December 2015 I decided to splurge and become a Disneyland Annual Passholder.
Since then, my toddler and I have managed to go over 50 times and still haven’t gotten tired of it. I have become pro at Disney’ing with a toddler. We have done solo trips just her and I, and trips with others.
Snacks are a must. Kids always want to eat. The parks now allow you to take in your own food so feel free to pack kiddos whatever goodies they enjoy!
Baby Care Centers are located in both Disneyland & California Adventure. Disneyland care center is located on Main St. next to the First Aid and California Adventure care center is located next to the Ghiradelli in Pacific Wharf. This is also where lost children will be escorted to. Both care centers offer
- Changing Tables
- Microwave & Sink
- Private areas for nursing mamas to nurse or pump
- TV & books for the kiddos to take a “break” (huge must during summer heat)
- On site store offering diapers, wipes, formula, sunscreen, etc (CASH ONLY)
Rider Switch Pass. If you are with a group and your kiddo doesn’t reach height requirements, ask for a Rider Switch Pass. This pass allows up to three guests readmission to the ride. Basically what this pass does is allows the person(s) who sat with kiddo to ride without going into the main ride line. If you have a Rider Switch Pass you return to the Fastpass Return line.
FASTPASSES. They are awesome! This is a ticket for a specific ride that allows you to skip the main ride line and move to an express line aka the “FastPass Line.” Fastpasses are free to all guests who purchase a park ticket (children under 3 don’t need their own fastpass.) Not all rides offer fastpasses. The rides in Disneyland that have fastpasses are
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Indiana Jones
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Space Mountain
- Splash mountain
- Haunted Mansion (no height restriction)
- California Screaming
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Soarin’ Around the World
- World of Color (this is a show at night and does not have a height restriction)
Buddy Pass. Monsters Inc only With this buddy pass, you must ask the cast member at the enterance of the ride. That cast member will guide you to the exit of the ride. They won’t do it when the ride is 5 minutes or less. When you use the buddy pass you will be used to fill in the empty spots on the attraction. This is not suggested for large groups as you will most likely be split up. Also, it splits you up by rows. So if you’re a family of 3 and you lapsit your kiddo, you will all be riding together in 1 row.
Play Areas. Our favorite spots to hang out, pass time, and burn energy are the play areas.
There is one in Disneyland and one in California Adventure
Disneyland’s Play Area
- Goofy’s Playhouse- Toontown
California Adventure’s Play Area
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail- Grizzly Peak
Here are some pictures from the parks!
Keep an eye out because I will soon also do a post on Disney’ing on a budget!