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.
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.
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 cancelled. 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 cancelled 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 favourite 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 favourite 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 favourite. 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
- 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 backwards. 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
- 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.
- 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 favourite 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.
- 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 favourite fairytales. All while riding in a gorgeous ‘circus train’
- It’s a small world (Fantasyland)
Must do activities at Disneyland as voted by a three-year-old.
*Casey Jr Circus train (Fantasyland)
It’s a small world (Fantasyland)
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.
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 favourite characters as they ride around in Giant honeypots.
Have you been to Disneyland? Have you been to Disney’s California Adventure Park?
What are your must-do Activites at Disneyland for kids, tell us below in the comments?