Here are some of my favorite attractions that are great for Mouseketeers of all ages:
Animation Building on the Hollywood Backlot in California Adventure: Easy to overlook, the Animation building is bursting with fun (and air conditioned!) activities. This is where you’ll find the interactive Turtle Talk with Crush show and Animation Academy. Don’t walk by without going in! The ginormous screens inside show clips and concept sketches of beloved Disney films, along with favorite songs and musical scores – it’s breathtaking. Note: As of early 2015, Ana and Elsa meet and greets have been relocated to the Animation Building.
Ride a Video Game! Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters in Disneyland and Toy Story Mania in Disney’s California Adventure are addicting and fun interactive adventures for kids of all ages! Toy Story doesn’t offer Fastpass, so be prepared to wait 40-60 minutes – but it’s worth it!
“Captain” the Mark Twain River Boat on Disneyland’s Rivers of America! If you ask the Cast Member at the loading dock of the Mark Twain Riverboat, your family may be able to “drive” this grand ole ship. Even if you don’t get to drive, this is a fun and nostalgic ride. (This attraction is on hiatus while Star Wars Land is being built)
Tom Sawyer’s Pirate Island in Disneyland is a fun place for kids to run around, burn off energy, and hunt for pirate treasure in a maze of caves! It’s just a quick ride from the dock in New Orleans Square to the Island, and it’s a peaceful respite from what can be a crowded shore. Tip: bring snacks or a beverage, as none are sold on the island. It’s fun to grab a seat on the main lookout (which doubles as the Fantasmic! stage) and enjoy a Mickey ice cream bar on a busy day. (This attraction is on hiatus while Star Wars Land is being built)
Bug’s Land in California Adventure and Toontown in Disneyland are full of kid-sized rides, play spaces and fun photo opportunities. Warning, once your kids go in, they may never want to leave!