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Tips for the Perfect Day with Young Families at Disneyland Resort

Donna Fisk

by , Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

One of the greatest things about the Disneyland Resort is that there truly is something for every guest, of every age and size. Looking to plan the best day ever at the Happiest Place on Earth with your young family? Look no further! Now that theme parks have reopened, here are a few tips to help you plan your visit:

Guests using the Disneyland App

Plan ahead. First of all, before you even arrive at the park, you’ll want to download the Disneyland app for useful information like attraction wait times, park maps and access to mobile dining.*

Start out strong. Begin the fun in Disney California Adventure park, where there are many attractions suitable for young children. Kids 32” or taller will love Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, where they can ride on a tractor as it whips and whirls around the dance floor while Mater’s catchy tunes blare from his jukebox. Or, how about some friendly competition? At Toy Story Midway Mania!, families will love zipping through this 4D game. For a journey under the sea with your whole family, check out The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.

Let the adults have fun, too! There may be some more thrilling rides that the younger kiddos in your family aren’t yet ready (or tall enough) to take on. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun! Take advantage of Rider Switch: one adult can wait with non-riders while the rest of the party enjoys an attraction. Then, just switch roles with another adult and they will be allowed to experience the attraction without waiting in the regular queue again. You can use Rider Switch for hair-raising moments on the Incredicoaster and Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission BREAKOUT!

Guests on King Arthur Carrousel as Disneyland Park

Keep it classic. Move over to Disneyland park to enjoy classic attractions, such as King Arthur Carrousel, check out the magical makeover that Snow White’s Enchanted Wish recently received, or soar with your family to Never Land on Peter Pan’s Flight.

Don’t forget to eat! You’re bound to get hungry between all these exciting experiences, so be sure to plan out meals and snacks. Quick service restaurants, such as Red Rose Tavern feature Kids’ Disney Check Meals, which meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines. Everyone can re-fuel and be ready to take on the next attraction!

Take care of your little ones. In between all the fun and excitement of the day, you may need to take time out to care for your little ones. The Baby Care Centers are the perfect place to do this! Available in both parks, these comfortable facilities offer helpful amenities for parents with infants and toddlers, such as nursing rooms with chairs, changing room and feeding area.

Capture photo-perfect moments. Capture your unforgettable moments at the Disneyland Resort with unlimited downloads of your Disney PhotoPass photos from one day! The new Disney PhotoPass+ One Day is available for $19.99 through the Disneyland app. Disney PhotoPass+ One Week is also available. Our photographers will help you to get the most from your treasured pictures, including socially distanced character encounters! With PhotoPass, the entire family can get in the picture!***  

End on a high note! Begin to wind down from your perfect day with a relaxing ride on the Disneyland Railroad, as you and your family take in all the sights of Walt Disney’s original park.  Stay aboard for the entire journey or take advantage of stops in New Orleans Square or Mickey’s Toontown.

Take home a keepsake. As you prepare to say, “See ya real soon!” to the Disneyland Resort, save a few moments for souvenir shopping on famed Main Street, U.S.A. or Buena Vista Street! You’ll want a memento or two to remember the best day ever. Until next time!

*Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.  Some app features require valid theme park admission and park reservation.

**Disney PhotoPass+ products are subject to the Disney PhotoPass+ terms found in Disney PhotoPass+ One Day includes photos and videos captured at Disneyland Resort beginning at 6:00 a.m. PT on the day you activate the product and ending at 5:59 a.m. PT the following day.  Disney PhotoPass+ One Week includes photos and videos captured at Disneyland Resort beginning at 6:00 a.m. PT on the day you activate the product and ending at 11:59 p.m. PT the sixth day after such date.  Online registration required.  Disney PhotoPass photos and videos in your account will expire pursuant to the expiration policy at  Downloads are restricted to personal use only.  Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos or videos. Valid theme park admission and park reservation required to access most Disney PhotoPass Service locations.  Subject to restrictions and change without notice.


  • Do we need take a Covid test before entering park?

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