10 Best Toddler Experiences at Disneyland


Regardless of age, Disneyland is at the top of every child’s list. It’s the experience of a life-time. Disney got it right when they labeled it magical and the Happiest Place on Earth. There’s so much to see and do that it can be overwhelming, especially if you only have a one or two day pass. Here are the 10 best Disneyland experiences for toddlers. Although they are geared toward younger kids, they are fun for the entire family.

1. Crown Jewel Theatre at Disney’s California Adventure

Frozen Fun at Disneyland

The Muppet Vision 3D is temporarily taken over and reimagined as the Crown Jewel Theatre where you can laugh and sing along to a timeless retelling of Frozen.  Two Arendellian Storytellers host the festivities and introduce each magical musical number, complete with Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff joining in the fun. Guests, of all ages, are encouraged to sing along with a few favorite Frozen tunes. (Let’s face it, we all know the songs by now.)


Athena with Elsa and Anna

You have to wander into this wondrous wintry moment where you can come face-to-face with the magnificent sisters from Frozen. While this is still considered a temporary experience, I can’t see Disney changing it for anything else. Kids are in love with Frozen, and it surpassed The Lion King as the top grossing animated film for Walt Disney Animation studios. Still, you don’t want to tell your child they could have meet Elsa and Anna but they missed it. I didn’t want to take that chance.

3. A Bug’s Land at Disney’s California Adventure

Bug's Land, Disneyland

This area includes three rides for toddlers that you can experience rather quickly since the lines tend to be short. Tuck and Roll’s Drive’Em Buggies, Flik’s Flyers, and Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train will take less than 30 minutes to ride but offer big fun for little ones.

4. Aerial’s Undersea Adventure at at Disney’s California Adventure

Aerial’s Undersea Adventure

Step into your “clam-mobile” and visit favorite characters and enjoy unforgettable music form the animated classic, The Little Mermaid. You slowly descend to an underwater world where you’re met by Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle and the wicked sea witch Ursula—a towering figure 7.5-feet tall and 12-feet wide. Ursula can be a little scary so be prepared to distract your child with other characters if they get nervous. The unforgettable songs like “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Kiss the Girl” make the ride worth it.

5. Disney Junior – Live on Stage

Disney Junior Live Show

Perfect for preschoolers, Disney Junior characters, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy, Minnie, Doc McStuffins, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates, all perform together on one stage. The show is short enough to hold your toddlers attention and long enough to make the short weight worth it.

6. Mickey’s Fun Wheel at Disney’s California Adventure’s Paradise Pier

Mickey's Wheel

This huge Ferris wheel provides a great aerial view of the park. Opt for the mild swaying gondolas rather than the swinging, scarier ones. You’ll thank me for the advise.

7. Disneyland Railroad

Disneyland Railroad

All children love a choo-choo train. You can climb aboard or disembark at Main Street U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Mickey’s Toontown, or New Orleans Square. The entire ride is a relaxing 18-minutes onboard an authentic steam-powered train or you can hop on and off at different locations.

8. King Triton’s Carousel at Disney’s California Adventure’s Paradise Pier

King Triton’s Carousel

Most kids love carousels and the lines are never long. Triton’s underwater-themed carousel offers such choices as seahorses, whales, and other ride-able sea creatures. Even adults can relax and enjoy the wind in their face on this joyful ride.

9. Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey at Mickey’s toontown

Mickey’s Toontown

Long lines and a cramped tour of this famous mouse’s house can’t scare you off. It’s a Disneyland must to meet Mickey and get a photo.


Dubmo the Flying Elephant at Disneyland

Soar high in the sky on a fanciful flight above Fantasyland aboard Dumbo the Flying Elephant. The line-up is usually long for this ride so head over early to beat the crowd.

What is your toddler’s favorite experience at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure? Share below in a comment. Maybe I forget something that should have made the top ten. 

32 thoughts on “10 Best Toddler Experiences at Disneyland

  1. I actually preferred the California Disney to Orlando’s. I have not yet met anyone who agrees with me, but it is just so clean and pretty compared to Orlando. So glad you got to sing all the Frozen songs…everyone knows them. You are so right. 🙂

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    • I agree with you, especially with California Adventure. One of my favorite things about living in Southern California is how clean everything is. A friend and I have a running joke that we’re in LOST (the tv show) because it’s too good to be true living here.


    • At the end of this month (April) Ill be in California for a week, and would love to go to Disney with my son. He is 5 years old.

      What would you recommend? What park and what type of attraction? I ama completely lost…

      Thanks a lot


      • The first time I took my daughter she was five. The black light makes the colors bright and I she liked that her socks and shoes glowed. It is a fairly slow ride, though if your daughter hasn’t seen Peter Pan the ride may not make much sense.


  2. We first took our kids to Disneyland back in the 70’s. Then you could stay in a motel just across the road, with an easy walk to the gates. Since then we have taken the kids and the grand-kids to Disney World, with great experiences every time. Now we have great-grand-kids, so I suppose we will be arranging another trip in the not too distant future.


  3. Oh yay! I love the Ariel and Mickey ferris wheel with a twist to it and his Toontown attractions! I’m always a kid when I stepped into Disneyland!


  4. Mine, when wee. also loved the story book boats, the railroad next to Dumbo (I think I can I think I can!) and the Pooh ride! (but then my wife also loves the pooh ride so I am not sure it counts as a toddler fav! great post!


  5. That’s so funny we just went last week to fulfill two Sandbox List Adventures in one! My six-year old son loved STAR TOURS and building his own light saber, but his bucket list item was becoming a Jedi…he went to Jedi Training Academy and battled Darth Maul in Tomorrowland. Duuuuuuuude. And my three-year old loved Dumbo ride too, but the parade with all the princesses near It’s a Small World was at the top of her list seeing them and saying hello … Dude if she could do a cartwheel she would.


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