Are you visiting Disneyland Paris with toddlers? In this guide we round up the best Disneyland Paris rides for toddlers alongside our best tips for visiting the parks from our multiple trips as annual pass holders with toddlers.
We love traveling with toddlers however any travel with toddlers can be challenging due to what you need to pack, naps and more. And this is only amplified when you are visiting theme parks with toddlers. Firs up we will share our tips for visiting Disneyland Paris with toddlers before we share our favorite toddler friendly rides at Disneyland Paris and give you our favorite sample Disneyland Paris itinerary for toddlers.
Tips for Visiting Disneyland Paris With Toddlers or Babies
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Travel off peak
One of the benefits about traveling with a toddler generally including Disneyland Paris, is that you aren’t beholden to school holidays, unless you have have older children.
Therefore if you can travel off peak and out of the school holidays you will experience far less crowds, shorter queues and cheaper accommodation in the parks.
For more general tips on visiting Disneyland Paris check out this post.
Stay on Site
Where your Disneyland Paris budget can allow it, we always recommend staying on-site. By staying on-site at Disneyland Paris with toddlers you get several added benefits including:
Early Magic Hours / Extra Magic Hours at Disneyland Paris
Firstly by staying on site you get access to the Early Magic Hours or Extra Magic hours as some other people call them at Disneyland Paris. This gives you entry to the park a whole hour before off-site guests and it is amazing how much extra you can get done in this time, particularly rides like Peter Pan’s Flight which has a notoriously long queue.
In I would say having Early Magic Hours can even reduce the number of days you need in the parks.
Now there are several strategies for how to use Extra magic hours – you can read about them in our Disneyland Paris rope drop strategies post but if you are traveling with toddlers your approach may be slightly different.
You are walking distance to the parks
One of the other things That I love about stay on-site is that you are actually within walking distance to the parks. Now Disneyland Hotel is the closest and most expensive and Santa Fe being the cheapest but furthest away. However I have walked to the parks from each of the hotels even with a toddler.
This is a great advantage as it means you can go back for naps, go for a break from the heat if you are traveling to Disneyland Paris in August, or even head back for a dip in a pool.
You can make reservations earlier
Though there are lots of restaurants at Disneyland Paris, they vary in quality and style of food. One of the Disneyland Paris food highlights for us is character dining, in particular the princess dining at Auberge de Cendrillon. This and other popular dining experiences book up quickly and one of the benefits of staying on site is that you can book these things 12 months in advance. Whereas off-site guests can only book them 2 months prior when you will find that many things have already are booked up.
You can meet characters without large queues
Both of my toddlers loved meeting characters while at Disneyland Paris. However the queues for some of the more popular characters can eat hours out of your time especially if you want to meet Mickey or the Princesses. But one great way of meeting characters with less of a queue is by meeting them in the hotels.
All the on-site hotels have character meets and greets. And while you won’t know who you are meeting until you get there, the queues are much less than in the parks. Also the characters all have special costumes for hotel meet and greets which makes these meet and greets extra special in my opinion.
Decide if you want to visit one or two parks
If you only have one day in the park I would just choose to do one park rather than trying to do 2 parks in 1 day. And out of the two I would definitely choose to do Disneyland as this has most toddler friendly rides. However if you have two or more days then I would definitely recommend doing both parks.
Make Use of Early Magic Hours
As I said before, staying onsite is definitely an advantage if you are traveling with a toddler and you can get some of the more popular rides done early in the day when the queues are less.
When we are traveling with toddlers the rides we prioritise for Early Magic Hours are:
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
in the main Disneyland Park and in the Studios we prioritise:
- Ratatouille: The Adventure and
- W.E.B Slingers in the Marvel Avengers Campus.
These are all Disneyland Paris rides with no height restrictions that are notorious for having queues that go above 45 minutes regularly.
However you could also use your Early Magic Hours to join the queue to meet Mickey, meet Stitch or Jack Skellington and to queue to meet princesses at the Princess Pavillon. These will not be open during early magic hours but queuing for them early can reduce the time you need to wait. For instance the Princess Pavillon will usually have a queue of around 2 hours to meet 1 princess but by using Early Magic Hours to get in the queue can drop this time to around an hour.
Prepare your Phone
Although I always recommend going into Disneyland Paris with an itinerary or plan for the day, however no itinerary can ever be set in stone because of queues, breakdowns and other circumstances. One way to keep up to date with current queue times, shows, mobile ordering and breakdown information is to make sure you have all the right Disneyland Paris apps downloaded onto your phone
I don’t know about your toddler but my toddler gets hangry. And there is nothing worse than being halfway through a queue when your toddler becomes hungry and not having some. Also Disneyland Paris is not the cheapest place to eat and get snacks.
For this reason we recommend either bringing some snacks from home or heading to one of the supermarkets near Disneyland Paris to stock up before heading into the parks.
Know when you can book things
As well as the rides, shows and character meet and greets that are included in the price of your ticket there are also additional experiences that your toddler may enjoy including:
- character dining
- My Royal Dream Experience (new for 2024 and previously known as Princess for A Day).
If you are staying on site you can book these 12 months out or when you make your booking if less than that. However if you are an off-guest you can only book dining experiences 2 months out.
And for all guests, regardless of where they are staying character breakfasts can be booked 3 days prior.
Be sure to set your alarm for these key dates as you will find the experiences do get booked up quickly when they open.
Decide if you want a meal plan
One of the most common questions we get from families going to Disneyland Paris for the first time is do we need a meal plan.
Now meal plans can be a great way of saving money if you are planning to eat at the park for most of your meals at table service restaurants. However I have never booked a meal plan as for us it is not worth it.
We always head into the park for early magic hours and have breakfast on the go. For lunch we either take something with us or grab a quick service meal and then for dinner will either do something like character dining or eat in the village at a quick service place like the Earl of Sandwich or MacDonalds. For this reason it really isn’t a cost saving for us.
I recommend you plan whether or not you want to have table service options and will sit down to eat at least 2 meals a day.
But generally speaking I would always say either opt for no meal plan or only half board as full board eats up much of your time in the park.
Make use of the Baby Care Centre
If you are travelling to Disneyland Paris with baby or even a toddler you might want to use the Baby Care Centre located just off Main Street in Disneyland Paris or behind Studio Services at Walt Disney Studios. This is a great place to go if you need some downside to feed or get baby off to sleep.
Make use of the Baby Swap
If you have older children or adults in your group that want to go on rollercoasters, thrill rides such as Hyperspace Mountain or rides with a height requirement then be sure to make use of the baby swap / rider swap.
This is where one parent queues and rides while the other parent waits with the younger children. Once they have ridden, inform the cast member you want to use rider swap when they leave. Then the other parent returns, usually through the exit and rides without queuing.
Watch Disney Movies before you go
One of the thing that really enriched my toddlers experience was being familiar with a range of Disney movies and Disney characters.
Of course she had her favourites when we booked – looking at you Toy Story but being familiar with some other characters she’d not seen before really helped elevate her experience.
Plan Plan and Plan Some More
One of the things I have come to accept about disney is that isn’t the most relaxing holiday especially in the lead up but in my opinion it is well worth it when you are there. Knowing which rides have Premier Access, what rides have the longest queues, knowing which characters you want to meet etc mean you can fit more into your day.
We have a full Disneyland Paris Planning guide here which will take you right from booking planning tips up to planning your time in the park here.
What to pack for Disneyland Paris for Toddlers
So now you known some of our tips for visiting the parks, we will turn our attention to what to pack for Disneyland Paris for toddlers. We have a full Disneyland Paris packing list here, but in this section we will look at items that are specific for toddlers that you should add to your list.
One of the worries a lot of toddler parents have with travel is how to manage them after they have been potty trained. And it can be difficult especially if they are new to being nappy free.
I recommend taking regular toilet breaks and going before you enter long queues but also packing some pull ups even if you no longer use them at home just in case.
The weather at Disneyland Paris is far more temperamental compared to other Disneyland parks around the world so my biggest packing tip for the paris park is to pack layers and plenty of them especially if you are visiting disneyland Paris in winter.
Buy Costumes at Home in Advance
When my daughter was a toddler she loved dressing up as a princess, still does in fact. And one thing I noticed is that she got extra attention during parades and meet and greets when she was dress up. In fact when she was dressed as a mermaid Ariel and Eric came over to hug her during a parade.
For this reason we recommend wearing costume or Disney related clothes for your days in the park. Now while there are princess outfits and costumes available in the parks they are rarely unique to the park. Most can be ordered on Shop Disney before you travel. However we find the best prices for Disney costumes on amazon and supermarkets. So if you want to save money on your trip we recommend bringing these from home.
For more information on what to pack and what to wear to Disneyland Paris check out this post.
Should I take a stroller / pram to Disneyland Paris?
Whenever we travel with our toddler anywhere in the world I always ask should we take a pram? Now I would say the answer to this really depends on your toddler.
When my daughter was a toddler she would happily walk anywhere and had dropped her nap by the time we went to the park. However my son on the other hand didn’t walk as far and hadn’t dropped his nap when we went so we decided to take it with us.
Therefore ask yourself how much walking your little one is capable of doing, whether they will nap, or if it will be cold and you will want to wrap them in blankets while waiting around as this will help you decide whether or not to take a pram with you.
However it is worth noting that you can not use strollers in the queues in Disneyland Paris and they can be difficult to manoeuvre on shuttles. For this reason you may also want to take a baby carrier with you.
Note: if you don’t take a stroller with you and discover you need one while you are there there are strollers to rent for about 20 Euros a day.
Also oif you do decide to take a stroller I recommend taking a stroller lock with you – like this one – as there have been reported cases of stroller theft.
For more Disney stroller hacks check out this post.
One of the things that surprises many parents is that you can’t buy things like Calpol in the supermarket and have to go to pharmacies in France. If your little one does get ill or suddenly needs some medicine it can take a lot of time out of your day to head to a pharmacy.
For this reason we recommend packing Calpol and other child medicines such as teething gels etc so you are always prepared just in case.
Best Disneyland Paris Rides for toddlers
So now you know our tips for planning a trip to Disneyland Paris with toddlers and what to pack for them, we will turn our attention to the best Disneyland Paris rides for toddlers.
It may actually surprise you to find out how many toddler friendly Disneyland Paris rides there are. For this reason and for easier navigation we have split this guide up into parks – the Disneyland park and the Walt Disney Studios. And within these sections we have listed them by land and even break them down by category such as the best Disneyland Paris rides for 4 year olds, the best Disneyland Rides for 5 year olds, the best Disneyland Paris rides without height restrictions and those rides that you may want to exercise some caution in riding if you have a toddler with a nervous disposition.
Disneyland Paris toddler rides in the Disneyland Park
If you can only pick 1 park to visit in Disneyland Paris with toddlers I would always go for the original Disneyland Park. It is bigger, has more classic character and princess meet and greets but perhaps more importantly has the most toddler rides.
The original Disneyland Paris park is split into lands including:
- Discoveryland and
There is also the traditional Main Street USA but this doe not have any rides per se. However all visitors will walk down it to get to the Disneyland Paris castle and there are vehicles including horse drawn carriages that go down Main Street that toddlers may enjoy.
Best Fantasyland Rides for Toddlers
If you are looking for the best Disneyland Paris rides for toddlers your first stop should be Fantasyland and is where I usually start my itinerary for toddlers at Disneyland Paris.
Fantasyland at Disneyland Paris has the highest density of rides suitable for toddlers and many without any height restrictions at all. Here are the rides your toddler can ride in fantasyland with some added information about height restrictions, scary moments and more.
It’s a Small World
When I think about Disneyland one of the rides I always think about it It’s a Small World. It is a bit of a marmite ride with a song that will undoubtedly stick in your head for the whole day but it is a great ride for toddlers at Disneyland Paris as there is absolutely no height restriction.
You can even go on this if you are travelling to Disneyland Paris with a baby. Another great thing about this ride is that you can sit 4 or 5 abreast meaning even larger families can sit together on this ride. And this ride has been recently refurbished so it is one of the best versions of this ride in the world.
Peter Pan’s Flight
Another iconic ride at Disneyland and the most popular ride in Fantasyland. In fact it is not uncommon for this ride to have a queue of 45 minutes +. For this reason I usually do this first thing during early magic hours. There is a premier access for this ride but I really don’t think it is worth the cost.
This ride doesn’t have a height restriction but because of the bar you can not travel on this ride if pregnant. On this ride you will board a magical pirate ship and will soar through the Darling Children’s Bedroom, over London at night until you finally arrive at Neverland to see the events of the film unfold. For this ride we managed to sit two adults and our toddler on the same boat.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Another classic Disney ride and another popular one with queues again around the 40 minute mark. I therefore recommend trying to get this done during Early Magic Hours if you have them.
On this ride you are in control of how high or low you want to fly which is great for toddlers who might be more nervous. This was another ride where we were able to sit two adults and a toddler in one elephant.
This is one of my toddler’s favourite rides at Disneyland Paris and usually has one of the shortest queues in the park. The longest we saw during our stay was a 20 minute queue.
Please note: with small children you may be asked to stand next to them while they ride.
Mad Hatters Tea Cups
This classic ride is another one on Fantasyland where the queues can get large and is advisable to get on early. Board your cup and decide how quickly you want to spin. Unfortunately for me my toddler likes to spin.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (sometimes written as Blanche Neige et les Sept Nains)
Board a four person mining car and follow the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. While this ride doesn’t have a height restriction it is perhaps more suited as a ride at Disneyland Paris for 4 year olds.
There are a couple of scary moments on this ride including where the Wicked Queen transforms into an old hag which some younger toddlers might find scary. We did this ride with our 3 year old and she was fine but if your child is of a nervous disposition you may want to avoid this ride.
Also be sure to look to the window above this ride to see a Disneyland Paris secret.
Pinnochio – Les Voyages de Pinocchio
This is another 4 person ride where you follow the story of the original film. The queue for this one also can get long so it is good to get this done during EMH.
Casey Junior – Le Petit Train du Cirque
This ride is probably the closest you will get to a toddler friendly rollercoaster at Disneyland Paris. You will board the Casey Junior Circus Train from Dumbo and travel around a fairytale land (it shares landscape with the Story Book Canals).
Story Book Land Canal Boat (Le Pays des Contes de Fee)
This gentle boat ride will take you around all of the fairytale landscapes from your favourite Disney films from seeing Belle reading next to her village fountain, Rapunzel in her tower to entering the Cave of Wonders from Aladdin. This ride has no height restrictions and is suitable for even the smallest children making this one of the best Disneyland Paris rides for 1 year olds.
Other Fantasyland Attractions for Toddlers at Disneyland Paris
In my opinion Fantasyland is the best land for toddlers at Disneyland Paris not just because of the wealth of rides with no height restrictions but also because of the other attractions for young children in this area. They include:
Mickey Mouse Meeting
Be warned the queue for this is usually long – the shortest wait time we saw for this was 60 minutes. However the great thing about this is that the queue is completely inside which makes this a perfect activity to do at Disneyland Paris in the rain or during the hottest part of the day.
Please note: This is just Mickey Mouse not Minnie. Minnie Mouse is actually one of the rarer meet and greets in the park. She can sometimes be seen near the Cowboy Cookout or in some of the hotel meet and greets.
The Princess Pavillion while we were at Disneyland paris consistently had the longest wait times of anything including rides with minimum waiting times between 75-90 minutes. If you have early magic hours and your toddler is a princess fanatic I would recommend heading straight to this. Otherwise be prepared for a wait but as with the Mickey Mouse Meeting the Princesses queue is interior making in perfect to hide away from rain or getting out of the worst of the heat!
We have been lucky enough to visit Tokyo Disneyland, Disneysea, California Disneyland and Hong Kong Disney with our toddler and I have to say that out of all the castles the Disneyland Paris castle is my favourite!
It is spectacularly beautiful and there is lots to do inside from actually touring the castle and seeing the beautiful stained glass windows to visiting the dragon under the castle (this is a completely unique attraction for Disneyland Paris). However be warned the latter may scare some younger children. My three year old liked it but I can see that it might cause tears in some younger children.
Mickey’s Philharmagic is a 4d cinema show that is great to do during a heatwave or rain at Disneyland Paris as it is a completely indoor attraction.
In this cinema experience you will watch as Donald steals Mickey’s fantasia hat and things start to go badly awry.
Follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole and into the Wonderland where you will meet the Queen of Hearts, and her shoulders and at the end will be awarded with great views of the park from her castle. It is one of the best things to do in Disneyland Paris that isn’t a ride.
The parade at Disney is spectacular! If you want to get a good seat be sure to get there at least 30 minutes before. There is a seating area for children on the Discoveryland side of the Castle which is good for toddlers but not great for photos as you will be battling the sun.
Our favourite place is to go outside Bella Note Restaurant in Fantasyland as there are toilets nearby and your child can sit on the floor to watch. You are first to see the parade which means you can also get back into fantasyland very quickly when its finished.
Discoveryland Rides for Toddlers at Disneyland Paris
After Fantasyland the best area we found for toddlers was Discoveryland with two rides being especially great for littles They are:
Buzz Lightyear’s Laser Blast
This ride was up there as one of my toddlers favourites so if you are looking for Disneyland Paris rides for 3 year olds then this one is going to be a big hit.
On this ride you board your space cruiser (you can just about fit two adults and a toddler in a cruiser but it was a bit tight) where there are two laser blasters and a control for moving your cruiser. As you go round the track you have to blast the items with the logo of Emperor Zorg.
There is a counter on your dashboard which will keep track of your score and I am sure would get competitive if you have older children. At the end of the ride you will be given a Space Cadet ranking.
This ride gets exceptionally busy especially at peak times but it is one of the toddler friendly rides at Disneyland Paris that has a fast pass. My advice is to grab this as soon as you enter the park. When we went to ran to this ride got a fast pass, boarded the orbitron and then went on Buzz all before 11am.
Insider hack: be sure to look for the hidden Mickey hidden in the interior queue.
The Orbitron is similar to the Dumbo Ride in that it is a flying ride you control yourself for height but this time you board a rocket. Unlike Dumbo however you can only fit two people in a rocket and it is a little tight if you are plus sized.
This is the last ride in Discoveryland that is suitable for toddlers. The basic premise of this ride is a drive yourself car experience. Toddlers are allowed on this ride if they are 81cm tall (32 inches) so long as they accompanied by someone over 132cm. Children who are 132cm or taller can ride by themselves.
Les Mysteres du Nautilus
This isn’t a ride but a walkthrough attraction in Discoveryland but is currently closed.
Adventureland Rides for Toddlers at Disneyland Paris
Pirates of the Caribbean
This technically another ride that toddlers can go on but it is one that I would ride with caution. While some children will love it, the darkness, pirates and bangs may scare some younger children. We didn’t ride this on our last visit as the queue was quite long but I think on our next visit my little one will be ready to ride it as a four year old.
Frontierland Rides for Toddlers at Disneyland Paris
Technically Phantom Manor doesn’t have a height restriction however I would not advise this ride for younger toddlers especially those of a nervous disposition. Phantom Manor is Paris’ answer to the Haunted Mansion but is slightly darker and may scare younger children with the ghost story and dark elements.
Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing
Another of the rides that is suitable for the whole family. Take the Mark Twain steam boat on a tour of frontierland and take in views of some of the lands best rides such as Thunder mountain. This is a nice tame ride so even if you have a toddler of a more nervous disposition they are sure to love this gentle tour of Frontierland.
Walt Disney Studios Paris Rides for Toddlers
So now you know the best rides at the originally Disneyland Park we will turn our attention to the rides at the Studios. And while they are not a numerous there are definitely rides toddlers will love as well as an opportunity to see some Pixar characters that you don’t get in the original park including Lightening McQueen, Suley and Toy story characters to name but a few.
There is also the shows such as Mickey and the Magician, Pixar’s Together and frozen singalong. And in 2025 when the Frozenland opens it will be in this park.
Note: I haven’t split the rides into sections as I have with the above as the park is far more compact and lands less distinct.
Flying Carpets over Agrabah
This ride is very similar to Dumbo and Orbitron in the main park but this time you ride a carpet. There are two seats in the front and two in the back. One set of seats control the height while the other controls the tilt of the carpet.
If you have one person who doesn’t want to ride then there is a great photo area next to the genie statue where you can take some really lovely photos of your toddler riding the magic carpet over Agrabah.
Slinky Dog Zig Zag Spin
Another of my toddlers favourite rides at Walt Disney Studios Paris. You can sit three abreast as slinky dog chases his own tail over a bumpy circular track. This is one of the best Disneyland Paris rides for 2 year olds.
If you want to ride this 4d adventure be sure to grab your fast passes for this on arrival as this ride has one of the longest waits in the studio.
In this ride you can sit three abreast with your toddler and you are shrunk down to the size of a rat and follow Remy on his tour through the kitchen as you are chased and sprayed with water on this ride. It is a really lovely ride but if you get motion sickness it is one to avoid.
Cars Quatre Roues Rallye
A must for any Cars fan. Unfortunately this was closed during our stay and is in 2019 but we hope torrid on our next visit. ON this ride you will jump into your favourite vehicle and speed road the track.
Car Road Trip
This ride is one of the newer ones in the Studios and repurposes the old Backlot tram tour ride. On it you will board a bus and go round a track meeting all your favorite cars characters.
As adults we thought this was one of the worst rides at Disneyland Paris by my cars mad toddler adored this.
This Spiderman ride in avengers campus is very popular. And although it is unlikely they will get the ride and know how to score, if you want to go on this with them you can. Just be sure to do it early in the day as the queue gets very long.
Toy Story Parachute Drop
If your toddler is over 81cm then there are free to go on this Toy Story soldiers themed ride. In this ride you learn to parachute with the toy soldiers. If your toddlers don’t like heights this would be one to avoid. I would say this is probably one of the better Disneyland Paris rides for 3 year olds than two year olds.
Sample Disneyland Paris Itinerary for Toddlers
So now you know the best rides and things to do with toddlers in Disneyland Paris here is a sample itinerary that you may find useful
Disneyland Park itinerary with toddlers
Early Magic Hours – head straight to Fantasyland and do rides that get big queues such as Peter Pan’s Flight and dumbo
Morning – continue with fantasy land the best land for toddlers in the park. If you plan on meeting Mickey and the princesses now is the best time to do this before resuming the rides.
Lunch – Quick service lunch using mobile ordering we recommend Bella Notte or Casey’s Corner.
Early Afternoon – Discoveryland and then complete other lands as you can
Afternoon – Parade
Evening – Dinner in the park before heading to see fireworks and illuminations
Walt Disney Studios itinerary with toddlers
There are less rides in the studios for toddlers but we recommend doing the following itinerary:
Early Magic Hours – W.E.B Slingers if you plan on riding or Ratatouille followed by
Morning – Toy Story Land rides followed by Mickey and the Magician Show
Lunch – Quick service in the studios
Afternoon – rest of toddler friendly rides and Olaf or Toy Story meet and greets.
Evening – dinner in Disney Village followed by Drone show or evening show if there is one.
FAQS about visiting Disneyland Paris with toddlers
So now you know our tips, favorite rides and itinerary we will answer your FAQs about visiting with toddlers. However if you have something we haven’t covered be sure to drop us a comment below and we will do our best to answer.
Is Disneyland Paris good for toddlers?
So is Disneyland Paris good for toddlers? Is Is Disneyland Paris good for 3 year olds? In our opinion absolutely yes! There are loads of toddler friendly rides at Disneyland Paris, and with the character meetings, shows and parades your toddler is sure to have a good time!
What are the non scary Disneyland Paris rides?
Of the toddler friendly rides at Disneyland Paris I would say only a few are scary (not counting if your child has a fear of heights). If you want non scary Disneyland Paris I would recommend avoiding:
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarves