- Visit Fantasyland first thing in the morning. None of the attractions in Fantasyland offer fastpasses so their wait times are shortest at the very beginning of the day. I mean, very beginning of the day. Get to the parks at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled opening time to ensure that you are some of the first to ride these attractions. I recommend going on Peter Pan's Flight first, and then making your way to Dumbo.
- Know which rides to avoid. Just because some rides don't have height requirements doesn't mean they're toddler friendly! Do your research to know which rides might scare your little ones. Some of those rides may include Snow White's Scary Adventures (hello, the word scary is in the name), Pinnochio's Daring Journey, and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. I recommend watching these rides on youtube first to see if you think your child will enjoy it! You don't want your mini to get spooked on one ride and be scared to ride everything else that day.
- Nappers gotta nap! Be sure to take time out of your Disney day to let your toddler nap. If your child isn't one to crash in the stroller for awhile, take some time to head back to your hotel (if it's close by) to let them cool down and sleep for a little while. Disneyland can be very overstimulating for children, and they need time to rest and relax!
- Have snacks and activities handy to keep them busy in line. It's inevitable that you'll have to wait in some lines at Disneyland. Bringing along some goodies to keep your toddler entertained may prove to be a lifesaver on your trip. Depending on your child's interests, things like stickers, bubbles, light-up toys, and Playdoh may save you a tantrum or two.
- Don’t set your expectations too high/ Go with the flow. Even though your child loves Cars, they may scream their head off the first time Mater starts talking to them (speaking from personal experience). Odds are you're probably way more excited about going to Disneyland than they are. They may not enjoy all the rides, characters, and shows and may have their share of tantrums! Our advice is to go with the flow. Have a few set things you want to see with them, but otherwise let them help plan your day! If they want to spend three hours roaming around Animation Academy, let them! Or if they want to ride Winnie the Pooh 12 times, do it! In our case our toddler wanted to stay at Big Thunder Ranch (may it rest in peace) forever petting the goats. Our happiest moments with our toddler were doing the things where he showed the most enjoyment! If all else fails and your child is still being miserable I highly recommend buying yourself a churro, or as we like to call them the Advil of Disneyland.
- Take advantage of the Baby Care Centers. There is a Baby Care Center located in both Disneyland Park and California Adventure. The one in Disneyland is located at the end of Main Street, by First Aid, and the one in California Adventure is next to the Bakery Tour in Pacific Wharf. They have clean changing tables, places to nurse, high chairs for feeding, and small toilets for those toddler bums. There is also a kitchen with a microwave and sink, and a small shop where you can purchase basic items like diapers, wipes, and sunscreen that you may have lost or forgotten. Baby Care Centers are also a good place to remember as it is here that all lost children are taken....not that your toddlers would ever try to run away from you or anything ;)
If I can take a toddler cutting 4 molars at once to Disneyland and still have a great time, then so can you! Here are my 6 best tips for taking toddlers to Disneyland.
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