One of the major Disneyland rites of passage is when a child finally hits the height requirement for a particular ride! Did you know that a majority of rides don’t have any height restrictions? This makes Disneyland a perfect place for everyone to enjoy, despite their age or stature. But there are certain Disneyland ride height requirements you should be aware of before your trip.
Disneyland Ride Height Requirements
Is your child tall enough to ride all of the Disneyland attractions? How tall do you need to be to go on ALL of the Disneyland rides? How will you know which Disneyland rides have restrictions?
There’s more to know than JUST height! Follow these tips about Disneyland ride height requirements so you’re prepared in advance.
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Why Are There Disneyland Ride Height Requirements?
Bottom Line: Height requirements are in place at the Disney parks to keep your children safe.
There is a reason why the requirements are in place. It might not make sense to you why you can bring an infant onto Toy Story Midway Mania (which has no height restriction) but have to be 32″ to go on Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters. Just know that the Disneyland resort has those restrictions for a reason. There’s no getting around it. If you’re child isn’t tall enough, the Disneyland Cast Members aren’t going to let them ride.
If your child isn’t tall enough for a handful of attractions, there are still plenty of rides that they can go on (many that don’t have restrictions at all!)
Step-by-Step Guide To Pre-Vacation Height Planning
1. Measure at home with the shoes that your child will be wearing to the park. Rest back against a flat wall, heels completely to the wall for the most accurate height reading. Don’t stretch, tip-toe or raise your chin!
What if your child is SO close to the requirement? If we’re talking centimeters, have your child wear tennis shoes with a thicker sole instead of flat sandals.
2. Scan the list of height requirements and take note of what your children will or will not be able to ride.
3. Let your kids know in advance what rides they will be able to go on and which ones they aren’t tall enough for. You don’t want any disappointed thrill seekers on their Disney day when they discover that they miss the height requirement for Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! by an inch!
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Exceptions and Rules to the Height Requirements
- There are some rides that allow guests that don’t meet the height requirement to ride with a taller guest.
- There are Disneyland height and age restrictions – Children under 7 years old must ride with a person 14 years or older, even if they meet the height requirement!
Checking for Height at Disneyland
Outside each attraction there will be a sign. It will briefly explain the attraction and offer guidelines for guests. This includes height and age restrictions as well as wheelchair transfer info. There may be explanations on the signs for attractions that may cause discomfort to those who are pregnant or have back issues.
Near this signage you’ll find the height measure. The measurement bar MUST touch your child’s head (not just their hair!) in order to pass. Your child cannot be able to walk underneath the sign. Their head needs to reach or exceed the measurement bar.
A Cast Member stationed at the front of each attraction will check your child at the beginning of each ride. Occasionally another Cast member will check again further down the line (like my son in the picture below at Radiator Springs Racers). Cast Members are very careful about checking height because the safety of your children is a high priority.
Your Child Is Tall Enough – But Are They Ready to Ride?
So your child passes the test – they are tall enough to ride! But is the attraction appropriate for your child? Some rides might be too fast, loud or scary for your kid. And only you will know this information. If you have a child who is tall enough for the attractions but you aren’t sure it’s appropriate for them, I suggest doing your pre-vacation research. Read on the Disneyland website about each of the rides and even consider watching YouTube videos of the rides to see if it will be a good fit for your kid. So just because your kid is physically tall enough to ride Indiana Jones Adventure, doesn’t mean they’re mentally ready for it yet.
If you find that your child is scared or nervous about certain rides at Disneyland, consider reading the tips on this post 5 Helpful Tips for Calming Scared and Anxious Kids at Disney.
Are There Disneyland Rides Without Height Restrictions?
There are A LOT of Disneyland rides without height requirements! In particular these are located in the Disneyland Park, as opposed to Disney’s California Adventure park. You can check the list of attractions, or simply look at the signage at the attraction. There are some that might surprise you, like Mad Tea Party and Astro Orbitor.
Where to Find the List of Disneyland Height Requirements
Disneyland Attractions – This list is interactive and includes links to all the rides with a thumbnail photo next to each. The height requirement (or lack of requirement) is noted in the description of each attraction.
Disneyland Attraction Height Requirements – This list shows restrictions by height.
Looking for things to do once you get into line? Check out this list of 12 Things to Do Waiting in Line at Disney Parks.