Traveling with Toddlers to Orlando This Summer
If you’re thinking of traveling this summer with little kids, Orlando is a fabulous family destination to consider. Your Travel Agent will be able to book you the perfect summer family vacation.
Orlando has a plethora of fun summer activities for visitors of all ages. Many attractions are aimed towards visitors age 5 and under. If you are traveling this summer with a toddler or preschooler, consider a visit to Orlando. From toddler friendly attractions to the best resort childcare options, here’s our pick for the top attractions to create the perfect summer getaway.
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What’s New in Orlando for Kids
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, SeaWorld Orlando has dedicated over 6 acres to the beloved children’s show. Toddlers and preschoolers will be able to walk around and explore the neighborhood and meet their favorite characters. Big Bird has a story time and the kids can sit in her nest and listen. (Yes, Big Bird is a girl). Plus, they can have a dance party best friends Abby & Elmo.
If your preschoolers are fond of the Disney Movie, Cars, they are going to love the Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy now at Walt Disney World Resort. This live show features the iconic characters from the movie so your little one will have an opportunity to meet the stars themselves.
Opening this summer at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Your toddlers and preschoolers will receive the ultimate of makeovers as they turn your adorable little boys and girls to princes and princesses.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort is a great location for all little kids this summer, and the park has some new attractions that are sure to delight. The park has three new attractions based on popular movies, Unikitty’s Disco Drop, Battle of Bricksburg and The Lego Movie Masters of Flight. Guests will enjoy a 180-degree rotating theater attraction with additional 4D elements as well as a playground that features space travel and fun character interactions.
If the hot Orlando sun has you looking for a refreshing water activity for the little ones, check out FUN SPOT AMERICA. They’ve added a 4k food splash pad for young kids. There are more than 30 interactive water features on the pad, everything from splash fountains and water sprays. Admission to the flash pad is already included if you have the all-day arm band pass.
AFFORDABLE TODDLER & PRESCHOOL ATTRACTIONS IN ORLANDO
There’s no need to break the bank to entertain those with short attention spans. Dozens of Orlando attractions capture the imaginations of little ones and are under $25 when purchased on VisitOrlando.com:
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium takes guests on an underwater adventure with over 5,000 creatures from oceans across the globe. Each Tuesday, SEA LIFE hosts Toddler Time, created specifically to connect little ones with the amazing world beneath our oceans, and costing only $14 for one adult with a toddler. Regular adult tickets are $25, kids two and under are free and over two are $20.
At Gatorland little ones interact with a variety of animals, such as goats, llamas and giant tortoises, or feed birds at the aviary. Gator Gully Splash Park offers a water play area kids are sure to enjoy. Adult tickets are $24.99, and children are just $15.99. Kids under three are free.
Crayola Experience brings the magic of color to children while stimulating their creativity with 29 hands-on attractions, including the newest, Meltdown, where guests can paint with melted wax. Guests three and under are free, and over three are just $19.99.
BEST ORLANDO RESORTS FOR TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS
A vacation home-base can make all the difference for a memorable family getaway. Fortunately, many Orlando accommodations offer extra perks and amenities just for kids, including amazing pools that often rival standalone attractions:
Universal Orlando Resort features themed Kids Suites, feature decor based on Jurassic World at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Despicable Me at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and stage space for a Future Rock Star at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls also offer child-proofing upon request, including outlet guards, bedrails, Pack ‘n Plays and cribs.
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort offers babysitting services for parents. Camp Dolphin features activities from arts & crafts to interactive games, movies and more, so there’s plenty of fun for little ones while the grownups enjoy a nice dinner, any time from 5 p.m. to midnight, for $12 per hour. If parents dine onsite at Shula’s Steak House, Todd English’s bluezoo or Il Mulino New York Trattoria, or stop by Mandara Spa for a treatment, Camp Dolphin is free of charge.
The Grove Resort & Waterpark offers complimentary entry to the onsite Surfari Water Park, just steps from guest rooms. With dual water slides, a 695-foot lazy river, a kids’ activities pool and zero-entry pool, the whole family can enjoy the fun. Smaller children have a two-story play area to run around in, including three waterslides, waterfalls, spouts and a wading pool, for hours of free fun.
At the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, kids have their own playground packed with fun. Explorer Island includes a 7,590 square foot family pool with a lazy river winding around a “ruined” mansion, climbing wall, waterslides and more. Twice weekly, guests of all ages can enjoy the on-site Disney Character Breakfast. Or take advantage of complimentary child care, where kids ages 4-12 are entertained and supervised by staff between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
ORLANDO AS A KID-FRIENDLY VACATION DESTINATION
Home to seven of the world’s top theme parks, Orlando is the No. 1 family vacation destination, Theme Park Capital of the World®, and most visited destination in the United States. An unparalleled mix of unique experiences create cherished memories for visitors, including legendary theme parks from Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, an array of world-class water parks, entertainment venues, an award-winning food scene, shopping, sports and nightlife. And, with 450 hotels, Orlando offers more lodging options than nearly any other destination in the world, from expansive resorts to uniquely themed hotels.
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SOURCE: Visit Orlando press release.