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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 6:08 p.m. Christine Baldwin Says...

Great info! My son didn't get to ride a lot of rides at Disney World last year because he was 39.8" tall... It was kinda annoying because he was so close. His hair pushed him over the height but Disney is strict and measures at the top of the head.

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May 17, 2018 at 6:03 p.m. Jennifer S Says...

Good information for those of us with little ones!

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Great info for first time visitors!

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May 17, 2018 at 5:59 p.m. shelley Says...

For girls, it helps to NOT have the hair in a high bun or ponytail if their height might get questioned because they will usually err on the side of caution and your little one won't get to ride.

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May 17, 2018 at 5:59 p.m. CS Says...

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May 17, 2018 at 5:55 p.m. Erin H Says...

Great info!

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May 17, 2018 at 5:54 p.m. Alisha Says...

Very helpful for people with kids!

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May 17, 2018 at 5:50 p.m. Mary Lipscomb Says...

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May 17, 2018 at 5:46 p.m. Kevin Wagenknecht Says...

We've made great use of the parent swap pass.

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May 17, 2018 at 5:46 p.m. Leah Cloney-Matthes Says...

There is always time for Disney!

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May 17, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. Jessica Kae Says...

There is so much great information here! It can be hard to find all this info in one convenient place. Thank you! And my family has used rider switch several times...it is so easy and convenient! A great asset

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May 17, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. Abby B. Says...

This information is great. I have witnessed a child slipping out of a harness (before the ride started moving) on a fair ride after an employee let them on while not paying attention. Parents and guardians need to keep an eye out to know what attractions their kids can and cannot ride to avoid any accidents.

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May 17, 2018 at 5:44 p.m. Linda Says...

So good to know in advance to avoid disappointment! Thank you!

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May 17, 2018 at 5:43 p.m. sara Says...

Love the information on the height requirements. Very helpful as parents of a young child.

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May 17, 2018 at 5:41 p.m. Himanshu Shringi Says...

Thanks for the info!

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May 17, 2018 at 5:41 p.m. Melissa Says...

I can go on all the rides! I can't wait to visit Disneyland!!

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May 17, 2018 at 5:41 p.m. Himanshu Shringi Says...

Thanks for the info!

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May 17, 2018 at 5:39 p.m. C Parks Says...

We've never done Disneyland, so this info is super helpful. Thanks!

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May 17, 2018 at 5:35 p.m. Anita Duvall Says...

Great information. I think all the height requirements are there to protect the guests in every way possible.

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May 17, 2018 at 5:29 p.m. Kerry Says...

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May 17, 2018 at 5:26 p.m. Joanna Guaimano Says...

Very good information for a fun vacation!

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Great info! Thanks :)

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May 17, 2018 at 5:17 p.m. Jeff Says...

cool, good to know

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May 17, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. Sarah Says...

Good info thanks!

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May 17, 2018 at 5:14 p.m. Breanne Says...

Thank you for all the details.

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May 17, 2018 at 5:08 p.m. Sukhmandeep Mangat Says...

Very Helpful and Informative !

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May 17, 2018 at 5:01 p.m. Marlana Allaband Says...

This is a great reference page for height requirements at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park!! I've heard of the Rider Switch ticket, but never knew the extent of it! Very useful information, thank you Undercover Tourist! You're the BEST!!

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May 17, 2018 at 4:25 p.m. Whitney T Says...

Great info to know, as I've never been to Disneyland with kids but plan on bringing my 6 yo niece next time!

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May 17, 2018 at 4:07 p.m. Rainmaker Says...

I think the rider switch works great for most people. We use it sometimes and it’s been good for us most of the time so far.

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May 17, 2018 at 4:06 p.m. Meg Says...

Why can't they have rides for everyone?! without height reqs

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May 17, 2018 at 12:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meg,

While there are a number of rides with height requirements, there are also some without height requirements! Some of these include Alice in Wonderland, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and more.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 17, 2018 at 3:45 p.m. MandyT Says...

When people tell me they won't take their kids to Disney until they are older I tell them they are crazy! There is so much they can still do when they are young! We took my oldest when he was two and it was one of my favorite trips! To see the wonder and innocence was amazing and a totally different experience than an all adult trip.

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we always use your site for good info & updates

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May 17, 2018 at 3:06 p.m. Brady Ireland Says...

Great post! Very informative.

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May 17, 2018 at 2:54 p.m. Megan M Says...

Very helpful!

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May 17, 2018 at 2:23 p.m. Jen Says...

This was a great list, will come in handy for my 5 year old on our next trip.

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May 17, 2018 at 1:58 p.m. Arlene Ramos Says...

Very informative and good to know before going on trip.

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May 17, 2018 at 1:58 p.m. Carmen Says...

I remember when my niece was too short to ride some rides. It was hard for her. Luckily disney has so many options for all ages. She had a blast on everything we went on.

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May 17, 2018 at 1:48 p.m. Eva Mack Says...

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May 17, 2018 at 1:37 p.m. nidia Says...

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May 17, 2018 at 1:31 p.m. Kelly G Says...

Agree with what you said: just because they are tall enough doesn't mean they should ride. I have a very tall three-year-old that was tall enough to ride Space Mountain, but I passed on that for him because he would have been terrified!

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May 17, 2018 at 12:51 p.m. Lori Joy Says...

This list will be so easy to refer to!

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