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Guide to Disneyland Height Requirements

by Mommy Frog on August 29, 2017 39 Los Angeles

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When we first started visiting theme parks as a family, back when Tad was a small frog and Lily wasn't even an egg waiting to hatch, we were always unsure just how much we'd get to do at the parks. Nowadays we don't worry about this at all—and not because everyone's all grown up. Tad's tall enough now for even the biggest coasters, but Lily still doesn't meet every height restriction. If you're planning a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth with tadpoles of your own, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the Disneyland height requirements.

Understanding what your children can and cannot ride goes a long way toward having a stress-free visit. Preparation begins at home. For example, when we start planning our visit to a new park, one of the first things we do is familiarize ourselves with the rides and check out any that have height requirements or the potential to scare Lily. We review park maps and videos from the comfort of our own lily pad.

The Disneyland Resort goes out of its way toward making sure all guests have fun, even if they can't experience all the rides. Let's start with the Disneyland height requirements and then we'll hop to Disneyland Rider Switch. If you want to see any of the Disneyland height requirement rides in action, check them out on our the Undercover Tourist YouTube channel.

Complete List of Disneyland Height Requirements

32 inches (81 cm) or taller

Disneyland Height Requirements - Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters

35 inches (89 cm) or taller

36 inches (91 cm) or taller

40 inches (102 cm) or taller

Disneyland Height Requirements - Silly Symphony Swings

42 inches (107 cm) or taller

46 inches (117 cm) or taller

Disneyland Height Requirements - Indiana Jones Adventure

48 inches (122 cm) or taller

Disneyland Rider Switch

Disneyland Height Requirements - Big Thunder Mountain Rider Switch

While the list above of Disneyland height requirements may seem long, we should tell you that most of the attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure don't have height requirements. Indeed, the Disney parks are among the most kid- and baby-friendly parks on the planet. It's possible that you could skip every ride with a height requirement at Disneyland and still have a full day—and a great time! Still, we know that the rides with height requirements are also some of the most amazing and most popular at the parks. There's no way Tad would let us head to Disneyland and not ride Radiator Springs Racers or Indiana Jones Adventure!

Thankfully, Disneyland offers Rider Switch for just this very thing! With Disneyland Rider Switch, families with kids too young to ride can take turns so they don't miss out. An adult (or supervising companion 14 years or older) can wait with non-riders while the rest of the party rides, and then after that, the waiting adult can take his or her turn. BONUS - up to two kids can ride with the waiting adult!  Do know that there have been changes made to Disneyland Rider Switch with the rollout of Disney Maxpass? Here is the official process now:

Here Is What Happens with Disneyland Rider Switch:

  • When the rest of the family wants to ride an attraction that Lily can't or doesn't want to ride, we approach the cast member at the queue and let them know we want to do a Rider Switch.
  • Our group is divided into 2 parties—“Party 1” includes those riding the attraction first, while “Party 2” consists of non-riders and their supervising guests. Party 1 would be Leap and Tad. Party 2 is Lily and me.
  • The supervising guests of Party 2—which can include a maximum of 3 people—will have their admission passes/tickets scanned. We'll have Tad's ticket scanned as part of Party 2. Lily and I will wait in the designated area—usually outside the attraction—while Leap and Tad wait in line to experience the attraction.
  • After Leap and Tad experience the attraction, we switch. Leap watches Lily.
  • Tad and I will return to the attraction entrance (e.g., FASTPASS queue or attraction exit) and have our admission pass/ticket re-scanned by a cast member for the Rider Switch entitlement. At this point, we'll enter the appropriate attraction return line and board without waiting in the regular queue.

Disneyland Height Requirements - Rider Switch Exchange Ticket

We love Disneyland Rider Switch because it means that everyone who wants to ride gets to ride. However, it still takes a little prep work on the part of the parent. Back in her younger days, Lily didn't even want to enter the queue of a ride she thought was going to be scary—no, thank you attraction formerly known as Tower of Terror! We'd have to reassure her over and over that she wasn't going to ride. Yes, there were tears. Now, she knows the drill and is often more upset that she still doesn't meet the height requirement! Another problem entirely. If you're heading to an unfamiliar park with a little one, prepare your tadpole in advance for what is going to happen when she is too little or doesn't want to ride.

Disneyland Height Requirements - Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!

Note that just because your little one can ride doesn't mean she is necessarily ready to ride. Even some of the rides without height requirements can be intimidating or scary to young riders (here's looking at you, Haunted Mansion.) Thankfully, you can ask to do Rider Switch for these attractions too. This is another reason we like to watch YouTube videos of rides. We also do this to check out the ride configuration, so we'll know whether all four of us can ride together, or whether we may have to split into two pairs.

We hope you find this post outlining Disneyland's height requirements and Disneyland Rider Switch service helpful. Do you have any tips or tricks you've learned for handling height requirements, scary rides and child swap at Disneyland? Let us know in the comments below. 

Related: Disneyland Park 1-Day Touring Plan

Related: Disney California Adventure 1-Day Touring Plan

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney Maxpass

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jerry Mar 21, 2016 at 6 p.m.

This is the most informative height requirements for Disneyland/California Adventure information on the Internet. Personally I thought it better than Disneyland Web site. Thank you!

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FrogBlog Mar 28, 2016 at 9:56 a.m.

Hi Jerry,

Thank you so much!!! We're so hoppy we can help.

Mommy Frog

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Aubrey Dittner Apr 21, 2016 at 8:19 a.m.

Going with my son, wife, and my brother and his wife in September. My son will be barely 2 at the time and can't/won't ride a good chunk of rides. Is it possible that wife and I can go on a ride while brother and sis in law sit with our son and then when we get off they can immediately get on? Can rider swap work that way or is it not for bigger groups and just the 2 parents?

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FrogBlog Apr 25, 2016 at 2:27 p.m.

Hi Aubrey,

Yes, and this is a great way to not miss out!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Ketty Apr 27, 2016 at 8:22 p.m.

Baby swap is the most amazing thing I ever experienced! We took our kids to Disney for the first time this passed December, and one of the kids was our 8 month old baby. We only ever had one problem....the attendant at Star Tours (our first ride of the day) didn't want to give my husband a baby pass because there currently was no real line. Eventually....she saw it was filling up (duh) and found him waiting near by and gave one to him lol

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Maria May 10, 2016 at 6:23 p.m.

I'm trying to find a list rides at Disneyland that do not have height restrictions. I've only been to Disneyland once and did not have a toddler then. :) Trying to figure out what she would be able to do at 2 1/2 years old (she is a shorty so I am guessing she will be under the height requirements still). Thanks for your help!

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FrogBlog May 20, 2016 at 10:48 a.m.

Hi Maria,

Your 2 1/2 year old will have a lot of rides to go on—basically anything that is not listed on the height requirements. Almost every ride in Fantasyland is accessible, as well as boat rides such as Pirates, It's a small world, Finding Nemo and Jungle Cruise. Plus there is a lot of entertainment in shows, parades and fireworks, not to mention a lot of exploring to do in Toon Town. She will also love Winnie the Pooh ... Haunted Mansion, maybe not so much!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Andrea Gordon Aug 2, 2016 at 8:51 p.m.

These height requirements are great information. If the child in not tall enough, can an adult ride with them and still go? For example, minimum height is 36" and over. 36" and under ok when accompanied by adult.

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FrogBlog Aug 9, 2016 at 9:55 a.m.

Hi Andrea,

If a minimum height requirement is 36 inches, then they will need to be 36 inches tall in order to ride no matter what. Many of the rides say "any height," and you can bring smaller guests on those. This is for safety reasons.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Gary Sep 17, 2017 at 1:36 p.m.

But ill hold onto my 6 month old real tight!! LoL i understand MINIMUM HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS

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Melissa Aug 23, 2016 at 8:48 p.m.

What about the age requirement that says under 7 must ride with an adult. What if i have three kids under 7 who all meet the height requirements? Do I need additional adults to sit beside them in the seats or does it mean that as long as I'm there with them and I sit with one and the other two kids sit behind/in front of me? Or does it actually mean I have to be in th seat with them?

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FrogBlog Aug 26, 2016 at 9:58 a.m.

Hi Melissa,

You just need to be on the ride with them. In the same car but different seats is fine.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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joann Dec 9, 2016 at 1:02 p.m.

hi we ate planning to visit disneyland and my nephew is turning 1yr old, do they have any attractions that do not have height restriction?

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FrogBlog Dec 27, 2016 at 11:24 a.m.

Hi Joann,

Yes! There are MANY rides without height restrictions. Attractions like Alice in Wonderland, Mr Toad's Wild Ride, Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion and Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters have no height restrictions!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Shellie Feb 23, 2017 at 12:34 a.m.

I have been doing quite a bit of research for our pending trip in May and your site has been the most informative. Thank you for sharing!! I do have one question; most sites I have visited, say you can take food and water in, but the official Disney site says absolutely not. Could that be a new rule that Disney has forbidden food and water?

Thanks again for all of your hard work to provide this info....

Shellie

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2017 at 11:48 a.m.

Hi Shellie,

We're so hoppy that you're finding our site helpful. That's what we're here for.

Disneyland's policy is that no outside food or beverages are permitted inside the parks, but they may be enjoyed at their picnic area, located outside of Disneyland's main entrance.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Traci Feaster Jun 10, 2017 at 5:26 a.m.

I'm confused! First, I don't see anything on Disneyland's website prohibiting outside food/drink. Second, what do you do with your food/drink while you're in the park if you want to picnic outside the park?

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FrogBlog Jun 11, 2017 at 6:10 p.m.

Hi Traci,

Disneyland has lockers available outside of the theme park near the picnic area.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Tammy Williamson Mar 31, 2017 at 1:43 p.m.

This so informative, thank you so much. I was always concerned about spending all that money to get in and my daughter not being big enough to do anything. This was very helpful

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FrogBlog Mar 31, 2017 at 8:53 a.m.

Hi Tammy,

Thanks for the note! We're sure your daughter will find plenty of fun things to do at Disneyland.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Caitlin Apr 12, 2017 at 5:24 p.m.

This was extremely helpful to plan for my up coming trip! Thank you so much!!

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FrogBlog Apr 12, 2017 at 1:17 p.m.

You're welcome, Caitlin! We're glad you enjoy the posts!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Julia Haugen May 1, 2017 at 3:48 p.m.

On rides that have single rider lines, are you able to use rider swap when going through as single rider? We have a 10 yr old and an almost 3 yr old and would like to use single rider as much as possible.

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FrogBlog May 1, 2017 at 1:22 p.m.

Hi Julia,

Rider Swap would not apply since guests are seated to fill individual open spots when using Single Rider. Parties are not kept together. Rider Swap is designed so parent/child may experience the attraction together. You can use Rider Switch with Fastpass.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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Julia Oct 14, 2017 at 1:20 a.m.

I thought of another question! If we are using rider swap and im staying back with the preschooler, can he and I go on a close by attraction while we are waiting or do we need to stay at the ride? Thanks so much for all your advice!

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FrogBlog Oct 14, 2017 at 9:27 a.m.

Hi Julia,

You may go on another attraction. Keep in mind that there is usually a one-hour return window for using a Rider Switch pass.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jose May 17, 2017 at 5:06 a.m.

Great information on this post! My wife and I are taking are 2 year old to Disneyland this year. For clarification purposes, on rides with both Fastpasses and Rider Switch options, can one Fastpass be obtained by one parent while the other one obtains a Rider Switch? That way only 1 Fastpass is used and the other parent's Fastpass option can be used for another ride at the same time.

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FrogBlog May 17, 2017 at 8:35 a.m.

Hi Jose,

As we understand it, only one parent will need a Fastpass if you're using it with Rider Switch.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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Marie Jun 12, 2017 at 3:40 p.m.

If you have a child who measures 102 - can you pick up a wristband at guest services so you're not being measured by different attendants each time? Some theme parks have this in the UK and it stops the unnecessary worry of queuing for over an hour to have one attendant say he's tall enough and another `tip the measuring stick' to say not...

Great site by the way :-)

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FrogBlog Jun 12, 2017 at 11:08 a.m.

Hi Marie,

Thanks for the compliment. We appreciate it!

There is no wristband solution due to the possibility of someone slipping a wristband onto a child that does not meet the requirement. The need for multiple height measurements at each attraction is for the safety of the child. We've found that both measurement spots at various attractions to be accurate.

Hoppy planning,

Mommy Frog

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Marie Jun 16, 2017 at 4:46 p.m.

Thanks mommy frog :-)

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Kassandra Jun 17, 2017 at 4:21 a.m.

Hello, my hubby and I will be taking our son for his first birthday at the end of July. I havent been there in a while.. was wondering if there is any rides he can get on? He is currently 30 1/2 inches. ????????

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FrogBlog Jun 18, 2017 at 5:43 p.m.

Hi Kassandra,

He will be able to ride all the attractions that aren't listed in the post. Jungle Cruise, Dumbo, Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean and plenty of other ones.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Carol Jul 5, 2017 at 10:32 p.m.

Hi,

I have two kids who are 8 and 11 who are tall enough for rides like splash mountain. Can they go by themselves while I stay with my 3 year old?

thanks!

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FrogBlog Jul 6, 2017 at 7:11 a.m.

Hi Carol,

Yes, your children will be able to enter the attraction by themselves, but they will not be allowed to enter the theme park without you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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carol Jul 6, 2017 at 5:59 p.m.

thank you!!

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Tricia Sep 18, 2017 at 2:13 p.m.

I' m quite positive that height requirements at DLCA Radiator Springs Racers is 42". At least it was in 2014, and 2016 when we last visited. You have it recorded as 40", which I've heard is the requirement at DW.

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FrogBlog Sep 18, 2017 at 9:25 a.m.

Hi Tricia,

We hopped over and checked Disneyland's page. RSR is 40". Thanks!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Tricia Sep 18, 2017 at 2:17 p.m.

It looks like I was mistaken. I have been confused. :)

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