Disneyland With Littles. What Rides Can You Babywear On And More.
Want to visit Disneyland with a baby? Don't know what to pack? Wonder if your baby can go on rides?
Many comprehensive guides are out there to tell you what to pack when you bring your kids to Disney. Many of them are a little outdated.
I see people plenty of families well prepared for Disneyland. Then I see people who over pack and are hauling stuff they don’t need.
Less is more sometimes and having a good packing strategy matters. I don’t think you need three bags. That is overdoing it I suggest that you look for a comfortable and large backpack.
Remember the security checkpoints to get in the park. If you leave and come back every single bag requires inspection. It is a real pain.
You want to make sure you bring enough baby food and diapers. You are won't need to bring them all for one day. Take this into consideration that if you’re carrying multiple bags with you, there’s no way can take all these bags with you on the rides. Do you want to leave a few bags unattended in your stroller?
As far as food and snacks go, I think it is far easier to order them from Amazon and have it delivered to the Disneyland Hotel. If you’re staying at a different hotel in the area, you should call ahead of time to see if this is possible.
There is also a CVS on South Harbor less than a mile away from Disneyland.
Here is what I suggest you pack:
Checklist For Babies and Small Children-
- Diaper bag preferably a backpack
- Diapers 8 per day per child to be on the safe side.
- Changing pads (I feel this is unnecessary if you plan on using the Baby Care Center, but pack if you will leave Disneyland)
- Blankets at least three receiving blankets and one warmer one
- Plastic bags. Small for crackers and cereal. Large ones for organizing items in a diaper bag or for wet clothing.
- Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes or Hand Sanitizer
- Toiletries such as shampoo and lotion.
- Toddler toothbrush and toothpaste
- Baby Nail Clippers
- 1-2 outfits per day is a good guideline. Layers are best. Avoid whites and light colors as they stain.
- A dressy outfit for a nice restaurant and pictures.
- Bathing suit
- A Jacket, hat, and mittens
- Hat and sunglasses
- Plastic spoons, forks, and cups if needed.
- Reusable water bottle or baby cups.
- The first-aid kit which should include loperamide and acetaminophen for the kids and adults.
- Toys and books. Make sure they are easy to wipe clean.
I recommended ditching the diaper bag for a backpack. Pack that and smart. As you can see the picture, I am bringing a potty seat and some toilet seat covers in a clear bag. For sanitary reasons and to make security checkpoints easier.
Instead of layering in the big compartment put everything on its side. It takes up less room, and it's easier to find things. I find bundling diapers together with a rubber band helps keep things tidy and organized.
Pack a spare outfit for your kids. Stick with clothing that won't wrinkle and will roll up and take up almost no space. Stick with the sweatpants or leggings. A spare shirt and sock. I also like to pack a receiving blanket which can come in handy to provide shade or warmth.
Pack what you need for the day. Then repack before bed. I've seen people pack booster seats, actual potty chairs, and even cases of water or soda into the bottom of their strollers.
Disneyland provides free filtered water at any quick service restaurant, high chairs are at all dining locations, and there are children's restrooms. You may not need to pack as much as you think in your diaper bag.
You should be able to make it to the Baby Care Center on Main Street in Disneyland or next to Ghirardelli Square in California Adventure for most of your children's needs. The Baby Care Center has1 to 2 Cast Members. There will be a small table and chairs and a tv with Disney Movie playing. If you need to feed one child and entertain another go here.
The Baby Care Center offers a distraction-free zone to nurse. The lighting is dim and its private. There’s also a place to pump.
They also have real padded changing tables. If you plan your diaper changes out, you can also skip the changing pad. The Baby Care center on Main Street also has a dunk toilet.
There’s also an area with a high chair in a microwave and a sink. That means you don’t have to worry about bringing purified water if you need to make formula bottles. You can go straight to the baby care center and prepare your formula there.
The Baby Care Center also sells baby formula, baby food, diapers, sunscreen, and a few OTC medications.
If you have a child who communicates the need to use the restroom before it's an emergent situation then you may not need to carry a portable toilet seat at all. Both Baby Care Centers has a small toilet and sink.
Most of the bathrooms at Disneyland has toilets that low to the ground which is easier for a smaller child. On busier days though there may be a line to use the restroom or changing table.
- The Hungry Bear in Critter Country.
- Fantasy Faire Theatre Restrooms Fantasyland.
- Aladdin's Oasis in Adventureland.
- Tom Sawyer Island
- City Hall
- Tomorrowland Station
- The Baby Care Center
- Carsland at Flo's V8 Diner.
- Bugsland Restrooms
- Bay Area Restroom Near Ariels Undersea Adventure.
- Buena Vista Street Restroom
As far as attractions go most infants can ride on a parent's lap or in a carrier on these attractions. I have seen different Cast Members allow lap sitting on a few of these but no baby wearing. It depends on the ride operator. You can ask for a Rider Swap on any ride that has a height restriction. Any dark ride that may scare younger children will have a * next to it:
- *Alice In Wonderland
- *Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters
- Astro Orbiter (I would not recommend it for smaller children)
- Finding Nemo
- *The Haunted Mansion
- *Pirates of the Caribbean
- *The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- *Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
- *Snow White's Scary Adventures
- Jungle Cruise
- King Arthur Carrousel
- Mad Tea Party
- Mark Twain
- *Peter Pans Flight
- It's A Small World
- *Pinocchio's Daring Journey
- *Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
- Sailing Ship Columbia
- Storybook Land Canal Boats
- Casey Jr Circus train
- Francis Ladybug Boogie
- Flik's Flyers
- Heimlich's Chew Chew Train
- The Little Mermaid- Ariels Undersea Adventures
- Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
- Toy Story Midway Mania!
Places where children can run and play:
- Goofy's Playhouse has a small park
- It's a Small World walkway
- Tom Sawyer Island
- Redwood Creek Trail
- In Front of Studio 17 in Hollywood Land
Other Disney with Littles Tips-
I recommend baby wearing.
Bring a toothbrush and jammies and change your children at the Baby Care Center if you have a long drive home.
Put something unique on your stroller that will make it stand out even at night to make finding it easier. Some string lights on the handles.
Write your name and phone number on your child's forearm and put a liquid bandage over it. The Baby Care Center is where parents should inquire about lost children. Tell your child to find a Cast member or Worker if lost. They will help.
Pack pennies in an old M&M's minis tube for penny pressing. It's a fun and cheap souvenir.
You will find fresh fruit at many of the snack stands if you're looking for a healthy treat. Clarabelle Cows in Toontown has a large fruit plate as does Bengal Barbeque.
Many Characters wander through Fantasyland in the morning. Get there early and beat the lines, crowds, and the heat.
Refreshment Corner on Main Street offers plain hot dogs for picky eaters and Mickey Check Meals and has a short wait time. You can try the Mac and Cheese Dog. Trust me you will want to try it.
Avoid New Orleans Square and Frontierland at night if you're not planning on watching Fantasmic. It's crowded and loud.
If your children want to try pin trading read my advice on that here.
If you have questions, please ask.