Getting to go to Disneyland with young children is one of the absolute best ways to experience the magic of Disney. Nothing is better than Disneyland to a little kid. So, to introduce yours to this exciting place is a hugely gratifying experience. It’s not without its challenges and limitations; but as long as you play to Disney’s strengths and your Child’s interest you will make lifelong memories to cherish. The ideal time frame to visit Disneyland is 2-3 days, for a good amount of time in both parks. Here is a quick summary of an ideal 2 day park plan for Disneyland with young children.
DAY 1: Fantasyland
In Disneyland there are so many great attractions for families with young children to focus on; but the pinnacle is Fantasyland where there are no less than 10 attractions with no height requirement. Theoretically, you could divide a whole day between just Fantasyland and Main Street USA without going to either side of the park. Main Street has candy, horse drawn trolleys and toys. And you should also not assume that they wouldn’t be interested in a show like Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, unless you already know they don’t handle shows well.
Disneyland is best experienced with a very early start, which can be difficult with young children; but it’s worth the effort, even if you need to take a long break in the middle of the day. Splitting Disneyland into two days will help you get more enjoyment from the park and relieve a little bit of stress, but getting in early is still nice because park time with fewer crowds is always preferable.
The first thing you should do at Disneyland is head straight for the castle and enjoy a few rides before stopping for breakfast. Keep every activity close so that you save time and conserve energy. There is a lot to do in this small space, including meeting with princesses and other characters and watching the parade. You can take all the time in the world confined just to Fantasyland, but if you have some time left over and you want to move on, you can head to Toontown for more character meet and greets and take the train back to the park entrance when you are done.
Day 2: Exploring Disney’s California Adventure and the Rest of Disneyland with Young Children
On your second day, I recommend park hopping. Disney’s California Adventure is the perfect place to start. Especially after a character breakfast at a Disney hotel. The park has some great fun for young children, including dark rides and tamer carnival style rides. In Hollywood Land, Monsters Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue is a must. They will also enjoy Turtle Talk with Crush in the animation building. Cars Land is the biggest attraction for your children. Although they may not be tall enough for Radiator Springs Racers, there are two other attractions here and lots to see.
Disney’s California Adventure offers up kids rides scattered all over Pixar Pier and Pacific Wharf. These include The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, a Toy Story Merry Round and the Golden Zephyr. This is also the only park to meet your favorite Marvel heroes and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
When you’re ready for more Disneyland, hop over and take one of the vehicles to the plaza for fun, instead of walking. From there you can enter Adventureland, which has The Jungle Cruise and the Enchanted Tiki Room. Young children can also explore Tarzan’s Treehouse. Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion are great fun for children, but use your best judgement if you think they are too young. Beyond New Orleans Square, around the riverbend are the Winnie the Pooh character meet and greets and dark ride. The Hungry Bear is an excellent place to stop for a lunch/dinner break and watch the Mark Twain and the Columbia pass by on the River.
From New Orleans Square you can take the train around to Toon Town for a chance to Meet Mickey and stop at Tomorrowland for Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters before the day is done.
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