The ability of your child to enjoy a magical place like Disneyland doesn’t begin at a particular age. Even as babies their sensory systems are delighted by all the novel sights, sounds, and vestibular experiences!
THEN: To see all of the available rides for you and your young child, use the easy filter on the “Attractions” tab to select rides suitable for toddlers/babies.
(In this case, I selected “All Ages.”)
The app then gives you locations on the map or you can view in list form (as shown above) all the rides that your tot can ride. It even gives you wait times so you can decide if you’ve got it in you or not to wait. We went on a Monday, and the most we waited for a ride with our littles was only 15 minutes!
It gets even better – if your kiddo doesn’t care for the dark, or for scary rides, etc, you can use the filters and weed those out to save yourself time and tears! Or if you’re riding with your baby and prefer not to ride something that spins or gets you wet for example, deselect those options!
When we took Charley at 6 months old, we had an absolute blast riding rides suitable for her (and even some that she couldn’t ride – ask to “Parent Swap” at any adult ride, and the second parent who waited back with the baby doesn’t have to wait in line – when one parent is finished riding, the other swaps and goes straight in)!
Check out this list of rides and attractions suitable for those littles that might
not even be able to stand up at the “Must Be This Tall” sign!
Looking at a physical list, it’s obvious that California Adventure has a much shorter ride list for littles. It seems that California Adventure has had to fight for its reputation as a respectable Disney park (classically known for more thrill rides I’d venture to say), but if I’m being honest, I’d say I preferred it!
We loved Disneyland but we actually ended up doing many more rides and activities at California Adventure. And, because our two-year-old, like most children, adores Pixar movies, she was smitten when meeting characters she knows and loves – like Buzz Lightyear and Jessie (from Toy Story). She loved rides like Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree (from Cars) and Monsters, Inc! I don’t blame her – it was like you were in the movie! The newly updated Pixar Pier was adorable (& absolutely stunning at night) and there are even more new rides coming soon.
Disney has made strides to make California Adventure enjoyable for all ages, and I think they’re winning!
Take your little people, and be prepared to make beautiful memories as you soar through the air on Dumbo’s back or go under the sea with Nemo, being reminded of the magic of this world only experienced through the eyes of a child.