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Should You Go to Disneyland with a Baby?

Should You Go to Disneyland with a Baby?

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New parents might not think about going to Disneyland with a baby because they wonder what Disneyland rides can babies go on. We’ve done it and have the full scoop! Keep scrolling to find out what to do with babies at Disneyland!

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Disneyland with a Baby

When people heard that we were bringing our 8-month-old to Disneyland, I got a lot of comments about how he’s too little to remember and that it’s a waste of money.

They’d say, “Who goes to Disneyland with babies?”  I then would respond that we took him to Disneyland Paris at 6 months old and we all had a great time.

Is Disneyland for babies? Well, not really. But, I think Disneyland with a baby can be a fantastic family vacation. 

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If you have traveled with your baby before, you may have felt like everyone was staring at you. We’ve traveled places where we felt like the worst parents ever for daring to bring our baby.

We’ve gotten snide comments, undesirable hotel rooms, and a general feeling of being unwanted.

A Disneyland vacation alleviates all of these previously mentioned experiences.

Disneyland with a baby can be one of your favorite Disney family vacation

I was surprised how much my 7 month old baby enjoyed meeting characters like Minnie Mouse! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

No where else will you find a hotel staffer delighted to meet your baby. Or find a waiter who will happily find a good spot for your stroller, at every restaurant you visit.

Or chat with other new parents multiple times an hour about how much fun you are having.

You will finally be able to let go of that nagging feeling that you are disrupting other peoples’ vacations.

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10 Reasons Why Disneyland with a Baby is a Good Idea

Our family had so much fun at Disneyland with a baby and took advantage of the Disneyland Baby Care Center

I was just playing with my baby on the bench and my husband insisted on taking our photo because our baby looked so happy! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

1. Are Babies Free at Disneyland? You Bet!

That’s right. Children ages 0-3 get free admission to Disneyland. Plus, they get free food at Disneyland restaurants.

We’ve taken advantage of this when visiting Disneyland with toddlers, too.

That means you save money at Disneyland. And saving money at Disneyland is always a good idea!

2. Rider Swap Pass

The Rider Swap Pass (aka Stroller Pass) will be your best friend. No seriously, it’s amazing.

You can still go on adult rides at Disneyland with a baby. And siblings will love getting to go on their Disneyland rides for toddlers and older children twice with no wait time!

3. Babies are Portable

When kids get older, you have to deal with full-on meltdowns, begging for treats, and having to physically carry exhausted children at the end of the night. I have seen this all over Disneyland with children.

But with babies, you can pop them in your favorite carrier or stroller and you’re good to go.

So, if you’re going to Disneyland with a 1 year old, make sure to bring along a carrier to save your arms a bit!

I recommend babywearing when exploring Disneyland with a baby

Bringing our Tula baby carrier made Disneyland with a baby so much easier! Plus, we got lots of baby snuggles in the Happiest Place on Earth! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

4. Disneyland is Stroller-Friendly

The entire park is paved with wide paths perfect for strollers. I’ve seen kids up to age 5 riding in a stroller at Disneyland.

In fact, there are designated stroller parking lots. Disneyland is set-up to be extremely stroller-friendly.

And so are their restaurants. We’ve been able to store our stroller at the front of sit-down restaurants. And we’ve had no problem wheeling our stroller around fast dining areas.

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5. They Can Wear Costumes

That’s actually a big selling point for me! I’m the Mom who dresses my kids up to fit the theme of our trips.

Had it been cooler weather, my baby would have been sporting one of his Disney costumes! Instead, he wore multiple Disney baby onesies or rompers ensembles each day.

Fun fact: Children up to the age of 14 years old can wear a costume at Disneyland.

6. Disney Customer Service

The level of quality customer service we receive from cast members is unparalleled. Each cast member we encountered interacted with our baby at Disneyland in the sweetest ways possible!

And they made our lives easier.

Whether it was immediately bringing food so our kids could start snacking at restaurants or distracting them while we paid a bill, Disney cast members are amazing.

So many cool Disney photo ops at Disneyland with a baby

A Disney cast member was kind enough to lower his balloon bouquet so we could get this fun photo at Disneyland with a baby! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

7. Silhouettes at Disneyland

Silhouettes are my favorite souvenirs. Yes, you could get one of yourself (which would also be cool) but getting one of your baby is just the cutest!

Whether you are going to Disneyland with a 6 month old or a 16 year old, these are always a hit.

Plus, you can add in other family members or Disney characters to the silhouette.

We plan to get one every few years to commemorate the kids growing up. The shop is located on Mainstreet, U.S.A.

8. Disneyland Baby Care Centers

Looking for a quiet place with air conditioning at Disneyland to nurse your baby? Forget to bring baby food? Lost a binky? Ran out of diapers or wipes at Disneyland?

Thankfully, the Disneyland Baby Care Center has you covered! There’s one located at Disneyland and another at Disney California Adventure.

These are perfect resources for traveling to Disneyland with a newborn, toddler, or preschooler.

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9. Professional Photos

We’ve had great luck with Disney PhotoPass Service photographers.

They are stationed throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park and will take photos with their cameras or your camera or phone.

So, dress your baby up and get some good shots of your baby at Disneyland without having to do it yourself.

And if you’re really prepared, you could do first birthday photos at Disneyland or Disney Christmas card photos!

10. Disneyland Rides for Babies

Are you wondering what the best Disneyland rides for infants and babies might be? You might be surprised the babies can go on almost every ride at Disneyland.

So, what rides can babies go on at Disneyland?

My 8 month old’s favorite rides included: “it’s a small world,” Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Jungle Cruise and just about everything in Fantasyland. He was also surprisingly unfazed by Pirates of the Caribbean!

Disneyland rides for babies include "it's a small world," Casey Jr. Train, and anything in Fantasyland.

Babywearing makes it so easy to enjoy Disneyland rides for babies. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

11. BONUS: Mickey Mouse!

I know this sounds cliche, but there’s something truly magical about meeting Mickey Mouse! Each Mickey Mouse we met was both gentle and animated when greeting our baby at Disneyland.

Because of this, my baby was calm and intrigued. And when we visited Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa a year later, he was THRILLED to meet Mickey Mouse again. I think it’s because he had such a lovely experience as a baby.

Still Thinking About Disneyland with Babies?

Have I convinced you yet? Can you picture yourself enjoying Disneyland with a baby? If you think Disneyland might be your next family trip, check out these related blog posts to help you plan your ultimate vacation to Disneyland with a baby!

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Amy Rebecca Krigsman

Thursday 14th of September 2017

My parents took me to Walt Disney World when I was very young. Somehow it never turned out this well for them. Haha. After the first time or two, they waited a few years until I was a little older and better able to enjoy it. Or rather until I was old enough for them to enjoy it without me pitching a fit.

marciecheung

Thursday 14th of September 2017

Hahaha! At least they took you back!

Manjulika Pramod

Monday 11th of September 2017

This was cute and convincing. Loved your reasoning. I think I will pass on this to my friend who has a kid and is looking for a great vacation.

marciecheung

Tuesday 12th of September 2017

A Disneyland vacation is always a good idea :)

Jen

Sunday 10th of September 2017

I didn’t know that there were judgments to parents who bring babies, that’s devastating! :( I’m glad you found a destination where your worries are not applicable. Love reading this list of reasons especially the parts where they are free and can wear costumes (too cute)! It’s also amazing for Disneyland to provide Baby Care Centers and excellent customer service.

marciecheung

Tuesday 12th of September 2017

Unfortunately, if you travel with small children, you will get a lot of judgemental looks and snide comments. It's par for the course. That's why it's so amazing to do a Disney vacation where littles are embraced and appreciated!

Bee

Sunday 10th of September 2017

Awww, this is so cute. you pics are adorable and i really love how you used the advantages of having a baby with lol. Ill share this with my mom friends. glad it was fun for everyone!

marciecheung

Tuesday 12th of September 2017

It was super fun!

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