Disneyland Rides for Infants?Disneyland: What can an eight-month-old do?
From t wWe have a 8 month old son that we are taking to Disneyland. Are there any rides that he can go on and actually enjoy?
Posted June 12, 2005 at 11:02 AM
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From Ken MartinNo amusement rides are not designed for infants. You may be able to hold or stand with your child on rides such as a Merry Go Round.
Posted June 12, 2005 at 4:00 PM
From Anthony MurphyI would say everything in fantasyland (except the matterhorn) should be fine for an infant. I am not sure how memerable it would be!
Posted June 12, 2005 at 7:39 PM
From Robert NilesAn eight-month-old will no more be able to tell a trip to Disneyland from a trip to any other visually and aurally stimulating place. The real issue is what rides can *you* go on where your child will be allowed and not agitated.
Posted June 12, 2005 at 8:56 PM
In my experience, kids that age enjoy the sounds and sights of grown-up-pleasing rides like Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion. The kids are too young to be spooked yet by the imagery. So ride and enjoy. (That said, if your child is sensitive to the dark, then skip those.)
The Tiki room is often a hit with babies and toddlers, so don't miss that. Skip the Winnie the Pooh ride, however. Your child will not be able to see a thing, as babies cannot ride on laps in that ride, and the vehicles' sides are too high for a child of less than five years to see over.
I'd also recommend the Mark Twain Riverboat, the Disneyland Railroad, Storybook Land and It's a Small World.
From Mark HollamonKeep the infant at home! Not only will the child have no memories of the trip, you will add another stroller into the already stroller clogged arteries of the park.
Posted June 13, 2005 at 12:39 AM
Children need to have a few yaers on them to make the trip enjoyable, memorable, worth while, and semi-hassle free.
From Kevin BaxterI agree. If it is a trip for you and you have to take the baby, then fine. Just don't expect much. I've always said that toddlers and younger will enjoy a trip to the mall as much as they will enjoy a trip to a theme park.
Posted June 13, 2005 at 1:05 AM
From Adriel TjokrosaputroIt's really hard to bring infants to Disneyland.But we can get them a free ticket(no ticket).Unfortunately,only a few rides that is "for" infants.
Posted June 17, 2005 at 12:09 AM
From Anthony MurphyI like Robert's comments about which rides he believes are the best for a child of that age. Also, Disney has a practice where the parents or guardians can go on bigger rides (eg. Indiana Jones) individually while the other holds the child. I believe it is called Child Swap!
Posted June 17, 2005 at 6:42 AM
From Jason LesterYes, the Child Swap thing is good if you must bring your infant, but I'd wait until the child was three or four and will have more memories of the trip. Four is probably best.
Posted June 17, 2005 at 9:37 AM
From Kevin BaxterI say the best time is when the child stops taking naps. Tired and cranky kids will ruin everybody's day.
Posted June 23, 2005 at 3:08 AM
From Mike JamesHere is a tip. When its time for a your infants nap, hop on the Disney Railroad and circle the park a couple of times.
Posted July 19, 2005 at 12:02 PM
From Audrey HamlinThough I hate to be negative here, I agree that it would be best not to take an infant. But if you have to take him/her on the trip, it's best to skip most rides. My parents took me on the Scooby Doo carousel when I was a toddler and it scared me so bad it almost traumatized me in going on rides when I got a bit older. It seemed like the "tamest" ride at the park back then, but to a small youngster, you never know what kind of memories it can create...if any. An infant that young will most likely not remember or enjoy a thing, and will likely be miserable. Consequently, it can make the trip a bad one for the parents, too.
Posted July 19, 2005 at 12:58 PM
From Rachel IkoIt seems some of the other people were quite negative about bringing an infant! I realize Disneyland is overcrowded but let's not forget it IS a family place. I wouldn't advise planning a trip specifically for Disneyland with an infant but if you are in the area why not? We are taking our eight month old son who will enjoy the sounds and colors but more so because my husband has never been and it is a great place to be together and experience as a family. As for comments about babies don't belong at Disneyland.. actually I would rather babies be at Disneyland and all the pushy people with bad attitudes and older children cutting in line and pushing not be allowed!! I have been to Disneyland over a hundred times as both a child and an adult and I can't wait to take my 8 month old son. Of course he won't remember it but my husband and I will! Disney is set up for all ages!
Posted August 2, 2005 at 8:06 AM
From Mostly AnonymousSomeone previously said that babies can't ride on laps on the Winnie The Pooh ride, but just a few weeks ago we took our 1-month old on my lap on the ride. To our great surprise, he actually seemed to like it - his eyes were huge and he was completely calm. (We used to hate that ride and now we like it, funny what becoming a parent will do to you.) I think Pooh would be a great choice for your 8 month old, and you can grab Splash Mountain Fastpasses while you're in the area.
Posted August 2, 2005 at 7:33 PM
And yes, maybe it was a little insane to take our son as an infant. But I don't believe that having a baby means you should have to stay cooped up inside your house for months. And after 9 months of pregnancy, I was dying to get on a roller coaster.
Disneyland is the best place I can think of for the parents of an infant to go and have some fun. There are really nice changing tables in all the restrooms, and there's even a baby care center where you can sit and nurse. The whole park is flat and stroller-friendly, and there's so much ambient noise that most people won't be bothered if your baby begins to cry.
If you can only afford a trip to Disneyland once in a lifetime, then certainly you should go when your kids are tall enough to pass all of the height requirements for the rides. However, if you're lucky enough to be able to afford to visit Disneyland more often, go ahead and go even if you have an infant!
From Connie &Frank GrijalvaWe are delighted to see positive notes such as Rachel's. We have a 10yr old,2yr old and a 3 month old. Although our little one is quite small we wouldn't have missed it! The memories that we created together as a familly will remain with us forever!! We love when our 2yr old ran to hug his baby brother as he happily got on rides. Our 10 year old sharing rides with her brothers. Memories? Maybe - Maybe not (in them) But My husband and I will cherish them forever.For when we grow old the memories will make us smile and not feel groutchy like many. I believe it's up to the individual parent to decide. But why miss the fun!!!!!! See next year!!!
Posted August 29, 2005 at 9:04 PM
From Josh RezvaniWell, a 8 month year old can go to the playgrounds in Disneyland. Take some pictures with it, you know with Micky Mouse, Donald Duck. Take it to a little ride like Dumbo or a little kiddie show.
Posted August 30, 2005 at 4:21 PM
From Chrsity KarlakI know this is a little late, but I took my daughter, who was 8 months old at the time, to Disneyworld and she LOVED IT!!! I went with the thought that we were going for my older son and that she would just be "tagging along" with us, but she enjoyed it more than he did. there were tons of rides for her to ride and when she met Mickey Mouse, she laughed and squealed and giggled up a storm. It was one of the best experiences that we have had with her. There are no words to describe the excited look on her face and how much she laughed during those few days.
Posted October 13, 2005 at 1:57 PM
From Liz WickstromIt's a bit short sighted to tell someone if they have an infant they should stay home. I too have a wide span of ages in my children and have taken infant, baby and toddlers and not regretted it. Sure when I took my now 4yr old when she was 3 months she didn't get too much out of it but the rest of us had a blast (the baby pass is a MUST) and by the time the kids are 8 months they are able to very much enjoy the sights and many of the rides. My son who is now 2 is one who especially enjoyed Disneyland from before he was even one. He LOVES hugging and taking pictures with the characters and watching him react to the rides and parades is priceless to me.
Posted October 18, 2005 at 9:25 AM
The one thing I will say negative is with as busy as it has been this year with the 50th going on it does make it difficult to get around when you have little ones. When I've gone prior to the 50th we go in April and October usually and it's quite nice crowd wise but this year has been so hard to deal with trying to get little ones from point A to point B. Has anyone else noticed this about this year?
From Valerie OrrisI just saw in ad in People magazine about Disney for little kids look it up!
Posted April 18, 2006 at 4:07 PM
From Anthony MurphyTiki Room would be fun for a baby!
Posted April 18, 2006 at 6:37 PM
From bla blaWhy are you even taking a baby to an amusement park...seems like you are going to have just as much fun at home! Why don't you wait three years so they can actually hold their head up before you take them on spinning rides.
Posted July 19, 2006 at 8:23 PM
From Greg SI say go. If you're planning a trip anyway's, what's the point in waiting three years? Go now. Then three years later(maybe less), go again. No harm in doing that at all.
Posted July 20, 2006 at 2:58 AM
So, take all of Robert's advice, and then hear what I have to say. This may prevent MAJOR crowds during the summer-time.
Lets assume you're going on a weekday. That park opens at say...10AM, and closes at 12AM. With Fantasy land, there are kids ranging from under 1, to about 10. That's the age range I'd say. Those kids may not be allowed, or "strong" enough to stay at the park later than say, 7-8:30PM. Most kids are also tired, and want to go home. So, my idea is, saying the park opens at 10AM, and closes at 12AM, arrive at a later time.
Stay at home, sleep in, relax, make sure the baby is relaxed, and then I'd say try to arrive at the park around 4:30-5:00 PM. You may hit crowds, but they will probably begin to decrease by the later evening.
NOTE: I've never seen this during summer, but it's like this during the winter, or during spring.
From suzy rooti am taking my 5, 7 and 1 year olds to disneyland aneheim in october. will the 1 year old be able to ride on my lap for most of the "old" rides? i don't care about the roller coasters and such, my husband can take the older 2 on those. should i try and talk my mom into going to take care of the baby?
Posted July 25, 2006 at 10:11 AM
From Erik YatesI love questions like this. Very funny, and if you take a step back you'll see why. The thing is that you are really going for yourself, and using the excuse of going for the kid. Come on now.....just go and have fun. You know what a kid that size can go on...its not really going to enjoy any of it. Just thank the lord you're not going to MK in Florida.....poor kid.
Posted July 25, 2006 at 2:17 PM
From suzy rootsee infants at disneyland discussion, some good information there.
Posted July 25, 2006 at 4:49 PM
From steve lammertfantasy land was built for infants to ride he might not no what is happening but maybe its a small world it has the song he might like and it is colorfuli think he would love it. Storybook, the carousel, the circus train., are just some you can choose for yourself though
Posted August 9, 2006 at 9:58 AM
From Tiffany SmithHahaha! you can really tell who the parents are here. Unfortunately for those of you who think taking the baby or not is up for discussion, you should reread the original post. This parent ONLY wants advice on activities for the baby and (of course) her. As a parent taking my 7 month old and her 2 yr old cousin to MK this weekend, I too am curious what activities I can take my baby on. Of course this trip is for her dad and I. That's not the issue. We are planning on taking it easy and we have no expectation that our baby will be able to ride rides or even last all day at the park. We are planning on watching Mickey's Philharmagic, Country Bear Jamboree, the train, and seeing the sights at the park. I agree with the poster who commented on the difference if this is a "once in a lifetime" trip or not. Since we live 1hr from orlando, we went to disney a lot before our daughter, and we know we will be going a lot more now. So, we aren't planning on doing EVERYTHING. Just don't expect too much. But have fun, and stear clear of unsolicitated comments. Oh, by the way, a baby is not an "it" . Hahahaha
Posted August 29, 2006 at 6:15 AM
From Anthony MurphyWell you are talking about Disney World and she wants info on Disneyland! LOL its ok, you are right about everybody else's motives!
Posted August 29, 2006 at 7:29 AM
He can go on most of the Fantasyland attractions except obvriously the Matterhorn and Teacups. He might also enjoy Pirates of the Carribean and the Haunted Mansion (true, he might be scared and you should use discresion, I am just saying rides he can physcially go on!). Also never underestimate the power of the train!
From Erik Yates"Hahaha! you can really tell who the parents are here"
Posted August 29, 2006 at 10:52 AM
Can you really?
But the whole thing about taking the baby, at eight months as someone else said, IT will not enjoy anything more than if you were to take said baby to the mall. The baby is oblivious to any and all activity, and will remain so until he reaches about a year or so old. Even then the kid will have no care whats going on. Now if you want to know what you might enjoy doing that you can take the baby on, thats another story altogether.
From Anthony MurphyWait, isn't she going to Disneyland in CA or am I missing something?
Posted August 29, 2006 at 12:16 PM
From Erik YatesTalking in generalities Anthony....wide open discussion about disney in general, I gather.
Posted August 29, 2006 at 8:25 PM
From bla blaum, i would say the slow rides in fantasy land. but there honestly isnt much to do with a 8monthold...so i would definatly stick to main street, the trains, and fantasy land. in all of these PLEASE be carefull! i cant tell you how many times ive seen overtired parents do 'weird' things getting on and off the rides...not saying you are :)
Posted December 24, 2006 at 9:22 PM
From Andy LittleI know this topic is old but the answers have been so poor that I had to address it.
Posted February 8, 2007 at 3:37 AM
Yes there are a ton of rides and activities to do at Disneyland with a baby.
Yes a baby will not remember details of the trip but the sights & sounds of DL is very friendly to babies and toddlers.
Our son was 14 months his 1st trip but knew who mickey & minnie were around 6 months. So character meals & toontown are the main attraction at that age.
But don't skip any ride you can take a baby on. If a baby has riden HM at 6-12 months of age they won't be scared of it when they become 2-4 years of age.
If allowed, here are a couple of articles on taking babies and toddlers to Disneyland:
Attractions for Babies and Toddlers - Disneyland Specific
Alex at Disneyland - Through the Years - Our sons experiences from 14 months to 4 years old at Disneyland
From Tracy Park"Hahaha! you can really tell who the parents are here"
Posted January 22, 2008 at 12:42 PM
Can you really?
Yes. What parent would call their child an IT. Babies are real people, members of family, not pets or objects.
From Tracy ParkThank you Andy for your post and article links. We have a 4 year old son and 9 month old daughter and are planning a trip in the near future. We haven't been for almost 2 years and are really looking forward to the trip with the whole family.
Posted January 22, 2008 at 12:51 PM
From Jacque DoubleyouPoo Poo to whoever made that comment about babies not belonging at Disneyland. Like many others have said, it's a FAMILY place. It's not about the baby remembering, mom and dad like disney too! And kudos to the woman who talked about pushy people and bratty older kids, I'd like to kick them out. I'm taking my one year old and I'm looking forward to it, it's going to be fun for her AND MY HUSBAND AND I, and the two of us will certainly have a memorable first experience with her, even if she doesn't remember. Disney is very very accomadating, they even have a special private baby areas with recliners and purified water for breast feeding and or bottle making.
Posted June 9, 2008 at 9:57 PM
From Chloe !There are plenty of the little fantasy land rides he could go on, but I'm not positive he'd enjoy them.
Posted June 13, 2008 at 7:27 PM
From Sylvain ComeauThis is ridiculous. When I first went to Disneyland, we were travelling by plane, and we left my 3 year old brother at home. Today, I see one year olds on international flights. I see clueless parents bringing infants to an animated movie, and of course they do EVERYTHING except actually watch the screen (thanks for ruining the movie for the rest of us, clueless parents). Parents think that infants should be brought everywhere and do everything, as if their age has no relevance.
Posted June 14, 2008 at 11:02 AM
Face it, folks, an infant doesn't know Disneyland from a hole in the wall. They can hardly get on any rides, and some of the ones they can ride are likely to be too frightening for them. Why? Theme parks are designed to appeal to (almost) everyone, which means that most of the attractions must not be at the level of a pre-schooler. If that was the case, they would be of no interest to anyone above the age of 5. Disney parks are not a kindergarten playground.
Go ahead and bash me for telling it like it is. Since when is telling the truth going to be popular?
From Jacque DoubleyouSylvain, Thanks for telling it to us "like it is", oh thank goodness for "brave" people like you who go against the grain to tell us the truth about things. Oh us silly stupid people what were we thinking? Everyone let's thank the powers that be for our friend Sylvain! Please. You are so ignorant I could cry. You're a man, and I'm guessing a man without kids. So I don't blame you for being unable to relate, I blame you only for being an arrogant know it all. Hey smarty pants, if you are a nursing mother you have to be near your child most of the time. Does this mean that the whole entire time that a woman is breastfeeding that she should just never go to a theme park or a movie or do anything a man with children could do? Before you go ape on me and suggest a sitter, remember an infant eats every 1-4 hrs, and for some children those spans between feedings are all but predictable. I do agree that some parents are oblivious to the fact that their small children can be a disturbance, but not all of us are that way. I took my daughter to the movies when she was three months old and she didn't bother a soul because I was attentive enough and anticipated her needs so as to be respectful to other patrons. I like Disneyland and yes my daughter who will be 11 months when we go probably won't know Disneyland from the mall, I will. But she will enjoy it like she does a walk at the mall and therefore I will have a good time. It IS possible for my one year old to coexist with other patrons without causing anyone unenjoyment. Some parents don't care to handle their small ones with respect to others, but some of us do. Those of us that do would greatly appreciate your widening your narrow point of view that only includes your own wants.
Posted June 18, 2008 at 12:57 AM
From Sylvain ComeauAll of that still doesn't mean Disneyland is a good place for pre-schoolers. It never was and never will be, and I won't rehash the reasons why. And for every considerate parent, there are plenty of others who just let their little monsters run wild.
Posted June 27, 2008 at 7:16 AM
From Jacque DoubleyouIf you think children are monsters what the hell are you doing at Disneyland???...six flags is a short drive away...not many little ones there...we'll see ya have a nice time
Posted July 23, 2008 at 12:16 AM
From hannah callerActually i think you will find there are monsters visiting every theme park as as we can tell from the last post they are not all children!!
Posted July 23, 2008 at 7:06 AM
From Sylvain ComeauOoh, Hannah, you wound me. Wow, complaining about indifferent parenting makes me a monster, hunh? That's news to me. And what does that make you, when you're throwing around such insults? Here's a hint: it starts with the letter B.
Posted July 30, 2008 at 8:53 PM
If you actually knew how to read, you would have seen that I never said I hate kids, and I never said that all kids are monsters. However, some lousy parents spoil their kids and let them run rampant, thereby turning them into little monsters. Also, some clueless parents bring infants to the parks, prompting Disney to create certain infantile attractions that can only appeal to pre-schoolers. That's what I object to.
From James RaoEase down, fellow theme park fanatics, we are all friends here! =)
Posted July 30, 2008 at 9:24 PM
Disney is a wonderful place for the whole family. I have traversed all four parks at WDW with my kids several times, from when they were babies sleeping in a double stroller inside Cosmic Ray's, to when they were toddlers sleeping through the Hall of Presidents, until now when they can visit and enjoy most all the attractions. Every time we took the WDW vacation we had a ball.
When you take a baby, remember the trip will really be for you and your memories of how the child reacted to the various sights and sounds. The baby won't remember a thing, so take lots of pictures and you'll have lots of great stories to tell your son/daughter later on when he/she grows up!
I guess the key with our young one's was that we focused our tour on the kiddies (skipped anything they could not ride) and took a lot of breaks! We didn't even consider a "Do-all-or-die-trying" plan. We just got to the park early, hit the main things we wanted to enjoy with the kids, ate lunch, then headed back to the resort for a swim and nap. Sometimes we would go back to the parks for dinner and fireworks, but only if the young one's got enough rest during the afternoon break.
Disney was made for families! Enjoy!
From hannah callerLOL, oh Sylvain you do make me laugh, if i cant read how do you suppose i read your post in the first place (DUH!!) oh and yes im a very big B but im proud of it nice try love but no gold star!
Posted August 1, 2008 at 1:34 PM
Its a good job you dont work at Disney otherwise it wouldn't be a family place so whats wrong with rides for pre-schoolers anyway if you dont like it dont ride it, its simple really!
Kids are what make Disneyworld/Disneyland if you like it or not they are always gonna be there yeah some of them scream and fuss but thats no different to any other child on the planet they all do it at some point.
And finally Sylvain if YOU could read you would have seen i was not calling you a monster but the person who posted after you telling you to go to six flags!!!!!
From Sonya SlezakWe just went a few months ago with our just turned 3yo and 15mo old. We only went for a half day..after they had their nap :) They both loved all the lights and the dumbo ride. They also enjoyed the teacups espescially when they found out they could make it spin! I wouldn't take an 8mo on that one though. The Winnie the Pooh ride was fine, although my daughter thought the heffalumps and woozles were scary. So, the Peter pan ride was out of the question bc of the Pirates which would've been more scary. Small World would have been perfect for any age, but was closed. They were bored out of their mind with the Mickey and Minnie's houses. We ended spending 3 hours on rides and waiting in lines(none longer than 20 min bc the don't like to sit still..like most toddlers). We skipped all longer rides. Ate dinner which took an hour btwn getting the food and eating the food. It took an hour to leave the park. Overall, spend 4 hours at the park and 1.5 hours getting in and out of the park. The 4 hours at the park were more than enough for their ages and attention spans.
Posted August 1, 2008 at 3:26 PM
TIPS: 1. Bring food. (not only is it expensive, but lines can be long and slow..that's hard w/ hungry little ones). 2. HALF day is best (if you have little ones who really need their naps..like mine. They and you will have a much better experience. Unless they sleep well in strollers.) 3.Plan scheduled potty trips(esp. for potty training toddlers. RR's can be hard to come by w/ long lines. Frustrated toddler and parents.) 4.Don't push it.(You may really want to go on Nemo ride, but if the wait is 45min and your kid is beside themselves, you're not going to enjoy the ride once you get there...Don't try to squeeze that last thing that YOU want to see when they're exhausted and done..Don't try to do the scary ones w/ them which also tends to wreck it for them.. 5.Find places they can just run around so they have a break from lines and sitting still. We had a BLAST and so did the kids bc it wasn't too much and the kids were napped,fed, and dry :) Have fun:)
From Sylvain ComeauThat doesn't make much sense either, Hannah. How does that make him a monster?
Posted August 7, 2008 at 2:21 PM
Incidentally, thanks for the little email comment calling me an "idiot." Speaking of infants, you're pretty childish yourself with all that name calling. I guess you can identify with children, since you obviously have the mentality of a grade schooler.
From Anthony MurphyIs it just me or is anybody else think this post, being 3 years old, is just, well, old?
Posted August 7, 2008 at 2:44 PM
From hannah callerI would just like to apologise to Sylvain i would also like to say that you have also acted pretty childishly but im gonna do the adult thing and say sorry
Posted August 8, 2008 at 1:48 PM
From Jacque Doubleyoulol Umm I'm a her not a him. (pronounced Jackie not Jock)
Posted August 8, 2008 at 11:09 PM
lol Yes we are all friends here. The thing that is tricky about email, text, blog etc is you only see the words on the screen you don't get a chance to see or hear the person emoting. The whole tone can be misinterpreted. I'm sarcastic and quippy I like to argue. I haven't the time to become genuinely upset over a disney blog. For real! Considering his opinionated blog response, I didn't judge Sylvain to be a timid sort so I figured I could interject a my own opinionated and sarcastic little retort. Hannah no need to take so seriously, hahahhaa you crack me up with that. Darlin, Hussain is a monster, I'm just a blogger who enjoys a good heated back and forth.
ps To the person who made the comment about the thread being to old...haha why are you contributing to its perpetuation by responding if you think it is too old?
From hannah callerwhy is it all me im not the only one to have made not nice comments but it seems im the only one getting the blame at least I have apologised. and im sorry but did Sylvain not start this whole thing by calling "some" children monsters i was mearly using "monsters" in that context.
Posted August 9, 2008 at 9:00 AM
From Jacque Doubleyouok Apparently my point went unmade. Chill....you're in a Disneyland thread...it's all good fun here
Posted August 9, 2008 at 11:39 AM
From Sylvain ComeauOK, I admit that was the classy thing to do. So apology accepted, Hannah. And I apologise for responding the way I did.
Posted August 11, 2008 at 11:47 PM
From Joy JonesTo everyone getting yourselves worked up over someone taking a baby I have a couple of things to say. First off, if you read, the OP is simply asking which rides can a baby go on. She was not asking your opinion on bringing a baby to the park. Second, You are assuming she has one child and is going to Disneyland just for that child. Did you stop and think they may be taking an older child and dont have anyone to watch the baby? I am taking my almost five year old to Disneyland next week and I have to take my 7 month old as well. He is a special needs child and I cant leave him with anyone else just yet. His father will be working and grandma and I are taking both kids. So, keep your opinions to yourself. I stumbled on this page because I was also looking for the rides I can take him on and all of your opinions arent stopping me from doing so
Posted May 23, 2010 at 7:25 PM
From Anthony MurphyI love to see old posts come to life!
Posted May 23, 2010 at 7:50 PM
Its a good question, but really old now! Her kids are probably older than tots :)
From Joy Joneslol, ya I didnt pay attention to the dates before posting. But, at least for all future moms who do a search on the subject, like I did, they can see my response to some of the opinions. They may be old but Im sure there are people out there who still have the same opinion
Posted May 23, 2010 at 10:35 PM
From Jenny ReesI know this is an old post but for any mums looking for tips. Here goes...I have taken my children to Disneyworld on two occasions. The first time, I had one child who was 8 months old. He was able to ride most things in Fantasyland. Small World, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, Snow White...He rode haunted mansion and pirates of the Caribbean. The baby absolutely loved the lights and sounds and even at 8 months the expression of amazement made the trip totally worthwhile and believe it or not, it was quite easy because the baby spent most of the time in the stroller and even if the child doesn't remember it, I certainly will. I have recently returned with 2 children, aged 3 and 18months.....what a different experience. Both children walking, in opposite directions most of the time. It was hard work. Again we were able to ride most things...Other ideas are the railroad, the tomorrowland transit authority, Cinderella’s carousel - u can ride with your child, Dumbo...the list goes on and on. You can also use the babycare centres in the park for diapers, milk, food or even a rest. Have never been to Disneyland so cant be more specific about that park. I know this is Disneyworld but I am sure Disneyland will cater for its smaller guests just as well. Wherever you go at Disney, I am sure you will have an amazing holiday. Just remember to go slower than your usual pace because it's a lot for the kids to take in. Have a great time.
Posted May 24, 2010 at 6:08 AM
From heather wallaceWow! I can't beleive how many people have negative things to say. I took my daughter, now 4, to disneyland for the first time when she was 18months. She loved it!! We have been three times since and plan to take our soon to be 1 year old son for the first time in two weeks and will stay for three days so we can accomadate nap time. I think it is actually nice to have the stroller for storage purposes and there are plenty of places to park it. Fantasyland has the most rides for little ones. There are a lot of rides that allow you to hold the baby on your lap. Toon town has some fun stuff for little ones to check out, buttons to push an what not. My daughter loved the Tiki room when she first went. The boat rides are fun. They have the parade which you have to catch. We have yet to make it all the way through the firework show or fantasmic but hope watch both this time since the kids will get their mid day nap. Most the rides dont have height requirements so its all about what you think the baby will like. Disneyland is an awesome place and perfect for families no matter the age!!
Posted June 7, 2010 at 8:13 PM
From TH CreativeWhatever you do, DO NOT bring an infant on the Jungle Cruise. The terrifying sight of predators and attacking hippos strikes fear in the hearts of adults ... let alone a small child. The attraction is just too frightening for a toddler.
Posted June 8, 2010 at 3:24 AM
From Nick MarkhamOf course the skipper is the only one on the boat afraid of the animatronics... :D
Posted June 8, 2010 at 10:17 AM
From Victoria Jurkowskidoes anyone else realize that this argument has been going on for five years? the kid that this post was originally about is now FIVE YEARS OLD. i hope he was taken to disneyland then and had a wonderful time and is being taken again in the next few years so he can understand it too. i went to disneyland before i was one and i look back at the pictures of the experience and hear my parents' memories of it and i love it. my sister went when she was one month old, she wasn't a problem at all. disneyland is MADE for families.
Posted June 29, 2010 at 3:04 PM
From Ria AragonLol @ the latest message about this argument going on for 4 years.
Posted September 30, 2010 at 6:57 PM
Ok, well, I have a 4 month old and I'm debating wether or not I'm going to go for it, which led me to this site.
After reading everything positive and negative and weighing all the pros and cons, I've decided I'm going. I love Disneyland and will go at every oppurtunity I get. Who knows if I may not be around to go later when my baby is older, at least we'll have this memory. No, she might not remember but there will be pictures and from that she will relish in the fact she went to Disneyland at such a young age. I'm taking her and I don't care how tired I might be. I'm not going to stop living my life just because I had a baby. SO GO FOR IT anyone that wants to.
Thank you people, there were good points to some of these posts and helped me make my ultimate decision.
From Jordan SimmonsReally don't see a point in taking an 8 month old!
Posted October 2, 2010 at 10:37 AM
From Lauren PetersonWow, I'd just like to say that the origional post was asking for park tips, not *parenting advice*! I hope that the family had a great trip. Thank you to everyone who responded with actual park information. :)
Posted January 9, 2011 at 2:39 PM
From Angie Cervantesfirst time i took my son he was 18 months that was our first family trip. now he is 3 & i have an 8 month old & we are going next month. If you are going as an adult trip with adults only no point in taking an infant. But when you have kids its not much of a choice & its exciting just thinking about the trip.. I think the baby can ride on many rides like the monorail, carousel, dumbo, & its a small world.. etc. the point is to have fun family time. & if an adult doesnt have fun with the kids its not the kids fault, the adult has no patience. All parks are baby friendly. There's trips I make to Universal Studios & Six Flags without my kids but even there I take them THANKS TO CHILD SWITCH.
Posted January 30, 2011 at 6:06 PM
From Anthony MurphyWhile its a good discussion, you all do know that the child in question is now almost 6 years old!
Posted January 30, 2011 at 6:44 PM
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