Disneyland Height Requirements: What Ride Is Your Kid Tall Enough For?

Probably one of the most popular questions that parents ask themselves are these ones: Is my kid going to be able to ride the rides at Disneyland? What are the Disneyland height requirements for kids, and should I even bother going if they aren’t tall enough?

Well for starters, Disneyland is for everyone! No matter if your little ones are a little too short for Guardians of the Galaxy, there are still a ton of rides that have no height requirements at Disneyland! So don’t miss out on a Disney vacation just because they can’t catch the big kids rides.

Even if your little ones are too small, you can still enjoy the rides by utilizing Disneyland’s functional systems like *cough cough* Rider switch! So keep on reading to learn about what rides the little ones can catch, which ones they may not be tall enough for, and how to prepare for a fun trip for everyone! Including you!

Indiana Jones is a ride with a Disneyland height Requirement

Disneyland Ride Height Requirements for Attractions Overview

Disneyland Rides With Minimum Height Restrictions

  • Autopia 32 inches
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 40 inches
  • Chip n Dales Gadgetcoaster 35 inches
  • Indiana Jones Adventure 46 inches
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds 42 inches
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run 38 inches
  • Star Tours 40 inches
  • Splash Mountain 40 inches
  • Star Wars Rise of the Resistance 40 inches
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Disneyland Rides Without Height Restrictions

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Astro Orbitor
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train
  • Disneyland Monorail
  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Dumbo, the flying elephant
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Its a small world
  • Jungle Cruise
  • King Arthur Carrousel
  • Mad tea Party
  • The many adventures of Winnie the pooh
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
  • StoryBook Land Canal Boats
Radiator Springs Racers has a minimum height requirement

Disney California Adventure Park Height Requirements For Rides Overview

Disney California Adventure Park is a park more centered on bigger kids and adults. With food festivals, drinks, and faster rides, you’ll see fewer rides that cater to little ones. However, that doesn’t mean there are no rides available! Depending on your kid’s height, we listed below what rides have restrictions and which do not!

Disney California Adventure Park With Height Restrictions

  • Goofy’s Sky School 42 inches
  • Grizzly River Run 42 inches
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout! 40 inches
  • Incredicoaster 48 inches
  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish 40 inches
  • Luigis Rollicken Roadsters 32 inches
  • Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree 32 inches
  • Radiator Springs Racers 40 inches
  • Silly Symphony Swings 40 inches
  • Soarin Over California 40 inches

Disney California Adventure Park without Height Restrictions

  • Golden Zephyr
  • Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
  • Jessies Critter Carousel
  • The little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
  • Monsters INC Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Pixar Pal-A-Round – non swinging
  • Pixar Pal-A-Round Swinging
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • Turtle Talk With Crush
  • Web Slingers: A Spider-man Adventure
Emotional Whirlwind inside out ride at Disney California

What Disneyland Rides Can 2-4 year old Kids Go On?

If you have little ones, you are probably wondering if there’s a shortlist you can refer to so you do not have to memorize each ride at Disneyland that has height restrictions.

So we created this accessible and valuable Disneyland Rides for Toddlers Chart.

Disneyland Resort Rides For Kids Under 40 InchesHeight Requirement (in)
Autopia32 inches
Chip N Dales Gadgetcoaster35 inches
Millenium Falcon Smugglers Run38 inches
Luigi’s Rollickin Roadster32 inches
Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree32 inches
Disneyland Resort Rides for Kids Under 40 Inches

What Disneyland Rides Can 5-6-year-old Kids Go On?

So what Disneyland Rides can your school ages kids ride? Well, it still depends on their height, but as they get over the 40-inch mark the list of rides grows! Keep in mind all the rides listed for under 40 inches, are available for your kids too!

Disneyland Resort Rides For Kids between 40-45 inches

Disneyland Resort Rides For Kids Between 40-45 InchesHeight Requirement (in)
Disneyland Park Big Thunder Mountain Railroad40 inches
Disneyland Park Matterhorn Bobsleds42 inches
Disneyland Park Star Tours40 inches
Disneyland Park Splash Mountain40 inches
Disneyland Park Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance40 inches
Goofy’s Sky School 42 inches
Grizzly River Run42 inches
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout40 inches
Jumpin Jellyfish40 inches
Radiator Springs Racers40 inches
Silly Symphony Swings40 inches
Soarin40 inches
Disneyland Resort Rides For Kids Between 40-45 inches

What should you do if your kid isn’t tall enough? Rider Switch Option!

After looking at those two tables, are you starting to realize that maybe the rides you want to ride aren’t available for your little one’s cough cough Rise of the Resistance? Well, no worries! Because Disney knows what it is doing regarding families and ensuring everyone can have a good time while visiting the most magical place on earth!

Introducing Rider Switch Pass! Disneyland offers Rider Switch; adults can switch off rides and take turns waiting while the others ride with the kids. This hack allows them to skip waiting in that long queue a second time and instead has a dedicated system for rider swap families and groups!

To learn more about Rider Swap, read our guide on the best tips and tricks for mastering Rider Switch!

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Astro orbitor at night, a popular ride with no height restrictions at Disneyland

How Accurate is Disneyland’s Height Measurement?

Each ride with a height restriction will have Disneyland Height Requirement Markers that measure the required height for the ride in inches. This is so that Disney cast members can measure little ones who come close to the restriction, and they can ensure that the kids are the correct height.

The measuring tool itself is pretty accurate, so won’t be able to fool the cast members. Also, remember it doesn’t matter if you measured them at home and the Disneyland park tool says they are shorter; Disney’s measurement trumps your measurement.

Best Tips For Height Measurement at Disneyland

While Disneyland measuring is done by the cat members and thus cannot be manipulated, nor would you want to or would they allow it, because the height requirements are there for safety reasons.

Make sure your little ones do not get a few inches shaved off of them when standing next to the measuring stick. Make sure to let them know these things and announce when they are being measured so they don’t forget!

  • Stand Up straight! You wouldn’t believe it, but for some reason, we always see kids slouching or trying to fit under the measuring tool so they make themselves smaller and then lose the vital inches they needed to make the cutoff. So remind your kids to step back, straighten their posture, and look forward, not downward.
  • Don’t try to cheat! One its a good way to get thrown in Disney JAIL! It’s easy to tell when kids are on their tippy toes, or trying to squeeze out another inch, this should never be allowed because the height restriction is there to protect them. So if they are not tall enough, find another ride for them. Also if their shoes are elevated sometimes cast members will ask for them to take their shoes off for an accurate measurement.
  • Finally, Don’t forget to remind them it’s okay if they are not tall enough. Instead of throwing a fit and arguing with cast members (which you should never do), pick a new ride and get going with your magical day. There are a ton of rides your little one will probably enjoy more anyways.
  • Remember! If your little ones don’t make the cut, you can still use Disneyland Rider Switch for yourself!

Disneyland Height Restrictions FAQ

How do they measure kids at Disney?

Disneyland height requirement marker measures a child’s height to ensure they meet the minimum height restriction for the attraction.

What are Disneyland height requirements?

Disneyland Height Requirements are a set of minimum height restrictions for certain attractions. These restrictions are in place for the park’s guest safety.

What rides can 3 year olds go on at Disneyland?

A 3-year-old can ride all of the no-height requirement attractions at Disneyland, plus most rides that allow under 40 inches riders. But that will depend on the child’s height.

What age can you go to Disneyland rides?

Any age can go to Disneyland Park; the Disneyland rides they can ride will depend on their height and if there is a height restriction for certain rides.

Is Disneyland changing height requirements?

Disneyland reserves the right to change height requirements without any notice. While this is rare, it’s something to keep in mind.

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