Travelling to Walt Disney World with a child under 3 is great for your pocket book. They get in for free, dine on the dining plan for free and there are plenty of attractions and entertainment for them to enjoy. So which FastPass selections are best for trips including babies and toddlers. Our strategy has always been to select 2 FastPass+ choices that are going to be used by all of us and save one for the adults. Animal Kingdom has 19 attractions for guests of any height and don’t forget the 2 stage shows. These attractions include walking trails that get you up close and personal with many of the animals found at the park. Many of these don’t need a FastPass and don’t even have a line. For the ones that do, these are three I would consider choosing your FastPass + selections from.
Festival of the Lion King
Festival of the Lion King is an interactive stage show found in the African area of the park. Festival of the Lion features 5 of the most popular songs from the film, performed by gymnasts, aerialists, singers, dancers and puppets. The show is lively, colourful and fun. It keeps audiences of all ages entertained. Making it the better choice between Festival of the Lion and Finding Nemo for younger visitors. This show is extremely popular, so unless you plan on taking in one of the first shows while most guests are just arriving at the park I would recommend using at FastPass + for it, securing your seating for one of the shows. This will also make planning your day much easier, knowing you’ll be watching Festival of the Lion King at this particular time.
Na’Vi River Journey
We used our Tier 1 FastPass + on this attraction on our last family vacation. Jeff and I were not pleased with this ride. We found it to be a major snoozer, but the kids really liked it. It’s a simple boat ride, and the whole attraction is dark, with the animatronics and the setting glowing. It’s very short. Na’Vi River Journey is in Pandora, still an extremely popular area of Animal Kingdom, with guests rushing here first thing to try and bypass the long wait times. So if this is a must on your list the I would strongly recommend grabbing a FastPass+ for it and then take advantage of the Rider Switch Pass for Pandora’s other attraction: Flights of Passage.
Take a ride through the Animal Kingdom’s safari. See giraffes, lions, hippos, and elephants. We used to go to the Safari first thing on our Animal Kingdom days. At the beginning of the park day they’ve just eaten and are therefore roaming around more then they typically do in the afternoon. But if you don’t want to rush this far into the park as soon as you arrive then choosing Kilimanjaro Safari for a FastPass is a great idea. This attraction is always busy, and a must on most visitors lists. The line doesn’t have anything interactive for younger visitors and you have to park your stroller part way through the line, which means you have to carry smaller children and make them stand for a long time. Not fun. Kilimanjaro is an attraction for every member of your group. There’s a large bench seat, giving you room for everyone in your party to sit together. There’s a legend of all the animals that can be found on the safari for you to spy during your trip. The driver will give you loads of information throughout your journey. Keeping you entertained.
Of the 19 attractions, 4 have FastPass + available. There’s also the 2 stage shows to choose from and the character meet and greet with Mickey and Minnie have FastPass+ available. Out of your choices for your trip with babies and toddlers those three would be mine. Keep in mind, Expedition Everest has a single rider line, great for tag teaming. One parent can hang with the kids while the other rides the thrill ride and then switch. And you don’t want to miss the Boneyard, found in DinoLand U.S.A., the ultimate playground for kids. For more tips on FastPass+ selection and travelling with young ones, check out these previous posts: