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Tips for Visiting Disneyland with Young Children

Tips and Resources for Visiting Disneyland Resorts with Babies and Toddlers


Measuring Up at Disneyland Photo

Measuring Up to minimum height requirements at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA

Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
Free under Three Children under 3 get into Disneyland parks free.

Strollers. Take your own stroller or rent one at the park. Strollers can be rented for $8 just inside the Main Entrance of both parks.

Changing tables are available in both women's and men's restrooms.

There are First Aid Stations at Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure and Downtown Disney.

Baby Centers/Lost Children. Both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure have Baby Centers/Lost Children Centers with extra diapers, formula and other baby supplies. They also have accommodations for nursing mothers. In Disneyland, the Baby Center is next to the First Aid Station at the end of Main Street across from the Central Plaza. At California Adventure, the Baby Center is next to the Mission Tortilla Factory in the Pacific Warf. There is no Baby Center at Downtown Disney.

Height Restrictions. Many of the rides have height restrictions, so measure your kids before you go and prepare them for the limitations. The height restrictions are there for your child's safety. Sometimes there is no staff at the beginning of the line. That doesn't mean you can sneak kids onto a ride they are not big enough for. You'll just wait in line to have a staff person stop you when it's your turn to ride and turn away the child who is not tall enough. Check the Disneyland Directory for which rides have height restrictions.

Tag Team. If you have two adults who want to ride and an infant who can't, you don't have to wait through the long line twice. Wait together in the line and then when you get to the front, tell the staff you want to trade off. One adult will go through first, while the second adult waits with the child. When the first adult gets back, you can hand off the child and the second adult can ride.

Have a plan. Pin your name and cell phone number on toddlers and make sure young children have it with them in a pocket in case you get separated in the park. Make sure your kids know to stay where they are (so you can retrace your steps and find them) and look for a park staff person with a badge if they lose sight of you. Park staff will take found children to the Baby Center/Lost Children Center. With older kids and teens, establish a meeting point in case you lose each other.

For Fall 2006, Disney’s Magical Beginnings promotion includes special offers for families with pre-schoolers.

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