What is most certainly the happiest place on Earth can quickly become the unhappiest place on Earth with a cranky toddler in tow. Easily overstimulated and often cranky, the toddler is a fickle beast to please (at least in my experience). Here is a guide to help make the most out of your stay at Disneyland with your toddler.
Rent a Stroller
Disneyland Park Main Entrance
Perhaps the best service Disneyland Park provides for parents, renting a stroller instead of bringing your own is genius. Disneyland Park provides sturdy, quality strollers for only $15 all day for one or $25 all day for two. Stroller rentals are available outside the Disneyland Park Main Entrance adjacent to the Kennel.
Located throughout the park
Designated “stroller parking” spots are located throughout Disneyland Park and California Adventure. These designated stroller parking spots are located in convenient spots to the rides you will be going on and are out of the way of foot traffic. Take your valuables with you.
Stash your stuff, don’t lug it around all day, you’ve got a toddler to chase around Disneyland anyway! Locker rentals are available for $7, $10, $11, $12 and $15 per day, depending on the locker size. Don’t worry, you’ll have unlimited access to your locker throughout the day. Lockers are located on Main Street, on Buena Vista Street and in the esplanade between the two parks.
Disneyland is the only amusement park that allows its guests to bring their own provisions in with them. Not only is this smart so that you will have your toddlers favorite snacks on hand, it will save you money, too. Saving money on snacks is a great way to spend more money on souvenirs.
Inside the baby center, parents can change diapers, nurse or bottle-feed their babies and toddlers all in a comfortable facility that is clean and safe. There is a baby center located in Disneyland Park at the end of Main Street near the First Aid station. There is also a baby center located in California Adventure next to the Bakery Tour in the Pacific Wharf.
Plan Downtime and Uptime
Having a game plan beforehand and knowing about where you will be and what you will be doing around your toddler’s naptime will save everyone’s sanity. If you have an overtired, cranky toddler on your hands, taking them on Finding Nemo Submarine Ride is not the best idea; however, perhaps watching a Main Street parade is. Likewise, go on your “must ride” rides first when your toddler is awake and happy.