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Mom's Secrets to Taking a Baby to Disneyland

by Mommy Frog on June 28, 2017 45 Los Angeles

Taking a Baby to Disneyland - Baby as Sally Diapers? Check. Wipes? Check. Mickey ears? Check. Taking a baby to Disneyland can be a challenge, but a little prep and planning go a long way in turning what can be an overwhelming experience into a hoppy family memory. We've got some advice for taking your tadpoles and toddlers to “the happiest place on earth” that will ensure the whole family has a great time!

Top Secrets to Taking a Baby to Disneyland

What to Bring

The Southern California sun is strong, so plan ahead to protect baby’s skin. Cool mornings can develop into hot days, and then temperatures return to chilly in the evenings. Dress your baby in layers and bring the following:

  • Extra outfit (so spills and diaper blow-outs don’t ruin the day—because, hey, spit-up happens)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Blanket to shade from sun or provide extra warmth
  • Stroller
  • Formula and bottles/bottle liners
  • Baby Food/snacks
  • Your baby spoon
  • Diapers
  • Wipes (beyond diaper changes you will need to keep your little tadpole’s hands and face clean)
  • Optional: Baby carrier/sling

Should you bring your own stroller to Disneyland or rent?

This topic was so complex that we devoted an entire post on using a stroller at Disneyland. Whether you rent or bring your own may depend on cost and convenience to you. Disneyland rental strollers go for $15 per day. You can rent two single strollers for $25 per day. If you require a double stroller or only have one adult for two stroller-age kids, you should definitely bring your own since Disney does not rent double strollers. When taking two small children, I find it easier to use a baby carrier to attach my littlest one to my chest, keeping my hands free while I push the toddler or preschooler in a stroller. Ah, the days with Lily in the sling!

Taking a Baby to Disneyland - Baby at small world

Keep in mind that your slightly older children, who might have recently outgrown a stroller, might enjoy hitching a ride now and then when their legs get tired. If you bring your own stroller, be aware that you will have to remove the baby and fold the stroller to take on parking trams or buses.

Now that the Disneyland security checkpoints have moved to the perimeter of Downtown Disney, you have more flexibility when renting a Disney stroller. You can take a rental stroller between parks and Downtown Disney restaurants and shops (but not hotels). If you want to transport your sleeping baby to your hotel that's within walking distance, you’ll want to have your own stroller.

Be smart with your stroller inside the theme parks. A stroller can conveniently hold all of your baby supplies, but don’t leave any valuables in it. It is important to park your stroller only in a marked stroller parking area. If you don’t park smart, a cast member may relocate it for you, and that’s no fun to figure out when you return.

Take Advantage of the Disneyland Baby Care Centers

Taking a baby to Disneyland - Baby Care Center

Missing supplies can cause a meltdown, for you and your baby. Don't fret. The nurses at the Disneyland Baby Care Center have got you covered. Ran out of diapers or wipes? Lost your pacifier? Need more baby food? Need baby medicine? You can restock at the Disneyland Baby Care Center (they sell baby items for a cash fee).

The Baby Care Center in each park has a number of free services as well. There are several clean changing tables, private rooms with rocking chairs for nursing, powered stations for pumping and high chairs. This quiet oasis from the hustle and bustle of the park is just what baby and parent need. They also have filtered water to mix formula, bottle warmers and a microwave to warm up food.

Have a potty training toddler? When Lily was training, she loved the Baby Care Center’s tiny potties that are just her size (for guests under 42 inches). The Disney California Adventure location also has a family restroom, which is lacking from the older Disneyland center.

Taking a baby to Disneyland - Baby Care Center

Even though every restroom in the park has a baby changing station, take advantage of the Baby Care Centers in both Disneyland (near the first aid station off Main Street) and in California Adventure (to the left of Ghirardelli chocolate and ice cream store). Plus, if you wander off without a child, this is also where children wait for lost parents to come find them. While you are there, be sure to hop into Ghirardelli for a free piece of chocolate. You’re welcome.

Feeding Baby at Disneyland

Taking a baby to Disneyland - Fruits

While you want to bring your own baby food (or buy some at the Disneyland Baby Care Center), you can buy milk in the parks as well as yogurt, fruit and other foods an older baby might need. You can find toddler meals for guest under three at many park restaurants. I always find having some Cheerios or crackers with me goes a long way in entertaining a baby or toddler.

Best Disneyland Attractions for Babies

Taking a Baby to Disneyland - Baby on Small World

So you have a well-fed, comfortable baby. Now comes the fun! What will you and your baby enjoy at Disneyland? Parents love that Disney designed rides with families in mind. Most family-friendly rides in the Disney parks can accommodate at least two adults and a small child or one adult and two children. Since baby often makes three, this arrangement makes everyone’s ride so much easier than deciding how to split up.

You may wear a baby in a carrier on some rides, but the ride attendant will tell you if you need to remove the baby first. Disney is always re-evaluating ride safety, so expect that policies on baby carriers may change.

Try these Disneyland attractions with baby:

Jungle Cruise humor might be over the head of toddlers—and some adults—but those animals sure look real, so taking that trip is kind of like getting in a quick trip to the zoo. Most rides in Fantasyland are safe for baby, but Lily finds Snow White, Pinocchio and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride a little scary. You will probably want to avoid taking your little one on Disneyland’s scariest rides.

Taking a baby to Disneyland - Goofy's Playhouse

Toddlers need to move, and Mickey’s Toontown provides all the satisfying, tactile out-of-the-stroller experiences and “cause and effect” lessons that little ones crave. Push a button and things light up, explode or talk. It is very fun to supervise your toddler running free, crawling through watermelons and pumpkins at Goofy’s Playhouse, pushing buttons to make funny noises, or “driving” the various cars on the street. In Tomorrowland, there is a large wet granite ball in that can toddlers can touch and spin. Letting your toddler take advantage of these experiences will help get the wiggles out so that the stroller will be a welcome rest—a win-win!

Another favorite for older babies is the Disneyland Railroad, which can also help you get around the park. If you are taking the train round-trip, park the stroller, but if you are using the train for transportation you will have to fold the stroller and bring it with you.

Over in Disney California Adventure, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is a great spot for tots to let off steam. With netting to climb and slides to tackle, they'll enjoy the great outdoors.

Taking a Baby to Disneyland - Bugs Land Francis

Disney California Adventure attractions are less catering to very young babies, but there is still plenty for baby to see and do in the park. The best attractions for baby at California Adventure Include:

Disneyland Ride Switch for Babies

Even though most rides at Disney can accommodate even newborns, there are a few rides in the parks that have a minimum height requirement. For those rides you definitely want to take advantage of Rider Switch so all the taller guests can take turns riding/watching the baby without doubling the wait. Ask the attendant at the entrance of these rides. When the second adult takes their turn they can bring up to two guests with them. If you have an older child with you, they just may get to ride twice in a row while the baby sits out. It can be challenging to balance the needs of older children and a baby, so point out how bringing the baby to Disneyland is the ticket to even more fun for the other kids in the family!

Buy Bubbles

Taking a Baby to Disneyland - Bubbles and Toddlers

Whether you bring your own bubble blower from home or buy a souvenir bubble maker in the park, do not underestimate the power of bubbles on a toddler. The bubbles can come in handy for easy entertainment when waiting for a ride or a parade. The same goes for light-up toys at night. Chances are all the other kids in the area will enjoy it too. Use the bubbles as a motivator: “If you climb in the stroller, you can hold the Bubble Wand.” It usually works for babies. Sometimes husbands too ;)

Take Breaks

Disney is very stimulating to everyone, especially little babies. You are going to move a lot slower than expected with a baby, and you’ll need to take breaks. When your tadpole needs a break use the quiet Baby Care Centers to regroup or find a shady, quiet area for a stroller nap. Use nap time in a stroller to wait for family members on bigger rides or even eat a meal in peace—it is your day too! Three hours is a long time in the park for a baby, so if you are staying in a nearby hotel, it is worth taking a break from the park to nap baby and provide down time so you can re-enter the park refreshed for round two. Be sure to keep yourself and your baby hydrated.

Related: Top 10 Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland

With these tips for taking a baby to Disneyland, you can have a successful and fun day with your little one. When baby is hoppy then you can relax and enjoy yourself too. Now, it's your turn. Share any tips you have learned in comments below!

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Renee Jun 17, 2015 at 7:57 p.m.

Thank for posting this!! I am planning our trip to Disneyland for a 2 1/2 year old and a 10 month old. These tips are so helpful!! I'm going to map out everything in advance!!

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Vanessa May 24, 2016 at 7:21 p.m.

How was your experience with your 10 month old? I'll be taking my 10 month old son this weekend!

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Esteban Aug 12, 2015 at 6:06 a.m.

This information was very useful!!! Thank you

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Courtney Sep 3, 2015 at 8:33 p.m.

This was awesome. My hubby and I are takin our 12yr old and 3 month old. I was a little intimidated lol.

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Arianna Sep 5, 2016 at 3:08 p.m.

How was your experience at Disney with your 3 month old? I'm thinking about going once my baby is born but I'm not too sure.

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Jannette Oct 2, 2015 at 8:46 p.m.

VERY insightful. Thank you so much for this! We'll be heading over there in a few days with my 4 year old and 8 month old. :)

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FrogBlog Oct 5, 2015 at 6:46 a.m.

Hi Jannette,

Thank you so much. We're here to help!

Mommy Frog

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Irene Apr 5, 2016 at 3:15 p.m.

How did it go? I'm heading there next week with my 8 month old and 4 year old. :)

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Adriana Jun 9, 2016 at 5:53 a.m.

Hello!

Did you take your baby to Disney? How your experience was?

I'm planning to take my 6 months old baby in July but the pediatrician told me is better not to as my baby doesn't have the MMR shoot yet as she is under 1 year old and she might be at risk as there are a lot of people from different countries and cultures that may not have vaccines

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Yesenia marquez Oct 26, 2015 at 8:37 a.m.

Thank you , this helped so much. I am planning on taking my Daughter to Disneyland for her first birthday but I was getting a bit afraid, afraid that we might not enjoy Disneyland because of not being able to ride certain rides but after all it is for her experience and enjoyment.

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Vandna Apr 14, 2016 at 7:24 p.m.

Hi Yesenia,

I read your post about taking your one yr old to Disneyland. We're planning a trip too with our baby for his first birthday but I'm little wirried if he'll really be able to enjoy or interpret anything. Would it even be worth all the time and money as he can hardly yet even stand by himself. How was your experience? Would you recommend the trip, very curious. My husband is super excited but to me, taking my baby to a nearby park, swimming or a play pen sounds more interesting. But getting to know your experience may perhaps turn my lack of fear into excitement so looking forward to your reply.

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Melissa Flores May 30, 2016 at 1:54 a.m.

I took my son for his first birthday and he LOVED it all. If your child loves mickey mouse clubhouse the live on stage show is a must. I've been going since I was a kid but with my toddler it was a whole new experience

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Mari Dec 19, 2015 at 7:41 p.m.

Thank you very much for all the helpful tips. I was hesitating on taking my 3 month old but now I feel confident in being able to take her.

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FrogBlog Dec 21, 2015 at 7:32 a.m.

Hi Mari,

So glad we could help! Enjoy your trip.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Vandna Apr 14, 2016 at 7:29 p.m.

Hi Mari,

My husband us proposing a trip to Disneyland with our baby. Hiw was your experience? Was your baby able to enjoy and understand where she was?

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Mommy needs a vaca Feb 3, 2016 at 7:58 p.m.

Thank you for you posting this information. We are heading to Disneyland in May with 4 kids ages, 13, 6, 3 and 11 months. This information will be helpful in our planning. We are also doing Disney in 3 days so we can spread out the fun and take advantage of some down time at the hotel.

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jessica Feb 21, 2016 at 7:39 a.m.

thank you so much for taking the time to post this ! will be heading there with my 8month old and 26 month old so i really loved all your tips about ride swap the baby care centers etc ! you are fabulous! I love mamas helping other mamas! Kudos and may good karma always come your way! xoxoxox

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Laura lee Feb 24, 2016 at 7:10 p.m.

Great tips thanks, been before but never noticed baby centre. I have a baby who will be 11 months so this is really helpful.

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Sam Mar 10, 2016 at 2:29 a.m.

When you bring your baby with you on those safe rides I'm assuming you can wear them.... But what if the bar doesn't go down with you carrying them?

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Dey Mar 15, 2016 at 2:35 a.m.

Great ideas. We're taking our 18mths twins on spingbreak.

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Ally Mar 17, 2016 at 4:21 a.m.

Thank you so much for posting this , it really helps!! I'm a first time mom to a 5 month old and a Disneyland freak !! I'm so happy I can take her and see Disney through her eyes and with your helpful tips we can both enjoy it to the fullest. Can't wait to take her !!

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Brittany Mar 23, 2016 at 6:12 a.m.

This was so helpful. I had no idea there was a baby care station. We just renewed our passes and got my mom one also. I'm so excited for our trip with my 9 month old now.

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FAiza Mar 29, 2016 at 2:17 p.m.

Great!!!

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isp Apr 27, 2016 at 6:36 a.m.

Thank you for this! Were you able to ride most things with the newborn in a carrier?

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FrogBlog May 9, 2016 at 2:37 p.m.

Hi there,

You can use a carrier on rides that are appropriate for all ages and that do not have a height requirement to ride. Disney is always evaluating their safety standards, so you never know if that could change or might vary per ride. But gentle rides and slow rides should be good for you and your little one. I always liked taking my babies on Small World and Pirates and Jungle Cruise and some of the Fantasyland rides, plus Little Mermaid over in California Adventure.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Kate May 8, 2016 at 2:22 a.m.

Thank you for the tips! We've been going every year with my now 5yr old.. Had no idea about baby center, but now as tradition it's time for our annual trip but now with a 3 month old! I will definitely keep in mind all the longer rides for nursing times! ????❤️❤️

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Simrin May 25, 2016 at 7:09 p.m.

I will be taking twins who are going to be 10 months in july, helpful knowing there is extra stuff available

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May Jun 15, 2016 at 10:40 p.m.

Thanks. I was going to leave my 6 month baby but I now im sure about taking her with us. Thanks

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Jennifer Jul 29, 2016 at 5:43 a.m.

So happy to have read this information!. Taking my 9 month old for her first time to Disneyland next week and I was worried that there was not a lot to do for her to enjoy the trip.

Question: is there anything I have to take so they can verify her age since she is only 9 months?.

Disneyland should be fun for the both of us!. Can't wait to go!.

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FrogBlog Aug 9, 2016 at 11:08 a.m.

Hi Jennifer,

Sorry to not get back to you sooner, but this ended up in our spam filter. You do not need to show proof of age for a child. Hope you had a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Vanessa Aug 25, 2016 at 6:32 p.m.

Pirates of the Caribbean? My daughter is 1yr I didn't know we could take her in that ride. I thought they would say something thanks for this info very helpful

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Allistair Nov 14, 2016 at 6:11 p.m.

Just an update: The Big Thunder Ranch Petting Zoo in Disneyland Park is no more. That area behind Big Thunder Mountain is under heavy renovation as the new Star Wars Land is being constructed.

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FrogBlog Nov 16, 2016 at 11:15 a.m.

Hi,

Yes, you are correct! We've got an update coming soon for this post.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Amanda Jan 30, 2017 at 11:55 p.m.

We visited Disneyland this past week with a 5year old and a 2 year old. It was crazy busy but we still had a good time.

I am so curious to know why all the changing tables in the park have rolls of toilet paper above them. I thought that was so strange! Do different countries not use baby wipes or is that just there in case someone runs out of wipes?!

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FrogBlog Feb 1, 2017 at 9:32 a.m.

Hi Amanda,

The toilet paper is there in case someone runs out of/misplaces their wipes. It's a life saver. I speak from experience here.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Eve B. Mar 21, 2017 at 10:49 p.m.

@Amanda - how was your experience with your 5yo and 2yo at Disneyland? I'm planning to take my 5.5yo and 2.5yo in the summer and I'm nervous. What kind of stroller did you use? Did you bring or rent?

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SUSANA RAMIREZ Mar 7, 2017 at 6:30 a.m.

Thank you for this post! I'm taking my 1yr old daughter for the first time and it's just me and her so I'm super excited for this tips. Now I know there is lots for us to do together. Yay!

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Jean G May 30, 2017 at 11:19 p.m.

I've been taking my baby since she was about a month old. It has been fun watching her become more interactive. Not on the list is Enchanted Tiki Room which is her favorite. I have even taken her and the 7 and 10 year old by myself. Even before the middle kid was old enough to ride with his sister, there was plenty for us to do as a family. She's 8 months now and really getting into it. Just be aware a one year old might not be keen on char acumen the and greets

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Meredythe May 24, 2017 at 4:49 a.m.

Thank you so much this has really helped as i didnt want to leave my almost 3 month old with a sitter when i take my almost two year old this Saturday! (Taking him for his birthday)

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Teri Jul 27, 2017 at 4:32 a.m.

Love this, just one question, I didn't see finding nemo submarine on your list of rides that would be good for kids and I'm curious why. My son is 10 months old and obsessed with water and anything swimming in it, so we were thinking of taking him on it, but if there is a reason not to, please let me know. We are going this weekend. Thank you!

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FrogBlog Jul 27, 2017 at 4:22 p.m.

Hi Teri,

If your son absolutely loves water and won't be afraid of entering a submarine, go for it! Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is a fun, colorful and adventurous ride. It does get dark in the submarine and there are moments of loud noises, just so you know.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Lupita Aug 10, 2017 at 7:32 p.m.

Hi me and my husband are planing a trip in a week for by birthday and i have a baby thats 2 months would we still be able to get in rides and will it be worth going to disney with our little one??

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FrogBlog Aug 11, 2017 at 7:23 a.m.

Hi Lupita,

That really depends on your family. You'll be able to go on any attraction without a height requirement. And for those that have it, Rider Swap will let you ride while the other waits with the baby.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Stephanie Aug 15, 2017 at 4:56 p.m.

Thanks for all the insightful tips. Here I thought my 2 year old (will be celebrating her 3rd birthday) will have to take turns on all the rides with mommy and daddy while our 3 month old waits with the other.

Question, would you recommend noise cancelling earphones for the 3 month when she can go on the non restricted height rides?

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FrogBlog Aug 15, 2017 at 1:51 p.m.

Hi Stephaine,

We've seen plenty of little ones with noise canceling headphones. Go for it!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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