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Toddler friendly rides at Disneyland

If you’re headed to Disneyland with young kids, you’ll have a great time. We were worried the first couple of times we went. We weren’t sure if there’d be enough to do with our toddler. We were pleasantly surprised at how many things we were able to do with young kids. Read up about the rides before you go, so you’ll know what to expect. Also, make sure you know how tall your child is, they will check and you’ll want to be prepared for any restrictions. We’re still measuring Emma for the 40″ mark!


Watch your child and follow their cues. Some kids will love the Characters, other will be scared by them. The rides are all different too. Some may be fast and furious, others slower, but dark and loud. Every child is different. Ours turned out to be a daredevil. continued

Disney Rider Switch Service

This is a great tip for families going to Disneyland or Walt Disney World. The Rider-Switch Service is one of the best kept secrets around. Once you figure out how it works, it’s great. One of the hardest part of traveling with young kids where one of them might be too short to ride certain rides, one parent often gets left out. The “rider switch” pass lets each parent enjoy the attraction with the child who is tall enough, while one stays behind with a child who can’t ride. All without doubling your wait time.


Hit the park early

dlmickeyminnieThis might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many people like to sleep in while they’re on vacation. Even when they’re vacationing at a Disney resort.

One of the key tips to having a great experience is to get in the park early. If you have “Magic Mornings” with your passes, take advantage of that extra hour in the park. We’ve been able to enjoy a few more rides with the extra hour passes and avoid the lines.

On the mornings we don’t have the extra hour, we plan our day to ride the more popular attractions first. If the wait is already long, we get a Fast Pass. The park tends to get busy about an hour after it opens. Getting there early will help maximize your day.

If you need to purchase tickets, ticket booths open half an hour prior to the park opening. Also, if you get to the park early, you’ll have the best available parking spots.

Balloon replacement

As soon as we hit Disneyland, Emma sees those $12 Mickey balloons and wants one immediately. I really don’t mind getting one, as long as it’s the first day of the trip. These balloons are great and usually last the week. However, the last time we did this, our balloon deflated rather quickly. A Disney Cast Member happened to be close by, noticed our balloon and gave us a voucher for a new one.

Apparently, if your balloon suffers an injury or breaks away, Disney will give you a new one. Also, if your balloon deflates, you can also get it refilled for free. Just ask any Disney cast member and they’ll direct you to the nearest balloon repair.

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