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Top 10 Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

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Many parents worry there are not enough Disneyland rides and attractions for babies and toddlers, but amusements for all ages abound at this theme park. The best part is the entire family can enjoy most activities together. As a Disneyland enthusiast and former multi-year Annual Passholder, I have visited the Happiest Place on Earth a multitude of times with my two children. Here are my picks for the top 10 Disneyland rides and attractions for babies and toddlers.

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Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

Dumbo the Flying Elephant ~ Best Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

Dumbo the Flying Elephant is a favorite with babies, toddlers and preschoolers (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

1. Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Fantasyland

After failing to get my daughter (then age 3) to ride Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and instead taking my infant son, who clawed at my face with fear throughout, I have given up waiting out the ridiculously long lines for the dark rides in Fantasyland. Instead, we head to everyone's favorite flying elephant.

it's a small world ~ Best Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

Sail around the world with your little one on It's a Small World at Disneyland (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

2. It's a Small World in Fantasyland

It is worth getting the cutesy Small World song stuck in your head all day for the smiles this ride will induce for your child. Plus, you get a big return (an 8-minute ride) for your small investment (typically a brief wait in line).

A Bug's Land ~ Best Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

A Bug's Land at Disney California Adventure Park is home to four sweet rides for little kids (Photo credit: Glen Miller/Disneyland)

3. A Bug's Land at Disney's California Adventure

This area includes four Disneyland rides and attractions for babies and toddlers plus other young children. While Tuck and Roll's Drive ‘Em Buggies bumper cars and Francis' Ladybug Boogie (shown above) are fun for preschoolers, the other two rides are wonderful choices for babies and toddlers. There is Flik's Flyers, which is a slightly less magical version of Dumbo's ride, and Heimlich's Chew Chew Train, for which you board a talking caterpillar who chews his way though a garden of sweet-smelling treats like watermelon and animal crackers. Wait until kids are older to brave the 3-D film It's Tough to Be a Bug! I took my daughter when she was a little over 2 years old. Too scary!

Minnie's House ~ Best Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

Minnie's House is full of fun stuff for wee ones to explore (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

4. Minnie's House in Mickey's Toontown

When you tire of waiting in lines, this walk-though attraction keeps toddling kids busy with dials and buttons galore.

Jungle Cruise ~ Best Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

Jungle Cruise is a classic Disneyland ride that's fun for the whole family (Photo credit: Disneyland)

5. Jungle Cruise in Adventureland

Here's an old-school ride for the whole family. Adults will chuckle (or groan) at the humorous commentary of the adventure guides. As for the kids, I remember believing I had actually been to Africa and back when I embarked on this ride during my first trip to Walt Disney World at age 4.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ~ Best Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a hit with young children (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

6. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Critter Country

This brightly colored ride is one of my kids' all-time favorites! It's tucked away in Critter Country and you can often walk right on without waiting in line for long. Bonus: you can often meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and other friends from the Hundred Acre Wood at a character meet-and-greet spot near the ride's exit.

Mickey's Fun Wheel ~ Best Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

Get a great view of Disney California Adventure from Mickey's Fun Wheel (Photo credit:Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

7. Mickey's Fun Wheel at Disney's California Adventure's Paradise Pier

Formerly the Sun Wheel, this huge Ferris wheel provides a great aerial view of the park. Skip the long lines for the swinging, scarier gondolas and opt for the milder, merely-swaying ones.

Disneyland Railroad ~ Best Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

Walt Disney was a big fan of trains, and so are babies and toddlers! (Photo credit:Scott Brinegar/Disneyland)

8. Disneyland Railroad

I have yet to meet a child who is not enthralled by choo-choo trains! You can climb aboard or disembark the Disneyland Railroad at Main Street U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Mickey's Toontown, or New Orleans Square. The best part is the “surprise” trip through the Grand Canyon and Primeval World (a scene of Animatronic dinosaurs) between Tomorrowland and Main Street.

Enchanted Tiki Room ~ Best Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

Take a rest with your baby or toddler in the Enchanted Tiki Room (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

9. The Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland

Birds and flowers serenade the audience in this pleasant indoor show, giving you time out of the sun (or rain, as the case may be). Rest your tootsies here while the baby nurses or sips a bottle. Beware of a brief, somewhat scary tropical “thunderstorm” at the end of the show.

King Arthur's Carrousel ~ Best Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

King Arthur's Carrousel is a beloved ride for youngsters in Fantasy Land (Photo credit: Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland Resort)

10. King Triton's Carousel at Disney's California Adventure's Paradise Pier or King Arthur's Carrousel in Fantasyland

Whether you choose Triton's underwater-themed carousel with seahorses, whales, and other ride-able sea creatures or you climb aboard Arthur's classic hand-carved horses, most tots love a carousel. It may seem like a boring choice to grown-ups, but not so for kiddos!

Disneyland with babies and toddlers is magical

Soaring through joy with my baby on Dumbo the Flying Elephant (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

Why Visit Disneyland with Babies and Toddlers

Before I brought my daughter to Disneyland to celebrate her first birthday, some well-meaning friends warned, “It’s better to wait until she's 5 or 6 to go. What's the point in taking her now? She won’t even remember it.” But when I held my birthday girl in my arms as we soared through the air on Dumbo's back and she clapped her hands, grinning and baring her two teeth, I knew that moment mattered. Even if she doesn't remember it, for that slice of time she and I were soaring through joy.

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Disneyland rides and attractions for babies and toddlers are super fun for the whole family. But the fun doesn't have to stop there. Consider booking a character meal to add even more magic to your visit. Read our Disneyland character meal reviews to choose the best one for your family. Click here to save up to $11 per adult meal and up to $5 per child meal.

What are your favorite Disneyland rides and attractions for babies and toddlers? Let us know in the comments below!
A Note from Travel Mamas: This story originally posted in 2009 and was updated in 2017.
About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, “The Travel Mamas’ Guide,” she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the “Today” show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

  1. Kimiora elliott says:

    Hi,

    We are travelling from NEW ZEALAND July next year (2018) to disneyland with our will be 2 and a half year old….I do realise its a busy period n super hot so what are some handy tips to make this a memorable time….

    Thank you,

    Kimiora

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Kimiora – How exciting! I suggest booking a character meal one day. This is a great breakfast activity to do at one of the Disney hotels on the day you’re checking out so you can get one last dose of Disney without having to pay for a whole day at the parks. Be sure to plan around naps for your little one. Our kids always slept better in their strollers but some do better back in the hotel. If you’ll need to do naps back at the hotel, you may want to get a room with a patio or balcony so you can relax while your toddler sleeps. Bring along a misting fan – they’re available at the parks but very expensive. You’ll want to dress in layers because even on hot California days, it’s often chilly at night and you’ll want light sweaters. Make sure to book your dinner reservations in advance unless you want to eat fast food for every meal or you want to wait a loooooong time for a table in the parks or at Downtown Disney! Enjoy Disneyland!

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