If you’re heading to Disneyland Resort with younger children, we’ve rounded up some of the most toddler-friendly attractions for your whole family to enjoy together. This month’s highlights were curated by Mom and Disney fan, Megan Block. Keep reading to print our exclusive toddler-friendly attractions map!
Main Street, USA:
- Disneyland Railroad: This is the best ride for toddlers because it takes you around the entire park, and even has a special section that displays dinosaurs. It’s slow-paced and the constant change of scenery makes it an ideal ride for kids of all ages. You can board the ride at a handful of locations around the park.
- Main Street Vehicles: Between the horse drawn trolley rides and the old school cars, these make for great rides around Main Street USA.
- Main Street Cinema: Escape from the heat and watch Steamboat Willie in the Main Street Cinema.
- Main Street Firehouse: Toddlers can climb and play, and have so much fun.
- Astro Orbitor: Available to all ages and a fun way to fly in the sky!
- Autopia: This is a fun way for toddlers to experience the joy of driving. Recommended for older toddlers who can see above the car when seated.
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters: A good one for little ones who are not afraid of the dark. The ultimate laser shooting game for your little Toy Story fan! Help Buzz defeat Emperor Zurg and become a Space Ranger!
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage: This attraction is great for those toddlers who are not afraid of the dark. Takes you all around the East Australian Current and through the story of Finding Nemo. Be aware, this ride does contain loud noises.
- This entire land is toddler-friendly. Most rides, although some dark, are slow and geared towards younger audiences. These are a few of my favorites for the toddler age group:
- Casey Jr. Circus Train: One of my youngest daughter’s favorite rides at the park. The train is just like the one from the Dumbo movie, and you can even sit in the lions’ cage and feel like a circus animal. The speed is slow and it feels like a longer ride experience compared to others.
- Dumbo The Flying Elephant: A classic fun ride for all ages.
- “it’s a small world”: Enjoy a small boat ride where dolls representing the children from around the world will sing songs. Visually stunning. If you have small ones, I suggest to wait to ask for the first row so they have the best view of the ride.
- King Arthur Carrousel: The perfect way to get a view of the entire land. Enjoyable for all ages, and if you’re lucky, you will catch Belle or Mary Poppins riding alongside you.
- Storybook Land Canal Boats: This is a fun boat ride where you can see many Disney landmarks in tiny form.
- Other fun Fantasyland Activities:
- Story time with Peter Pan: Various times of the day, Peter Pan will do interactive story time with children. It’s a fun way for your toddler to run around and use their imagination.
- Meet Disney Princesses in Royal Hall at Fantasy Faire: Meet some of your favorite Disney Princesses
- Tea Time with Alice and the Mad Hatter: Located by the boat docks near “it’s a small world” and also by the Casey Jr. Circus Train. Come have silly tea with your favorite Wonderland residents.
- Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough: This is a great way to experience the castle and learn all about the story of Sleeping Beauty.
- Mickey & Minnie’s House: Enjoy a stroll through Mickey & Minnie’s houses where you’re welcome to make yourself at home, snap photos, and meet Mickey himself!
- Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse: Located next to Gadget’s Go Coaster, this little treehouse is a quick way to make those little legs tired.
- Goofy’s Playhouse: This wonderful place is a small jungle gym for little ones, and it’s completely enclosed so your little ones can’t escape your sight.
- Other than these two attractions, you can meet all of the Fab 5 characters at various times during the day. There is lots of stuff for the little ones to climb and play on.
- Mark Twain Riverboat: This is a fun place to take the toddlers. You can explore the entire boat, and sometimes even find Tiana for a character greeting.
- Tom Sawyer Island: An entire island for the littles to explore caves, buried treasure, and rope bridges. So much to do and see that you could spend hours exploring.
- The Enchanted Tiki Room: a fun interactive show with singing birds. Be sure to grab a Dole Whip on your way in!
- Jungle Cruise: A slow boat ride where you can see all kids of exotic animals. Full of jokes and fun! Be sure to ask for a free map on your way out for a free souvenir.
- Tarzan’s Treehouse: If you’re in for a climb, this is a great way to see the park from above! Explore the world of Tarzan through this treehouse, and play with some fun items at the bottom like pots and pans and a swinging rope!
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: the perfect ride for toddlers! Slow and colorful, explore the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie and all his friends.
- Critter Country is also a place where you can meet Winnie the Pooh and all his friends. Plenty of spots to sit in the shade, making it a great resting stop for parents and young kids.
- Animation Academy: This is such a wonderful place for all ages. A constant stream of Disney songs is playing above you in a 360 degree visual experience. You can explore various rooms inside, like Turtle Talk with Crush and Beast’s library, where you can learn which Disney character best describes you. Meet Anna and Elsa and sometimes Olaf inside the Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome. If anything, this is a great place to beat the heat and let the littles dance around.
- Monsters Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!: a dark ride but geared towards smaller visitors. Super fun!
- Frozen – Live at the Hyperion: This show is a long one, about an hour. But if you have a fan of Anna and Elsa, this show will keep them entertained and happy.
- Disney Junior Dance Party!- A MUST for all toddlers with showtimes throughout the day.
- Flo’s V8 Cafe is a great place to take toddlers for lunch, and outside in the back corner makes a great gated spot for the littles. Enjoy views of the Radiator Springs Racers going by.
- Cars Land is also a great place to bring the kids to meet Mater and Lightning McQueen, located by the Cozy Cone Motel
- Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree: Enjoy spinning around other junkyard cars and laughing together. This attraction is for the toddlers with a need for speed!
- Toy Story Midway Mania!: a fun boardwalk style game where kids of all ages can play
- Games of Pixar Pier: a fun way to enjoy the pier, but keep in mind there are additional costs to play. Everyone wins at La Luna!
- Pixar Pal-A-Round: a great Ferris wheel. Just be aware that there are two different lines, swinging and non-swinging, and choose appropriately.
Paradise Gardens Park:
- Golden Zephyr: a fun rocket ride for all ages. Just fast enough for them to feel a thrill.
- The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure: great ride for kids of all ages.
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail:
Located across from Grizzly River Run, this is a great place to take toddlers. There are slides to play on, rope bridges to explore, and a cave where you can find out your spirit animal.
Good Information for both parks:
- The baby care centers are amazing. They have toilets that are perfect size for toddlers who are potty-training, areas to nurse and even areas to feed toddlers. You can warm bottles and food, as well as change diapers.
What You’ll Need
- Cardstock or regular paper
How To Play
- Click “Download PDF” above to download the toddler-friendly map and print!