If you're planning a trip to Disney's California Adventure Park with young children, you might be worried that they're not old enough to enjoy the park. The wonderful thing about Disney is that they plan their theme parks to appeal to all age groups. Here are some areas in California Adventure Park that will keep you and your little ones happy.
Baby Care Center – this center is located next to Ghirardelli's in the Pacific Wharf district. Even though there are changing tables in men's and women's restrooms located in other areas of the park, there is a larger and more comfortable changing table in this center. They also have child sized flush toilets which will aid you and your child in their toilet training routine. If you run out of diapers, do not despair, as they have diapers on hand for sale. In addition, there is an area where you can clean bottles as well as warm up bottles and food. If you run out of formula or baby food, there is a selection of these items for sale at the Center. There are even rocking chairs available for nursing moms. Although there are no areas for napping, this is a great place to take a break from the heat of the day or the noise of the crowds.
"A Bug's Land" – this fun and whimsical area has activities and rides that will appeal to young children and their parents. The colorful rides (attractions) are based on the Disney movie, "A Bug's Life". Some of the attractions include: Flik's Flyers, Francis' Ladybug Boogie, Heimlich's Chew Chew Train, and "Tuck and Roll's Drive Em Buggies (there is a 36" inch height requirement for this ride). To beat the heat, your little ones can splash around a giant faucet in "Princess Dot Puddle Park."
The "Redwood Creek Challenge Trail" is located in Grizzly Peak. It's a great area for little ones to explore with their parents. There are some height requirements on some of the challenges.
"Disney Animation" in Hollywood Land is a great place to cool off with little ones. If your child likes characters, it's a good place to get autographs. You and your child will also enjoy "Turtle Talk With Crush" a fun, interactive show based on Disney's "Finding Nemo".
"Disney Junior-Live on Stage" is also located in Hollywood Land. Your little ones can enjoy dancing and singing along with some of their favorite "Disney" characters like Handy Manny, Little Einsteins, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and of course, Mickey Mouse himself, in this live stage production.
"Dancin 'with Disney" is an informal dance party geared for youngger children. It is held between 1-5 pm inside Stage 17 in Hollywood Land. Your little ones can dance and blow off extra steam with Disney characters while you take a break and relax on one of the plastic couches surrounding the dance floor. This is not a "meet and greet", so the Characters will not sign autographs.
Paradise Pier has several attractions suitable for young children. "King Triton's Carousel" is a whimsical carousel filled with sea creatures. "Jumpin 'Jellyfish" takes you up and down through a colorful kelp forest (there is a 40 "height requirement for this ride).
If the adult members of your party want to ride some of the attractions that have a height requirement, Disney has several options available. There are three options to help reduce the waiting time of those adults who are staying back with the young child. "Child Swap" enables one adult to wait in line to board an attraction and ride, and then "pass off" the child to the second adult who boards the ride without waiting in line. Ask a cast member at the entrance to each attraction that has a height requirement about this option. Fast Pass and Single Rider service are also available, free of charge, to help reduce waiting times for attractions.