California Adventure for Toddlers

I took my not quite two-year old to Disneyland last month. And it’s taken me this long to decide if I should write anything about it or not. On the one hand, I had a good time because it was Disneyland. On the other hand, it was not something I would ever do again. Ever. Not with a two-year old. So if you don’t read anything more in this blog post, this is the take away: 23 months is too young to go to Disneyland, even California Adventure.

This isn’t to say we didn’t have fun. It was exhausting but fun. But exhausting.

Future President did not understand the concept of standing in line. He loved the rides but the entire day did not know why we had to wait. It was good we went on a relatively slow weekday. I can only imagine how a weekend would have been.


Also, it’s hard to explain to a toddler that they are not tall enough to ride on something fun. Thankfully, he was tall enough to ride on all of the rides in Cars Land with the exception of Radiator Springs Racers. We also had great success in A Bug’s Land, which is right next to Cars Land, as most of the rides had no height restrictions. He liked the Chew Chew Train and Flik’s Flyers but was disappointed he wasn’t tall enough to go on the bumper cars.

My son is also terrified of life-sized stuffed figures like Pluto and Mickey and Minnie. I’m sure this stems from his run in with Santa a few months ago. So we had to avoid the characters while walking around.


Future President also cannot nap in a stroller, on a park bench or in a cafe. He fell asleep while we were waiting in line for Luigi’s Flying Tires. Of course this was a ride he couldn’t stay in my arms for and he woke up as the ride started.


His favorite rides were probably Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, the Disneyland Railroad, and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. However, like I said before, he did not understand why we had to wait in line, was unwilling to stand on his own two feet and wanted to be held A LOT. Future President does not do well without naps. So by the end of the day we were all tired, my arms were tired, and the stroller had not been used enough.

I do look forward to returning some day when Future President is old enough to enjoy Disneyland without a nap, when he understands the concept of standing in line and is tall enough to go on all the rides. Maybe when he’s 5 or 6. Is that old enough? What do you think?



One thought on “California Adventure for Toddlers

  1. I agree! Kids don’t get anything out of theme parks before the age of 6 or 7. They’re too young to appreciate any of it. I think it’s best when they’re long beyond the napping age and they have the stamina to withstand the long day.

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