Disneyland was designed for kids of all ages – and toddlers are no exception! There are many things that you can enjoy with your toddler – so many things in fact, that unless you will be staying for several days, you won’t have time to do them all.
Start with Toon Town. Here is where you will find your toddler’s favorite Disney Characters, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse. All of the Characters
have homes in Toon Town, full of things that will amaze your toddler, and make them laugh.
Disneyland boasts a slew of rides and attractions that, while tame, elicit squeals of delight from toddlers. Some of the favorites are:
It’s a Small World, a boat ride through a musical diorama; the Enchanted Tiki Room, a Hawaiian extravaganza complete with automated birds and flowers; and the Country Bear Playhouse, where furry life-sized robotic bears sing and dance in a jamboree.
Children three and older can visit every attraction in Mickey’s Toontown, including Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse and Goofy’s Bounce House. They can also tour Mickey’s House, where they’re guaranteed a chance to meet the Mouse himself in his dressing room. Then there’s this little-known secret: Several times each afternoon, Disney princesses tell stories to young guests in the Tinker Bell Toy Shoppe.
Twice a day the 45 Years of Magic Parade marched down Main Street U.S.A. Parade schedules vary, depending on the season, but stake out a spot early to give your toddler a good view of all her favorite characters.
Every night the park stages “Fantasmic!” at Rivers of America. A laser-light water show with fireworks and a full-sized pirate ship, “Fantasmic!” will knock the cynic out of any adult. Bright lights and big noise every night at 9:30 with the 45th Anniversary Fireworks Spectacular, “Believe: There’s Magic in the Stars.”
Your toddler will definitely enjoy the Disneyland Railroad. This is a great way to get around the park, because there are stations in New Orleans Square, Toon Town, Tomorrowland, and on Main Street. This will amuse your toddler, and give you a chance to see some sights and rest a bit.
The Storybook Land Canal Boats is another good choice, as it will take you through the miniature villages that your child will be quite familiar with from their story books.
Rides that you and your toddler must not miss include all of the rides in Fantasyland, King Arthur’s Carousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, the Circus Train, and the Mad Tea Party. Rides that are appropriate for youngsters, but that may cause a little fear are the rides that are dark. These include Peter Pan’s Flight, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Alice
in Wonderland, and Snow White’s Scary Adventure. Buzz Lightyear is a popular ride for all toddlers.
There are other areas of the park that have attractions and rides that are appropriate for toddlers. Remember that Disneyland is a place for kids of all ages. Pay attention to the height and age requirements for each attraction, and avoid taking your toddler to rides that they will not be able to enjoy. This will only cause your child disappointment.
Stick to the areas where the toddler appropriate attractions are located as much as possible. As an adult, you realize that some rides are simply not safe for small people – but your small person will not comprehend this! Your Disneyland vacation should be enjoyable for everyone, and Disneyland has made sure that there is something for everyone at the park. It is up to you to keep your child happy, and to keep them interested in the rides and attractions that they are meant to enjoy.
If you want to go on some adults-only rides without splitting up, try the “Baby Swap.” As soon as you get in line, tell an attendant that you want to use this option. When it’s your family’s turn, one parent rides while the other stands aside holding the child. When the run is over, the parent who just rode gets off and takes the child, and the other parent hops on.
Dan Farrell is the owner of Disneyland Vacations where you can get more information on a great Disneyland Vacation.