Tips for Taking you Toddler to Disneyland! {Toddler Friendly Rides}

Disneyland Castle

Going to the Happiest Place on Earth with your toddler? I used to think that a child should be 5 or older to actually enjoy going to Disneyland. But after a mostly un-planned last minute trip to Anaheim with our 2-year-old last month I learned that young toddlers can also have a great time at Disneyland.

We had an amazing three days at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park with our son. If you have the chance to go, but you are unsure about taking your toddler, you should definitively go for it (kids under 3 don’t pay for entrance and eat free). There are tons of things to do for the entire family, and even if they don’t remember everything, you will still have some amazing memories and photos to share with them later.

When to go:

We ended up going during off-peak season, and that meant we avoided crowds and long line-ups.  It was perfect because we had a max of 5-10 minutes wait for popular rides and we walked-in most rides right away without any wait. It also meant that we could go on rides that we loved again and again without even getting out of the ride to get in line again.

Toddlers are not known for their patience and going to Disneyland during the off-peak season means you don’t have to worry about long waits before going on rides. If you can, I recommend visiting Disneyland during their lowest attendance times: January (except New Year’s Day) until just before Presidents’ week in February, the week following Labor Day until just before Thanksgiving week or the week following Thanksgiving until the week prior to Christmas.

Try to plan your visit for weekdays too. We were there on a Thursday and Friday, and it was wonderful, no crowds and no waits. The weekend was way busier, especially in the afternoons.

What to take to Disneyland (must haves):

A comfortable stroller: 

Your toddler will get tired of walking right after you walk pass the main gates. You will be walking long distances all day, and you need a good stroller that’s comfortable for your little one.  You can always rent a stroller at the park for $15 per day if you decide not to bring your own.  

Before you line-up for rides you must park your stroller outside the rides in a designated area, so make sure to bring something you can put on your stroller to help you identify it easily. I used an old scarf that was colourful and easy to spot. 

Hand Sanitizer or Disinfecting Wipes: 

Because you can’t run to the washroom to wash their/your hands after each ride and when you get on rides you and your children will be touching handles, seats and everything else.  Especially important during flu season!

Healthy Snacks and Water : 

You want to have healthy snacks on hand for your child. You don’t want a hungry/thirsty cranky toddler all morning! You can always purchase snacks inside the park but be prepared to pay a lot for them. We had lunch at Disneyland during the three days, and I wasn’t really impressed with the food. The meals were expensive and the food wasn’t really good. I heard people saying that restaurants at Downtown Disney were a lot better than the restaurants inside the park.  Something else to try!

Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Raincoat: 

If you go to Disneyland during the rainy months, then don’t forget to pack a raincoat and stroller rain cover. If you are going during the warmer months then take sunglasses, sunscreen and always wear layers for sudden temperature changes.  Note: Remember to use sunscreen protection even during an overcast sky and when it’s not sunny outside.

A Small Camera and Extra Battery:

I took our smaller camera because I didn’t want to carry my big DSLR all day and get in the rides with it.  You can get wet when you go on some rides so you shouldn’t have your expensive camera out just in case.  Bring a battery replacement because you will take tons of photos and your battery will run out at some point.

Extra Socks and Comfortable Shoes:

If your feet get wet during a ride you can easily change socks, bring an extra pair for you and your child. You will be walking a lot, so you want to be comfortable, don’t wear heels! I saw a woman wearing heels as we were entering Disneyland and I have no idea what she was thinking. I hope she brought some comfy shoes to change into later.

Diapers, Wipes and a Change of Clothes:

I mean you already carry all of that if your toddler isn’t potty trained anyway,  right? Just make sure to pack a few extra diapers if you are planning to stay at Disneyland all day. Disneyland also has a baby center that includes facilities for diaper changing, nursing and bottle feeding. They also sell diapers, wipes, baby food in case you forget to bring them or need extras.

Disneyland Carsland

Our Favorite Toddler-Friendly Rides:

When you arrive at Disneyland head to Fantasyland first, Fantasyland has the big castle as well as several gentle rides themed after Disney movies. Many toddler friendly rides there.

Gentle & Fun Rides for Toddlers at Disneyland*:

FANTASYLAND:

  • King Arthur Carrousel
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Pixie Hollow Meet and Greet
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats
  • “it’s a small world”

-Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Snow White’s Scary Adventures and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride have dark, loud sounds and sudden movements that can scare younger children. My 2-year-old was o.k. in those rides, but I think he was a bit shocked with the loud noises and sudden scary sounds. I recommend avoiding these if you have a young toddler.

CRITTER COUNTRY:

  •  The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

ADVENTURELAND

  • Jungle Cruise (a lot of fun for toddlers)
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse

FRONTIERLAND

  • Sailing Ship Columbia

NEW ORLEANS SQUARE

  • Pirates of the Caribbean (for older toddlers, there are loud sounds, and it’s very dark inside)
  • Disneyland Railroad

MICKEY’S TOONTOWN

  • Goofy’s Playhouse
  • Donal’s Boat
  • Chip’n Dale Treehouse
  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey
  • Minnie’s House

TOMORROWLAND

  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (amazing!)
  • Disneyland Monorail
  • Autopia (older toddlers – minimum height of 32″)
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (our 2-year-old loved it!)

Disneyland 2013

Gentle & Fun Rides for Toddlers at Disney’s California Adventure Park*:

PARADISE PIER

  • Golden Zephyr (my son loved this one)
  • The Little Mermaid-Ariel’s Undersea Adventure (magical!)
  • King Triton’s Carousel
  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Mickey’s Fun Wheel (Ferris wheel)

CARS LAND

  • Luigi’s Flying Tires (min height 32″)

A BUG’S LAND

  •  Francis’ Ladybug Boogie 
  • Flik’s Flyers
  • Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train (so cute!)

“It’s Tough to be a Bug!” is a 3D show about bugs and it is definitively scary for young toddlers. Realistic spiders and insects jump “out” of the screen, and it’s loud and dark.

HOLLYWOOD LAND

  • Muppet Vision 3D (for older toddlers that would wear 3D glasses)
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Sorcerer’s Workshop

* Note that each child is different. The lists feature the rides that our 2-year-old really enjoyed. As a parent, you will know what your child will like and what they would find scary. Use your own judgment before getting on a ride.

Disneyland characters

Other General Tips

  • Familiarize your toddler with all of Disney’s characters before your trip.  There will be characters walking around the park and photos with them are always great. Note that there may be long line-ups and the characters have a very strict schedule for breaks. They can and will go on a break even if you are the next person in line. Be prepared for disappointment and more waiting after waiting for a while, especially during busy season.
  • When you arrive at Disneyland locate the Lost Children center and get a sticker for your child. You can put your name and phone number on it.   (In case your child gets separated from you at any point)
  • Arrive early at opening time but allow 5-10 minutes after opening to miss the big rush. No big line-ups at the gate then.
  • Don’t feel rushed to do everything. Take your time and enjoy! Remember you are at The Happiest Place on Earth after all!
  • Don’t force your child to get on a ride or take photos with characters when they don’t want to. Avoid temper tantrums and try again later.
  • Grab a map at the gates, so you know where you are going. Try to plan your day and know the heigh requirements of the rides you are planning to go on.
  • Familiarize yourself with the FastPass system and use it! Don’t wait in line if you don’t have to.

Helpful links:

All Disneyland Rides & Attractions

All Disney’s California Adventure Park Rides & Attractions

FastPass System Info

Height Requirements for All Attractions

Disneyland Maps

Park Hours

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There are always many wonderful new things to learn when you go on a holiday with your little one.  Disneyland is truly magical, and your toddler will love it there.   If you have been to Disneyland with your toddler, what were your favorite rides or things to do/see there?

Note: Check out our latest post from our Jan 2016 visit to Disneyland with TWO kids, a toddler and a kindergartener. Some great tips on getting the most out of your visit with younger kids! HERE.

Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I just wanted to share our experiences at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventures Park with my readers. 

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130 responses to “Tips for Taking you Toddler to Disneyland! {Toddler Friendly Rides}”

  1. Anna L — February 2, 2013 @ 3:46 pm (#
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    Thanks for posting, we are considering Disneyland with our 3-5 year old and this is very helpful. Love the photo of your little one with the lolli 🙂

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  2. Joyce — February 2, 2013 @ 4:49 pm (#
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    For all the money one spends, I think it would be better to wait until a child is at least old enough to remember the experience.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    • Angela V — February 2nd, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

      Joyce, some people have toddlers and older siblings and they want to go together at the same time. Also, if you happen to be close to Disneyland or in Anaheim for some reason (like it happened with us) there is no reason not to take your toddler. Toddlers under 3 enter free and eat free.

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      • Gabby — August 11th, 2013 @ 9:10 am

        Eat free? Really what places would those be, just any restaurant or buffet style?

      • Angela V — August 11th, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

        Gabby kids eat free off your plate at a la carte restaurants.At buffets they can eat free as well as Family style dining meals.If you order them their own food you pay for it

    • Danielle — October 3rd, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

      My husband and I are about to take our 14 month old. Will she remember it? No. But WE will. We love Disneyland and went many times together before having a baby. We live in Northern California so it requires a little travel. But since our daughter will be free, it’s no different, cost-wise, than it was before we had her. And watching her discover all these new sights, sounds, people, and adventures will be magical for us, and expand her experience in the world. What’s so bad about that?

      Granted, if this is a trip solely for your kids, and/or something you may only be able to do a couple of times in their childhood, then certainly hold off. But we intend to make this at least an annual trip. So it hardly feels like a waste.

      Besides, I find it so silly that some people would judge others for taking their children to Disneyland at an age they deem “too young”. Who cares? Live and let live!

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  3. Erica Nyen — February 2, 2013 @ 5:16 pm (#
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    We live in Los Angeles and have a yearly pass. We have been taking our daughter to Disneyland since she was almost 2 and she loves it. I think it is a great age and there are many things to do for toddlers. She loves Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the Nemo Submarine Adventure rides.

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    • Lori — June 23rd, 2016 @ 10:14 am

      Im a single mom my baby will be 3 when i take her to disney world she loves to walk so i was wondering is there away to let her walk around disney world salfely thanks for tips i will have a stroller

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      • Amber — August 24th, 2016 @ 7:16 pm

        I would bring one of those harnesses, its like a backpackbto them but they are more or less on a leash so they can walk but not too far.

  4. mamaonthego — February 2, 2013 @ 5:21 pm (#
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    Disneyland is great for all ages, including toddlers. We have a 2 1/2 year old, 4 year old and 6 year old and they all enjoyed it when we went last year.

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  5. Kathleen — February 2, 2013 @ 5:22 pm (#
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    This was helpful. I had heard kids are free until 3 yrs old but was wondering if they would get anything out of it. Now I will definitely consider taking my daughter.

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  6. Amanda — February 2, 2013 @ 7:17 pm (#
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    Great tips! We are headed over at the end of the month. The first time in almost 10 months. Now that Noah is much more of a mover I know it will be harder to keep entertained during the long lines. Hopefully Wed-Fri will be a pretty slow time this month.

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  7. Janet W. — February 3, 2013 @ 2:36 am (#
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    Thanks for the list of rides! I’ll have to reference this guide if we decide to take my grandson this summer!

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  8. Kathy Lane — February 3, 2013 @ 6:36 pm (#
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    Thanks for all the information.I won’t be going to Disneyland because I live a long ways off from there,but when I take my child to Dollywood in Tn. I don’t like to take him with the older ones,because of the rides.He can’t ride what they do,and they don’t like to wait while he rides his rides.

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  9. tennille — February 3, 2013 @ 7:52 pm (#
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    We are planning a trip in the fall so our almost 5 year old can enjoy the magic of Disneyland while he still believes. I am grateful for all your tips as we are also bringing our almost 2 year old. We have grandparents coming also so I am not worried that everyone will have a great time.

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  10. Mei — February 3, 2013 @ 9:42 pm (#
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    Wow..now this really makes me want to go! I’ve never been there before either…and now that our is 17 months old and walking like crazy I think he’ll have a blast! Thank you for this post!

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  11. Andrew L. — February 3, 2013 @ 10:39 pm (#
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    Thank you for the wonderful tips! I wouldn’t have considered that some of those rides might be scary for a toddler, keeping that in mind for our trip next month!

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  12. Mer — February 4, 2013 @ 3:39 pm (#
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    What a fun experience! I wouldn’t have thought there would be enough to do for a child that young, so I’m pleasantly surprised. Glad that Disney is keeping younger siblings in mind as well.

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  13. Elva Roberts — February 5, 2013 @ 3:12 pm (#
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    February 5-This wonderful Review for taking toddlers to Disneyland is so thorough and thoughtful that it could serve as a guide to any parent taking small children to Disneyland. I am impressed with the topics you covered and your many helpful tips. I will refer any parent of young children to this post If I am asked for information on Disneyland

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  14. Nena Sinclair — February 7, 2013 @ 1:02 am (#
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    It sounds like you had an amazing experience! Your sons smile says it all! 🙂

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  15. Emma — February 14, 2013 @ 10:46 am (#
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    Such good info! Thank you SOOOO much! We’re going in May! 😀

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  16. Adria — February 14, 2013 @ 3:03 pm (#
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    We have gone twice to Disney World (Florida) with kids under 5. The first time, my DD was 4.5 months old, and the second time, DD was 3.5 years, and DS was 4.5 months! It’s totally doable. My DD is tall for her age, so she could go on some of the “big girl” rides, and loved them. One of her favourites was Splash Mountain!
    I totally agree on utilizing the Fast Pass system, and keeping snacks at hand at ALL TIMES. If we were waiting in a line, and DD asked for food, I was glad to be able to whip out a variety of choices for her rather than have to leave the line or deal with a tantrum!

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  17. Andrea Scheffer — February 18, 2013 @ 8:25 am (#
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    Thanks for this! My daughter absolutely loves Cars! I hope to go soon someday.

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  18. Debbie Corbin — February 18, 2013 @ 8:14 pm (#
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    this will help me when taking my grand kids to disneyland this year.. thanks!

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  19. Cathy Bane — February 18, 2013 @ 10:23 pm (#
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    This is such an awesome and useful post. My husband has never been to Disneyland and now that we have our daughter we’ll probably make it one of our vacations. That’s so awesome that children under 3 don’t pay admissions and eat free!

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  20. TAra — February 19, 2013 @ 9:22 pm (#
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    I cannot wait one day to take my kids to Disney Park…these are great tips!

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  21. Bea — April 13, 2013 @ 3:08 pm (#
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    Hi! Thanks for all the great info! Can you explain more about the kids under age 3 eating for free? Thanks!

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    • Angela V — April 13th, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

      Hi Bea, kids under 3 eat free off your plate at all a la carte restaurants. At buffets they can eat free as well as family style dining meals. If you order them their own food at any restaurant then you do have to pay for it .
      Hope that helps!

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  22. Rachel N — May 1, 2013 @ 2:18 pm (#
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    I thought Disney was just always super busy, good to know about the off season.

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  23. Robin Wilson — May 16, 2013 @ 4:27 pm (#
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    What a wonderland! I have been in love with Disney since I was a child. I am so sad that we were not able to take my son there as a child. But, if I am capable, I will take my grandkids (should I have any soon) or my little great-niece. I need a reason to go! It is so awesome! The tips are very good ~ everything to make the trip easier!

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  24. Kristy S — May 21, 2013 @ 2:10 pm (#
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    Great tips. 🙂

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  25. Erika B — May 23, 2013 @ 8:40 am (#
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    Great pictures. Looks like you all had an unforgettable time in Disneyland. After our wedding, we are going to save up for a trip to Disneyland. I will keep these awesome tips in mind, thanks!

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  26. Erika B — June 13, 2013 @ 12:32 pm (#
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    Wow, looks like hours of family fun. My son would love to go to Cars land, he would be in heaven, he loves Lighting McQueen. Saving up for a trip to Disneyland, we would all love it!

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  27. Julie Greenwood — June 13, 2013 @ 2:21 pm (#
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    “Don’t feel rushed to do everything. Take your time and enjoy! Remember you are at The Happiest Place on Earth after all!”

    THIS is the best piece of advice. While I have never been to Disneyland I have visited Disney World many times. Understandably many families are trying to fit everything in during their visit, but in their frenzy to do it all they lose the fun in the experience.

    As much as it pained me, on our first visit visit to Disney my then 4 year old spent her day dancing in front of the castle, watching the ducks, and alternately rode Dumbo and the carousel for hours. She loved it.

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  28. Becky — July 7, 2013 @ 12:37 pm (#
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    We’ll be going to Disney in 2015 and by then the boys will be 5 and 2. One tip I would add is going back to the hotel room in the afternoon when the crowds are highest and it gets really hot out and take a nap or play in the pool. Then you’re all refreshed for an evening of fun.

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  29. Heidi C. — July 20, 2013 @ 5:07 pm (#
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    Thanks for the great tips! We are looking at going to Disney with our little guys and I have definitely going to keep your recommendations close at hand!

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  30. Tat — July 23, 2013 @ 10:51 am (#
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    I love Disneyland, its great for kids and adult kids lol!

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  31. mrdisco — July 29, 2013 @ 10:23 am (#
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    I commend any parent who takes their toddler to a busy place like Disney and lives to tell about it! 😛

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  32. Diana — August 1, 2013 @ 9:14 pm (#
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    What a great thorough list of info for traveling to Disneyland! I will need to bookmark this post! Thanks so much for all the info.

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  33. Tara — August 5, 2013 @ 6:34 pm (#
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    Awesome article! Looks like a fun trip.. We are headed there next year and while i don’t have toddlers anymore, my kids are a bit nervous since they haven’t been there.

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  34. June S. — August 5, 2013 @ 9:03 pm (#
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    These are all great tips, you need a lot of stuff with you when you go to this type of place.

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  35. Dayna — August 6, 2013 @ 5:26 pm (#
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    Thanks for the really great tips. We are due for our Disney trip as our youngest hasn’t been yet but the other 2 kids have 🙂

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  36. Anne Taylor — August 7, 2013 @ 10:06 am (#
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    Fantastic Tips! We went during the off season when our kids were little! It was soooooo much easier for us and there were really no lines at all!

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  37. Jeannie — August 8, 2013 @ 8:13 am (#
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    This is an incredible post! I am bookmarking it. We took the kids to WDW last year and thought my 3 year was a bit young. We are hoping to take the kids to disneyland in the next few years!

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  38. Neil — August 15, 2013 @ 8:37 am (#
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    Cute!

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  39. Priscila — August 21, 2013 @ 6:13 am (#
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    Loved your post! Do you think that a 14 year old toddler would enjoy Disney California Adventure? We’re planning visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventures next month, but we’re worried if she would have things to do there for her age. What would you recommend? Thanks for the tips!

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    • Angela V — August 21st, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

      Priscila, I have definitively heard about families taking infants/younger toddlers to Disneyland. A lot of the rides that I recommended for toddlers should be good for infants but again it is really your decision once you see the rides and if you feel comfortable for your child to go on the specific ride.

      One thing is that even the gentle rides can have moments when there are sudden moves or things get dark. If she is o.k. with that and you think that would not bother her then it should be fine.

      My son had a great time at 2-years but I still think that the best age to go if you can plan it is when they are older than 3. They can go on more rides and remember more.

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  40. Deb Dorrington — August 22, 2013 @ 11:41 am (#
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    My friend is taking her 4 year old twins to Disneyland next year and having showed her your article she loved it. You gave her so many ideas and as you took your son and had an awesome time she feels more comfortable. They are going off season which will be better for the twins also. Love your posting, thanks for sharing.

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    • Angela V — August 22nd, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

      Thanks for letting me know Deb! Happy to hear that she loved it, they will have a blast I am sure!

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  41. Tara E — August 30, 2013 @ 10:04 pm (#
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    great tips! we’d love to go someday, but guessing we’ll go once our kids are a little older than toddlers. sounds like so much fun!

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  42. Anna Vafadar — September 8, 2013 @ 1:54 pm (#
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    Awesome post, we’re planning to go in october and hubby is still hessitant because Lyra is 2.5… thanks for the info!

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  43. Serena Adkins — September 8, 2013 @ 3:50 pm (#
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    Thanks for sharing these amazing tips. We are in the planning of taking our son on a disneyland cruise and I know these tips will come in handy. Thank you for sharing.

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  44. Thelma Lopez — September 10, 2013 @ 5:47 pm (#
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    I’ll be taking my daughter to Disneyland in Nov. She’ll be turning 2 in Oct. It’s gonna be our first solo flying trip… But we’ll be meeting my brother at the airport and he’ll be taking us. We fly in on a Fri and will be going to Disneyland Sat and Sun and then fly home (to San Antonio, TX) on Monday… I showed him the list of rides you suggested and asked if we could most of them that weekend — He said we could do them ALL! I’m super excited! Thanks!!!

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    • Angela V — September 14th, 2013 @ 9:34 am

      Awesome! Have so much fun!

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  45. jean-pierre prieur — September 13, 2013 @ 6:48 am (#
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    Great article 🙂

    Shared on our facebook page… I hope it’s find with you?

    Thanks

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    • Angela V — September 14th, 2013 @ 9:30 am

      Of course! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  46. Brad — October 1, 2013 @ 12:03 am (#
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    Great reference, thank you. We took our two and three year old and were very surprised how well it went. From open until close they were all over it. A couple melt downs due to toy shops at the end of many rides. Go for it, pay attention to the tips listed and have fun.

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  47. Serena Adkins — October 8, 2013 @ 6:35 pm (#
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    We are planning on taking our son to disneyland for Christmas time and these tips are perfect. We wanted to wait to take our son until he turned 5 years old so that he would possibly have some unforgettable great memories. We are taking all the advice that we can. Toddlers are quite different and sometime you don’t know what to expect. Thanks for sharing some great tools and advice. I plan to put them in effect.

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  48. Jenny — October 24, 2013 @ 3:24 pm (#
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    Hi! Did you stay at Disneyland hotel? Wondering if it’s worth the extra $$ to stay there with a toddler. Or if it would be fine to stay at The Embassy Suites close by.

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    • Angela V — October 24th, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

      We stayed at the Hilton hotel that is about 5- 8 minutes away from Disneyland (by car – bus). There is a paid shuttle you can take from the hotel that takes you to the front gates of the parks.

      Some hotels even have free Disneyland shuttles, check those out.

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  49. Alex — October 29, 2013 @ 9:21 am (#
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    This is a great guide, not only for the toddler idea, but also as a set of great tips on what are some of the highlights of the park. It’s hard, maybe impossible, to see all of Disneyland in one day, but the attractions you mention here are so much fun.

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  50. Jacinta W — November 16, 2013 @ 5:27 pm (#
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    One day I would like to take my little one.. thanks for the info.

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  51. Diana — November 22, 2013 @ 6:41 pm (#
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    I always loved Disneyland and want to take my 2 1/2 year old daughter next year as she loves Mickey and the whole gang! This post was great with lots of good tips on how to survive Disneyland with a toddler (something I haven’t had to experience yet). Thank you! 🙂

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  52. Stefanie S. — December 1, 2013 @ 5:49 pm (#
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    Thoughtful, thanks for sharing!

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  53. Tiffany Wilson — December 2, 2013 @ 12:27 pm (#
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    Such great tips! I will be taking my daughter around her 3rd birthday with my 10 year old son. Hopefully won’t be too challenging now.

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  54. Tiffany Wilson — December 3, 2013 @ 2:23 pm (#
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    Can’t wait to take my kids spring of 2015

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  55. robbalina — December 4, 2013 @ 2:03 pm (#
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    I cant wait until my son is old enough to go!!!

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  56. Norm Schwartzman — December 5, 2013 @ 2:57 pm (#
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    always love going there

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  57. Mike Gismondi — December 5, 2013 @ 8:58 pm (#
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    great tips!

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  58. MrDisco — December 8, 2013 @ 2:30 pm (#
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    Those are some great tips!!

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  59. Barlara — December 11, 2013 @ 11:45 am (#
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    This is SUPER HELPFUL!!!

    We are taking our girl for her Bday #4 to disneyland. I will print all this to be aware of the attractions and just add what I already know I want to do with her. thanks so much for talking the time to write all this!!! Cheers!!

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  60. Jocelyn — December 29, 2013 @ 1:11 pm (#
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    This was a great list, thank you!

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  61. tat — January 28, 2014 @ 1:46 am (#
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    Thank you so much for all the info!!!! I plan to go this summer with my son & nephew. They are very young, so I was nervous. Thank You for posting all this info!!!! Yay free food!!!

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  62. Cristy Doris — January 30, 2014 @ 5:26 pm (#
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    Great tips! Thanks!

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  63. Jo-Anne Pfoh — January 30, 2014 @ 7:39 pm (#
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    sure wish I read this before we went lol

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  64. Dad Logic — February 5, 2014 @ 7:23 pm (#
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    This is a great article. Thank you for these tips.

    All of the Disneyland restrooms have changing tables, but I found the family restrooms are great to use as well. The family restrooms are large, so you can easily bring in your stroller. If you have multiple children, the family restrooms are great because you can lock the door and not have to worry about one child wandering off while you change the other.

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  65. Elaine Buonsante — February 7, 2014 @ 9:14 pm (#
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    Thank you for the list of toddler rides!

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  66. damien — February 15, 2014 @ 5:11 pm (#
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    thanks for posting

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  67. Charmaine — February 20, 2014 @ 9:52 pm (#
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    Looking forward to visiting Disneyland next week with my 2 year old, thanks to this post.

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  68. Bob — February 23, 2014 @ 8:55 am (#
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    This article is awesome. Thank you!

    I have one question that neither the article nor the comments address: Does it make any sense to get a “Park Hopper” pass (for both Disneyland and California Adventures in the same day) if you’re going with a toddler? My knee-jerk reaction is that it seems optimistic to think that you can do both parks in one day with a toddler. However, if people do it all the time, I wouldn’t want to miss out.

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    • Angela V — February 23rd, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

      Bob, it depends on when you are going, how long you are there for and your child.

      If you go during the busy season I recommend to give yourself at least one day to do each park, you will be waiting in line for a longer time and your toddler will probably be tired from all the waiting as well.

      We were there during slow season and we were able to do both parks the first day BUT we didn’t get to go on ALL the rides. We went back the next day and tried both parks again but we went in different rides. I liked knowing that I could go from one to the next in the same day but it really depends on your personal situation and preferences.

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  69. Cathy C — February 27, 2014 @ 10:25 am (#
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    Love all the tips FYI I added a link to this post to my Travel Links page on my blog http://cathythinkingoutloud.blogspot.ca/p/travel-links.html

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  70. Lauren — March 4, 2014 @ 11:54 am (#
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    oh my goodness Angela, I’m so glad you posted this! We are taking my daughter in June and I’m just trying to wrap my head around everything I might need, what is best for her, all the while being SO excited! I’m such a Disney fan and my daughter is following in my footsteps as she loves mickey and minnie mouse! 🙂

    I do have a question for you though, in the beginning of your post you state that kids under 3 eat free? I just was wondering if there is something special to buy to have that option??
    My daughter will be about 16 months when we go and I’m trying to already decide what to do about food.

    Thanks so much!! 🙂

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    • Angela V — March 4th, 2014 @ 6:23 pm

      So exciting! You will have a great time!

      The simplest way for them to eat free is at the buffet restaurants. At table service restaurants they are offered something of there own although just what that is depends on which restaurant you’re in which isn’t really helpful, you can order them something from the menu that you pay for if you like. They don’t eat free in counter service restaurants though.

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  71. Elizabeth D. — March 6, 2014 @ 8:31 am (#
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    Wow what a great post with lots of useful tips. Thanks!

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  72. Tina F — March 11, 2014 @ 11:24 pm (#
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    I always wanted to go there as has my special needs son BUT with him being on the autism spectrum it would have been hard when he was younger with waiting in line and the flight we could not do due to his ear problems The next year he was great at waiting in line BUT started having severe seizures and we never knew when they would come SO we decided it is not worth taking him as his seizures are that bad that we do not wish to be stuck down there with our son in the hospital ONE day I am hoping we may be able to make it there..We did order the trip CD and he loves watching that

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  73. Natalie — March 28, 2014 @ 9:04 am (#
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    Your post was very helpful. My son is turning 2 this Sunday and I cannot wait to take him to Disneyland this year. And because he is still too young to probably remember we will be sure to take lots of pictures.

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  74. Anna Johnson — March 28, 2014 @ 5:06 pm (#
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    Great info and tips, makes me want to be a kid!

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  75. Christine Topley — April 16, 2014 @ 5:46 am (#
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    I had a hard enough time with the kids at the CNE, couldn’t imagine taking them to Disneyland, I think I’d need a rubber room afterwards ! LOL ~ Thank you for sharing your experiences 🙂

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  76. Darlene W — April 20, 2014 @ 1:48 pm (#
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    looking forward to going with the grandchildren, just hope I can keep up with them

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  77. Wioletta — April 21, 2014 @ 7:10 am (#
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    Thank you for your tips. We are going to visit California in Oktober and we would like to take our 2 years old daughter to Disneyland. Before I wasn’t sure if it would be a good idea but now, after reading your tips, I am more then sure:):). We live in Italy so it would be pity to be such close to Disneyland and not to go. Thank you and…Happy Easter from Italy:)

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  78. Marlene B — April 25, 2014 @ 4:50 pm (#
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    We are thinking of taking our toddler so this was helpful

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  79. Danielle D — May 5, 2014 @ 6:08 pm (#
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    These are great tips! We are already so excited to bring our little one to Disney and he isn’t even here yet!! 🙂

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  80. Sky Evans — May 17, 2014 @ 6:44 pm (#
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    If I went to disney, I would definitely do this.

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  81. Rick F — May 25, 2014 @ 7:43 am (#
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    Some great tips.

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  82. Darlene W — May 26, 2014 @ 5:51 pm (#
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    The Wonderful World of Disney awaits our visitation. Not this year but maybe the next

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  83. Sarah — May 28, 2014 @ 5:41 pm (#
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    Great post, thank you! 🙂

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  84. curtains js — June 1, 2014 @ 11:18 am (#
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    Great article.

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  85. Sweta Sonulkar — June 2, 2014 @ 10:08 am (#
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    loved the tips and would definitely helped me a lot

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  86. dap — July 1, 2014 @ 1:01 am (#
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    I was excited to find this site. I wanted to thank you for
    your time due to this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every part of it
    and I have you bookmarked to see new information on your site.

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  87. kathy downey — July 15, 2014 @ 9:23 am (#
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    I really enjoyed this read,thanks for all the tip…..kids under 3 eating for free…really

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  88. Sarah Coenen — July 26, 2014 @ 3:09 pm (#
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    Our son is going to be 5 in September and he’s already been to WDW 3 times! HA! We waiting until our oldest was 3 1/2 to take him but with our younger (partially because we had an older child dying to go back) we didn’t bother. Slower pace, allowing for naps is key and keeping realistic expectations affords everyone a good experience!

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  89. Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo — July 30, 2014 @ 8:07 pm (#
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    Excited to be heading to Disney in Florida in April 2015. I wonder if the rides will be the same? Glad that you enjoyed yourself. Thanks for sharing.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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  90. Alayne Langford — July 30, 2014 @ 11:09 pm (#
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    Thank you for the pro tips! This was great because I am sure it has changed so much since I have been many moons ago!!

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  91. Jon T — August 4, 2014 @ 7:02 am (#
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    I have thought it would be best to take our LO when he is older, but there are a lot of good points to think about.

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  92. Lindsay N. — August 10, 2014 @ 10:38 am (#
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    Great tips! Personally, I’m going to wait to take my son until he’s a bit older. Vacations are few and far between for us because of work schedules and, of course, money is often tight. I figure we can all get the most out of the trip when he’s older.

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  93. Trish — October 16, 2014 @ 6:08 pm (#
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    Thanks for the post. I love everything Disney

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  94. kathy+downey — October 17, 2014 @ 1:56 pm (#
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    Thanks for the tips and list of rides.Must have been so much fun

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  95. kathy+downey — November 13, 2014 @ 7:06 am (#
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    omg love the photos he must have had a blast

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  96. Jeff+Skidmore — November 25, 2014 @ 2:58 am (#
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    Thanks for all the great tips! We are taking the grandkids here next year so these will help!!

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  97. loucheryl — December 1, 2014 @ 5:09 pm (#
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    One day I will need this post! I will take my boys to Disney one day. 🙂

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  98. Stevie Luyando — December 2, 2014 @ 5:04 pm (#
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    I can’t wait to take my little man soon! Thanks for all the great tips!

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  99. kathy+downey — December 19, 2014 @ 5:35 am (#
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    Thanks for the info,beautiful photos,must have been so much fun

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  100. Jenny L. — December 30, 2014 @ 4:23 pm (#
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    Oh hand sanitize is a must! I once forgot it and I felt gross the entire day!

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  101. RANA DURHAM — January 29, 2015 @ 11:11 pm (#
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    Thanks for the article shows a lot of fun activites to do on trip

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  102. JaimeeM — February 5, 2015 @ 4:35 am (#
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    One day ill take my little one, such great tips.

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  103. Corry L. — February 27, 2015 @ 6:26 am (#
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    Just got back from a trip to Los Angeles with my 4 year old that I won and wanted to take him to Disneyland so badly but decided not to because of the measles outbreak. I did not want to take the risk. Took him to Universal Studios instead, which was part of the prize that I won and he had an absolutely great time anyway. Guess we’ll have to save Disneyland for the next time!

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  104. Janet M — April 10, 2015 @ 10:04 am (#
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    It is a challenge taking a toddler but your tips were helpful.

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  105. Debbie W — May 3, 2015 @ 11:12 am (#
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    We took our daughter when she was 5. Disney brought out the best in her, and being prepared for spills, hunger and whatever else helped. We had a blast.

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  106. Gene D — May 17, 2015 @ 6:27 pm (#
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    wow. thanks for sharing. I so want to go again!

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  107. Holly — July 26, 2015 @ 7:05 pm (#
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    Thanks so much! This is really helpful. We are heading to Disneyland in December with our 2 and a half year old and a 7 month old and wanted to know what rides would be the best for our toddler.
    We went to Disney World in February and our son was almost 2. He had a blast. There weren’t many rides outside of Fantasyland for him but there are so many other things to do. We watched the parades and fireworks, watched the shows, met characters and enjoyed the atmosphere and he loved it. I can’t wait for him to go back!
    One question: do you know what rides I can hold my 7 month old on? I think last time we went on the Winnie the Pooh ride, the train, the Monsters Inc ride and the Ferris wheel, but wondering if you knew of any others. I will be baby wearing too.
    Thanks!

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  108. Mandy — August 5, 2015 @ 4:32 pm (#
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    This is a good list of rides to refer to if/when I take my DD to Disney. I wasn’t thinking of taking her to Disney so soon because it seemed daunting… but now that I read your article, maybe I will….

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  109. Anna — August 14, 2015 @ 2:03 pm (#
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    We can’t wait to take the kids to Disney, just a couple more years we can’t wait.

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  110. Patricia Delgado — September 28, 2015 @ 2:14 pm (#
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    We took our 2 little ones in March at the time they were 4 and 13 months and we had a blast! Can’t wait to go again.

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  111. Val — September 30, 2015 @ 9:44 pm (#
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    I love this blog…
    Thank you for sharing…

    I have an experiance to share for those moms with younger children (if they care to read) … My husband and i took our little girls (then 5 months and 17 months) to Disneyland for Memorial Day…. We expected it to be busy but it was really not! Longest ride we waited was probably 15 min… Not too bad with two babies lol .. Well our then 17 month old was just new to all the rides she showed the most interest…
    Now the Snow White, pinocchio, and who framed rodger rabbit rides she did get scared… So that was a big no no. She also got scared with most characters because she was clueless to who they were… What our little one absolutely Loved was minnie mouse (since she has a big plush toy at home) she recognized her right off the bat and the look on her face seeing Minnie Mouse (5x bigger) was priceless😆
    she also loved the parades, she was waving, dancing and clapping away .
    Now our little then 5 month old was pretty clueless but in some rides she showed interest , well she is still a baby so we didnt expect much from her… She was very alert at all the colors , music, people:) but she napped twice . And by 9pm was knocked out. Thankfully we got a bunch of pictures:)
    Definitely take snacks for your little toddler, because waiting 2-3 hrs for a brand new parade will not be possible without snacks lol. If your toddler is in diapers and if you bring a baby, definitely check out the baby center thats behind the corn dog stand on Main Street USA … Its a LIFE saver, you can comfortably change baby and wash your childs bottles/sippy cups … Im so thankful for that place lol

    I can not wait to take them back … We’re going for the holiday season for their 2nd and 1st birthdays … Im hoping they will have even more fun !

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    • Angela V — January 17th, 2017 @ 2:28 pm

      SO many great tips!!! thanks for posting.

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  112. Debbie S. — October 6, 2015 @ 10:40 pm (#
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    My dream is t take my grand children to Disneyland or World. Great tips.

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  113. loriag — January 5, 2016 @ 6:41 pm (#
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    One day I would love to get to Disneyland, thanks for the tips.

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  114. Sher — March 29, 2016 @ 9:54 am (#
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    still sounds like a challenge

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  115. Kristin Ashe — November 28, 2016 @ 7:55 pm (#
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    A good stroller is a must! Even for kids as old as 5, there is a ton of walking.

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