Many people think why take a baby to Disneyland? It’s not possible! You won’t have fun. I say hush to the
naysayers. When you are prepared, it’s an awesome experience to have with you & your little one! I’ve listed below our families two day itinerary, as well as tips & must-haves for a successful trip at the happiest place on earth!
First things first! Download the Disneyland App on your phone. It’s great for wait times, dining reservations, purchasing park tickets, storing photos the cast members take of you, and countless other things!
Next, I think having a schedule always works best with kids. Holler if ya hear me, mamas? Especially, at a place like Disneyland it’s nice to have a game plan prior to entering the park. Our first trip with kids we had two under two and opted to stay walking distance to the park, which I loved! It was super convenient, plus the hotel served breakfast and offered a shuttle to the parks. Below is a map to give you an idea of what is all near by. Stay tuned for a post on accommodation details!
Listed below is an itinerary I made for our family’s two days at the parks. We did both California Adventure & Disneyland. All of the attractions listed below, our whole family was able to ride/enjoy, with the exception of only 2 or 3 rides.
*NOTE- Naps are not in the itinerary, as my kids napped sporadically in their stroller throughout the day.
7:00 am Breakfast at hotel
7:30 am Walk to park
8:00 am Arrive at Disneyland
-Take a picture in front of the iconic flower Mickey just as you enter the gates
-Take a picture in front of the castle
Next, head straight over to Fantasyland!
Casey’s Jr. Circus Train
Mad Tea Party
Alice in Wonderland
Storybook Land Boat Ride
It’s A Small World
Meet Mickey & Minnie & take a picture!
Tour their Homes
Chip ‘n Dale tree house
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
*Adventureland / Frontierland
The Enchanted Tiki Room
Grab some Dole whip
Tarzan Tree House
The Jungle Cruise
The Haunted Mansion
The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Stop to get a Churro funnel cake @ Hungry Bear Restaurant! Soooo good!
6:30 pm Head to set up blanket to watch parade near Main street round about entrance.
8:45 & 10:45 pm Electrical light parade starts
9:30 pm Fireworks
Continue to ride rides and see the parade the following day.
7:00 am Breakfast at hotel
7:30 am Walk to park
8:00 am Arrive at California Adventures
*Get Fast pass for World of Color @ 9:45
Disney jr dance party
10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 2:15, 3:15, 4:15
Turtle talk with Crush
Frozen show at Hyperion Theater, 12pm, 3pm or 5pm, grab lunch while waiting in line.
Toy Story Mania
King Tritons Carousel
The Mickey Ferris Wheel
Show: It’s tough to be a bug
Hemlich’s Chew Chew
Junkyard jamboree 32″ or taller
Luigi’s rollinlickin roaster 32″ or taller
World of Color- make sure you get fast pass earlier in day for show!
Tip #1: Know where the Baby Care Centers are Located.
Both parks offer the Baby Care Centers & they are equipped with changing tables, areas to nurse, a sink, microwave to heat up food and lounge areas. You are able to buy baby necessities here as well. Location details below.
Disneyland: At the end of Main Street, next to First Aid.
California Adventure: Next to the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop and across from the Bakery Tour in Pacific Wharf.
Tip #2: Pack Jackets / Blanket
Jackets are a must. Once the sun goes down the temperature drops significantly. You are going to want an extra layer regardless of the season. Trust me! I’ve experienced Disney in all seasons, and I ALWAYS need a jacket.
A blanket and or towel is perfect for parade seating. I recommend claiming your spot about an hour prior to the start of the parade. The best viewing ( less congested) is near the restrooms next to Alice In Wonderland.
Tip #3: Bring a Stroller
This was an essential for me & my babes. After the initial excitement Savannah was ready to catch a ride on the stroller. It was perfect for nap time too. Not to mention it served as our portable house, carrying all our junk!
Tip #4: Right outside the entrance of the park is a area to rent strollers in case you don’t pack your own. They also offer an air dispenser to fill up your stroller tires. It was a lifesaver our last trip, as the tires were completely flat when we arrived to the park.
Tip #5: Tie a scarf, ribbon, bandanna or ballon around handle of your stroller. It helps with identifying your crews stuff in the sea of strollers parked outside each ride.
Tip #6: Bring a Baby Carrier
Since you are required to park strollers outside each ride, I would suggest bringing a baby carrier for your non walkers. An hour in you are going to be glad you have this hands free option. Most rides that do NOT have a height requirement allow for you to have your baby on your chest during the ride.
Tip #7: Snacks & Treats
Waiting in line can get tiring for anyone, but especially for little ones. I made sure to have snacks on deck & gave Savannah one bite at a time to keep her occupied. Sounds silly, but it’s all about strategy. For a “treat” we bought her bubbles which she LOVED! Other kids around her in line got a kick out of them as well.
Tip#8: Disney allows for outside food and beverages to be brought in! Keep that in mind if you’re looking to save money. I love me some churros and Mickey pretzels, BUT $5 bottles of water adds up quick!
Tip #9: Bring A Backpack
We’ve made it a habit to keep our valuables (camera, keys, cellphone and wallet) in a backpack that we keep with us at all times. Simpler items we just keep in the stroller when we are riding the rides.
Tip #10: Sanitizer wipes
Things get messy with kids even on a regular day at home and when your on the go these babies come in handy!