Top 5 Must do activities at Disneyland for kids.

Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth, however, if you have decided to go in Peak season, or only have a couple of days to experience it, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to fit everything in. We have put together a list of our children’s top 5 must do activities at  Disneyland for kids. Because, as much as you want to do everything at Disneyland sometimes it is just not possible.

Top 5 Activities for Children at Disneyland

A Twelve-year-olds must-do activities at Disneyland.

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (fast pass- Max pass)

Located In Tomorrowland. Make sure you grab a FastPass as during the day the line can get long.

Buzz Lightyear needs your help, board a spaceship and help save the galaxy for this interactive ride.  Shoot targets and try and get a high score with the toy laser gun.

No height restrictions however children under seven must be supervised by someone fourteen years or older.

  • Fireworks 

Best Viewing areas – in front of Sleeping beauty castle, Main Street USA, near it’s a small world.

(Dependent on weather) If you are only at Disneyland for a couple of days, don’t wait. Make sure you see Fireworks when you can as it is weather dependent and if it is too wet, or windy they have been known to be canceled. On our last trip to Disneyland, we watched the fireworks from a distance on our first couple of nights. Then when we wanted to watch it from out of the front of the castle it was canceled two nights in a row.

There is something magical about watching the fireworks cascading above sleeping beauty’s castle.

  • Fantasmic (Fastpass – gets you a better view)

Located in the waters around Pirates Lairon Tom’s Sawyer Island Mickey’s amazing dream comes to life, including a 45foot fire-breathing dragon.

Fantasmic and fireworks are on at the same time so you need to do them on different days.

  • Star Tours (Tomorrowland)

Offers Fastpass, Max pass and rider switch.

From the minute you wait in line to catch a ride on the Starspeeder 1000, the fun starts for Star Wars fans. Take a look at the decorations, keep an eye on the window and see if you can see the shadow of your favorite character.

This 3D ride you need to be 102cm, and all children under 7 years old must be accompanied by someone 14 years over.

* My kids favorite part of the ride is one person at random is chosen to be a spy and their pictures flashes on the screen. We rode it over a dozen times hoping to be chosen.

  • Dole Whip (Adventureland)

Just outside the Enchanted Tiki room in Adventureland is the Tiki Juice Room. The place to get the famous dole whip. No visit to Disneyland is complete without tasting a Dole Whip.

Dole whips are only $4.99

  • Honorable mentions – It’s a small world. (Fantasyland)

My daughter struggled to limit her list to 5 and this was the one that almost made it. This iconic ride that was featured in the movie Tomorrowland with George Clooney, is a family favorite. This is pure Disney nostalgia, however I must warn you the song will get stuck in your head.


Must do activities at Disneyland as voted by a ten-year-old.

  • Star Tours 

(See above)

  • Indiana Jones Adventure (Fast pass, Max Pass, Rider switch, Single rider line)

Children 117cm or taller, with a little bit of an adventurous streak, will love the Indiana Jones ride. Once again children under the age of 7 must be supervised by someone over the age of 14. The Indiana Jones ride is a great experience from the themed line, you enter the legendary temple of the forbidden eye. You climb into a twelve man vehicle and you move over a rocky terrain, fast at times, sometimes backward. It’s a really unique experience, not really a roller coaster but not slow like some of the other rides either.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean (New Orleans Square)

Pirates of the Caribbean ride is a great ride for all ages.There are no height restrictions although it can be a little dark at times. You climb into a boat that floats through a Caribbean village or two. Our children loved trying to look for Captain Jack Sparrow who was hiding in various parts of the sets.

You float past people sitting in the Blue Bayou restaurant as they eat their meal.

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

(See above)

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster

  • Jedi training academy

Follow the steps of a Jedi master and train with the Jedi. This was a highlight of our trip both our children got to battle Darth Maul. Tips – Go early get a spot at the front. Dress up as a Jedi, bring a lightsaber, or a sign. You are more likely to be picked.

Star wars Jedi training academy Star wars Jedi training academy

  • honorable mentions – Make your own Lightsaber

In the Star Trader shop in Disneyland is a make your own Lightsaber a stand. Our children spent ages building their own lightsaber. (Which they then took to try and get into Jedi training academy.

Must do activities at Disneyland for kids as voted by a five-year-old.

Book into the Bippity Boppoty Boutique to get a makeover by your own fairy godmother. Dress up as your favorite princess, get your nails, hair, and makeup done. Then. Head straight into princess Faire for her next recommendation which is to and get your photo and an Autograph with a princess at Fantasy Faire


  • Mad Tea party (Fantasyland)

No visit to Disneyland would be complete without a go on the spinning teacup rides. Children any height will love climbing into a giant pastel teacup. This is classic Disney magic at it’s best. The best thing about the Mad Tea Party is you control how much spin you can handle.

Mad Tea Party Disneyland

  • Casey Jr Circus train (Fantasyland)

The Casey Jr Circus train is an enchanting train ride, that has been at Disneyland since 1955. It is an enchanting ride through a tour of mini-villages showing many of your children’s favorite fairytales. All while riding in a gorgeous ‘circus train’

Casey Jr Circus train (Fantasyland)


  • It’s a small world (Fantasyland)

(See above)

It's a small world


Must do activities at Disneyland as voted by a three-year-old.

*Casey Jr Circus train (Fantasyland)

(see above)

Casey Jr Circus train (Fantasyland)

It’s a small world (Fantasyland)

(see above)

Donald’s Boat (Mickey’s Toontown)

Children any height can stretch their legs and explore Donalds Boat, climb the spiral staircase to ring the bell, spin the steering wheel, pull the whistle and see what happens.

Goofy’s Playhouse (Mickey’s Toontown)

Probably the best spot in Disneyland for children under three. Our children loved climbing through tunnels, having a turn on slides, and running around and exploring the Goofy playhouse Yard.

Mickeys toontown

The many adventures of Winnie the Pooh (critter country)

Children all ages will love exploring the many adventures of Winnie the Pooh, they will see all their favorite characters as they ride around in Giant honeypots.

The many adventures of Winnie the Pooh (critter country)



Have you been to Disneyland?

What are your must-do Activites at Disneyland for kids, tell us below in the comments?


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54 thoughts on “Top 5 Must do activities at Disneyland for kids.

  1. I haven’t been to Disneyland in a long, long time – it’s much easier for me to get to Disney World. But I’m hoping for a return trip in the spring. It looks like I’ve missed an awful lot – time to start planning!

  2. Wow! Your kids are Disney pros! I have been to Disney Land only once even though it is relatively close. I would like to go to see all the holiday decorations.

    1. My kids are all Disney obsessed the fact we live almost 13000kms away hasn’t dampened their enthusiasm. We are either on a visit to a Disney holiday or planning the next one. I would love to visit over the Christmas period one year.

  3. If you’re going to Disneyland with or without kids, you are a big kid at heart right? So this is a great perspective to help little ones and big kids aka adults choose how best to spend their time! I would definitely do the fireworks .. and the teacups 😀 #feetdotravel

  4. Disneyland and Disneyworld have both been on my own travel wishlist for so many years. Have yet to go, but we definitely will when we have kids. I love how you’ve split everything out by age… but you’re missing a category: ‘Must do activities as voted by a 27 year old kid’!! Haha! 😉

  5. I’m glad you actually group it by ages! I’ve always been a believer that, as a kid, you get to enjoy Disneyland after you’re 10. When younger, those are memories and experiences more for the parents rather than for the kid itself (most of my friends don’t remember the first time they went to Disney, but their parents remember it with love) This post is a great way to plan what to do when visiting.

  6. we just went on Sept 1 (my daughters sixth birthday) I’d say my 6 and 8 year old are aligned with your 10 year old. We ran out of stream for the fireworks, we saw some, but had to exit the park. I tried to get FP for Fanatasmic, I went early but they were out for the early show, so I would recommend going first thing to get these.

    1. Awesome we were there for our youngest daughters birthday too, and they really made it so magical. We booked a on the go dining package to get our ticket to Fantasmic.

  7. I visited Disneyland a few times when I was child and I must say I had a great time. It’s the ultimate paradise to go there at that time in your life. Hopefully when I have children I can take them too.

  8. There’s a bit of kid left in all of us, no matter our age. I loved Disneyland on my visit when I was about 30 years old. Racing around, going on all the rides and being so disappointed when closing time came. Seeing it from 3, 5, 10 and 12 year old’s perspective is a nice touch.

  9. It looks like the children had so much fun… what about the activities as voted for by the adults? I’m just a big kid at heart and love Disney

    Thanks for sharing!

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