All the shows, parades, and attractions at Disneyland might not satisfy Baby’s urge to run and play — but thank goodness, the Disneyland resort parks have ample opportunity for your baby to toddle around!
So when your little one has excess energy and needs to escape his stroller, check out these unique play areas to explore at Disneyland that will let him wander, slide, and splash. (I’ve broken down the different play areas for Baby at Disneyland and noted which areas are best for the various stages of walking.)
Toontown at Disneyland
There are several places to explore in this whimsical Land! Toontown has a variety of play areas for babies to safely walk around. My kids have all enjoyed Goofy’s Playhouse over the years. With its quirky garden theme, there’s something here for all kids under age three, including a giant pumpkin to sit on and a slide. Before my son was walking very well, he enjoyed just standing near the fence where he could hold on and watch the other kids run around.
Chip n’ Dale Treehouse and Donald’s Boat are two other areas to explore, though I’d recommend them for older babies. Space is tight here, making it hard for new walkers to maneuver. Mickey and Minnie’s houses are super for all ages. Everything here is touchable so your baby can climb and grab to his heart’s content. You can also explore the houses at your own pace. Minnie often greets guests outside of her house and Mickey is always there at the end if you walk through his entire residence.
Tarzan’s Treehouse at Disneyland
Best for advanced walkers and babies that can climb stairs, this attraction is almost guaranteed to tire him out! Take on several flights of stairs, stopping at platforms along the way up to view scenes from the animated movie Tarzan. You’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of the Rivers of America from the peak. You’ll probably have to carry your baby back down the stairs, as they are quite steep. At the base of the tree, under the shade, Baby can stay and play with some of the fun “camp” supplies set up here, including musical instruments made from pots and pans.
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure park
This is one can’t-miss for my lively bunch!
Everyone from the baby to the big kids loves to spend some active time on the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. While the older kids climb the rock wall and high ropes, my little one likes to toddle along the paths and go down the slides.
There are lots of caves, walkways and stairs in this multi-level play complex, so stay close to the babies to avoid getting lost (or having them get knocked down by rambunctious older kids).
Disney Animation Building at Disney California Adventure park
Strollers aren’t allowed inside the Disney Animation Building, so park it outside and let your baby roam through the various attractions inside.
The interior courtyard features large scale movie screens and has a wide open carpeted space for Baby to freely walk around. Venture down into the Sorcerer’s Workshop where older family members can try their hand at simple animation or karaoke in Ursula’s Grotto. Everything at Baby’s height is safe to touch.
Princess Dot Puddle Park at Disney California Adventure park
Ready for a cool down? Join your little squirt in the splash pad in bug’s land. Jumping water fountains will make your baby giggle when they spray over head. Bring waterproof shoes so Baby can safely walk without slipping on the wet ground.
Make sure to fit in plenty of play time throughout your visit to allow Baby to move around and play. If Baby can’t wait to get out of her stroller, you can comfortably let Baby walk anywhere in the Disneyland resort. So long as the crowds aren’t too bustling, we let our baby out of his stroller to walk freely when we can! Good places for this are the esplanade between the two parks, Main Street U.S.A. (not during a parade), the plaza in front of it’s a small world or the streets of New Orleans Square. Letting Baby play throughout the day may also help to alleviate tantrums by allowing her to explore safely.