Disney Character Breakfast — Photo courtesy of n2linux
Traveling to Disneyland with a little one and afraid there will be nothing for them? Well, get out the stroller and prepare for some unexpected fun. There are many things to do with a young toddler at the theme park. First, they'll need snacks and drinks, of course, so plan for that. Next, look at the map and plan rides and attractions mixed with downtime and rest.
Start the day right with a wonderful Breakfast with the Characters on Main Street where you can meet and greet characters like Minnie up close and get a picture. There are also photo opportunities throughout the park if you're lucky, but this one is a guarantee, albeit a little pricey. With the park being divided into different "Lands," check out Fantasyland for some rides like the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride for small children. The line can get long, so try to hit it earlier in the day.
Also in Fantasyland is the Casey Jr. Circus ride, smaller than the Disneyland Railroad, your child will be riding in his own wild animal cage and hear Casey say "I think I can," as he goes along. Peter Pan's Flight (an incredible aerial view of London), King Arthur's Carousel and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride are all suitable, and favorites of little ones.
When you see your child is on overload and in need of some down time, catch a Disney Parade (check the schedule for locations) and try to arrive early to secure a good viewing spot. It's a great opportunity for your child to wave at his favorite character and see top notch floats go by. Is your toddler still filled with energy? Take them to Adventureland where they can climb their little legs off in Tarzan's Treehouse. They'll sleep well after tackling the many stairs on this attraction, with its own interactive play area at the bottom.
Looking to get away from the lines of the rides? Head to majestic Sleeping Beauty's castle. Here you can enter the castle, go up a few stairs and re-live the famous tale seeing pages from the storybook and scenes being played out by video accompanied by some special effects and music.
Disneyland is even baby and toddler friendly with the Baby Center you'll find on Main Street. A welcome respite from the chaos of the park, here you can find changing tables with diaper supplies, toddler tables and chairs and coloring books for some quiet time before heading back out for more fun.