Theme Park Insider > Best Bets for Toddlers
Here are our users' picks for the best theme parks and attractions for kids, age 4 and under. Parents of older children will want to visit our kids' page.
|Readers' Top Parks for Toddlers|
- Legoland California
- Sea World Orlando
- Sea World San Diego
- Busch Gardens Williamsburg
|Readers' Top Attractions for Toddlers|
Rankings are determined by a vote of Theme Park Insider registered users.
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (Walt Disney World)
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|Tips for Parents|
Take a break!|
Don't try to go from opening to closing time with a little one. Sure, you've spent a lot of money on the trip. But wouldn't you rather have that investment pay off with a good time, instead of a cranky child? Make sure you head back to the hotel for a nap, swim or just some cooling-off time during the middle of the day.
Keep those tummies full|
And not with high-priced, high-fat theme park snacks. Bring a knapsack from home, with snacks (apples or peanut butter crackers are great) and plenty of bottled water or juice boxes. An empty stomach makes an unhappy child.
Remember the baby swap|
No, it's not what desperate parents do in the midst of yet another crying fit. If you want to ride an attraction with a height requirement, both parents can ride by using the "baby swap." A ride attendant can explain the details (which vary by park and attraction). But, basically, one parent goes through the line and rides, while the other waits with the little one. Then the second parent rides - without waiting - immediately after the first gets off. At some rides, a companion (big brother or sister?) can ride twice, with each parent.
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Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Disney California Adventure
Universal Studios Florida
Universal Studios Hollywood
SeaWorld San Diego
Busch Gardens Tampa
Other Top International Parks
Universal Studios Japan
Hong Kong Disneyland
Walt Disney Studios Paris
Universal Studios Singapore
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