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Tips and Tricks for a Stress-Free Trip to Disneyland with Toddlers: A Complete Guide

Traveling to Disneyland with toddlers can be a magical and unforgettable experience for the whole family. However, it can also be a bit overwhelming if you don't plan ahead. Here are some tips to help make your trip to Disneyland with toddlers a success.

1. Prepare for the trip: Before you leave for Disneyland, make sure you pack everything you'll need for your toddler. This includes extra clothes, diapers, wipes, snacks, and anything else your toddler may need. You should also consider bringing a stroller or carrier for your toddler to use while exploring the park. If you are flying, make sure you pack accordingly. For more tips on making your flight with toddlers easier, read my blog post here: READ MORE

List of Strollers We Love:

  • Doona Car Seat/Stroller - Converts from car seat to stroller and is perfect for younger babies and smaller toddlers.

  • Summer Stroller- A lightweight umbrella stroller with a reversible feature that allows the child to sit facing either direction. When facing you, the stroller lays down all the way for a quick nap time.

2. Use the Baby Care Centers: Disneyland has Baby Care Centers located throughout the park that offer changing tables, nursing stations, and other amenities for parents with young children. These centers are a great place to take a break and tend to your toddler's needs.

3. Plan your day: To make the most of your time at Disneyland, it's a good idea to plan out your day ahead of time. This includes deciding which attractions and shows you want to see and when you want to take breaks. It's also important to consider your toddler's nap schedule and plan accordingly. Our Airbnb was right next to Downtown Disney which allowed us to go back and take a nap time anytime the kids needed a rest. We took the Monorail to Downtown Disney for a quick access to our Airbnb and returned to the park once the kids were rested.

4. Take advantage of Rider Switch: Rider Switch is a service that allows parents with young children to take turns riding certain attractions without having to wait in line twice. One parent can ride while the other stays with the toddler, and then they can switch without having to wait in line again. Also, take full advantage of the fast-passes for rides you will ride together as a family. There are stroller parking areas at every single ride for easy access.

5. Watch for height restrictions: Disneyland has height restrictions on some of their attractions, so make sure you check the height requirements before getting in line. If your toddler is too short to ride, take advantage of the Rider Switch service, or find other attractions that are suitable for their age. When we first went to Disneyland, my son was 2 years old and my daughter was 8 months old and they were able to both ride on many different rides with us.

6. Take breaks: Disneyland can be overwhelming for toddlers, so it's important to take breaks throughout the day. Find a quiet spot to sit and relax, or head to one of the Baby Care Centers for some rest and relaxation. Some of the best breaks are music shows, parades or performances. They can sit and watch while not being on the move. Another great option is to go to Downtown Disney for a lunch break.

7. Download the Disneyland App & Invest in the Photo Pass: The Disneyland App has so many great features that will make your visit seamless! You can check the line wait times for each ride to ensure you go at the best times. The app allows you to order food, set up reservations, link your ticketed and fast passes, link your photo pass, and more! The Photo Pass was amazing for us to ensure we had great family photos all over the park. The cost when we went was $10 per adult, per day. There are photo opportunities all over both parks and Downtown Disney. Any time you see a cast member with a camera, you can scan the code on your app and then download to your Disney app at the end of the day. You can then save them to your personal phone and have those memories forever!

8. Have fun: Finally, remember to have fun! Disneyland is a magical place for both kids and adults, and there's nothing quite like experiencing it with your family. Take lots of photos, enjoy the attractions, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Traveling to Disneyland with toddlers can be a bit challenging, but with some planning and preparation, it can also be an amazing experience for the whole family. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your trip is fun, safe, and unforgettable for your family!


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