Jumpin' Jellyfish

Jumpin' Jellyfish at California Adventure
Jumpin' Jellyfish at California Adventure. Jeff Christiansen/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Jumpin' Jellyfish has to be one of the prettiest rides in all of California Adventure. If you watch it from a distance, you can imagine colorful, cartoon-styled jellyfish floating up and down in an imaginary sea. Unfortunately, most of the pleasure of the ride for many people stops there.

Don't get me wrong. It's a fine, gentle ride for kids who aren't ready for the more exciting attractions yet, but its 40-inch minimum height puts it off limits for very little ones. For kids who are tall enough, some moms call it the perfect thrill ride introduction, a good place to see if the kids are ready for something a little more exciting than Heimlich's Chew Chew Train.

It's a very quick ride with a short line most of the time, which makes it a good go-to if you or your kids are getting fed up with waiting in long lines.

Unfortunately, it just doesn't have much going for the rest of us. In fact, comments like this one are common: "Ooooohhhh..BORINGGGG!!!" However, if you're the kind of person who chooses to ride the carousel instead of a roller coaster, you may like the fact that it's not too scary.

The design is simple: Each ride vehicle is a brightly-colored jellyfish. Six jellyfish are suspended from a tower that looks like a stalk of kelp. A cable lifts the vehicles 40 feet in the air, and the riders float back to earth, bobbing up and down on the way.

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Jumpin' Jellyfish

Jumpin' Jellyfish Ride at California Adventure

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What You Need to Know about Jumpin' Jellyfish

  • Location: Paradise Pier
  • Rating: ★★★
  • Restrictions: 40 in (102 cm). Some people report a 350-pound combined passenger weight limit per vehicle, but that is not mentioned on the Disney website.
  • Ride Time:1 minute
  • Recommended for: Children who are tall enough, but if your kids think they're too old for "baby rides," you might want to skip it.
  • Fun Factor: Moderate to boring
  • Wait Factor: Low. Usually less than 10 minutes. Even though the wait is seldom long, you can take advantage of Child Swap to cut your time in line even more.
  • Fear Factor: Low, unless you have an extreme fear of heights
  • Herky-Jerky Factor: Low
  • Nausea Factor: Low
  • Seating:  Riders sit in suspended vehicles that hold 2 people each. Each person has their own seat belt. You just walk up and sit down.
  • Accessibility: You'll have to transfer from your wheelchair or ECV to the ride vehicle by yourself or with help from your traveling companions. Enter with everyone else, go to the loading area and ask a cast member for help. Service animals are not allowed. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
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How to Have More Fun on Jumpin' Jellyfish

Jumpin' Jellyfish at Night

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  • Jumpin' Jellyfish is fun to ride at night, and some people say you should ride it twice to see the views in both daylight and dark. More California Adventure rides that are best at night.
  • Like most rides at Paradise Pier, this one closes early on days when there's a World of Color show. Check the daily schedule to be sure you don't wait too long and miss out.
  • Stay safe. Smaller riders could slip out of their seats if you don't thread the seatbelt through the loop that goes between their legs.

Next California Adventure Ride:  Silly Symphony Swings

More About California Adventure Rides

You can see all the California Adventure rides at a glance on the California Adventure Ride Sheet. If you want to browse through them starting with the best-rated, start with Radiator Springs Racers and follow the navigation.

While you're thinking about rides, you should also download Our Recommended Disneyland Apps (they're all free!) and Get Some Proven Tips to Minimize Your Disneyland Wait Time.

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Fun Facts About Jumpin' Jellyfish

The name of this ride comes the film The Little Mermaid. When he see sees fireworks shoot from Prince Eric’s ship, a startled Sebastian yells “Jumpin’ Jellyfish!”

Jumpin' Jellyfish is one of the original Disney California Adventure rides from 2001, and it's one of the few that haven't changed much. It was scheduled to be replaced during the big California Adventure makeover in 2013, but that did not happen. That may make it a prime target for future changes.

A similar ride at Walt Disney Studios in Paris has a Toy Story paratrooper theme. It also has a sister attraction at Tokyo DisneySea.​

Next California Adventure Ride:​ Silly Symphony Swings 

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