Young children holding hands and having fun in a splash pad at Universal's CityWalk.

Top Tips & Tricks: Orlando With Small Kids

When you’re looking for things to do in Orlando with toddlers and other small children, save yourself time, energy and money with these helpful vacation strategies. Organize now so you can enjoy a story-filled adventure when you get here!

Know Before You Go:

Strollers: It’s easier to leave your everyday stroller at home. Consider purchasing an inexpensive, lightweight stroller for maneuvering through crowds, or renting one at a theme park. You can also take advantage of one of many options for Orlando stroller rentals.

Packing List: Don’t just wonder what to bring to a theme park in Orlando: Create a realistic list of the things you’ll need on your trip. Remember to bring liquid soap in case you need to wash bottles, and baby wash for your little one’s bath time. Here are some essentials you’ll need during your day:

If you want to keep things light when packing, you can ship diapers and baby food directly to your hotel.

Snacks: Avoid dealing with a grumpy toddler by having snacks on hand. Snacks become especially important when you have a longer-than-expected wait time for your next meal, or for finicky eaters.

Create a Trip Playlist: Generate a level of excitement around your visit by creating a playlist of favorite songs from Disney and Universal Studios movies! When you return home, your family can relive the happy memories by singing favorite tunes.

Hotel Considerations:When it comes to your toddler’s needs, most hotels will have free cribs and highchairs available, but it’s best to reserve those in advance when you book your stay.

Allergies: Most theme parks will make every effort to accommodate guests to the best of their ability. Again, this is something you’ll want to research ahead of time. Check theme park websites for allergy information. Additionally, you can bring your own food and water into Walt Disney World® Resort and Universal Orlando Resort theme parks if you choose, as well as baby food and other specialty dietary items at SeaWorld® Orlando.

Special Needs: Please contact Guest Services at each theme park to inquire about an attractions assistance pass for your child or family member. Click here to read more about special needs services at Orlando theme parks.

Once You're Here:

Visit Orlando App: Download Visit Orlando’s free mobile app! It’s the ultimate, easy-to-use guide to navigating Orlando like a pro.

Discount Tickets: Save money and time by purchasing tickets in advance to your favorite theme parks and attractions with Visit Orlando’s discounted offers. You can buy tickets online or with the Visit Orlando app.

Express & Fast Passes: To give your toddler the least amount of wait time, obtain these passes for your must-see theme park rides. At Walt Disney World theme parks, FastPass+ allows your family to bypass lengthy lines by visiting an attraction during a specific time window, at no additional cost. You can actually reserve ride times 30 days before your visit, or 60 days when staying at an onsite Walt Disney World property.

Universal Orlando Resort offers Universal Express™ Pass, which requires an additional fee but has no designated time frame. Also for an additional fee, SeaWorld offers Quick Queue® Unlimited for front-of-the-line access.

Scheduling Breaks: Although it’s tempting to want to pack it all in, it’s smart to give your toddler time for a break to avoid exhaustion or meltdowns. Everyone will feel refreshed by heading back to the hotel for an afternoon nap or cool dip in the pool.

Rider Swap or Switch: Here’s how it works: A family member informs a ride employee of their need to ride switch, whereupon one parent will be directed to wait at a designated area with the baby or toddler while the other parent takes the older child on the ride. Once the ride ends, the parents meet back up and switch off. This service is featured at all the major theme parks — just let a ride attendant be aware of your need.

Child Care Centers: Every theme park has designated areas for diaper changing, nursing stations and more to accommodate those with babies and small children. Research your theme park ahead of time to learn where the respective baby care or family services centers are located. Forgot formula or a pacifier for the day? You’ll be able to pick one up at a baby care center, too.

Fireworks: Catching the fireworks show is something magical and unforgettable that kids won’t want to miss. Be sure to venture back to your hotel or resort before dinner for a much-needed break, then return to the parks rejuvenated and ready to soak up the moment.