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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 3:43 p.m. Audrey A Says...

Great coverage of Disneyland!

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May 16, 2018 at 3:37 p.m. Shannon Coleman Says...

Thanks for the info! All of my family members all tall enough for everything, :)

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May 16, 2018 at 3:36 p.m. Asha Mungal Says...

I am so happy that Disney has thought about everything to make the family experience so enjoyable and stress free for the parents

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May 16, 2018 at 3:32 p.m. Amy Says...

Thank you! This is great for families with littles!

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May 16, 2018 at 3:28 p.m. jackirut Says...

Thanks for the info. This is one of my favorite parts about Disney - super convenient rider switch passes!

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May 16, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. Olivia Yeip Says...

This is so good to know beforehand! We are taking our toddler in September.

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May 16, 2018 at 3:21 p.m. Says...

Love all your blogs ! I always get new and useful info! I haven’t been to the Disneyland resort since I was a tadpole-so it is great to get the latest and greatest news!

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May 16, 2018 at 3:18 p.m. Stacey Says...

All of this information is so great, while in the planning stages of our holidays! Fantastic tips!

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May 16, 2018 at 3:17 p.m. Jen Says...

Yay, a park my younger daughter can ride everything.

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May 16, 2018 at 3:16 p.m. Ldailey Says...

I heart Mickey!

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May 16, 2018 at 3:10 p.m. Sarah Says...

Good to know exactly how to go about this. I wasn't sure of the semantics.

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May 16, 2018 at 2:58 p.m. Ruth D Says...

Thanks for the info!

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May 16, 2018 at 2:53 p.m. Beth Says...

Good to know! Don't have littles now but have traveled with them and rider swap is great!

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May 16, 2018 at 2:43 p.m. Brooke Says...

Looks so much fun! Would love to take my girl's one day

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May 16, 2018 at 2:42 p.m. Bill Brown Says...

Great post! Helps planning the family trip to make sure everyone can ride whatever they want!

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May 16, 2018 at 2:41 p.m. Brittany Says...

Such useful information, thanks for posting!

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May 16, 2018 at 2:41 p.m. Alyson Drake Says...

This information is very helpful thank you so much.

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May 16, 2018 at 2:31 p.m. Isabelle Says...

This is great to know whenever I take my nephew and younger brother to Disneyland!! I was worried they wouldn’t be able to ride many rides. Thanks Undercover Tourist!

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May 16, 2018 at 2:27 p.m. J Munro Says...

Very Helpful

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May 16, 2018 at 2:25 p.m. Caitlin MacGregor Says...

This is very helpful!

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May 16, 2018 at 2:21 p.m. Susan Piaggio OKeefe Says...

Thanks for helping us make our next rip to Disney one we won't soon forget.

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May 16, 2018 at 2:20 p.m. majsphillips Says...

Wish we were in Disneyland right now!!

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May 16, 2018 at 2:12 p.m. AmandaD Says...

This kind of info was so helpful when we took my 6 yr old niece this year. She wasn’t quite tall enough for California Screamin before it closed and ride switch came the rescue a few times

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May 16, 2018 at 2:11 p.m. Angela C. Adelman Says...

I love all this info. It really is helpful to know the 5 W’s when going somewhere. Who- you and your family... What- is for what uo want and need, where- to let you know where to go and how to get there, when- the fast pass is amazing for that, and why- it explains information you need.

Thanks for answering my 5 W’e

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May 16, 2018 at 2:08 p.m. Justine Olmez Says...

Thank you for putting all this great info in one spot!

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May 16, 2018 at 2:08 p.m. Brittany A Says...

Thanks very helpful

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May 16, 2018 at 1:52 p.m. Sara G Says...

My daughter missed some of these height requirements when we were there last. She can't wait to go back now that she's taller!

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May 16, 2018 at 1:50 p.m. Belinda Shepherd Says...

I was unaware Disney had this feature. This will help for our next adventure to Disney!

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May 16, 2018 at 1:48 p.m. LB Says...

Greatl ist of heights! Rider Switch is the best thing ever!!

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May 16, 2018 at 1:47 p.m. iansky Says...

Our little guy is fearless and if he's tall enough to ride something, he's going to demand that he gets to ride it.

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May 16, 2018 at 1:46 p.m. Candace Montgomery Says...

Thanks for the great info. I'm so glad my daughter is tall enough to go on the great rides (all the rides are great).

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May 16, 2018 at 1:45 p.m. Katie Bailey Says...

I think there were 3 rides my 5 year old couldn't go on. Thank you Under Cover Tourist!

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May 16, 2018 at 1:44 p.m. Gloria Says...

Yay! My nephew will be able to go on most of these rides!

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May 16, 2018 at 1:38 p.m. Tommy B Says...

Good thing I’m a tall guy

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May 16, 2018 at 1:32 p.m. Michaela B Says...

Thank you for posting and providing such helpful information, especially for those of us who have not been to the park before.

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May 16, 2018 at 1:25 p.m. Erin Strattman Says...

so helpful

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May 16, 2018 at 1:18 p.m. Mel Says...

Helpful tips!

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May 16, 2018 at 1:16 p.m. Amy Woodworth Says...

The ride switch is absolutely essential when traveling with children of various ride heights. Although I have never been to Disneyland, I did go to Disney World in 2016 and of course had 2 children of different heights. It really is a blessing to not have to tell one child they can't ride because the other child is too small ( which would of course cause a major tantrum! ). Another golden ticket is not having to wait in line AGAIN just to catch the ride that the rest of your party went on. Awesome!

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May 16, 2018 at 1:13 p.m. Jamie Anderson Says...

Very informative for the trip we are planning next year to Disney Land!

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May 16, 2018 at 1:08 p.m. IDACHXBOI Says...

Great resource! Didn’t think to ask for a rider switch pass for kids that are just “not ready” for the intensity of a ride. Thanks!

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May 16, 2018 at 1:02 p.m. Kristen Hoover Says...

Great info about rider switch.

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May 16, 2018 at 12:50 p.m. Brit Ei Says...

This is great for us; always great to know which rides our little one can ride.

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May 16, 2018 at 12:49 p.m. Joe Milsap Says...

I never would’ve known Disney even had height requirements on anything, because I’m not sure I’ve ever actually seen them posted anywhere. Very informative!

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May 16, 2018 at 12:38 p.m. Rusty Lowe Says...

Good to know

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May 16, 2018 at 12:33 p.m. Taylor Gilchrist Says...

Thank you so much for all the info! This was so helpful!! :)

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May 16, 2018 at 12:25 p.m. Terri Payton Says...

I grew up at Disneyland! My kids grew up at Disneyland, now I live in Georgia and it's been so many years. I want the Grands to have the best experience and without your help I wouldn't have known where to start. Let the planning begin!! Thank you so much!!!

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May 16, 2018 at 12:03 p.m. TinaDock Says...

REDDIT REDDIT Super Blog Info

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May 16, 2018 at 11:55 a.m. Emily Jones Says...

I definitely prefer it when we are able to get the Rider Switch card prior to entering the queue - sometimes our children are sleeping or too afraid to enter the line - but totally understand why that promotes abuse of the system!

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May 16, 2018 at 11:53 a.m. Julie Mathews Says...

Great info! Thanks

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May 16, 2018 at 11:50 a.m. Jennifer McWilliams Says...

Looks like 40 inches is the golden ticket!

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