California Trip - Update #3 - Disneyland Rides
Written on January 10, 2006 by Kevin.
If you plan on going to Disneyland with a young baby, your first thought will likely be whether or not your baby will be able to go on any of the rides. This certainly passed through our minds so we went digging for answers.
The Disneyland.com website had a nicely laid out list of rides and attractions that toddlers were able to attend. After digging around, we found no list that lets you know where infants are allowed to go. The toddler list certainly gives you a good idea however a list of Disney ride and attractions for babies may be helpful to other parents. Furthermore, the list from above does not have the some of the valid rides listed. Your best bet would be to simply ask the cast member outside of the ride whether or not a young baby/toddler can go.
The Haunted Mansion ride begins with the elevator down to the true ride beginning and during that, it can get pretty loud. Screaming from the young girls (why do they do that?) and just the audio of the ride itself made it clear that I should be covering Rylan's ears. The ride itself was not as loud however there are bits that may warrant the covering of ears again.
The Pirates of the Caribbean was another great ride that we were allowed on. For those who do not remember, this ride has 2 dips that can get you wet and drop out your stomach. Rylan slept through these however moved a bit around when he got hit with some cold water. We were not certain whether the fact that the ride is in the water would keep Rylan off the ride, luckily for us, it did not.
Rides such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain and the Matterhorn Bobsleds are certainly off limits. While I had wanted to go on the recently re-opened Space Mountain, the wait was outrageous as you would imagine. If the ride line would have been shorter, we would have taken advantage of the Baby/Children Pass. From what I understand, each ride has this option where 1 adult stands in line, and goes on the ride. Once done, the other adult goes through the back and rides it after switching the child to the first adult. This allows both adults to ride without having to stand in line twice.
The bottom line is that even with a small child, Disneyland rides are still possible. The only concern you may have is whether or not you want your baby on a psychedelic ride like the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride.
On a side note, if you are interested to see what the new Space Mountain looks like but cant make it, check this out. This is the ride remade through the Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 game. Pretty impressive.