Heading to Disneyland with your family? Here’s and overview of resources for families at Disneyland, including nursing moms, families with disabilities, children with dietary restrictions, and resources for small children.
We headed to Disneyland for the first time in September, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous about taking our young children. Our kids still have so many needs- naps, we have a food allergy, I knew we needed a stroller, and I was afraid there wouldn’t be fun rides for them to enjoy while we were in the park. I can’t even imagine what a multigenerational Disney vacation would look like!
Since we went at Halloween Time, I was also scared that they would see things that would make them afraid- especially since Little Sister is prone to nightmares. And then- what if I LOST a child at Disneyland? So many things to consider.
Still, we did it! We spent four days at the Disneyland Parks, and I am happy to report that not only did we have the best time of our lives, not a single one of my fears came true! We can’t wait to go back- and I can’t wait to share with you the resources for families at Disneyland- so you can plan your next trip too!
Services for Parents at Disneyland
I had no idea that each Disneyland Park- both Disneyland and California Adventure- has a Baby Care Center. It’s a free resource for parents of young children.
I had the chance to tour the center at California Adventure, and I was blown away, first and foremost, by the amazing staff. They truly understand the needs of parents of young children. The Baby Care Center offers the following services:
- Changing tables
- High chairs and feeding tables for young children
- A kid’s sized potty for potty training kids
- Breast pump storage
- A nursing and pumping room
- Lost Child meet up point
- Vending machine- sells diapers, wipes, sunscreen, pacifiers, baby food and more!
Additionally, there are stroller rentals and stroller parking throughout the park, plus lockers for valuables and family-friendly restrooms throughout the park. I just loved the kids’ sized sinks in each bathroom- it allowed my kids to wash their hands independently which was way better than hoisting them up and walking them through the process each time.
Dining With Preschoolers at Disneyland
We all know about picky toddler eaters, and we also know about how important it is for our kids to eat healthy. Disney has us covered on both counts. The Disney Check is a kid’s meal that has all of the components of a healthy meal- 100% fruit juice, yogurt, carrot sticks, whole wheat bread options, etc. I loved the Disney Check because my kids were eating healthy.
I also really appreciated how seriously everyone took out food allergies. We have a severe cashew and pistachio nut allergy, and every single Disney employee took our allergy very seriously. At the Storytellers Cafe, the waitress even said she wasn’t positive about those nuts, but she would send the chef out immediately if we had any concerns.
Finally- the Character Dining experiences at Disney are really not to be missed. We experienced Mickey’s Tales of Adventure at the Storyteller’s Cafe, but there are experiences throughout the parks. I highly recommend a reservation for the character dining experiences.
Online Resources for Families at Disneyland
We found using the Disneyland app to be the best way to go in Disneyland. We could find out ride wait times, use our Fast Pass for the rides that were too long, and order food ahead of time to avoid longer wait times at mealtimes. That was a huge lifesaver in terms of avoiding hangry toddlers.
Additionally, Disney has a new Play Disney Parks app that parents can use when in long lines for attractions. It has interactive games and music to keep everyone entertained while waiting.
Disclosure: Disneyland hosted our family at Halloween Time over multiple days for the purpose of this coverage. All opinions are entirely my own.