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Top 10 Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Toddlers

Updated on March 22, 2013

It's a Small World After All, and That Includes Toddlers.

My first visit to the magic kingdom was as a 3 month old baby. That was 50 years ago. Now as a grandmother I thoroughly enjoy the park through their young eyes again. I know that many people feel that it is a waste of time and money to take a toddler to the Disneyland Resorts but in my experience, I find it the most magical and joyous and yes, fun, when you hold a tot on your lap while riding on a Flying Elephant or singing out load with 100âs of dolls. Even if they donât remember the trip, you only have this short period of time to see the belief in their sweet innocent eyes.

To maximize the fun take into consideration the ages of the children in your party. A carefully planned day at the resort can truly make your day at the parks a magical memory.

Top Ten Rides Perfect for Your Toddler

All of these rides are perfect for toddlers and have no height requirements. Of course only you as a parent will know your own child and how they will react to loud noises, somewhat strange looking characters, and heights.

1. Casey Jr. Circus Train - A small circus train from the movie "Dumbo". You and your child can sit inside a wild animal cage, or a caboose, while they ride around the little villages of their favorite Disney fairy tales.

2. Dumbo the Flying Elephant - Not to high and not to fast but still gives the little tots a thrill. They can even take the joystick control and send Dumbo first Up and then Down.

3. It's a Small World - Never mind the toddlers, this is one is a favorite for all times. It's also a great cool dark gentle ride and can be a great place to get out of the sun and take a rest. Hint: If your toddler is refusing to take a little nap, this ride might do the trick to nod them off to sleep.

4. The Storybook Canal Boats - Another sweet boat ride but this one is out doors. At first it might be a little scary, riding through Monstro the whales mouth but you quickly emerge on the other side and take a gentle ride through storybook land. Hint: This ride closes during the parades.

5. King Arthur's Carousel - Classic hand-carved horses and calliope music make this old-time merry-go-round a big hit with the kids. A must ride for the toddler set.

6. Peter Pan's Flight - The line is usually intimidating even on the lowest attendance days but this is just a testament to the everlasting popularity of this classic Disneyland dark ride. From the first scene set in the Darling's nursery, your child will soar the nights sky in a Pirate ship to Never-Never land.

7. Mickey & Minnie's House - Toontown is a sight to see for children of all ages. And Minnie's house does not let you or your children down. Filled with life-size cartoon furniture and household items, it's just like you walked right into the cartoon itself. Hint: This is a great place for your child to meet Mickey Mouse as he is waiting at the end of the garden to shake hands and get a photo.

8. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - This is a great ride for the very youngest guests and those young at heart. Take a ride through Winnie the Pooh's blustery day. Hint: This is a great ride to take the little ones on while the big kids and courageous ride Splash Mountain.

9. Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blaster - A best fit for the older toddler. Every rider has a laser gun and the entire ride is actually a game where players can rack up scores. Fun, bright, great for Toy Story fans, can be load. Hint: Watch out, the only exit from this ride is through a large gift shop.

10. Disneyland Railroad - This old fashioned real steam engine train is a true classic. One of the original rides. Take a ride around the entire Disneyland park or just from one station to the other. The section between Tomorrowland station and the Main St. Staing contains two dioramas, one of the Grand Canyon and one of Primeval World with dinosaurs and all. All Aboard!

The key to enjoying Disneyland with small children is to plan well, bring snacks, take breaks, take a few stretches, run and play times, and make sure nap time is accommodated. Disneyland through the eyes of a small child will be a trip you never forget.

Tots Luv "It's a Small World"

Tots Luv "It's a Small World"
Tots Luv "It's a Small World"

Disneyland Guides Will Help Maximize the Magic

Seen, Un-Seen Disneyland: What You See at Disneyland, but Never Really See
Seen, Un-Seen Disneyland: What You See at Disneyland, but Never Really See

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Lots To Do In Line: Disneyland
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Making the line part of the fun!

Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to the Disneyland Resort's Best-Kept Secrets
Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to the Disneyland Resort's Best-Kept Secrets

Finding Hidden Mickey's is one of my family's favorite activities. You'll have loads of fun and don't forget to take pics of your find.


Fun and Helpful Sites

These are websites and apps that I use myself regularly to enhance the fun of each Disneyland Resort Visit.

Mickey's and Minnie's House in Toontown

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Mickey's and Minnie's House in Toontown

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Don't Forget To Take Pics - And Plenty of Them

After the day is done you'll want plenty of photos to remember your trip. There are Cast Member photographers conveniently located throughout both Disneyland Resort theme parks. Look for them at the park entrances, main icons and at the majority of Disney Character meet and greet locations. They will be happy to take your photo with your phone or camera and also will take a photo for the Disney Photopass Service. You can find out more about his service her

Let me know which one should or should not be included. Or just say Hi.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      The younger half and I visited Disneyland in California when she was four years old, and she made me go on the ``It's a Small World'' ride seven times over 2 days! I was ready to scream by the last time...

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      giftito 5 years ago

      Great lens

      Thank you for sharing with us.

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      darksalo 5 years ago

      I haven't been back to Disney Land in 20 years,.My son is now about 18, so when and if he has small children , my plan is to take him, his wife and kid or kiddies to the Magical Land. You are right that it's great to see the world through a child's eyes.It seems right now that we see alot of the world through our darling 1 and 1/2 year old chihuahua,By the way welcome to Squidoo, (I'm a newbie too) and absolutely wonderful lens as well!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How I dream of going to Disney Land and even I grow old I will still plan to visit this dreamland.

      Nice lens here

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      JauntyGiGi 5 years ago

      @beaworkathomemom: Thanks for the kind comment.

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      JauntyGiGi 5 years ago

      @Wedding Mom: Thank you for stopping by. This is such a positive community.

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      beaworkathomemom 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thank you so much for sharing this. Toddlers will really love this.

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      nice lens. Thank you for sharing the top ten Disneyland rides and attractions for toddlers. Thank you for giving me an idea :)