Did you know that you can bring a child of any age to Disneyland? That's right! Although you can bring your newborn baby to the park, there are benefits in waiting until they're a bit older, before taking the plunge. For me, six months was the age I decided on, when it came to my son's first trip to Disneyland. One reason I waited was that I wanted him to be able to smile and respond to all the amazing things he was seeing! When your baby is old enough to sit in your carrier, face out, they can take in all the wonderful sights and sounds. To add to that, at six months old, both baby and mommy are a little bit more rested, and therefore better able to enjoy the day.
The rides inside Disneyland Park all come with height restrictions. Before you enter a ride, you will see the height limit posted on a sign. This lets you know what rides your baby can and cannot go on. If the ride you want to go on says, "Any Height", then you're in luck! This means that you can take your baby on the ride with you. While you can choose to carry your baby on your lap to enjoy the ride, I always found it easier to wear my son in his carrier. That way, you can enter and exit more easily.
There are so many rides and attractions you can enjoy with your baby at Disneyland, (see my list below), but I do have a few favorites! When it comes to rides, my favorite for a baby who is not yet walking is, It's a Small World. The line is usually fairly short, and the ride is nice and lengthy! This is the perfect ride to go on if you need a break, and want to sit down, and enjoy some air conditioning for a while. On top of that, the music combined with the visuals, presents the perfect entertainment for baby. The only advice I would give, is to make sure you pack a pacifier or small toy, just in case baby gets cranky towards the end, since it is a longer ride.
As far as attractions go, I would say my favorite to enjoy with a baby who's not yet walking is, Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room. This is such a fun show, and baby will love the music and visuals! Even better, the show is loud enough to drown out baby's fussiness, if he gets restless. If you'd feel more comfortable stepping outside, you can simply exit during the show. So, my advice would be to sit close to an exit, just in case something comes up, and you have to leave prematurely.
When I was compiling this list, I was pleasantly surprised to remember how many of Disneyland's rides and attractions are suitable for baby! As the story goes, when Walt Disney created Disneyland, he wanted to provide a place for parents to interact with their kids. He wanted both parent and child to enjoy making memories together, as opposed to parents just sitting on the sidelines as bystanders. Boy, did he get it right! Lucky for us, his dream became a reality, and he did exactly what he set out to do. I will forever be grateful for all the wonderful memories I've gotten to experience, because of one man's dream. I am so excited for you, and for all those who will discover and enjoy the magic for themselves, on their visit to the magnificent Disneyland Resort.
Here's a list of the rides and attractions that are labeled, "Any Height", at Disneyland Resort:
*Alice In Wonderland
*Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
*Casey Jr. Circus Train
*Dumbo the Flying Elephant
*Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
*It's a Small World
*King Arthur Carrousel
*Mad Tea Party
*Main Street Vehicles
*The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
*Mark Twain Riverboat
*Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
*Peter Pan's Flight
*Pinocchio's Daring Journey
*Pirates of the Caribbean
*Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
*Sailing Ship Columbia
*Snow White's Scary Adventures
*Storybook Land Canal Boats
*Chip 'n Dale Treehouse
*Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes
*The Disney Gallery
*The Disneyland Story Presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
*Frontierland Shootin' Exposition
*Main Street Cinema
*Mickey's House and Meet Mickey
*Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
*Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
*Star Wars Launch Bay
*Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room