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Your Guide to LEGOLAND California Height Requirements and Rider Swap Service

by Mommy Frog on March 1, 2024 4 San Diego

There is nothing like the moment when our tadpoles walk up to get measured for a ride at a theme park and discover they have finally grown tall enough to ride! Ribbit, ribbit! But then there are the times when they are so close but get turned away at the last minute with all their hopes and dreams dashed by lacking that quarter-inch! Croak! That’s why before we visit a theme park such as LEGOLAND, we do a little pre-planning and research the park's height requirements. We look for safe and realistic rides that our tadpoles can ride without any unexpected rejections. Here's exactly how your party stacks up at LEGOLAND California so you can be toadally prepared for your awesome day!

Our Guide to LEGOLAND California Height Requirements and Parent Swap

Our tween, Tad, is now tall enough for everything in LEGOLAND Park, but our toddler, Lily, has room to grow (and she’s a bit sensitive about it too). Doing our research in advance helps us know which rides to avoid and when we need to direct her attention elsewhere to rides we know she can ride and enjoy. Being prepared with knowledge on LEGOLAND California height requirements is just one part of building a perfect day at LEGOLAND.

LEGOLAND California Height Requirements and Parent Swap - Child gets measured for Emmet's Flying Adventure

What we learned recently with Lily is that even if she is old enough and tall enough to ride, that does not mean she is mentally or emotionally ready to ride. A recent trip on Emmet's Flying Adventure in the all-new LEGO Movie World stunned Leap, Tad and myself with toadally cool surprises, 3D effects and the feeling of riding a flying couch. We loved it so much! For Lily, it was a bit too realistic. She was worried that she would fall and that the animals would get her. On the other hand, other kids the same height as her were perfectly fine on the ride. All kids are different, so you'll need to assess whether your tadpoles are ready to take on a new thrill ride. After riding, Lily informed us that Queen Watevra's Carousel and Fairy Tale Brook were more her speed after all. Noted.

There's no need to force your kids to ride. Some LEGOLAND attractions offer Parent Swap for families with tadpoles who do not measure up or are not old enough to ride (or are just not ready to ride). All members of your party wait in line together. When you reach the front, just let the ride operator know you want to use Parent Swap. When the first riders' turn is over, the parents may switch places and then the other parent can ride with the older child. That saves you from waiting in line twice, and your older kid may get to ride twice! Win-win!

Many rides have a minimum height requirement, but a few rides have a maximum height requirement. Sorry, parents and bigger kids! Also, as noted, a few rides have age requirements as well as height requirements, and some just have age requirements. The below list includes LEGOLAND California Water Park height requirements as well as LEGOLAND California height requirements for rides and attractions in case you'll be making a splash there too.

LEGOLAND California Rides and Attractions With No Height Restrictions

LEGOLAND California Height Requirements - Entrance to NINJAGO the Ride

LEGOLAND California is a great theme park for young children and toddlers. There are a number of rides and attractions without any height restrictions, although some require the child to be accompanied by a responsible rider.

  • Dig Those Dinos
  • Adventurers Club (younger kids may find the music and lighting scary)
  • LEGOLAND Express (rider under 36 inches must be accompanied by a responsible rider 36 inches or taller)
  • DUPLO Playtown
  • Fun Town Stage
  • LEGO Life
  • LEGO Factory Tour
  • Hideaways
  • Pharaoh’s Revenge

Your Guide to LEGOLAND California Height Requirements and Rider Swap Service - Duplo Little Dino Trail


  • DUPLO Little Dino Trail
  • LEGO CITY: Deep Sea Adventure (riders under 52 inches may only ride with a supervising companion at least 14 years old and 52 inches tall)
  • LEGO City Space
  • LEGO MINDSTORMS (ages 9 and older)
  • Cargo Ace (ages 4 to 12)
  • LEGO Showplace 4D Theater
  • DUPLO Play
  • Coast Cruise
  • Coast Guard Build-a-Boat
  • Miniland Cities
  • Miniland Marina
  • Model Shop
  • Explorer River Quest

Your Guide to LEGOLAND California Height Requirements and Rider Swap Service - Explore River Quest

  • Block of Fame
  • Jay’s Lightning Drill
  • Zane’s Temple Build
  • Kai’s Spinners
  • Cole’s Rock Climb
  • LEGO NINJAGO Training Camp
  • Queen Watevra's Carousel (42 inches to ride alone. Guests under 42 inches must be accompanied by a supervisor 14 or older)
  • Benny's Playship
  • Emmet's Super Suite
  • Build Watevra You Wa'Na Build

  • Ferrari Build & Race in Imagination Zone (fun for all ages)
  • Swabbie's Deck
  • LEGO Mindstorms

LEGOLAND Height Requirements 30 Inches (76.2 cm) and Taller

  • Lost Kingdom Adventure

LEGOLAND Height Requirements 34 Inches (86.36 cm) and Taller

LEGOLAND California Height Requirements - Kids competing in Police and Fire Academy

  • Sky Patrol
  • Fun Town Police and Fire Academy
  • Skipper School
  • Captain Cranky’s Challenge

LEGOLAND Height Requirements 36 Inches (91.44 cm) and Taller

  • Coastersaurus
  • Cragger’s Swamp
  • Crug’s Run
  • Pirate Reef
  • Splash Battle
  • Royal Joust (Ages 4 to 12)
  • Dune Raiders
  • Beetle Bounce (also has a maximum height of 55 inches)

LEGOLAND California Height Requirements and Parent Swap - People Ride Unikitty's Disco Drop

LEGOLAND Height Requirements 40 Inches (101.6 cm) and Taller

  • Kid Power Towers
  • The Dragon Coaster
  • Knight’s Tournament (also has a maximum height of 77 inches)
  • Crooler’s Twist
  • Emmet's Flying Adventure Ride (this ride has an age requirement of 3 and up and is perfect for older kids)
  • Unikitty's Disco Drop (perfect for kids ready to take on some height)

LEGOLAND Height Requirements 42 Inches (106.68 cm) and Taller

  • LEGO Technic Coaster (minimum age 4 to ride together with an adult; minimum age 6 to ride alone)
  • BIONICLE Blaster (minimum age 4 to ride together with an adult; minimum age 6 and 48 inches to ride alone)
  • Orange Rush
  • Splash Out
  • Twin Chasers
  • Build-a-Raft River
  • Lion Temple Wave Pool

LEGOLAND California Height Requirements - Kid exiting water slides

LEGOLAND California Maximum Height Requirements

  • Beetle Bounce: 55 inches (139.7 cm) and under
  • Knight’s Tournament: 77 inches (195.58 cm) and under

Rides and Attractions with Age Restrictions

LEGOLAND California Height Requirements - Girl driving car in driving school

  • Junior Driving School (ages 3 to 5)
  • Driving School (ages 6 to 13)
  • Knight’s Tournament (minimum age 3 and 40 inches and taller)
  • LEGO Technic Coaster (minimum age 4 and 42 inches and taller)
  • LEGO MINDSTORMS (age 9 and older)
  • Cargo Ace (ages 4 to 12)
  • LEGO Technic Coaster (minimum age 4 to ride together with an adult; minimum age 6 to ride alone)
  • BIONICLE Blaster (minimum age 4 and 42 inches to ride together with an adult; minimum age 6 and 48 inches to ride alone)
  • Royal Joust (ages 4 to 12 and 36 inches and taller)
  • Emmet's Flying Adventure (ages 3 and up and 40 inches)

One thing to keep in mind is that a few ride seats are built for two and not three people. If you have two little ones who each need adult supervision, you might not all fit on all of the rides together, which can make it challenging if you do not bring another adult with you.

You are ready to visit LEGOLAND! Do you know where your tadpoles measure up against the LEGOLAND height requirements? Purchase your discounted LEGOLAND tickets before you visit to save your money for those LEGO souvenirs! Visit LEGOLAND Safe to Play for important up-to-date details you should know before you visit. 

Related: LEGOLAND California Tips for an Awesome Trip

Related: Best Theme Parks in California by Age Group

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Nov 15, 2022 at 7:27 p.m. Fiona Says...

can you elaborate more on a single parent that comes with two kids and not another parent or adult. Do you know specifically which rides this would be? Thanks!

Nov 18, 2022 at 2:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fiona!

If you have two toddlers or preschoolers who cannot yet ride in a separate vehicle, then Cargo Ace, Sky Patrol and Unikitty’s Disco Drop may be challenging for you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 7, 2021 at 2:28 p.m. Karen Anderson Says...

I am looking for the Lego Land Calendar. Will they be open for Veterans' Day???

Sep 7, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

Yes, LEGOLAND California will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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