I'm a firm believer that Disneyland can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter what age you are. You always here people putting off going because of the age of their children, especially when you have other siblings to think about. I don't think we'd ever get the age balance right to be able to go at a time that is ideal for both our girls. If you're a Disney fan then don't wait, there is something for everyone. As you know we are big Disney fans. Arwyn and I visited a few times before we'd even had children. We love it.
On our recent trip Eva was 3.5 years old and Ophelia was 5 months old. Even though Ophelia couldn't appreciate where she was, there were still plenty of things for her to see and do which allowed her to enjoy the family experience with us.
So if you are taking a baby to Disneyland, here's my top 5 things to do (in no particular order):
1) Firework Show
The firework shows that happen every night are something not to be missed. Even though they are normally late, it is worth keeping the family awake for them. Ophelia loved watching the show as it was full of music, light and of course fireworks. It's a sensory overload for them. So that she wasn't startled by the noise, we watched them at a distance at the beginning of main street towards the entrance to the park. We actually had a cracking view from back there and there were a lot less people around that area as everyone tried to get as close as possible.
If you take a baby to a theme park normally someone is waiting around with them whilst everyone enjoys the rides. This is why the carousel is a must do. It's safe for baby to enjoy. Eva and I rode the horses whilst daddy and Ophelia sat on one of the carriages. Both girls loved it. Ophelia loved the sights and sounds and thoroughly enjoyed seeing her sister having so much fun. We frequented this ride quite a few times over the weekend as it was so family friendly.
3) A parade
If you can get a good spot early enough then a parade is a must see for babies. We were very lucky in that both times we watched the parade,we managed to get a front space on the pavement. Ophelia was more than happy sat in the buggy watching all the fantastic Disney floats, characters and dancers passing by. If you have a baby carrier with you and they are old enough to be front facing then pop them in there to really enjoy the show.
4) Meet Mickey Mouse
You are never too old or too young to meet the main man himself. This is always top of my list when we head to Disney. Babies love black and white so he really is rather fascinating for them.
The photographs make fantastic memories that will be cherished forever. They will love looking back at pictures like this when they are older.
5) It's a small world
There's one ride that always comes to mind when I think of Disney and young children love it. It's a small world is one of the most visually exciting attractions. It's safe for all ages. You get to sit in a boat and are then transported all around the world seeing lots of little people in their native costumes.
There's lots of colour, sparkles, lights and sounds. Ophelia was memorised.
That concludes my list. As you can see, even though Ophelia was only 5 months old she had a fantastic time. It was such a lovely thing to see her so happy and enjoying herself with all of us, making memories to last a lifetime.