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Top 12 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 California theme park. The best part? The entire family can enjoy most of these 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 is a list of my picks for the 12 best Disneyland attractions and rides for toddlers and babies.

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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

Everyone loves Dumbo the Flying Elephant — especially babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! Riders soar through the air on the backs of magical pachyderms on this circular ride. There's something very sweet and uplifting about experiencing Dumbo with little ones, so I suggest kicking off your day here.

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

It's a Small World at Disneyland (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

2. It's a Small World in Fantasyland

It's 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). As a travel lover, It's a Small World's make-believe journey around the globe holds a special place in my heart.

Peter Pan's Flight at Disneyland

Peter Pan's Flight (Photo credit: Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland Resort)

3. Peter Pan's Flight in Fantasyland

One of the original rides at Disneyland, Peter Pan's Flight remains one of the park's most popular rides, and for good reason. Riders feel like they're flying over the rooftops of London aboard a pirate's ship with The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up along with his fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell.

Many of the dark rides in Fantasyland can be scary to toddlers and babies, so I suggest trying out the less intimidating and more whimsical Peter Pan's Flight before attempting others. Queue up early in the day for this attraction to minimize long wait times.

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

My toddler exploring Minnie's House (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

4. Minnie's House in Mickey's Toontown

When your family tires of waiting in lines, this walk-through attraction provides an interactive experience for kids. Minnie's House especially appeals to toddlers and preschoolers with its bright colors and plentiful buttons and dials to explore.

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

Jungle Cruise in Adventureland (Photo credit: Disneyland)

5. Jungle Cruise in Adventureland

Adults will chuckle (or groan) at the humorous commentary of the adventure guides aboard a Jungle Cruise. 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. This classic Disneyland ride is a great choice for the whole family to enjoy together.

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

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (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! The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is tucked away in Critter Country and you can typically 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

Pixar Pal-A-Round (Photo credit:Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland)

7. Pixar Pal-A-Round at Disney California Adventure's Pixar Pier

Formerly the Sun Wheel and then Mickey's Fun Wheel, this huge Ferris wheel provides a great aerial view of the park.

Every Pixar Pal-A-Round gondola is decorated with an image of a beloved Disney•Pixar movie character. Be on the lookout for Woody, Buzz, Dory, Nemo, Mr. Incredible, Joy, Sadness, Lightning McQueen, and others.

Those who suffer from motion sickness should skip the long lines for the swinging, scarier gondolas and opt for the fixed ones. This is the only attraction to make it onto both this list of best Disneyland rides for babies and toddlers AND my list of the scariest rides at Disneyland. Ironic, I know!

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

Disneyland Railroad (Photo credit:Scott Brinegar, Disneyland)

8. Disneyland Railroad

I have yet to meet a young 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

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 in the Enchanted Tiki Room while the baby nurses or sips a bottle.

Beware of a brief, somewhat scary tropical “thunderstorm” at the end of the show.

Alice in Wonderland ride at Disneyland

Alice in Wonderland ride (Photo credit: Disney)

10. Alice in Wonderland in Fantasyland

If your youngster fared well on Peter Pan's Flight, give the second most cheerful Fantasyland dark ride a go. Board an oversized caterpillar for a journey through White Rabbit’s House, Tulgey Wood, and the Queen’s Garden.

Portions of the ride travel through the outdoors, giving a reprieve from the “scary” dark factor. Some children may find the Queen yelling “Off with their heads!” a bit intimidating. But a merry unbirthday party, silly characters, and bright colors lighten the mood.

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind at Disney California Adventure Park

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

11. Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind at Disney California Adventure's Pixar Pier

A Bug's Land in Disney California Adventure Park used to be one of the best places for babies and toddlers at Disneyland, with four sweet rides that catered to young guests. This area shut down to make room for Avengers Campus. It opened in 2021, with attractions that appeal to older park goers.

Families, however, can enjoy a reimagining of one of the Bug's Land rides. Similar to Flik's Flyers, Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind is a ring-shaped flying ride. Opened in 2019, this ride spins riders in gentle circles in baskets hanging from “Core Memory” balls from Inside Out. It's definitely a joy-filled ride for toddlers and babies.

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

King Arthur's Carrousel (Photo credit: Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland Resort)

12. King Arthur's Carrousel in Fantasyland or Jessie's Critter Carousel at Disney California Adventure's Pixar Pier

Most tots love a carousel. Youngsters climb aboard King Arthur's classic hand-carved horses in Fantasyland. It may seem like a boring choice to grown-ups, but not so for kiddos!

Jessie's Critter Carousel at Disney California Adventure

Jessie's Critter Carousel (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Meanwhile, in Disney California Adventure Park, King Triton's under-the-sea themed carousel has been closed and replaced with Jessie's Critter Carousel. Opened in 2019, this yodeling ride features wilderness friends from the “Woody's Roundup” television show featured in Toy Story 2.

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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What are your favorite Disneyland rides for toddlers and babies? Let us know in the comments below!
About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin, MBA, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular travel blog, TravelMamas.com. She is an expert in travel with kids and without. As the author of the book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents how to make the most of traveling with babies and children. Colleen loves sharing tips on hotels, cruises, spas, theme parks, and global lifestyle topics. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments
  1. Tanaya Sarkar says

    Hi Colleen . We r going Disneyland (California) with our 2 years daughter on 28th August . This is our first trip to Disneyland. We will be staying in Anaheim on that day. Can you please guide us? Please suggest Where to go , which ride is good for my 2 years baby.
    Thanks
    Tanaya

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Hi Tanaya – What a wonderful way to celebrate your daughter’s 2nd birthday! All of the rides mentioned in this list are great for a toddler her age. I suggest starting early in the morning in Fantasyland because the lines for those rides tend to get longer and longer as the day progresses. Have a wonderful time!

  2. My son now age 4 has been to Disneyland when he was only 3 months then again at 6 months and every year after that, we have enjoyed every single trip and he has too. I can relate to the feeling you get when seeing them just smile and have the happy jitters, I just love it!

  3. Enrique Solar says

    Hi Colleen!
    Thank you so much for helping us all make the most out of our Disney trips!
    We are going to Disneyland but have not decided when to go. We’ll be 4 adults, one 6 yr old girl, and one 2 yr old girl. We are going for them, not for the adults, so we all know what rides to go to and how to plan the day. The big question is this, what would you recommend? Early December (before Christmas week), or November (before Thanksgiving).
    Is there an easy way to check out historical crowd attendance?

    Thank you!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Hi Enrique – So glad to help in planning your Disneyland trip! Early December would be a great time to visit! The crowds aren’t very big yet but the holiday decorations will be up. The last two weeks of December and Thanksgiving week are both very busy times to visit. Take a look at this Uncercover Tourist article for more on the best times to visit: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/best-time-visit-disneyland/ Have a wonderful Disney vacation with your girls!

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