Disneyland is an amazing place to take your little ones. I’m often asked why I would take a baby to the park but honestly, it is the most magical thing in the world watching them explore and experience new things. There’s so much that can help them build their sensory development, bright colors, lights, music and there’s actually a ton of rides and shows they can enjoy. Added bonus, they’re free until they’re three years old! Our little ones first trip to Disneyland was at 4 weeks old. I decided to forgo the stroller for this first trip and just carry her in our Ergo Baby 360 and it worked out great for both of us. The Ergo Baby distributes the weight so perfectly that I was completely comfortable and she was so happy and comfy that she slept most of our visit. Keeping the baby in a wrap or carrier also limits their exposure to other people and kids. Plus they sleep a ton at this early age so the wraps are perfect. She’s now five months old and we still usually just use the Ergo, only bringing the stroller if we plan on being there all day or have a lot of extra stuff with us.
Things tend to be much slower with a newborn, our little one eats about every two hours so we take our time and fit in rides when we can. Most rides you can leave your baby in the carrier and wear them on, which makes getting through the lines and on and off the rides super easy.
To help you plan your trip I’ve compiled a list of baby-friendly rides and activities you can enjoy. Plus a detailed review of the wonderful baby care centers And the amenities they provide.
Disneyland baby friendly rides:
- Fantasy Land
- Snow White’s Scary Adventure
- Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- King Arthur Carrousel
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Casey Jr. Circus Train
- Storybook Land Canal Boats
- The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
- Alice in Wonderland
- it’s a small world (this is a good ride to feed your little one on)
- Casey Jr. Train
New Orleans Square
- Pirates of the Caribbean (I had her in the carrier and wore her on. She actually enjoyed the drops despite the worried look she has in this photo)
- The Haunted Mansion
- The Jungle Cruise
- Sailing Ship Columbia
- Mark Twain Riverboat
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
- Astro Orbiters (no babywearing and babies/kids MUST wear either socks or shoes)
- Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters
California Adventure baby friendly rides:
- Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sully to the Rescue
- Toy Story Midway Mania (I recommend a carrier on this ride because it has some abrupt stops and turns and I feel that my little one is more secure in the carrier.)
- Pixar Pal-A-Round non-swinging gondola
- Jessie’s Critter Carousel (Opening later this year)
- Little Mermaid-Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
- The Golden Zephyr (NO lap sitting and NO baby wearing allowed – only 2 per row)
The Red Car Trolley
Entertainment: with a baby wrap or carrier you can easily enjoy all of the shows that don’t allow strollers inside.
- The Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland
- The Main Street Cinema on Main Street USA
- The Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland
- Mickey and the Magical Map at the Fantasyland Theatre across from It’s a Small World (near the Toontown entrance)
- Beauty & the Beast and Tangled Storytelling at the Royal Theater in Fantasy Faire (west side of the castle).
At California Adventure:
- Frozen Live at the Hyperion
- Disney Jr. Live on Stage
- The Animation Academy
- The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
Nursing: You can virtually nurse anywhere in the parks depending on your own comfort level. Using my Milk Snob Cover I’ve been completely comfortable nursing everywhere from restaurants to just sitting on a bench on Main Street. If I don’t have my cover, or we are on the go I use the Ergo 360. I just loosen the straps so she’s in the right position and throw a blanket over her for coverage. There are also plenty of quiet areas in both parks to sit and nurse away from the crowds of your baby is easily distracted. I also love utilizing the Baby Care Centers at either of the Parks.
Baby Care Centers have everything you need for your little one. Located at Disneyland and California Adventure.
The Baby Care Center at Disneyland is at the end of Main Street, near the Corn Dog stand on the right next to First Aid. At DCA it is located next to the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop.
Both centers have private nursing areas for moms. I feel like California Adventure’s is a little cramped. Unless you get one of the 2 rocking chairs that have a private curtained area you will have to choose a small chair pressed against a wall and it’s not very comfortable. Disneyland’s on the other hand still has a row of chairs but they are upholstered rocking chairs and space, in general, is larger so you don’t feel so cramped. For pumping moms, there are outlets available giving you a comfortable place to pump.
There’s a whole room of changing tables that are well-cushioned and lined with paper each time a baby is changed to keep it clean. At Disneyland’s baby center there is a hopper for washing cloth diapers or clothes if your babies/toddlers have any accidents. They will give you a bag to carry out wet clothes. The large hopper sink has been there since the park started.
There are also comfortable and clean toddler toilets at both centers for little ones under 42″! These are cleaned after every use and come with a kid-sized sink as well.
Need to feed older children? Not a problem, there are high chairs available right in front of the kitchen. I. The kitchen you’ll find a microwave and sink for heating up bottles and food and clean up. All of the water in the water fountains at Disneyland are filtered reverse osmosis water with the hot water being the only exception.
If you forgot something or ran out of an essential they have you covered. You will find a vending machine with all your baby supplies, and I mean all the essentials. If you run out of diapers or wipes, forgot a bottle or need formula or snacks they have you covered.
Disney really has you covered when visiting with little ones so don’t let their age deter you from planning a visit. It is worth it, and even more magical sharing Disney with babies.