What are the best Disneyland attractions for toddlers?
Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort
Here are Allison’s Disneyland recommendations for this age:
- Top pick: Allison raves about Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room for families as it is quieter than other areas of the park, there is A/C, you don’t usually have to wait too long, and best of all, you can bring your own food! Plus, most of the action is overhead so kids can easily see.
- Anything in Fantasyland
- Mickey’s Toontown. This part of the park underwent reimagining and will open later this month. Toddlers love seeing Mickey and Minnie and riding Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh are great rides for this age.
- It’s currently under renovation, but the Adventureland Treehouse is a top pick for little ones.
- Don’t miss the Magic Happens Parade!
- What about the Haunted Mansion? Allison says that if you start them early, kids will know what to expect and won’t be afraid.
What are the best Disney California Adventure attractions for toddlers?
- Disney Junior stage show—it has all their favorites!
- The Little Mermaid ride is great for little ones because it is slow-moving and quiet with familiar songs.
- Everything at Pixar Pier (minus the Incredicoaster)
- The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is a great spot for families when you need to get away from the crowds. Toddlers can run around here and explore the play structure. There’s never a wait.
- All of Cars Land
- Web Slingers and Monsters, Inc. are great rides for this age.
What are the easiest ways to meet characters at Disneyland?
The great thing about Disneyland is that characters just walk around the parks. You’ll find them greeting you when you walk in. They also gather around the flagpole on Main Street. Character meals are a guaranteed way to meet some of your favorites. The Disney Jr. show in DCA is another good option. If you want to find a specific character, use the app to locate them.
What are some strategies for making the most of your time at Disneyland and DCA?
Allison says that Genie+ works great at these parks because of their smaller footprint, and she recommends families take advantage of it. You can only start using it once you are in the parks so you are only fighting for Lightning Lane privileges with those already in the parks.
Rider Switch is also a great option for families with little ones. You choose the ride you want to go on and approach a Cast Member there to let them know you are interested in rider switch. Adult 1 would wait in the normal queue, while Adult 2 stayed with the kids outside the ride. Once Adult 1 has completed the ride, Adult 2 returns to the ride and boards through the attraction return line and doesn’t have to wait in the normal queue.
Should you bring your own stroller to Disneyland? Or rent one at the park?
The benefit of bringing your own stroller is that you’ll have it available to use from the hotel or parking lot, whereas strollers rented at Disneyland can only be used inside the park. Also, the strollers available at the park are not infant strollers. You’ll be in better shape if you can bring your own stroller or take advantage of various companies that will deliver a stroller to your hotel in advance of your arrival if you don’t want to travel with one.
At the parks, there will be designated stroller parking. Figure out a way to differentiate your stroller from the hundreds of other black strollers that will be there. Or, better yet, put an AirTag on your stroller so that if it gets moved by a Cast Member for some reason, you’ll be able to find it.
Are there baby changing stations and nursing rooms at Disneyland?
Yes! There are Baby Care Centers at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. In Disneyland, it is located at the end of Main Street by First Aid, and in DCA, it is in the new San Fransokyo near Ghiradelli. Forget to bring extra diapers? You can grab some here! They even have toddler food, baby formula, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications, and pacifiers in the vending machines. There are toddler-size toilets, feeding stations, and microwaves for warming meals.
What should you do if your toddler is getting overwhelmed? Are there low-sensory areas?
In Disneyland, the area in Critter Country near the Hungry Bear Restaurant tends to get less traffic. You can watch the canoes and Mark Twain River Boat go by.
The Grizzly Peak area in DCA gets less traffic and is a great spot to go with little ones.
What are some tips for making mealtime easy at Disneyland?
Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort
- Bring your own food. You can bring in whatever you want so pack those snacks so nobody gets hangry.
- If you are going to order lunch, place your order early, like 9 a.m. You can always move the pick-up time to later but it’s almost impossible to move it earlier once the lunch rush starts.
- Book dining reservations 60 days in advance when reservations open. The only in-park character meal is Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park at the Plaza Inn so it books up fast.
Should you stay on property when visiting Disneyland?
Yes, because there are some exclusive benefits. You’ll get 30 minutes of early access to the parks before the regular guests which allows you to walk on the rides without a wait. You also get an exclusive entrance to the parks, thus avoiding the long lines at the main entrances. You won’t have to deal with parking before entering the park.
What do you need to bring with you to Disneyland?
Here’s Allison’s packing list:
- neck fans and stroller fans
- sweaters, ponchos, sunscreen, and stroller cover for changes in weather
- diapers and wipes, more than you think you need
- snacks (yes, you can bring in your own food!) and a reusable water bottle (you can ask at any quick-service station for a cup of water)
- purchase a fuel rod from Amazon before you go (it’s cheaper) or buy one in the park. These allow you to charge your phone and then when it’s dead, you can swap it for a fully-charged fuel rod for free.
- Magic Bands (if you are using them) and mouse ears (always!)
- your phone—you’ll need it to take pics and use the Disneyland app.
Related: The Secret Disney Vacation Packing Tricks (From a Mom Who Just Got Back)
Why should you use a Disney Vacation Planner to book your trip?
You are going to be spending quite a bit of money to go to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure so you’ll want to make the most of your visit. Hiring an expert like Allison or a member of her team means you’ll get recommendations from someone who is super passionate about Disney and the Disney vacation experience. Allison’s team includes a military veteran who is well-versed in using military benefits at the parks. There’s also a mom with special needs kids who can give you advice on visiting with special needs kids or adults.
For additional information on hiring Allison’s team to plan your Disney vacation, head over to her site.
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(With Inputs from redtri, thebarefootnomad)