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Complete Guide to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Height Requirements

by Mommy Frog on January 8, 2021 513 Los Angeles

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 requirement. It's simply much easier now that we know to do our research on height requirements before our visit. 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 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. We check out any that have height requirements or rides that may be too scary for Lily. We review park maps and videos from the comfort of our own lily pad.

If you are here to find out the height requirements for the newest ride, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, we have good news. The new Avengers Campus ride does not have a height requirement. Lily, Tad, Leap and I all had a blast slinging webs like Spider-Man when we rode it.

The Disneyland Resort goes out of its way to make sure all guests have fun, even if they can't experience all of 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 rides in action, check them out on our Undercover Tourist YouTube channel!

Disneyland Height Requirements | Disneyland Age Requirements | Disneyland Child Swap

Complete List of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Height Requirements

Disneyland Height Requirements - Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters

32 inches (81 cm) or taller

  • Autopia - Disneyland Park (when accompanied by another rider 54 inches or taller)
  • Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters - Disney California Adventure Park
  • Mater's Junkyard Jamboree - Disney California Adventure Park
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail  Hoot n' Holler Log Slides - Disney California Adventure Park

35 inches (89 cm) or taller

38 inches (97 cm) or taller

40 inches (102 cm) or taller

Guide to Disneyland Resort Ride Height Requirements - Autopia 42 inches (107 cm) or taller

  • Goofy's Sky School - Disney California Adventure Park
  • Grizzly River Run - Disney California Adventure Park
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds - Disneyland Park
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail Cliff Hanger Traverse Rock Climb - Disney California Adventure Park
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail Sequoia Smokejumpers Training Tower zip line (must be between 42 and 63 inches, as well as under 13 years old) - Disney California Adventure Park

46 inches (117 cm) or taller

48 inches (122 cm) or taller

54 inches (137 cm) or taller

  • Autopia (to ride alone) - Disneyland Park

Disneyland Age Requirements

Disneyland Height Requirements - Incredicoaster

Whether rides have height requirements or not, they all have age requirements for riding alone. While people of any height may enjoy many of the rides at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, the rides require children under 7 to ride seated next to someone who meets a certain height requirement (see Autopia) or is at least 14 years old.

This can present problems when you are traveling with several children under 7. If you have three children under 7, you’ll want at least two adults who can ride with them (or help supervise) because children under 7 cannot sit alone. Many Fantasyland rides (and rides for all ages) allow for one adult and two children in a seat, which is so hopful. So just make sure if you have several small children (or are bringing all your tadpoles and nieces and nephews or friends) that you have enough adults to supervise and ride with the children.

At the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail you have to be under 13 and between 42 and 63 inches to slide on the Sequoia Smokejumpers Training Tower tire zip line. This smaller attraction is a ton of fun for tadpoles who meet the height and age restrictions.

If you want to take advantage of Single Rider lines with kids who meet the height requirements, they need to be at least 7 years old. Two rides at Disney California Adventure — Monster’s Inc. and Toy Story Midway Mania — sometimes have a more family-friendly version of a Single Rider line for small groups. Groups of one or two (or maybe two adults and a small child on Toy Story Midway Mania) can get a Buddy Pass to wait in a separate line to fill in empty rows. An adult needs to ride with any child under 7. There’s no preferential seating, but a Buddy Pass can be a way to shorten the wait with a child under 7 for those rides. Buddy Passes are not always being used, but when they are, it makes a nice option for smaller parties to potentially skip a line.

Midway Mania Buddy Pass - Disneyland Height Requirements

Some rides require one-on-one supervision. That’s something to be aware of so you don’t encounter any surprises. We've learned this the hard way!

On one multi-generational trip last year, Leap and Grandma Frog tried to take a group of four froglets under 7 on the Matterhorn Bobsleds (while Lily and I took a spin on the teacups). They were taking forever to return. We hopped over to see what the holdup was. Poor Leap was taking turns riding with each child, one at a time. We learned that one adult can supervise only one child under 7 at a time on that ride (same with Space Mountain). Grandma Frog was happy to stand on the loading area sidelines to supervise the other 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds as they waited for their turns. Leap stayed on the ride. They swapped out the tadpoles each time the ride circled back because they did not have enough adults to ride one-on-one with the tadpoles. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has a bench seat that allows up to three people. It's a better choice if you are supervising several small riders.

Disneyland Rider Switch

Disneyland Height Requirements - IncrediCoaster

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, 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 the Disneyland parks and not ride Radiator Springs Racers or Indiana Jones Adventure!

Thankfully, Disneyland offers Rider Switch for 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 their turn. BONUS — up to two kids can ride with the waiting adult for a maximum party size of three! Here is the official process. Please note that experiences may vary per attraction.

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. We let them know we want to do Rider Switch.
  • Our group is divided into two parties. “Party One” includes those riding the attraction first, while “Party Two” consists of non-riders and their supervising guests (and perhaps some of the riders from Party One who might want to go again). Party One would be Leap and Tad. Party Two is Lily and me but also Tad since he is going to ride with me once he and Leap return.

Scan the maximum number of ticket for Party Two. If you scan only one or two guests’ tickets, you cannot add more people later. So if someone changes their mind and wants to join the party, they will be out of luck if they did not scan in initially. Anyone in Party One who thinks they might like a second turn should speak up before they ride. You don’t have to use it, but it’s nice to have the option.

  • The guests in Party Two who will want to take a turn to ride later can include a maximum of three people. They will each have their admission tickets scanned. We'll have mine and Tad's tickets scanned as part of Party Two. The cast member will put an extra one-hour return window on our park tickets that is based on the current wait time. If there is a 30-minute wait, our return time will begin in 30 minutes. Lily and I will wait outside the attraction or enjoy a nearby 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., Lightning Lane entrance) or the 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.
  • When you link your tickets to the Disneyland app, you can view the Rider Switch return time in the app under "My Day." (Having it in the app is great for those who froget return times easily).

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, Space Mountain! 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! If you're heading to an unfamiliar park with a little one, prepare them in advance for what is going to happen when they're too little or don't want to ride.

Note that just because your little one can ride doesn't mean they're necessarily ready to ride. Even some of the rides without height requirements can be intimidating to young riders (here's looking at you, Haunted Mansion). Rides such as Toy Story Midway Mania are much easier to navigate when you are not holding a lap child. 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. That way 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 Park Plan

Related: Disney California Adventure 1-Day Park Plan

Related: Our Complete Guide to Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ Services at Disneyland 

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 15, 2018 at 9:21 p.m. Lindsay Says...

This is good to know for our future Disneyland trip!

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Apr 21, 2018 at 6:51 a.m. Grace Says...

We have one daughter. Can we use rider switch so my daughter can ride twice with each parent?

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Apr 24, 2018 at 10:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grace,

Yes, of course you can!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 15, 2018 at 9:35 p.m. RobynA Says...

Of course!

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Mar 30, 2018 at 2 a.m. Chandrakant patel Says...

I krunal patel cominget from India to USA and I will be coming to your Disney world. I want to know that how much hight is needed for all rides in Disney world.

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Mar 30, 2018 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can find Walt Disney World height requirements here.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 13, 2018 at 9:53 p.m. Allison Says...

your blog is AMAZING!!!I can't thank you enough for all the time and effort you've put into this... I'm planning a trip in april for our family of five. We haven't been to Disney in over 6 years. I've learned so much about the changes, updates and what to expect. I, truly, can't wait to get there now. its gonna be epic.......!!

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Jan 2, 2018 at 6:42 a.m. Jan Says...

Wow. I’ve been to Disneyland often in the past, beginning in 1960. But it’s now been about 10 years. We are taking our 2 1/2 and 4 year old grandsons. But after reading all of this, it just seems overwhelming anymore! I’m used to just buying a ticket and walking in and just enjoying; there was no planning or strategizing needed. I’m thinking it seems more work than enjoyment?

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Jan 2, 2018 at 4:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jan,

It really depends on the time of year you go and what your priorities are. If you just want to relax, enjoy and be flexible, then definitely do that! Hop over to our Disneyland park plans to make it a little less overwhelming.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 13, 2017 at 11:20 p.m. Christie Says...

I am a Disneyland addict and current passholder. I want to start out by saying that I think all the Disneyland food is awesome! But with our frequent trips and the price of accommodations sometimes my husband won't let us go unless we bring our own food. They let you bring food in. I have never had a problem. Baggies of snacks, sandwiches, bottles of soda, sports drinks, and water.They even provide free cups of ice and water at any stand/restaurant that has paper cups. Disneyland is phenomenal,

And regarding the height requirements. We took my daughter to Disneyland for the first time on her first birthday. There was plenty to do and see. She passed out before we could get all of it done. We just got back yesterday from another trip. She is now 21 months and pretty short, but she was able to ride Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, and LOVED it! Also, no height requirement for her two favorite rides Little Mermaid and the tram to the parking lot!

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

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

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

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

Hi Tricia,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

thank you!!

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks mommy frog :-)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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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Oct 19, 2017 at 4:24 p.m. Jen Says...

Yes, you can take food in. They just have limitations like no glass containers, alcohol, or coolers. We have taken in sandwiches and snacks many times. Their website even says it is okay, under the dining FAQ section. :)

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

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

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

Hi Traci,

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

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Aubrey,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 15, 2018 at 10:52 p.m. Belle Says...

Do you still need to wait in line before you get the rider switch? Or will they give it to you if they see you have a baby in your arms?

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May 17, 2018 at 1:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Belle,

You'll need to tell the Cast Member at the start of the queue that you want to do Rider Switch and they'll help you out with the remainder of the process!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 21, 2016 at 6 p.m. Jerry Says...

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

Hi Jerry,

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

Mommy Frog

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