There’s nothing better than traveling to Disneyland with little ones.  They see everything as magically real, are quick to embrace the imagination on display everywhere.  As a parent, you just need to change your expectations a bit.  They get tired faster.  You’ll need to be prepared to wait to say hi to some characters.  And, this is a tough one for dads, little kids can’t get on some of the “cooler” attractions because of height requirements.

These requirements aren’t there to be mean or ruin your family vacation.  They are legitimate safety considerations, and parents who don’t prepare their kids for what they can or can’t go on are going to have some very unhappy kids when they get to the front of the queue and are told, “I’m sorry, he’s not tall enough.”

Instead of thinking of what you can’t do, here’s  a great list of all the attractions you can go on with even your youngest–no height requirement.  And this list includes many of the “classic” Disneyland attractions.


The Disneyland Railroad, Omnibus, Firetruck, Trolley, Horseless Carriage

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, The Jungle Cruise, Tarzan’s Treehouse

Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion

Sailing Ship Columbia, The Mark Twain Riverboat, Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition

Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Peter Pan’s Flight, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, King Arthur Carousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Circus Train, Storybookland Canal Boats, Mad Tea Party, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, It’s a Small World

Autopia, Disneyland Monorail, Astro-Orbiter, Buzz Lightyear’s Astro-Blasters, Jedi Academy, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Superhero HQ, Star Wars Launch Bay (opening November 16)

Goofy’s House, Donald’s Boat, Chip-n-Dale’s Treehouse, Mickey’s Movie Barn, Minnie’s House, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

Yes, this leaves out the thrill rides like Matterhorn Bobsleds and Space Mountain.  But these 40
attractions, not counting parades, fireworks, shows and character encounters leave plenty for families with small children to enjoy on their Disneyland trip.

Look for an upcoming post about ways to enjoy the queue, avoid the queue, and being the “fun” dad on your vacation.

THE DISNEYLAND DAD SAYS:  Don’t wait until your kids are tall enough to ride everything, or you’ll miss the wonder of seeing Disneyland through a young child’s eyes.  It’ll remind you that magic is everywhere.