Disneyland with a Toddler

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Jungle Cruise

I have been asked how much fun can you have in Disneyland if you have your son with you all the time. And after going to a few theme parks that are not Disneyland I can understand why people ask the question, but the amazing thing about Disneyland is you can do it with kids or without and you will have a great time. Even with little babies you can still go on some of the rides. You can do Disneyland with a toddler and it can be a great day!

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I’m not really sure what my son’s favorite ride is, he is 21 months old, but I’m guessing if he could talk it would be the Carousel or maybe Casey Jr. Train. Those are both hits, but he also enjoys so many other rides throughout Disneyland. And with fast passes* or single rider** options available it makes it easier to do grown up rides alone and trade off watching your child.

Here is a list of rides that do not have a height requirement and are great for any age:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean (two small drops, but lots to see and my son enjoys the ride)
  • Haunted Mansion (check out how they decorate it for Christmas)
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Peter Pan (my personal favorite)
  • Alice and Wonderland
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • King Arthur’s Carousel
  • Casey Jr. Train
  • Small World
  • Dumbo
  • Pinocchio
  • Snow White
  • Disneyland Train
  • Storybook (not the best for an active 2 year old, requires sitting and listening on a boat)
  • Tarzan’s Tree House
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Astro Orbitor
  • Finding Nemo
  • Monorail
  • Autotopia (must be 32″ tall)
  • Big Thunder Ranch (petting zoo)
  • Chip and Dale Tree House
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mark Twain River Boat/Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Pirate Layer (Tom Sawyer Island)

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Besides the rides another great thing about Disneyland are the characters that are often out and about and you can even do breakfast with them. Depending on the crowd level you might have to wait to meet the different characters, but sometimes you luck out and only have to wait a few minutes. My son was afraid of the characters until around 18 months. Every child is different, but when you get to see them hug and interact with the characters it makes for a fun experience for both parent and child.

Check out my tips for Day Trip Tips for Disneyland.

*Fast passes: Each ticketed guest is allowed a fast pass every two hours. Guest use their ticket at a separate fast past booth to get a ticket for a later time that allows you to bypass most of the line and wait between 10-15 minutes instead of the posted wait time.

**Single Rider: Some rides have a single rider option where single riders can wait in a shorter line and fill up empty seats. There are more options for this in Disneyland’s California Adventure.

8 comments on “Disneyland with a Toddler

  1. Amanda, my friend Sarah loves DisneyWorld and recently took her then six month old daughter. They LOVED it! I am going to pass along this post to her because I think she will find it very helpful. She swears by the Fast passes too! 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing Tara. We haven’t ever been to Disney World, but I really want to go. I’m sure it is just as good, if not, better than Disneyland.

    • My friend got it for Luke for his first visit. I hope you get to go soon it is so much fun to watch kids at Disneyland.

    • Yep so many of the good rides are for all ages, but it is a bummer he isn’t old enough for space mountain yet. 😉

    • We went to Knotts when they had free days for few days. It was okay, we couldn’t ride very many rides because we had Luke. Maybe when he is older we can go back.

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