Founded back in 1955, Disneyland has since become a place where the magic happens. Highlighted by its welcoming atmosphere and different themed attractions, this amusement park is home to 16 million visitors each year.
What is so unique about this place is the fact that it offers something for everyone, no matter the age. While you will find kids enjoying their time on entertaining rides and meeting famous Disney characters, an adult is not going to miss out on the fun either.
Considering this, we can say with confidence that there is no such thing as an age limit for visiting Disneyland. However, there are certain requirements that are determined by age and height.
Thus, if your children are below the age of four, you will have to cope with the fact that most rides aren’t available. Additionally, the number of present stimuli may be too much for a youngster of this age.
If you are going to Disneyland in the next few weeks and you want to plan out your trip in the best possible manner, then you will want to consider the height requirements.
We have prepared a list determined by height and age. Also, a feature called the Rider Switch that can come in pretty handy if a family member can’t enjoy the attraction.
Without further ado, let’s get right to it so you can find out which rides your kids will be able to enjoy and which they will have to grow a little taller for before they can ride them.
Guide to Height Requirements for Disneyland Rides
To escape the stress and get the most out of your time at Disneyland, you will want to prepare while you are still at home. This includes becoming informed about the specific rides and whether there is a limit that you need to consider.
By gathering all the necessary info, you will cut the possibility of becoming surprised once you are at the amusement park.
Rides with a Height Requirement of 32 inches (82cm) or Taller:
When looking at the attractions offered at Disneyland California Adventure, there are a couple of options that are limited by this height requirement.
- Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
- Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
Along with this, the main Disneyland park does offer an entertaining ride called Autopia. This ride is available for kids as long as the child is accompanied by a rider that is taller than 54 inches.
Rides with a Height Requirement of 35 inches (89cm) or Taller:
It is a fact that most entertaining rides are set in Disneyland and not in the area of California Adventure. With this in mind, it is the Gadget’s Go Coaster that comes as a viable option for anyone who fulfills the 35 inches, as mentioned above, height requirement.
Rides with a Height Requirement of 38 inches (97cm) or Taller:
Going for a Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is sure to provide you with the much-needed adrenaline rush.
Rides with a Height Requirement of 40 inches (102cm) or Taller:
There are several attractions that are highlighted by this height limit, including:
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad set in Disneyland
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission BREAKOUT! set in California Adventure
- Jumping Jellyfish in California Adventure
- Radiator Springs Racers set in CA
- Silly Symphony Swings set in CA
- Soarin’ Around the World set in CA
- Space Mountain in Disneyland
- Splash Mountain in Disneyland
- Star Wars
- Star Tours
Rides with a Height Requirement of 42 inches (107cm) or Taller:
Additionally, several attractions have this limit with most set at California Adventure, including Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, Grizzly River Run, and Goofy’s Sky School.
Also, the Matterhorn Bobsleds set in Disneyland also has this height requirement.
Rides with a Height Requirement of 46 inches (117cm) or Taller:
Indiana Jones Adventure, which is one of the most recognizable rides in Disneyland, does have this height limit.
Rides with a Height Requirement of 48 inches (122cm) or Taller:
Not to forget, there are also a couple of attractions that not everyone can attend. Given the height mentioned above requirement, there are two specific CA rides:
- Silly Symphony Swings
Rides with a Height Requirement of 54 inches (137cm) or Taller:
We already mentioned that somebody who is 32 inches could ride Autopia as long as they are accompanied by a person that is 54 inches or taller. This is the exact height requirement for riding alone!
The Disneyland Rider Switch
Although there are rides that are highlighted by strict height requirements, there are several attractions that don’t have this. What that means is that you could enjoy a full day of Disneyland fun even if your kids can’t enter most of the rides mentioned above.
However, we do understand that you may still want to give your kids an experience that they are sure to remember. For this purpose, the so-called Rider Switch exists. What it allows is for one waiting adult while other members that satisfy the requirements take the ride.
Once that group is done, the waiting adult can take the kids on a ride. This feature is pretty great considering the fact that everyone who wants to ride can do it without a lot of trouble.
On the other hand, if there is someone who doesn’t want to ride but can’t wait alone, the Rider Switch works here as well, considering the fact there will be others who are waiting for their turn. This is done by dividing one group into two parties, of which the waiting one can be comprised of a maximum of three members.
Disneyland management does its best to keep the amusement park as baby and toddler friendly as possible. Yes, there are several attractions that are limited by the existing height requirements, but this still doesn’t mean that the whole family can’t enjoy the fun.
Given the available Rider Switch feature, everyone can take their turn without a lot of limits.
We hope that the outlined requirements will help you understand how Disneyland works and help you better prepare for your upcoming trip!
Dean has been writing and blogging for over 10 years. He specializes in Disney theme park news including updates, openings, special events and general advice for travelers. He doesn’t shy away from the good, the bad and the ugly. His previous work includes being a Cast Member at Disneyland and working as a travel agent.