Disneyland CA: How to Enjoy the Theme Park With Very Young Travelers
You may be wondering whether you should take your very young children to Disneyland in California. If this is your family’s first trip to Disneyland, you may be wondering whether they are old enough to enjoy the theme parks, and whether your group could possibly have a good time. Well, leave it to Disney to get this one right. Disney’s success is largely based on their ability to appeal to all age groups. Here are some of the areas that are geared especially to young ones and their parents.
• Baby Care Center – this wonderful, quiet and calming facility is tucked between “Main Street Photo” and the “Plaza Inn”. Although there are no places for children to nap, there are rocking chairs available for nursing mothers to feed their child. There are also nice sized changing tables and even child sized flush toilets to help with potty training needs. If you run out of diapers, you can buy one at the center. This prevents you from having to go all the way back to your hotel room to change a diaper. The center also has an area to warm bottles and baby food, and to clean out baby bottles. If you need extra formula or baby food, they have a selection on hand for purchase. Although there are also changing tables located in both men’s and women’s restrooms in various locations around the park, if you and your little one need a break from the heat, crowds and noise, this is the place to go.
• Fantasyland – there are many rides in Fantasyland that are especially good for small children. These include: Casey Jr. Circus Train, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, It’s a Small World, King Arthur’s Carrousel, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Storybook Land Canal Boats. Some of the other rides in Fantasyland are considered “dark rides” and may scare young children.
• Mickey’s Toontown – this is another good place for young children. There are many interactive things to do here. There are also fun places to explore, like: Chip ‘n’ Dale Treehouse, Donald’s Boat, Goofy’s Playhouse. Minnie’s house and Mickey’s house. If your child is comfortable around characters, this is a great place to get autographs.
• The Disneyland Railroad – this train goes all of the way around the park. It’s a great way to get from one land to the other if you’re tired. If you have a collapsible stroller, you can bring it right on the train.
• Main Street – some of the attractions that might appeal to small children in this area are: Horse-Drawn Carriage, Horseless Carriage, Omnibus and the Fire Engine.
• There are some other rides scattered around Disneyland that younger children might enjoy. These are: Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Critter Country, Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Big Thunder Ranch and Tom Sawyer’s Island in Frontierland, and Jungle Cruise, Tarzan’s Treehouse and Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland.
If an adult in your group has their heart set on riding one of the “thrill” rides, Disney has this covered too. (Note that there are height requirements on some of the rides). Check out the Fast Pass System and Single Rider Service, which are available on some rides. Both are free services that will significantly cut your wait time for boarding a ride. Also check out “Child Swap” which allows one adult to wait in line to board an attraction and ride, and then “pass off” the child to the second adult who boards the attraction without waiting in line. You will need to ask the cast member at the entrance to each attraction that has a height requirement about this option. This can be a lifesaver if each parent wants to take a turn riding an attraction while the other adult stays with the little one.