Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort

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 focus on enjoying memory-making adventures once you arrive.

Discover: First-Timer Guide to Orlando With Kids

  • Give some thought to these considerations before you depart for your Orlando family vacation. You can also explore everything you’ll want to do ahead of your visit with our Orlando Virtual Tour. Need more guidance? Book an appointment with one of our friendly, knowledgeable Vacation Planners, who can answer any and all questions about visiting Orlando with kids.

    Discover: Visiting Orlando With Infants & Toddlers

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    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:

    • Bathing suits for the kids
    • A lightweight stroller
    • Camera
    • Sunscreen
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Wipes and hand sanitizer
    • Inexpensive rain ponchos
    • A light sweater or jacket for air-conditioned hotels & restaurants
    • Face coverings for children 2 and up
    • Hand sanitizer

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


    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.


    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® ResortUniversal Orlando Resort and LEGOLAND® Florida 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 attraction's assistance pass for your child or family member. Read more about special needs services at Orlando theme parks.

    Visit Orlando App

    Download Visit Orlando’s complimentary mobile app. It’s the ultimate, easy-to-use guide to navigating Orlando like a pro and getting trusted trip-planning advice before your arrival.

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    Express & Fast Passes

    To give your toddler the least amount of wait time, obtain these passes when available for your must-see theme park rides. 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. LEGOLAND’s paid service is Fastrack, which is available in Unlimited and 3-Pack versions.

    Available in the My Disney Experience app, the complimentary Disney Genie Service will help you maximize your park time at Walt Disney World Resort. It also includes paid Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance for more than 40 attractions across the four Walt Disney World theme parks, as well as Individual Lightning Lane Entrance for highly demanded attractions.

    Please check with your preferred theme parks for the availability of express passes at the time of your visit.

  • If you’ve followed our pre-arrival suggestions, you’ll be in good shape for a hassle-free family getaway in the Theme Park Capital of the World. The following tips and suggestions can help you ensure a perfect family adventure after you’ve arrived.

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    The Orlando Eye at ICON Park® on International Drive in Orlando

    Children Under 3 Are Free

    Children under the age of 3 get free entry into all of Orlando’s theme parks, as well as most water parks and attractions.

    Scheduling Breaks

    Although it’s tempting to want to pack it all in, it’s smart to give your little one 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.

    Go for a Stroll

    Stroller rentals are available at all Orlando theme parks on a first-come, first-served basis. Some offer multi-day rentals along with both single and double strollers. Check your theme park guide map for stroller rental locations.

    Lock It Up

    Most of Orlando’s theme parks offer easy-to-use locker rentals. You’ll appreciate the convenience of having your little one’s necessary items in close proximity without having to carry them around all day. Check your theme park guide map for locker rental locations.

    Dedicated Lands

    Orlando’s theme parks feature entire lands with rides, stage shows and activities imagined just for little ones.

    Know the Minimum Heights

    Some rides at Orlando theme parks are better suited for toddlers than others. A complete guide to age and height restrictions is available from each theme park’s website. Similarly, check with individual attraction operators for details about their rides.

    Don’t Miss the 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.

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