Plan to arrive to the parks early and take a break in the middle of the day for lunch and afternoon naps (for parents and tots). Head back to the theme parks in the late afternoon after everyone is well-rested and ready for more fun.
Baby Services locations are ideal for moms with infants. Located at both Disney theme parks, the private rooms offer rocking chairs and low lighting for nursing mothers, feeding rooms with highchairs, bibs and plastic spoons, plus diaper-changing rooms. Baby-care products such as disposable diapers, pull-on rubber pants, formula and teethers are for sale.
No need to pack up all the baby gear for a trip to Disney. In-park stroller rental makes traveling through the theme parks easy. Reserve cribs in advance at one of Disney's hotels. Bed guardrails are available upon request.
A theme-park "rider switch" policy gives both mom and dad a chance to enjoy the latest attractions without the double wait. A parent who waits with a young child while the other parent rides the attraction can get on the ride with minimal wait time once the first parent comes off.
While youngsters are typically captivated by all of Disneyland Resort, be sure to seek out attractions and activities that are appropriate for little ones. (Some attractions may be too spooky for tykes.) Sure hits: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, it's a small world, Dumbo, the Flying Elephant, Mickey's House, "Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage," "Jim Henson's MuppetVision 3-D," Princess Dot Puddle Park, Turtle Talk with Crush, plus daily parades.
If available, choose a seat located near the back or side of attractions for a quick exit.
There are baby-changing stations in all bathrooms, including men's and family rest rooms.
Most Disney restaurants offer children's menus, plus crayons and coloring books to keep kids entertained. Character dining -- where a cast of characters visits your table while you eat -- is a great way to introduce little ones to Disney characters.
Be prepared for the California sunshine. Bring extra sunscreen, a hat, umbrella, plus a sweatshirt for chilly, air-conditioned theaters.
Help kids to save for the trip and be able to buy their own souvenirs - buy them Disney Dollars for birthdays, and award them for doing chores. Disney Dollars are available to buy at Disney Stores.
Carry a change of clothes with you, or swimwear, as kids will no doubt head straight for the water play fountains as soon as they see them.
Ensure that children know what to do if they get lost - go to the nearest Cast Member (identified by wearing name badges, or in shops and restaurants.)
For older children, pre-arrange a place to meet in case you get separated.
Write you name and cellphone number on a piece of paper and place it in the child's pocket. Disney can provide special name tags for children, available at Guest Relations or Baby Care Centers.
Dress young children in brightly coloured tops then they are easily spotted in crowds.