I’ve heard a few people mention that they are waiting for their kids to be older before taking them to Disneyland. Even though my little guy is not quite two years old, I knew he’d love the parks. Of course I expected that The Happiest Place on Earth would be toddler-friendly but I was surprised at how many attractions and conveniences there are in Disneyland for toddlers.
Disneyland for Toddlers – Baby Care Center:
Both parks – Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park – have Baby Care Centers that have all of the conveniences you need when caring for a little one. As you walk into the Baby Care Center, you are welcomed by someone at a front desk who is there to help you with anything you need.
There are plenty of change tables plus a small toilet and sink for little ones who are potty trained. In the cupboards you’ll also find diapers, diaper cream, baby powder, wipes, lotion and more.
Looking for a quiet area to feed your little ones? Then you’ll love the high chair area that is fully stocked with bottles, formula, baby food and more! There is also a microwave for added convenience and a sink for cleaning up after.
Disneyland for Toddlers – Car Seat:
Anyone with a young child knows how difficult it can be to travel with all of the supplies a little one needs such as a stroller, car seat, bags, diapers and more. If you book a large shuttle from the airport to Disneyland, you won’t need to bring your car seat. There are no seat belts on the large shuttle and your little one can simply be held in your lap. If you feel more comfortable having your little one in a small vehicle with a car seat, there are many car rental and car service companies that will provide a car seat for your use for an extra fee.
Disneyland for Toddlers – Strollers:
While in Disneyland, you will be doing a lot of walking. You’ll want to have a stroller with you to give your little one a break from walking, to shield him/her a bit from the sun and perhaps even use it for a little nap while in the park. Stroller rentals are available from outside the Disneyland Park entrance. The current rate is $15/day for one stroller and $25/day for 2 strollers.
Disneyland for Toddlers – Disneyland Attractions:
When we first started planning our trip, I was going to make a list of all of the attractions that were safe for my little guy’s age. I quickly discovered that the list of attractions he could go on was a lot longer than the ones he couldn’t! There is a convenient stroller parking area at each of the rides and you are able to bring your baby bags and sippy cups along with you.
Within the Disneyland Park, your little ones can enjoy:
- Main Street Vehicles
- The Disney Gallery
- Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
- Main Street Cinema
- Enchanted Tiki Room
- Jungle Cruise
- Tarzan’s Treehouse
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Disneyland Railroad
- Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
- The Golden Horseshoe Stage
- Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition
- Mark Twain Riverboat
- Sailing Ship Columbia
- Big Thunder Ranch
- Royal Hall
- Royal Theatre
- Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
- Snow White’s Scary Adventures
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
- Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
- King Arthur Carrousel
- Casey Jr. Circus Train
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Mad Tea Party (see below for our video)
- Alice in Wonderland
- Pixie Hollow
- Storybook Land Canal Boats
- “it’s a small world”
- Goofy’s Playhouse (my little guy couldn’t get enough of the piano in there!)
- Donald’s Boat
- Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse
- Mickey’s House
- Minnie’s House
- Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
- Autopia (over 32 inches tall)
- Astro Orbitor
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Phew! It’s a long list, isn’t it? Even though some attractions have no height restriction, I’d recommend watching the ride first before trying it out with your little one. Some attractions may scare little ones (dark rooms, spinning too fast, etc.). There are so many attractions to choose from so you’ll never have a shortage of things to do! For more information on any of the attractions, visit www.disneyland.ca.
We weren’t sure if our little guy would be scared on the Mad Tea Party ride but he loved it. The only time he was upset is when we had to leave the ride!
Disneyland for Toddlers – Disney California Adventure Park Attractions:
Like the Disneyland Park, there are loads of attractions for little ones to enjoy within Disney California Adventure Park.
- Red Car Trolley
- Disney Junior – Live on Stage (Loved this! I’ll be writing a separate post on this one.)
- Muppet*Vision 3D
- Sorcerer’s Workshop
- Character Close-Up
- Animation Academy
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- The Hollywood Backlot Stage
- Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue
- Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular
- The Bakery Tour
- Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar
- It’s Tough to be a Bug
- Francis’ Ladybug Boogie
- Flik’s Flyers
- Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies (must be over 36 inches)
- Princess Dot Puddle Park
- Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train
- Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree (must be over 32 inches)
- Luigi’s Flying Tires (must be over 32 inches)
- King Triton’s Carousel
- Toy Story Midway Mania
- Game of the Boardwalk
- Mickey’s Fun Wheel
- Golden Zephyr
- Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
For more information on any of the attractions, visit www.disneyland.ca.
Disneyland for Toddlers – Rider Swap:
There are also plenty of attractions for the older children and adults too (although my husband and I enjoyed all of the rides my son was able to go on!). Disneyland wants to make it easy for parents to both have an opportunity to try everything that they have to offer so they have a convenient Rider Swap program.
So each parent can take a turn on a ride while the other waits back with the little one(s), simply ask the attendant at the beginning of the ride for a Rider Swap card. After the first parent enjoys the ride, the second parent can use the Rider Swap card with little to no wait time. It’s a great way to save time while keeping your little ones entertained.
Disneyland for Toddlers – Shows:
In addition to the fun attractions, there is always a fun show going on somewhere around the park. Whether it’s a parade, a fireworks show, the breathtaking World of Color or characters walking around the park – there is so much for your little ones to enjoy!
I’ve already told my husband that I want to take my son there every year! There is so much to see and do and I’m sure we’ll discover new things to see and experience with each visit. Have you taken a little one to Disneyland? If so, what was his/her favorite part?
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*Disclosure: My family was invited on a magical vacation to the Disneyland Parks and the beaches of Orange County. My flight, our hotel, park passes, meal vouchers and other various perks were provided to me as part of this adventure. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.