toddler can also have fun at LEGOLAND’s onsite water park and Cypress Gardens. Carried over from LEGOLAND’s predecessor of the same name, the latter features plenty of space to run around amid a broad variety of exotic and domestic flora, including a massive Banyan tree that was planted in 1939.

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Orlando Attractions for Toddlers

Looking for adventures for your toddler beyond Orlando’s theme parks? The attractions featured here are all geared toward children, and they’re free for kids ages 2 and under.

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Located approximately 30 minutes north of downtown Orlando in Sanford, Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens will fascinate children with more than 500 animals, including an Insect Zoo and a Reptile House. It’s also home to 23 acres of native gardens.

Tots will especially love the Barnyard Buddies Children’s Zoo, where they can meet and even feed domesticated animals that include alpacas, goats and llamas. And when your toddler is ready to cool down, treat them to a wet and wild time at the zoo’s Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground.

Crayola Experience

Crayola Experience offers 26 hands-on attractions that encourage creativity. Better still for younger kids, it includes a special Toddler Town packed with interactive fun.

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You can also make a one-of-a-kind crayon to bring home with you, or even star in a personalized coloring page using a special photo booth. Crayola Experience is inside The Florida Mall®, about 20 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort.


Less than 20 minutes from Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando, Gatorland is one of Orlando’s longest running attractions. What’s more, kids love watching the park’s resident alligators, crocodiles, bobcats and other wild beasts!

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Gentler creatures call Gatorland home, too, including llamas, ducks, goats, lambs and turkeys at Allie’s Barnyard petting zoo, plus exotic birds at the Very Merry Aviary. Other options for tots include soothing train rides on the Gatorland Express Railroad, and fun with water at Gator Gully Splash Park.

Harry P. Leu Gardens

A tropical oasis just 15 minutes from downtown Orlando, Harry P. Leu Gardens offers 50 acres of cultivated gardens featuring an array of temperate and tropical plants and flowers. With twisting, shaded walkways that run through the grounds, it makes a great backdrop for a relaxing family stroll.

On the first Monday of select months, Leu Gardens offers Story Time, a free, indoor event for children ages 5 and under that’s sponsored by the Orange County Library System. And during the holidays, the historic, on-site Leu House Museum becomes a winter wonderland with a wealth of contemporary and antique Christmas decorations that toddlers are sure to love.

Orlando Science Center

Part of Orlando’s Loch Haven Park cultural hub, about 15 minutes from downtown, Orlando Science Center is focused on making science fun and approachable for families. All exhibits are kid-friendly, and the facility’s entire second floor is called KidsTown, designed especially for children ages 7 and under.

As if that wasn’t enough, KidsTown’s seven zones include Toddler Town, where your child can be amazed by a multi-level water table among other activities. They’ll also have fun at DinoDigs, where they can uncover faux fossils and examine real, fossilized dinosaur eggs.

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Part of the lineup of attractions at ICON Park™ on International Drive, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium boasts Orlando’s only 360-degree underwater tunnel, where toddlers and their parents can gaze in wonder at sharks, seahorses, stingrays, jellyfish and other aquatic life — all without getting wet.

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Your little one will also enjoy SEA LIFE’s Toddler Tuesday program, which runs from 9:30-10 a.m. Educating kids through hands-on experiences, the event includes activities, stories and sing-a-longs with lots of chances for participation.

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