If you are planning on traveling to Disneyland with a baby, you might be asking yourself some questions-
- What can babies do at Disney?
- Can babies go on any rides at Disneyland?
- What should we bring with us?
- Should we just hold off any Disney vacation plans until our baby is older?
We took my son at 8 months old and I can attest that we all had a wonderful Disney day. Certainly it’s not the same kind of day you’d have with just older kids but it’s still fun all the same! The most important thing is to be prepared in advance so everyone in your group knows what to expect. Know that you might have to take more frequent breaks for diaper changes and feedings but Disneyland is quite well equipped to handle all Guests, babies included!
What can babies do at Disneyland?
Depending up on the age of your baby, you can do a lot together at Disneyland! Many babies love the character engagement, as my little one did. Dillon laughed when he met Goofy at 8 months old, giggling and waving at him! And when he met Pluto at 11 months old, he toddled over and Pluto jumped around on his paws to make Dillon laugh.
Parades are fun and colorful and can be quite entertaining for babies who can sit up and watch from their stroller. Keep in mind that some rides and attractions have loud noises that might frighten your baby (Jungle Cruise gun shot, anyone?!) Just ask a Cast Member at the entrance if you have any question that the ride or show might not be appropriate.
Can babies go on any rides at Disneyland?
Babies can ride nearly everything, give or take about 20 rides with height requirements. I recommend taking both a stroller and a front carrier as you can hold baby in a front carrier on most rides. My little ones loved it’s a small world, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Anything relatively slow moving, musical and colorful will likely be enjoyed by babies.
For rides that baby can’t go on, take advantage of Rider Switch Pass, a free service. This allows those who meet height requirements to ride while one person stays behind with the baby. Then the riders “switch” places so the person left behind can ride too. The Disney Parks Moms Panel covers the topic of Rider Switch Pass in detail.
While we waited for the big kids and Dad when they were on faster rides, I let Dillon free of the stroller to explore and stretch his legs.
What should we bring with us for the baby?
If you can, bring your own stroller to the Parks. The walk to the car or hotel after a long day can be hard, especially if you are lugging a sleeping baby, diaper bag and souvenirs! The basket under the stroller will be great for storage. If you’d rather rent a stroller, Disneyland Parks do have rentals but they are suited more for toddlers than small babies. Also you cannot remove the strollers from the Parks.
Pack your diaper bag with everything you would for a normal outing including food and snacks and plenty of diapers and wipes. You can buy some things in the Parks but the price will be at a premium.
I highly recommend visiting the Disneyland Baby Care Center. There are rocking chairs, microwaves for heating jarred food, high chairs and changing tables. If you’ve run out of diapers (like we did once) you can purchase them here and clean up baby after a nasty blow out (like we did!) The cast members here are sweeter than sweet about helping you!
Out and about in the Parks, there are quiet rest areas and benches where you can sit and feed or nurse your baby. Bathrooms have ample diaper changing stations but they aren’t padded, so be sure to bring your own changing pad that you can wipe down after each use.
If baby is eating solids, bring your own spoons and baby food jars. I also bring disposable bibs because I’d rather not have messy clothes or food-crusted bibs to tote around. To hold snacks and formula, I recommend the Munchkin formula dispenser. It holds one bottle’s worth of formula in each section but it’s also a good size for shaking out bite-sized snacks like puffs and Cheerios.
Bring a lightweight blanket to drape over your baby to protect them from the sun or to hang over the stroller to block sun from hitting their tender skin while they nap.
Should we just hold off any Disney vacation plans until our baby is older?
Absolutely not! There is no reason to wait for a certain age because Disneyland is a place for all ages. Going to Disney with a baby is going to be a different experience but not one to miss! Especially when you see them in Mouse Ears for the first time or take them on their first it’s a small world boat ride!
Have you traveled to Disneyland with your baby? What other tips or advice do you have to share? Please comment below, thanks!