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When choosing a Disney vacation, there are a lot of families who feel that Disneyland Resort is a better option because it’s smaller and easier to navigate. We love the fact that you don’t need to use shuttle buses to get around and the Downtown Disney District is a short walk from the parks. As a result, families with smaller kids might choose Disneyland over Walt Disney World Resort.

It’s a logical but often overlooked step. Always be sure to check out the ride height requirements at Disneyland ahead of time to avoid any disappointed little ones! Nothing is more heartbreaking (or common) than tears at a Disney park!

Ride Height at Disneyland Park

There are so many classic rides at Disneyland and you might be surprised by the ride height requirements. Many young children won’t be able to ride Space Mountain, for example. It might seem like a tame, kid-friendly ride but Disney wants to make sure your child is safe. Don’t count on the ride operators being guilted into letting you ride, either. They strictly follow the rules and they are used to people getting upset over this.

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While you’ll love the old standbys, everyone is excited about the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions at Disney parks. They’ve put a lot of work into these areas, from recreating food and drinks from the film franchise to replicating the impressive landscape. While they’ve done a great job of keeping it family-friendly, if your little one is looking forward to riding the Millennium Falcon ride, you’ll want to make sure they are tall enough.

32 inches (81cm) or Taller:

  • Autopia

*Must be accompanied by another rider 54 inches (137cm) or taller.

35 inches (89cm) or Taller:

  • Gadget’s Go Coaster

*Children under 7 must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion (14 years or older).

38 inches (97cm) or Taller:

  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

*Children under 7 must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion (14 years or older).

40 inches (102cm) or Taller:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

*Children under 7 must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion (14 years or older).

42 inches (107cm) or Taller:

  • Matterhorn Bobsleds

*Children under 7 must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion (14 years or older).

46 inches (117cm) or Taller:

  • Indiana Jones Adventure

*Children under 7 must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion (14 years or older).

54 inches (137cm) or Taller to Ride Alone:

  • Autopia

Ride Height at Disney California Adventure Park

As you may have noticed, it’s not just about ride height at Disneyland. Some attractions require kids to have a companion if they are under a certain age. The same is definitely true of the more daring attractions are at California Adventure. For that reason, it’s especially important to make sure your child is tall enough for the Guardians of the Galaxy (formerly Tower of Terror) and Incredicoaster rides before they get too excited!

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We’ve seen many a meltdown over this type of thing during our time at theme parks, and it’s always sad. When families have planned and looked forward to a trip for so long, realizing a child is too small to get on a specific ride can be a major letdown. Don’t let that happen to you. Be sure to check the ride height requirements at Disneyland and California Adventure well before you enter the gates.

Also, it’s worth noting that some of these guidelines may not make real sense to you. We were surprised by the relatively minimal height requirements for Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (Tower of Terror). We are not ride engineers, though, and our limited knowledge of operations should not override those of the professionals. It’s best to just follow the rules.

32 inches (81cm) or Taller:

  • Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters

*Children under 7 must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion (14 years or older).

40 inches (102cm) or Taller:

  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (formerly Tower of Terror!)
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Silly Symphony Swings (tandem swings only)
  • Soarin’ Around The World

*Children under 7 must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion (14 years or older).

42 inches (107cm) or Taller:

  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (rock wall and zip line only)

*Children under 7 must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion (14 years or older).

48 inches (122cm) or Taller:

  • Incredicoaster
  • Silly Symphony Swings (ride in single swing)

*Children under 7 must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion (14 years or older).

Knowing ahead of time can help you set expectations for your children. It’s better to let them know what they can and cannot ride prior to your visit in order to avoid a meltdown in the park. You can check the ride height requirements at Disneyland Resort and California Adventure together, so that they understand the process. Have a positive attitude about any disappointments because how you act will set the tone for your trip. 

Stay Safe and Keep Perspective

We’ve noticed on message boards and comments that some parents have tried modifying their children’s shoes in order to make them tall enough for rides. Please, please, please don’t do that. Not only are you sending a terrible message to your child, but you’re also potentially putting them in danger. Is a ride on Space Mountain really worth them getting injured (or worse)? Absolutely not. Teach your child to respect safety regulations and wait until they’ve grown enough to get on. Don’t try to beat a system that’s designed to protect them. It’s that simple.

No matter what, there are plenty of things to do at Disneyland. It’s easy to get down in the dumps when things don’t go your way, but that’s why it’s essential to be prepared. Carefully review the ride height requirements, get an accurate measurement of your child measured at the doctor’s office, and then plan accordingly. So if someone in your group can’t get on a certain ride, remember that it’s not the end of the world. Just keep walking! You won’t have to go very far before you find something you can all enjoy! Have a great time!

For a list of all attraction requirements and accommodations, please see the Disneyland Ride Restrictions.

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