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Height Requirements for Disneyland Rides and Rider Switch Service [Fun at Every Size]

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When kids who love Disney grow up and have kids of their own, they often can’t wait to share that incomparable Disney magic with them.

But what if your kids are still toddlers or babies? What you can and can’t do can affect your experience if you visit the park too soon.

Thankfully, that’s not a big deal at Disneyland. While the most thrilling rides at the park are reserved for taller visitors, there are actually plenty of rides available throughout the park that don’t have any height requirement at all.

From kiddie rides to roller coasters, here are the height requirements for each attraction at Disneyland.

Disneyland Height Requirements by Land

Adventureland

Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean is a classic Disneyland ride that doesn’t have a height requirement. Image Credit: Disneyland Resort

The following attractions at Disneyland’s Adventureland do not have a height requirement:

  • Adventureland Treehouse inspired by Walt Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

The following rides at Disneyland Adventureland do have a height requirement:

  • Indiana Jones Adventure: 46 inches (117 cm) or taller
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Critter Country

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at Disneyland
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is one of only 3 rides at Disneyland Critter Country. Image Credit: Disneyland Resort

The following attractions at Disneyland’s Critter Country do not have a height requirement:

  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

The following attractions at Disneyland’s Critter Country do have a height requirement:

  • Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Opening Summer 2024): 40 inches (102 cm) or taller

Fantasyland

King Arthurs Carousel at Disneyland
Most of the rides at Fantasyland at Disneyland have no height requirement. Image Credit: Disneyland Resort

The following attractions at Disneyland’s Fantasyland do not have a height requirement:

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • It’s a Small World
  • King Arthur Carrousel
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats

The following attractions at Disneyland’s Fantasyland do have a height requirement:

  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: 42 inches (107 cm) or taller

Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad takes you through a haunted gold mine in Frontierland. Image Credit: Disneyland Resort

The following attractions at Disneyland’s Frontierland do not have a height requirement:

  • Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition
  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Sailing Ship Columbia

The following attractions at Disneyland’s Frontierland do have a height requirement:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 40 inches (102 cm) or taller

Mickey’s Toontown

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Return to Mickeys Toontown at Disneyland Park
Mickey’s Toontown was reimagined in 2023 with new attractions. Image Credit: Christian Thompson via Disneyland Resort

The following attractions at Disneyland’s Mickey’s Toontown do not have a height requirement:

  • CenTOONial Park
  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Donald’s Duck Pond
  • Goofy’s How-to-Play Yard
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad
  • Minnie’s House
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

The following attractions at Disneyland’s Mickey’s Toontown do have a height requirement:

  • Chip ‘n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster: 35 inches (87 cm) or taller

New Orleans Square

Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island is fun for all ages. Image Credit: Disneyland Resort

The following attractions at Disneyland’s New Orleans Square do not have a height requirement:

  • Haunted Mansion
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars Galaxys Edge
There are only 2 rides at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland. Image Credit: Disneyland Resort

The following attractions at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge do have a height requirement:

  • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run: 38 inches (97 cm) or taller
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance: 40 inches (102 cm) or taller

Tomorrowland

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Disneyland
The entire family can enjoy Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Image Credit: Disneyland Resort

The following attractions at Disneyland’s Mickey’s Tomorrowland do not have a height requirement:

  • Astro Orbiters
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

The following attractions at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland do have a height requirement:

  • Hyperspace Mountain: 40 inches (102 cm) or taller
  • Star Tours – The Adventure Continues: 40 inches (102 cm) or taller

Other Disneyland Attractions

Disneyland Monorail
Disneyland’s Monorail connects visitors to Downtown Disney and the park’s entrance. Image Credit: Disneyland Resort

Disneyland offers a lot of other attractions that aren’t necessarily rides and, therefore, don’t have height requirements. Some of those attractions include:

  • Fantasmic!
  • Fantasy Faire
  • Holiday Parades
  • Meet Disney Princesses at Royal Hall
  • Pixar Pals Playtime Party
  • Storytelling at Royal Theatre
  • The Dapper Dans

Rider Switch Service

Rider Switch, the service that allows riders to take turns waiting with those unable to ride, is available at both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure.

Here’s how it works: When you’re traveling with someone who can’t ride on a particular ride, you or someone in your group can sit back with that person while the other visitors ride the ride. Reasons why someone may not be able to ride include not meeting height requirements, having a service animal that can’t board the ride, or someone can’t stand in line during a long wait.

Rider Switch can only be initiated after you’ve arrived at the attraction and cannot be reserved in advance. Once you’re at the attraction you want to ride, you’ll let a Cast Member know that you’re interested in Ride Switch. You’ll then be separated into 2 parties. Party 1 will ride first while Party 2 (maximum 2 people) waits behind. After Party 1 rides, the person from Party 2 who will be riding the attraction switches places with Party 1, who stays back with the non-riding person from Party 2. The riding person in Party 2 does not have to wait in line and can go straight to the front of the line.

Unlike at Walt Disney World in Orlando, the Rider Switch service is available at every attraction at Disneyland.

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Final Thoughts

Before planning a trip to Disneyland — or any theme park for that matter — it’s a good idea to know what rides your youngest travelers can enjoy. Luckily, most of the attractions at Disneyland have no height requirement meaning your little ones don’t have to miss out.

In the case that there is a ride that they can’t or don’t want to go on, the Rider Switch service is available to allow everyone who meets the ride requirements and wants to ride is able to do so.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Disneyland height requirements?

Disneyland’s height requirements differ from ride to ride. These requirements can be found on Disneyland’s website, on the mobile app, or in front of the ride at the park.

What rides can a 2-year-old ride at Disneyland?

Disneyland’s ride requirements are not based on age, but rather on height. Your child, no matter how old they are, can ride any ride that they are tall enough to ride. However, many of Disneyland’s rides do not have a height requirement.

What age is free to go to Disneyland?

Children under 3 years old do not need a ticket to enter Disneyland.

Do kids need ID to get into Disneyland?

No, a photo ID or other form of identification is not required for children to get into Disneyland.

Can you bring food into Disneyland?

Yes, you can bring outside food and nonalcoholic drinks into Disneyland. Your cannot bring in glass containers or food that needs reheating or refrigeration.

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About Ashley Onadele

Ashley discovered a love for travel in college that’s continued as her family has grown. She loves showing parents how they can take their families on trips using points and has contributed to numerous publications and podcasts.

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