21 Best Disneyland Rides for Toddlers and Babies

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 Disney enthusiast and former multi-year Annual Passholder, I have visited the Happiest Place on Earth a multitude of times with my two children. All the rides on this list are age-appropriate, have zero height restrictions (with one noted exception), and, most importantly, are lots of fun. Let’s board the 21 best Disneyland rides for toddlers and young children!

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)

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1. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Fantasyland in Disneyland

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

Fantasyland in Disneyland

It’s worth getting the cutesy Small World song stuck in your head all day for the smiles this slow 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

Fantasyland in Disneyland

One of the original attractions at Disneyland, Peter Pan’s Flight remains one of the park’s most popular rides. Riders feel like they’re flying over the rooftops of London aboard a pirate 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 and Meet Mickey House

Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland

When your family tires of waiting in lines, these walk-through attractions in Mickey’s Toontown provide an interactive experience for little kids. The side-by-side houses belong to none other than Minnie Mouse and her beau, Mickey Mouse.

Meet Mickey House
Meet Mickey House (Photo credit: Disneyland Resort)

These attractions especially appeal to toddlers and preschoolers with their bright colors and plentiful buttons and dials to explore. When the famous residents are home, you might even get to snap a pic with these Disney characters, too.

Jungle Cruise ~ Best Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers
Jungle Cruise in Adventureland (Photo credit: Disneyland)

5. Jungle Cruise

Adventureland in Disneyland

Adults will chuckle (or groan) at the humorous commentary of the adventure guides aboard a Jungle Cruise. As for young kids, I remember believing I had actually been to the Amazon and back when I set sail on this slow-moving boat 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

Critter Country in Disneyland

This brightly colored attraction is one of my children’s all-time favorite rides! The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is tucked away in Critter Country where you can typically walk right on without waiting in line for long.

Bonus: You can often meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and other favorite characters from the Hundred Acre Wood at a 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

Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure

Formerly the Sun Wheel and then Mickey’s Fun Wheel, this huge Ferris wheel provides a great aerial view of the Disney California Adventure 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.

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! 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 U.S.A.

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

Adventureland in Disneyland

Animatronic birds and flowers serenade the audience in this pleasant indoor show, giving your family 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” with loud noises and flashing lights at the end of the show.

Alice in Wonderland ride at Disneyland
Alice in Wonderland ride (Photo credit: Disney)

10. Alice in Wonderland

Fantasyland in Disneyland

If your youngster fared well on Peter Pan’s Flight, then 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 this great ride travel through the outdoors, giving a reprieve from the scary dark factor. Some small 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

Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure

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 kids and teens at Disneyland.

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

Fantasyland in Disneyland

Most tots love a carousel. Youngsters can saddle up on 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)

Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure

Meanwhile, in Disney California Adventure Park, Jessie’s Critter Carousel replaced King Triton’s Little Mermaid-themed carousel. Opened in 2019, this yodeling ride features wilderness friends from the make-believe Woody’s Roundup television show featured in Toy Story 2.

The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure, Disneyland
The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure (Photo from https://disneyland.disney.go.com)

13. The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

Paradise Garden in Disney California Adventure

Little girls and boys alike will adore embarking on this “under the sea” adventure. Board a clamshell to view The Little Mermaid and a dancing chorus of her marine animal friends in this dark but darling ride.

Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer's Island with a toddler
Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer’s Island (Photo from https://disneyland.disney.go.com)

14. Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer’s Island

Frontierland in Disneyland

Young children need space to let loose and PLAY. Forget standing around in lines for a while and let those little legs run free at Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer’s Island!

Traveling aboard a log raft to and from the isle adds to the adventure. Once there, search for lost pirate treasure while exploring mysterious caves, paths, and suspension bridges. This was my brother’s and my favorite Disneyland attraction when we were young kids!

Horse-Drawn Street Car on Main Street USA at Disneyland
Horse-Drawn Street Car on Main Street USA (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

15. Main Street Vehicles

Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland

Why walk when you could take an entertaining journey down Main Street, U.S.A. aboard one of the charming Main Street Vehicles? Choices include a Jitney old-fashioned automobile without a roof, an old school Fire Engine, and an open-air two-story Omnibus. Animal-loving children will want to climb aboard the Horse-Drawn Street Car.

Storybook Land Canal Boat at Disneyland
Storybook Land Canal Boat (Photo from https://disneyland.disney.go.com)

16. Storybook Land Canal Boats

Fantasyland in Disneyland

If the weather is pleasant, Storybook Land Canal Boats are delightful. Cruise through the mouth of El Monstro the whale in a mellow boat on this outdoor ride. View miniaturized versions of Disney fairytales like Frozen, Aladdin, and Cinderella while a cast member tells the accompanying stories.

Snow White's Enchanted Wish ride at Disneyland
Snow White’s Enchanted Wish (Christian Thompson, Disneyland Resort)

17. Snow White’s Enchanted Wish

Fantasyland in Disneyland

Formerly named Snow White’s Scary Adventures, this ride used to be renowned as one of the most terrifying attractions at Disneyland. I mean, “scary” was right in the name!

In 2020, however, the ride was revamped and given its new name, Snow White’s Enchanted Wish. It’s less intimidating to younger guests now. Still, I advise checking out more lighthearted dark rides to find out if it’s a good idea to board with your toddler or preschooler.

There is still a scene where the Evil Queen looks in a magic mirror, then turns around to reveal a frightening old witch instead. Thankfully, Disney eliminated the ride’s jump scares and added LED lighting to make the ride less ominous.

Chip ‘n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster in Disneyland for preschoolers
Chip ‘n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster (Photo credit: Richard Harbaugh, Disneyland Resort)

18. Chip ‘n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster

Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland

Adventurous older toddlers and preschoolers will want to give Chip ‘n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster a try. Formerly known as Gadget’s Go Coaster, this mild roller coaster was refurbished and reopened in 2023 with “nutty” touches.

This a great way to let young children experience their very first time on a roller coaster! With a 35″ height requirement and duo seating, this attraction was designed for one adult and one child to ride together.

Pirates of the Caribbean may scare young riders ~ Scariest Rides at Disneyland
Pirates of the Caribbean may scare young riders (Photo credit: Disneyland Resort)

19. Pirates of the Caribbean

New Orleans Square in Disneyland

Babies and toddlers tend to be too young to feel scared aboard Pirates of the Caribbean. So go ahead and embark on a swashbuckling voyage with Captain Jack Sparrow and other marauding pirates. It’s a long (nearly 16-minute) gentle boat ride that gives everyone a chance to rest their feet and get out of the elements.

Preschoolers, however, are another thing. With more awareness, comes fear. This boat ride takes place in the dark and there are pirates howling, “Dead men tell no tales.” Overhead faux gunfights can be scary, too. Plus, some kids might be frightened by a couple of mellow drops at the beginning of the ride.

Mark Twain Riverboat
Mark Twain Riverboat (Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland)

20. Mark Twain Riverboat

Frontierland in Disneyland

Board an authentic recreation of a real Mississippi River paddleboat in the heart of Disneyland. Since the ride boards up to 400 passengers all at once, the wait tends to be manageable, too.

Take in the scenery of the Rivers of America and set a spell on the 14-minute roundtrip journey. Since children aren’t buckled in, they can get a bit of their wiggles out as you cruise.

Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland
Sailing Ship Columbia (Photo credit: Disneyland Resort)

21. Sailing Ship Columbia

Frontierland in Disneyland

Kids may be more excited to set sail on the same waters aboard Sailing Ship Columbia. Swiveling mounted guns and a below-deck maritime museum add to the allure.

The 110-foot-long, full-rigged vessel is a replica of the Columbia Rediviva, an 18th-century sailing ship. This ship sails less often than its riverboat sister and can accommodate up to 300 parkgoers at a time.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Rides to Skip in Fantasyland with Young Children

Lots of families seem to barely leave Fantasyland. That’s a shame because there’s plenty to explore beyond that one (albeit magical) land.

Your time at Disneyland with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers is limited. In my opinion, there are a few attractions you can skip in Fantasyland to make room for other amusements.

The Mad Tea Party isn't necessarily everyone's cup of tea
The Mad Tea Party (Photo credit: Disneyland Resort)

Mad Tea Party

Although there are no height restrictions for Mad Tea Party, you might give this one a pass unless you go gaga for getting dizzy. Children’s sense of equilibrium tends to readjust faster than that of adults, so your little ones might want to give this classic ride a whirl while parents prefer to give it a pass.

Skip Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland with toddlers
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (Photo credit: Duke Remington, Wikimedia)

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride typically has a shorter queue than the rest of the rides in Fantasyland. And for good reason. It’s scary!

Why? First of all, it’s a super dark ride. Second, the storyline is freaky and unknown to most kids and adults. It’s based on the 1949 Disney movie, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. Lastly, there are jerky movements, loud noises, and a heated room filled with devils.

When my son was a baby, I strapped him into his Baby Bjorn and brought him onto this Disneyland attraction. Bad idea! He clawed at my face in fear with his little baby nails the whole time.

Casey Jr. Circus Train
Casey Jr. Circus Train (Photo from https://disneyland.disney.go.com)

Casey Jr. Circus Train

It looks adorable, I will give you that. This whimsical train chugs over hills, through green valleys, and past some of the same tiny fairytale scenes as the Story Land Canal Boats. But the seats are terribly small for grown-ups. And heaven forbid you get stuck crouched in one of the caged cars.

Pinocchio's Daring Journey
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (Photo from https://disneyland.disney.go.com)

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey

Frankly, I didn’t know if I should Pinocchio’s Daring Journey on the must-ride or must-skip list. It really depends on your baby, toddler, or preschooler. Like the movie for which it was made, this ride tends to seem a bit scarier than other Disney offerings.

If the line isn’t too long and your child enjoyed other dark rides like Peter Pan’s Flight, Alice in Wonderland, and Snow White’s Enchanted Wish — then queue up! But I wouldn’t spend too long waiting.

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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Breakfast in the Park with Minnie and Friends at Disneyland ~ Disneyland vs Knott's Berry Farm
Breakfast in the Park with Minnie and Friends at Disneyland (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

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Best Disneyland Rides for Toddlers and Babies

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  1. This is a great list. I haven’t been to disney land, only disney world – this is a great post for our Cali trip!

    1. Enjoy California, Mary! So many wonderful things to explore in my former home state!

  2. Thank you for the discount codes you shared in this post. We may have a trip to Disney again sometime soon but nothing’s definite yet. I took my children to Disney when they were still toddlers and they enjoyed it! I guess it is all up to the parents to decide for the best time to take their kids to Disney.

  3. Thanks for the terrific breakdown. We are planning a trip to Disneyland this Fall. We have people from all age groups going with us.

    1. Two is such a fun age! I hope you can bring your niece to Disneyland sometime soon!

    1. Kita – Disneyland is fun at any age. You can make new memories with your kids now!

    1. It’s funny, though, how many people think it’s silly to bring babies and toddlers to Disneyland. It really is a magical place, no matter your age!

  4. Wow! So much, where would one even begin? I have never been to Disneyland, any of them. Neither have any of my kids I think it would be such a blast!

    1. Jeanine – I hope you are able to visit Disneyland with your kids sometime in the future!

    1. Now that my kids are getting older (ages 9 and 12), I am missing some of these kiddie rides!

  5. I always thought little kids could not appreciate Disney and it was a waste, but you have shown how much to do for them. I will keep it in mind for my young nieces nd nephews.

  6. Disney is our happy place. It’s perfect for families with kids of all ages. My kids all loved the parks as babies and toddlers.

    1. Disneyland is my happy place too! In fact, when I was in labor for 48 hours with my first child, I pictured taking my baby to Disneyland during every contraction. For her first birthday, we skipped throwing her a party and took her to Disneyland instead!

    1. Winnie the Pooh is a great one. Go during the afternoon when the lines are longer for other rides and hit up something busier in the mornings, like Dumbo!

    1. Veronica – Naps and potty breaks can be a challenge for little ones at Disneyland (and anywhere, really!) but it’s so worth it to see their eyes light up when they see Mickey Mouse or take off on a ride in Fantasyland!