Sunday, November 15, 2009

Picking Rides for Kids and Babies at Disneyland

Going to Disneyland is a magical experience for the whole family and not just the older kids. Juggling the wants of older kids to ride rides and babies is always tough. One of the questions that I am frequently asked is what rides are okay for babies. We started taking our kids well before their first birthdays, so I got pretty good at knowing what my boys were comfortable on. Be sure to read about the baby care centers here, they are a lifesaver when you're at the parks with babies!

Here’s a list of ones that I think are fine to take babies on…

Disneyland Railroad: Great for all ages. A great way to give the kids “down-time” and still ride a ride.

Small World: Great for all ages. Nothing scary at all.

Storybook Canal Boats: Great for all ages. Just plain cute.

Finding Nemo Submarines: Great for all ages. One small scene where the lights briefly go out and there’s a loud sound, but should be fine for most.

Alice in Wonderland: Great for all ages.

Tiki Room: Great for all ages.

Jungle Cruise: Great for all ages.

Winnie the Pooh: Great for all ages.

Casey Jr. Circus Train: Great for all ages.

Peter Pan: Great for all ages.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Mostly great for all ages. You know the temperament of your kids. Don’t take them on this if they are skittish or have a tendency to get spooked. There are two small drops, but as long as you are holding on to them, it’s fine. I’ve seen newborns sleep through the ride in their mother’s arms but I’ve also seen one year olds cry from the moment they got in the boat to the time they get out of the boat.

For when you want to tackle some of the "big" kid rides, be sure to read up on the Rider/Baby Switch program here


1 comment:

  1. My 7 month old loves Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland. I was going to take him on Small World Friday, but decided to wait till next week because of the long line. I've wanted to try Nemo, but one of my friends told me her son cried when the scary fish came up, so I've been worried about that even though my son isn't afraid of stuff yet. I don't want to get stuck and ruin the rest of the ride for everyone else.
    Jungle Cruise is also next on the list.
    We've done the train many times, and if he hasn't had a nap yet the train always rocks him to sleep by the time we are half way around.
    I think it's fun to go with him, and see him take in everything!