There are so many Disneyland tips I want to share with you, but it’s a little overwhelming! So, I’m breaking it down for ya and this post is all about Toon Town. Disneyland is beyond magic, but the lines, crowds and did I mentioned waiting in lines… it’s all pretty exhausting for a little kid. They need somewhere to play without being held back. Go to Toon-town!
Before Arriving to Disneyland’s Toon Town
- Start with a packing list to put an end to your growing headache trying to remember everything- click here.
Prepare for everything! Going to Disneyland with kids means you need to be a pack mule and prepare for every scenario. Jackets, a spare outfit, blankets, a spare blanket. Spare clothes (in case they get wet- and they will if you have a spare water bottle somewhere) and pj’s for the night.
2. Pack a backpack and stroller full of snacks and treats- you’ll want them! (What you can’t see in the below picture is not only is our stroller packed to the max, but the baby is strapped to my chest! This is a loaded ensemble that’s for sure.)
- I have never traveled to Disneyland with a baby and our little man decided the week before our trip was the perfect time to perfect crawling! Ugh. Sooo I used a spare blanket to create a safe and clean corner for little man to crawl. Later we used the blanket to help the toddler nap in the dark and for the evening to keep warm.
3. Get a toddler leash. Yep you read that right.
- What saved my bacon was this toddler leash! Now you guys- I have four kids and the third child is when I purchased this essential item. My independent two year old wanted to walk around and I did not have a hand to spare at times- so this was perfect. Not to mention, this leash totally fit in with the atmosphere. Win-win.
Now that we have the packing complete- let’s talk details of Toon Town.
Toon Town Rope Drop
Check Disneyland’s website for their park operation hours, but Toon Town opens an hour after the main park opens. Thanks to this fabulous woman, my son and I had an incredible experience meeting Pluto at rope drop. Thanks to Magic Kingdom Mamas for all the tips!
Rope Drop Details:
One hour after the Disneyland park opens, Toon Town has their own rope drop where usually one to three characters come and greet the crowd. This event was on my must-do with my toddler. Little did I know, my son would totally steal the show! Pluto was excitedly walking towards us and waving behind the Toon Town gate. Then this punk kid runs through the gate (there’s obviously a line!) and runs up the hill to Pluto… you guys- it was MY kid! I was so entertained by Pluto that I forgot why I was there- for the kids… Well, Pluto was darling and walked my toddler back to me. Thanks Pluto!
Rope Drop Advantage:
- Avoid the long line of meeting characters in their homes and meet them at the entrance.
- If you want to meet character’s in their home- you can beat the long lines from later in the day and get to the front.
One day we walked straight through Mickey’s house (usually an hour and a half long line at minimum) and saw Mickey first of the day! The next day we walked straight to Minnie Mouse’s house and she walked us through her home and gave us a tour of her home! We were playing in Minnie’s kitchen, with Minnie! Then, she walked with us to her backyard for tea and cookies. Oh she was darling!
Toon Town Rides:
- Rodger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin (no height restriction).
- “Gadget Go Coaster” (must be 35” or taller)
Rodger Rabbit line goes pretty quick and there are lots of interactive things to do while standing in line. The ride is quick and fun (with extra spinning) for the spinning enthusiast. Not to mention there’s Gadget’s Go Coaster which is a mini- roller coaster for little people. My toddler felt like such a big kid on this ride and he begged to go on this ride over and over. Without the baby I was happy to comply to his wishes.
Let those Wiggles Out at Toon Town:
- Chip and Dale Treehouse- Great place to climb. Climbing the tree is a tight fit for parents- believe me. I climbed those little stairs, holding onto a baby- it can be done, if the tree house isn’t busy. Good luck! 😉
- Donald’s Boat- Fun to walk around the boat.
- Goofy’s Playhouse and soft playground
**Tip** Check out Goofy’s house to let your toddler explore and run around in a mostly enclosed area. There is a piano that makes noise, a soft slide, a tunnel to crawl through. This is the perfect place to let those wiggles out!
- Mickey Mouse House and Meet– The line to meet Mickey is always long. Thankfully there are lots of fun things to see and touch in Mickey’s house, garden and garage while you walk through the maze to meet Mickey.
- Minnie Mouse House and Meet- This line is somewhat short. And there are lots of items you can touch at Minnie’s house. There are lots of surprises in Minnie’s kitchen. Don’t forget to touch all the gadgets in Minnie’s kitchen and bring to life, bake a cake or shake the kitchen utensils over the oven.
**Tip** Don’t forget to snap a selfie in Toon Town with their fun Minnie-inspired doors.
- Toon Town Cars- Pretend to drive one of the parked Toon Town cars.
- Toon Town buildings– so much!
A lot of people walk past the buildings by the Rodger Rabbit ride- but there is lots to explore! There are buttons to push at the mailbox, pick up the phone and listen to the recording, ring the doorbells, escape the doghouse, open forbidden doors and make silly noises. Seriously- your button-pressing toddler will love having permission to run wild in this corner of Toon-Town. My toddler and I spent nearly two hours playing in Toon-Town.
Have you been to Disneyland? If this post doesn’t encourage you consider visiting Disneyland soon, head to this post to learn about all the Halloween fun at Disneyland. If you’re headed to Disneyland with a large group head to this post for tips on making the trip affordable here. For tips with your toddler in Disneyland head here, or tips in Disney California click on this post. Lots of tips that will hopefully help keep your sanity and have some fun too. Also, 2019 is the year to visit Disneyland- head to this post to learn all the juicy details.
How else do you keep your toddler entertain at Disneyland? I have lots of tips up my sleeve, items that I gift to my kids through Fairy Gifts. Heard of this? Head to this post for more information on how we did Fairy Gifts for our kiddies
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