When it comes to Disneyland, just walking into the park is exciting for children because it really is the “happiest place on earth,” and as you all enter smiling, the Magic Kingdom’s atmosphere encircles you. Disneyland is a place for kids and their adults of all ages who still enjoy the enchantment the park has to offer its guests. However, there are several things to think about if you are planning a family vacation because children in various age ranges obviously have fun doing different things.
As you enter Disneyland Resort, be sure to pick up a map and a schedule of the day’s shows and events. Children enjoy the various parades and character appearances, and depending on the time of year, there are different processions to watch throughout the day. The Disney Princess Fantasy Faire takes place in Fantasyland and gives your little ones the opportunity to meet their favorite princesses like Belle, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. The schedule will also show where other characters will be located in the park over the course of the day.
Babies 0 – 2 Years Old and Toddlers 3 – 4 in Disneyland
First, know that children two years old and under are admitted free to the park. You can rent a stroller but if possible, you may want to bring your own because your child may be more comfortable, and you cannot take a rented stroller past the exit gates. Your little one will need it for resting and powernaps.
The Baby Care Center located next to First Aid at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. is a convenient place to privately nurse your infant, and it offers changing tables, a feeding area with high chairs, a kitchen with microwave and sink, and a main room with television, table, and chairs. If you need any supplies such as formula, baby food, diapers, sunscreen, or over-the-counter medications, these items are available for purchase in the shop. For your added convenience, changing tables are available in most restrooms throughout the park.
You may not create many conscious memories for your infant and toddler set at Disneyland, but there are delightful photo opportunities with favorite characters and settings. Parents have fun capturing special scrapbook entries, and even babies past newborn age will delight in the sights and sounds around them.
Kids of All Ages at Disneyland
When it comes to getting your day underway, a big hit for families with infants, toddlers, and older children, is The Disneyland Railroad at the beginning of Main Street U.S.A. It is a popular place to set out from because you can either take a roundtrip and view dioramas of the Grand Canyon and the Primeval World, or disembark at one of the other three stops in New Orleans Square, ToonTown, or Tomorrowland.
Another way to begin your day is to take a horse-drawn carriage, old-time fire engine, double-decker bus, or a horseless carriage ride down Main Street to the Hub in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, and from there you can set off in any direction to the various lands. If you have older children, you may want to designate the Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse statue at the Hub or the bridge in front of the castle as a meeting place. If you allow teens to explore the park without you or if any group members should become separated from each other, it is a good centrally located spot for everyone to know. In addition, know that, every Disneyland cast or crewmember will guide anybody needing help to safety.
Fantasyland is always a good place to start when you have very young children. It’s a Small World, is a gentle, music filled, and brightly colored ride that enchants the little ones. Classic Disney storybook rides also inhabit Fantasyland. For everyone’s enjoyment check out Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight aboard a pirate ship bound for Neverland, King Arthur’s Carrousel, and Storybook Land Canal Boats. Your older kids will love riding the Matterhorn Bobsleds.
Mickey’s Toontown is a must do adventure for the youngest members in your party. Children enjoy visiting Mickey’s, Minnie’s, and Donald’s cartoon houses, and the characters themselves are often present for photo shoots with your little ones. However, you should be prepared for a waiting line. Young children may be frightened of the characters since they are bigger than life, and looking at them from afar may be your best bet if your child tends to be fearful. While in Toontown, be sure not to miss Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin ride, and stop by the Jolly Trolley for some fun photographs of your little ones.
Tomorrowland is the place for your space ranger age groups and older kids because the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is a ride and video game in one. The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is a fun underwater adventure for all ages, and the Autopia, Space Mountain, and Star Tours rides will provide loads of fun and excitement for your older kids and adults too. The Star Wars Jedi Training Academy is a popular activity with kids from ages 6 to 13.
New Orleans Square is home to the Disneyland classic rides, the Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion. These are two must do rides for the whole family, but even though very young children may be fearful in some places, children of all age groups do enjoy these attractions. The Indiana Jones Adventure is the perfect ride for older kids and thrill seekers in your group, and Splash Mountain in Critter Country is another popular ride with its five-story waterfall drop.
While there are plenty of Disneyland rides and attractions for the entire family to enjoy together, a few rides have minimum height requirements. Knowing these conditions in advance will help you plan so that adults and older children can enjoy the rides, while the shorter people and an adult find something else fun and wonderful to do in the vicinity.
• Mickey’s Toontown, Gadget’s Go Coaster minimum height is 35.”
• Adventureland, Indiana Jones Adventure minimum height is 46.”
• Critter Country, Splash Mountain minimum height is 40.” – Children under 8 must be attended by someone 16 or older.
• Frontierland, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad minimum height is 40.”
• Tomorrowland, Autopia minimum height is 52” to drive, and no children under 12 months old may ride.
• Also in Tomorrowland, Space Mountain minimum height is 40.” – Children under 8 must be attended by someone 16 or older, and Star Tours minimum height is 40.”
• In Fantasyland, Matterhorn Bobsleds minimum height is 35.”
Festivities and Party Celebrations at Disneyland
If someone in your group of dear ones is celebrating a birthday, be sure to stop at Disneyland’s City Hall on Main Street and get a big birthday button to wear that lets everyone know that today is a special day. The birthday boy or girl will receive wishes all day long. Anyone of any age can celebrate and there is no proof of birthday required. Characters will sign your kid’s autograph book with special birthday greetings and pose for photos.
Special holiday events occur at different times throughout the entire year, but the park themes, decorations, firework displays, and character costumes are most spectacular during the Halloween season and Christmastime. When you are planning a holiday or any time of year vacation to take the kids to Disneyland, be sure to explore https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/ first and see what wonderful shows and special events will be happening during your chosen timeframe.
The fireworks show at Disneyland are likely one of the most spectacular displays in the country, and you will not want to miss it. Check schedules to verify dates and times for fireworks and other special shows for the various holiday celebrations. At the end of a fun-filled day at Disneyland Resort, you and your kids will understand why it truly is “the best place on earth.”
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Posted by Lisa Robertson