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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 16, 2018 at 10:06 p.m. Nicole Egerer Says...

Thanks for the info! One of the ways I encourage my daughter to eat her veggies and protein is by reminding her that they help her grow and then she’ll be able to ride the big kid rides at Disneyland! It’s working and she only has half an inch before she can ride space mountain!! :)

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May 16, 2018 at 9:59 p.m. Martha Says...

Cool!

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May 16, 2018 at 9:49 p.m. Angel Says...

Helpful info!

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May 16, 2018 at 9:30 p.m. Melissa Pelham Says...

Thanks for sharing

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May 16, 2018 at 9:28 p.m. Shirley Winand Says...

Omg, this blog is so helpful will definitely visit more often.

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May 16, 2018 at 8:52 p.m. Marlene Zwikelmaier Says...

great and helpful info!

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May 16, 2018 at 8:32 p.m. Maureen Says...

So helpful, thanks!

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May 16, 2018 at 8:31 p.m. QueenKingman Says...

Great! Thanks!

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May 16, 2018 at 8:15 p.m. Jessica Says...

Good to know.

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May 16, 2018 at 8:04 p.m. Kwilson Says...

For the contest

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May 16, 2018 at 8:03 p.m. Amanda Jenkins Says...

Really useful information! Thank you!

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May 16, 2018 at 8:01 p.m. Joanna H Says...

Thanks!

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May 16, 2018 at 7:51 p.m. Edward Says...

Thank you for this!

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May 16, 2018 at 7:45 p.m. Kevin F. Says...

This is very helpful in planning ahead of time for kids.

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May 16, 2018 at 7:39 p.m. Northeast Mama Says...

This is great information. So helpful for planning our next trip.

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May 16, 2018 at 7:35 p.m. DianeB Says...

Great article! So much to know before bringing the tadpoles out to play!

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May 16, 2018 at 7:26 p.m. Melissa Nolan Says...

This is such a useful list - thank you! My 4 year old is tall so this is good to know : )

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May 16, 2018 at 6:54 p.m. Felicita Says...

We have a 15 month old, a 5 year old, and an 8 year old - I'm glad there are rides for all of them!

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May 16, 2018 at 6:50 p.m. Mackenzie McOmber Says...

This is so great to have! We are planning to visit in September and we will need to follow this blog to know what rides our little girl can go on! Thank you for having this in one spot!

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May 16, 2018 at 6:49 p.m. Julius M Says...

watching a youtube video of the rides prior to going to disneyland is a great idea.

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May 16, 2018 at 6:41 p.m. Chad Says...

Very helpful info.

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May 16, 2018 at 6:18 p.m. Erin Says...

We rider switched TOT at WDW and it was seamless. My daughter was tall enough but she just wouldn't have enjoyed it at all!

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May 16, 2018 at 6:14 p.m. AprilM Says...

Thanks for listing all the rides with different height requirements together Undercover Tourist! It is super helpful.

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May 16, 2018 at 6:13 p.m. bbishopski Says...

Great!

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May 16, 2018 at 5:44 p.m. Kalli Edwards Says...

I didn’t know about Rider Switch! Thank you for the detailed description on how it works!

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May 16, 2018 at 5:31 p.m. GINA STEVENS Says...

I have never heard of rider switch! Thanks for the great info!

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May 16, 2018 at 5:16 p.m. Cory Says...

Always liked the ride swap option before all of our kids were tall enough!

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May 16, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. Jenni Says...

I love that Disney has the rider swap and also several rides for those who are small and can't go on the thrill rides.

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May 16, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. Kami Sundstrom Says...

I love that Disneyland offers this!! My children vary in age from 17 to 4, we have a difficult time finding things to do that we all enjoy! This is a great option for us, thanks for sharing!!

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May 16, 2018 at 5:14 p.m. Emma Shetler Says...

Thanks for the info! Florida mom here! Disney is life!

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May 16, 2018 at 5:08 p.m. Nichole MacLatchie Says...

So much great information right here!!!

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May 16, 2018 at 5:07 p.m. Meagan Gregory Says...

Cool to see that they have a similar system across both Disney World and Disneyland!

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May 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. Lindsey C, Says...

Very helpful, thanks!

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May 16, 2018 at 4:56 p.m. Cheryl E Says...

The ride switch is a great service! Thanks for all of the height restriction details.

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May 16, 2018 at 4:51 p.m. Stephanie F Says...

It's awesome that there is only 2 rides that my preschooler can't do.

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May 16, 2018 at 4:51 p.m. Sue Fenick Says...

Great info!

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May 16, 2018 at 4:48 p.m. Jasmine Says...

great post!

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May 16, 2018 at 4:35 p.m. Jennifer Davis Says...

This truly is family fun for everyone!

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May 16, 2018 at 4:34 p.m. Annette Giner Says...

Hi I love this place

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May 16, 2018 at 4:34 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Such useful information. Thank you, undercovertourist.com!

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May 16, 2018 at 4:34 p.m. Jared Says...

Rider switch is amazing!

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May 16, 2018 at 4:12 p.m. Stephanie Says...

This will come in handy when taking my nieces and nephew to DL!

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May 16, 2018 at 4:10 p.m. lori_gee Says...

it's great to come back every other year or so to see my kids happy and be able to ride the "big kid rides"

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May 16, 2018 at 4:09 p.m. Jessica Morrison Says...

I've used the rider switch multiple times. It is a life saver.

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May 16, 2018 at 3:59 p.m. Alec Says...

Thrilled that my daughter now meets all the height requirements!

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May 16, 2018 at 3:58 p.m. jenmil Says...

we sometimes find that rolled-up socks in the shoes help!

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May 16, 2018 at 3:57 p.m. Colleen Says...

Yay! Our little one if finally tall enough to ride everything! Thank you for sharing this info in one easy to read spot!

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May 16, 2018 at 3:56 p.m. Carrie Says...

Good to know for when I get over there!

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May 16, 2018 at 3:45 p.m. Theodore Shellhamer Says...

Good information for new visitors and good reminders for the Disney regulars!

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May 16, 2018 at 3:43 p.m. D Says...

You'd think there would be a standard height, but I guess each restriction is based on a mathematical equation.

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