Disney World's Best Attractions for Preschoolers

by Dana Tuffelmire, Demand Media

    Walt Disney World has four theme parks, including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Additionally, you can visit two water parks, Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon. There are numerous activities for preschoolers throughout each park. The best attractions provide interactive, larger-than-life experiences where kids can explore and meet their favorite Disney characters. Whether your preschooler is interested in pirates, trains, dinosaurs, princesses, bugs or animals, she will find something enchanting at Walt Disney World.

    Magic Kingdom

    The Pirate's League gives swashbucklers 3 years and older the opportunity to transform into a pirate, complete with a pirate name, face paint, eye patch, bandana, necklace and more. Get your picture taken, then join other pirates in a daily pirate parade. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique gives special makeovers to boys and girls 3 years and older. Guests can choose to be made up like a knight or a princess with three hairstyles to choose from. Preschoolers also enjoy the "It's a Small World" boat ride as it winds through the seven continents, teaching about world cultures. Tour Cinderella Castle to transport young princes and princesses into a true fantasy land. Other attractions include Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride, Mad Tea Party, Peter Pan's Flight, the Swiss Family Treehouse and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

    Epcot

    The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion, at Disney's Epcot, immerses guests in an underwater world where kids can view a 5.7 million gallon aquarium filled with sea turtles, angelfish, dolphins, sting rays, sharks and a manatee rehabilitation area. The Nemo and Friends ride brings you under the sea on a quest to find Nemo, and the Turtle Talk with Crush Show allows lucky guests to interact with the famous sea turtle, Crush. Numerous educational exhibits are sprinkled throughout the aquarium where kids and adults alike can learn about ocean creatures and habitat from the cast of "Finding Nemo."

    Disney's Hollywood Studios

    Disney's Hollywood Studios features the Disney Junior - Live on Stage! show, where kids are encouraged to get up, sing and dance with their favorite Disney Junior characters. View the Muppet Vision 3-D show for an interactive movie experience, where you feel like you are in the middle of all the action. A 12-minute pre-show allows kids to interact with Muppets through a television monitor. At Toy Story Mania, kids ride along playing carnival-style games with the characters from the "Toy Story" movies. The Voyage of the Little Mermaid is a 15-minute show recreating scenes from the animated movie and includes live actors, puppets and animation.

    Animal Kingdom

    Kids pet, feed and groom a variety of friendly animals at the Affection Section, located in Rafiki's Planet Watch. If your preschooler is fascinated by dinosaurs, visit The Boneyard section of DinoLand, U.S.A., where kids run and play on dinosaur-themed equipment or dig for fossils. Find Fossil Fun Games in the same section of the park for more dinosaur-themed carnival games. There are six Kids Discovery Club stations scattered through Animal Kingdom, where kids earn stamps as they complete hands-on activities to receive a special bonus upon completion of all six stations. Board the Wildlife Express Train for a one-mile trip across the "savannah" to transport you to the Harambe, Africa or Rafiki's Planet Watch areas of Animal Kingdom.

    About the Author

    Dana Tuffelmire has been writing for DMS for three years. She taught elementary school for seven years and earned a master’s of education degree with a specialization in literacy. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two sons. Her dream is to one day write a children's book.

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