Five must do's at Disneyland with children: Exploring New Orleans Square and Critter Country

Disneyland Theme Park in Anaheim, California
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Taking younger children to Disneyland can be an adventure on its own. I knew that my wife and I would have a great time at the park regardless of the circumstances. We have learned to just go with the flow and enjoy whatever comes our way at Disneyland. My two boys, aged 4 and 6, that’s a different story. How will they deal with all the walking, the heat, the lines, waiting for food? I had the same questions about taking my two boys, and I researched for months about how to make a trip to Disneyland memorable for them. After visiting, I whittled my recommendations down to five for each land at the park.

It should be noted that all of my recommendations are based on staying at a hotel within walking distance of the park, using Genie +, and having the mindset of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Disneyland. If you are a regular Disneyland visitor, your suggestions would most likely differ from mine. I also realize that each family dynamic is different. Take this advice and adjust it to help your family have a magical time because that is what matters in the end.

With that said, let’s take a look at New Orleans Square and Critter Country due to their proximity.

1. Canoes

I know it seems strange, but the Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes are a fun way to travel around the Rivers of America and see parts of Disneyland. You will get a workout, but it will be worth the effort. It's such a unique attraction, typically a shorter wait, that it definitely one that you should look into. Younger children can go on the ride, but they have to wear life jackets while on the canoe. The opening hours for this attraction can be hit-and-miss early in the day, so be aware of that.