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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 17, 2018 at 10:42 p.m. Says...

Thanks for all the great information. Your great advice on so many details really enhanced our trip.

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May 17, 2018 at 10:37 p.m. Sheila D Says...

So excited you’ll be doing Disneyland tickets!

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May 17, 2018 at 10:30 p.m. NICKTOMMOM Says...

Rider Swap is great. We have used a bunch of times at Disneyworld. My younger son sits with one of the parents, while the other son goes on with one. Then when we switch they always let my older son ride again.

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May 17, 2018 at 10:29 p.m. Jeannette Harkin Says...

So much info and helpful hints and ideas!

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May 17, 2018 at 9:39 p.m. Kayla S Says...

Some people may think that the measurements aren't accurate, but I saw another blog post where someone tested then with a tape measure, and they were all accurate.

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May 17, 2018 at 9:33 p.m. Tracy Buczko Says...

This post is extremely helpful. I have a little tadpole who loves rides and now I can view this post with him. He will be excited to view the rides he's tall enough to ride on. Thank you!!!

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May 17, 2018 at 9:32 p.m. Val Says...

Thanks!

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May 17, 2018 at 9:22 p.m. JenJah Says...

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May 17, 2018 at 9:13 p.m. Valerie Says...

I like that ride swich idea I am really gonna take advantage of this!

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May 17, 2018 at 9:04 p.m. ALTON BRANCH Says...

Great info! My kids are all grown, so not helpful for my personal situation, but perhaps in a few years when I have grandkids.

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May 17, 2018 at 8:52 p.m. Aimee Brickson Says...

This is so helpful with a child that’s right around these height requirements!!

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May 17, 2018 at 8:29 p.m. Says...

Good to know. We have a tall 5 year old!

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May 17, 2018 at 8:27 p.m. Swifty9171 Says...

Great info!!

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May 17, 2018 at 8:25 p.m. Amanda Blue Says...

I haven’t been fortunate enough to have children yet, but this information comes in handy when traveling with friends and their little ones! It’s important to plan ahead so we know what we can and can’t do with small children.

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May 17, 2018 at 8:05 p.m. Tiffany H. Says...

Tis was useful info I think we will only be able to afford to go once and as a short person with a short child I want to make sure she is able to do as many things as possible so we may need to wait until she is older and taller! I wasn't 50 inches until I was 10 years old.

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May 17, 2018 at 8:02 p.m. Laurie Stoll Says...

Wow, Great Info. Thanks

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May 17, 2018 at 7:55 p.m. bob Says...

love Undercover tourists. always great tips and prices. keep it up!

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May 17, 2018 at 7:36 p.m. Cassandra Elise Says...

Interesting...didn't know about Rider Switches! What a nice idea to keep families together.

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May 17, 2018 at 7:35 p.m. Patricia Says...

This is fantastic. Thank you.

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May 17, 2018 at 7:32 p.m. Christi Says...

Thank you for the info! :)

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May 17, 2018 at 7:28 p.m. Katherine Says...

Undercover tourist is the best! The rider swap I found a bit confusing as when we tried to do it, it seemed like we would have to wait in line twice - maybe a shorter line the second time, but still a line, which kind of sucks. It seems like it would make more sense to have the whole party wait in line and just hold the waiting party off on the side once you get to the front of the queue. I suppose the first party would still have to have a secret entrance back in to the front of the line to retrieve the non-rider, though.

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May 17, 2018 at 7:26 p.m. Beth K Says...

I'm almost 6' tall. My problem is not being tall enough it's being too tall to be comfortable on some rides.

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May 17, 2018 at 7:20 p.m. Katie Arbuckle Says...

So excited for discounted disneyland tickets!

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May 17, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. Shannon Says...

Can't wait to go next May! Will Pixarfest be back next spring?

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May 17, 2018 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon,

It's a limited-time event, but who knows?! Fingers crossed!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 17, 2018 at 7:11 p.m. Alicia Says...

Thanks for this! So helpful!

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May 17, 2018 at 7:07 p.m. Jerri O. Says...

Very helpful info!

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May 17, 2018 at 7:04 p.m. Katelyn Says...

This is an awesome article, when I have kids I will definitely have to keep this in mind when we make trips!

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May 17, 2018 at 7:02 p.m. Becky Says...

Handy info!

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May 17, 2018 at 7:02 p.m. Samantha Says...

We've been to Disney World a few times, never Disneyland. My little is definitely tall enough for all the rides though. Absolutely on the bucket list!

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May 17, 2018 at 6:59 p.m. thefiddlechic Says...

I've always wanted to visit DL! I hope I can go someday. Matterhorn!!!!!!

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May 17, 2018 at 6:58 p.m. Peggy F Says...

Love all things Disney, thanks

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May 17, 2018 at 6:58 p.m. captmrose Says...

Love the info on the ride switch for those who can't or won't ride certain rides!

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May 17, 2018 at 6:52 p.m. Amy Bell Says...

We used rider switch for Space Mountain on our last visit. It was actually really simple. Thanks for the info all in one place!

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May 17, 2018 at 6:52 p.m. Christina Says...

We love the rider switch pass! So easy to use!

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May 17, 2018 at 6:51 p.m. Laura Says...

Thank you for all of the great information! You are a wealth of resources. And thankfully this year, we finally have all of our family members meeting the minimum height requirement!

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May 17, 2018 at 6:47 p.m. Kelsey Mayer Says...

This is good to know!

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May 17, 2018 at 6:40 p.m. Justin Says...

Our 3 year old was just above 40" last time we went which opens up a much larger selection of rides. That being said we still had to evaluate his emotional "height" and decided Raiator Springs Racers, Star Tours and Soarin were the only ones we'd attempt. We basically left the roller coasters off the list.

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May 17, 2018 at 6:40 p.m. Lynn G Says...

Helpful info!

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May 17, 2018 at 6:36 p.m. Steve Thompson Says...

I'm glad I'm tall enough to ride all the rides!

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May 17, 2018 at 6:34 p.m. AnnaF Says...

Very helpful

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May 17, 2018 at 6:29 p.m. Carrie Hewitt Says...

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May 17, 2018 at 6:29 p.m. Amber B Says...

Helpful information for preparation. That way no ones feelings get hurt or disappointed.

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May 17, 2018 at 6:20 p.m. E-ticket-lizabeth Says...

I remember going through these lists so carefully when my kids were still little. I was always so concerned they wouldn't be able to ride!

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May 17, 2018 at 6:19 p.m. Kimberly Payne Says...

Learned something new!!!

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May 17, 2018 at 6:14 p.m. Melissa Says...

Hoppy news! ????

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May 17, 2018 at 6:11 p.m. Jen Amburn Says...

Thanks for all this in one place!

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May 17, 2018 at 6:11 p.m. Says...

This is great information, especially because my BFF daughter just makes some of these rides. Poor kid, out of 6 of us, she is the only one that isn’t tall enough for all the rides. But she’s getting there!

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May 17, 2018 at 6:10 p.m. GeanieC Says...

Good info especially if you haven't been in awhile

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