What rides / attractions can my baby or toddler go on at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park?
Believe it or not, this if the most commonly asked question I get from readers. Families are often concerned they will only be able to enjoy a very limited amount of attractions when they visit Disneyland or Disney California Adventure with a baby or toddler. I have some good news and some even better news.
Here’s the good news: Babies and toddlers can go on almost every attraction in the resort, with exception of the attractions below that in most cases are high-speed or turbulent attractions you wouldn’t want to take your wee one on anyway. These attractions have height requirements that are in place for your safety–just like the height and weight requirements set by car seat manufacturers.
32” or taller
Autopia* (must be accompanied by a guest 52” or taller. Guests 54″ and taller may ride alone.)
Luigi’s Flying Tires+
Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree+
35″ or taller
Gadget’s Go Coaster*
36″ or taller
Tuck and Roll’s Drive ’Em Buggies+
40″ or taller
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad*
Radiator Springs Racers+
Silly Symphony Swings+ (for tandem swings)
Soarin’ Over California+
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror+
42″ or taller
Grizzly River Run+
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail+ (for the rock wall and zip line only)
Goofy’s Sky School +
46″ or taller
48″ or taller
Silly Symphony Swings+ (single swings)
52″ (132 cm) or taller
Autopia (to ride alone)*
And while this may look like a lengthy list, it isn’t. If your family skipped all of the attractions above and went on everything else in the parks, you still couldn’t see everything!
Here’s the even better news: Just because you are going to Disneyland with a baby or toddler, you don’t have to cross those high-speed thrill attractions off your list. If you are traveling with another adult, you can utilize the resort’s rider switch pass. Although the specific procedure for using the pass can vary a bit from attraction to attraction, the basics of the pass remain the same. The pass allows you and your family to wait in line together (typically only to a certain point). One adult then waits by the exit of the attraction with the child or children who won’t be riding while the other adult waits in line with any remaining guests in the party and rides the attraction. Then, after they’ve enjoyed the attraction, the other adult who has been waiting will get to ride the attraction. Typically the attraction’s Cast Member will allow one of the guests who has already been on the attraction to go again with the waiting adult so that they don’t have to ride alone.
It is important to note that this pass it not limited to turbulent attractions or those with height requirements. My children wouldn’t go on the Haunted Mansion if I paid them in gold bars, so for us, the rider switch pass makes perfect sense when we have the need to visit our favorite 999 ghosts.
Want another tip? Bring a baby carrier like a Baby Bjorn with you during your next visit. Boarding an attraction with baby in a carrier leaves your hands free to help yourself and other children in and out of attractions. In most cases, the baby can remain (facing forward) in the carrier while riding the attraction.
If you are planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort, my book, Babes In Disneyland: The ultimate Disneyland Resort guide for families with young children, is a must. I go into great detail on the attractions appropriate for children at various ages in each chapter with particular attention given to babies, toddlers, and special needs children. The book is available now in the iBook store for iPad. Other formats are coming soon.