Five must-do's with children at Disneyland, Main Street, U.S.A.

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 circumstance. We have learned to just go with the flow and enjoy what ever 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 Main Street, U.S.A.

1. Ride the Railroad

Walt Disney famously loved railroads and even had a working one in the backyard of his house for a time. The Disneyland Railroad is a nostalgic trip around the park, stopping at various lands. Personally, it seems that riding the railroad all the way around the park is a great way to relax for a bit, sit down and give your feet a rest, maybe have your child take a nap due to the slow-moving ride, and see Disneyland from a different perspective.

One suggestion I have with younger children is to make sure you know which portions of the railroad you want to ride. There are portions that have some tunnels and dioramas, so make sure you are paying attention to that or ask a cast member for their suggestion.