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Complete Guide to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Height Requirements

by Mommy Frog on September 4, 2023
513 Los Angeles

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If you're planning a visit to "The Happiest Place on Earth" with tadpoles, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the height requirements of Disneyland Resort first. Understanding what your children can and cannot ride goes a long way toward having a stress-free visit. 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, and we also review park maps and videos from the comfort of our own lily pad. That way, we can avoid disappointment, meltdowns and surprises on the day of our visit.

Disneyland Height Requirements - Luigi's

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 yet, we were always unsure of 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.

Complete Guide to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Height Requirements - Runaway Railway entrance

If you are here to find out the height requirements for the newest rides, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway and WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, we have good news. The newest Avengers Campus and Mickey's Toontown rides do not have a height requirement. Lily, Tad, Leap and I all had a blast slinging webs like Spider-Man when we rode it. "Nothing can stop us now ..." We had a great time on Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway when it opened in January as well! Both rides have wide bench seating that perfectly fits a family of four!

Your tadpoles will be toadally excited to explore the rest of the reimagined Toontown. The land has a ton of fun things to do and see that do not require a certain height.

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. There are some updates to Rider Switch we will go over. If you want to see any of the Disneyland rides in action, check them out on our YouTube channel! For a downloadable version of Disneyland height requirements, save our infographic.

Disneyland Height Requirements - Infographic

Complete List of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Height Requirements

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 in height, 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. Monster’s Inc. sometimes has a more family-friendly version of a Single Rider line for small groups. Groups of one or two 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 years of age though. 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.

Complete Guide to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Height Requirements - Buddy Pass

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 years old 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 hoppy 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 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 reason! 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 — They don't have to ride alone. The waiting adult can bring someone with them for a maximum party size of two (It used to be up to three people, but it changed to two people total in 2023.) Here is the official process. Please note that experiences may vary per attraction.

Complete Guide to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Height Requirements - Rider switch on Disneyland appHere 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 in the queue. Then, 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 guest (and perhaps one 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 tickets for Party Two. If you scan only one ticket, you cannot add another person 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 two people. They will each have their admission tickets scanned. We'll have my and Tad's tickets scanned as part of Party Two. The cast member will put an extra return time on our park tickets 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).
  • You can have more than one Rider Switch return time at a time.

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 for 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 froggy 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 child on your lap. 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 11:52 p.m.
Nathan Malinab Says...

This information is really useful for someone who wants ride lets say Splash Mountain but there too small to ride it.

May 15, 2018 at 11:47 p.m.
Missea Says...

Would love to make it to Disneyland, I have been to Disney world several times and love it.

May 15, 2018 at 11:40 p.m.
Lj Says...

Love rider switch - just wish you didn’t have to wait in the entire line again!

May 15, 2018 at 11:39 p.m.
Abbey Says...

Glad I am tall enough for all of ‘me :)

May 15, 2018 at 11:28 p.m.
Kelly Hayes Says...

I’m glad they are struck on height requirements

May 15, 2018 at 11:27 p.m.
tammra Says...

When will the holiday transformations of Small World and Haunted Mansion be open? Thanks.

May 17, 2018 at 1:05 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

it's a small world usually reopens in November with this holiday overlay. Haunted Mansion opens in September with its holiday overlay!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 15, 2018 at 11:26 p.m.
Highlander Says...

This is great info. Is there a place that shows maximum height, weight and/or waist measurements? I have family member over 6'7"

May 22, 2018 at 6:56 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Disneyland does not have a maximum height or weight listed anywhere. It just depends on whether or not the lap bar closes as much as it needs to on each attraction, so unfortunately there's no way to know until getting on the ride.

We welcome experienced members of the Frog Pond to chime in!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 15, 2018 at 11:23 p.m.
Prisila Says...

Is there a new system for fastpasses in any of the Disney Parks??

May 17, 2018 at 1:11 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Prisila,

Hop over to our Disney World FastPass+ post and Disneyland FASTPASS post to get information and tips on the systems!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 15, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.
Lil Cam Says...

I guess this doesn’t affect me too much since I won’t be bringing any children. Only adults here!

May 15, 2018 at 11:20 p.m.
Karen Bliss-Reid Says...

Magical memory making event hope to win

May 15, 2018 at 11:18 p.m.
H Slater Says...

It's nice that you post this blog, so people can plan a better vacation and come prepared. Makes for a much more positive experience with our families.

May 15, 2018 at 11:14 p.m.
Kelly T Says...

It sounds like it might be the same procedure as Disney World. Is that true?


May 16, 2018 at 3:53 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

Yes, it's a very similar procedure!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 15, 2018 at 11:14 p.m.
E Pocock Says...

This is so in-depth! Thanks for the tips!

May 15, 2018 at 11:11 p.m.
Heather Says...

Thanks for making this easier for my family!

May 15, 2018 at 11:07 p.m.
Cynthia Wan Says...

So helpful!

May 15, 2018 at 11:06 p.m.
Sarah Ehrhart Says...

I hope I win because I am raising 2 grandsons and they would love this trip.

May 15, 2018 at 10:54 p.m.
Angelique Williams Says...

That's great

May 15, 2018 at 10:53 p.m.
SriaN Says...

Love this handy guide. Thanks!

May 15, 2018 at 10:53 p.m.
Sabrina Gonzalez Says...

Great information

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

Great advice!! Thank you for the information!

May 15, 2018 at 10:51 p.m.
Tammy Clarson Says...

Thx for a chance to win

May 15, 2018 at 10:49 p.m.
mary r mccafferty Says...

Thank you! So helpful

May 15, 2018 at 10:48 p.m.
HeatherH Says...

I’ve never been to Disneyland. It waould be awesome to take my family. I love the blog. So informative.

May 15, 2018 at 10:47 p.m.
Matt Knotts Says...

I’m renting a car to get to the resort but staying on property. Should I return the car once I get there and use the shuttles or is there a benefit to having my own transportation? Thanks!

May 17, 2018 at 10:07 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

You probably won't need it while there, unless you're planning to visit other tourist destinations.

Keep hopping!


May 15, 2018 at 10:46 p.m.
Matt Knotts Says...

If I’m renting a car to take to Disney World from LEGO Land, is the airport the closest return hub?

May 22, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt!

Yes, as far as we know, MCO airport is the closest rental car return to Disney World.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 15, 2018 at 10:38 p.m.
Heidi Says...

Can't wait to visit Disneyland!

May 15, 2018 at 10:36 p.m.
Rebekah H Says...

Thanks UT for always giving us the best info!

May 15, 2018 at 10:35 p.m.
Amanda Walton Says...

Thanks for all the great info

May 15, 2018 at 10:35 p.m.
Dustin York Says...

Can't wait to revisit Disneyland. Had passes for years when living in Socal. We moved away and visited Disneyworld last year. Great time. And ready to experience Disneyland all over again and with all the new additions.

May 15, 2018 at 10:32 p.m.
Leladnut Says...

We did the rider switch in Disney World when our daughter was small. Worked out pretty well. I think it's a good system.

May 15, 2018 at 10:27 p.m.
Arnesha Says...

This is so informative and detailed. Thank you for writing such a helpful blog. This is awesome!

May 15, 2018 at 10:22 p.m.
Tara Neal Says...

Very helpful.

May 15, 2018 at 10:17 p.m.
Sarah Says...

We don't have kids but would love to take our nephew someday, especially since his family is moving to Florida.

May 15, 2018 at 10:16 p.m.
Karenwf Says...

I love learning all things Disney!

May 15, 2018 at 10:11 p.m.
Hannah Clason Says...

Thank you for this information. It helped a lot. We are gonna be at Disneyland in a couple weeks and didn’t know a lot of the height restrictions. Thank you for making it easy!

May 15, 2018 at 10:11 p.m.
Periain Says...

Thanks for the list!

May 15, 2018 at 10:03 p.m.
Brenda Castleman Says...

Trying to enter the vacation give away! ❤️????

May 15, 2018 at 10:01 p.m.
Matt O Says...

Hopefully I'm not too tall.

May 15, 2018 at 9:55 p.m.
Roman Says...

Very helpful!

May 15, 2018 at 9:54 p.m.
LiseW Says...

I use your crowd calendar each time we visit Disney World in Orlando and it certainly helps with the planning and I find it very accurate as far as crowds go, so Thanks very much!

May 15, 2018 at 9:54 p.m.
Shannon Says...

I remember doing child swap as a child in the late 90s. My favorite memory was watching my parents ride Star Tours on the cast member’s security screen!

May 15, 2018 at 9:52 p.m.
Jennifer Stever Says...

Clever and helpful info.

May 15, 2018 at 9:44 p.m.
Lasloo Says...

A lot of the other parks ( Cedar Fair, Six Flags, Universal, etc.) will do the parent swap thing as well... its not always advertised, but I don't think I've been to one that doesn't have some similar mechanism for swapping parents at the exit.

May 15, 2018 at 9:44 p.m.
Arely Calderon Says...

Safety first ????

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

Helpful Information

May 15, 2018 at 9:34 p.m.
winklet Says...

our boys are both so tall now that we don't have to worry about height requirements anymore, but I LOVE that your company provides this information for families - allowing them to plan ahead for any issues!

May 15, 2018 at 9:28 p.m.
Sue Says...

I think the height requirements are a good thing - it keeps everyone safe!

May 15, 2018 at 9:27 p.m.
Lindsifab Says...

So helpful! Thanks!

May 15, 2018 at 9:24 p.m.
Debbie Says...

We used ride-switch when our kids were smaller -- not sure it was called that then, but it worked great except for having to ride alone. Now the kids are all grown up, so we don't have to worry about it.

May 15, 2018 at 9:23 p.m.
Tere Hidalgo Says...

My grandkids have not gone and I would love to win and take them.


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