Disneyland California Rides

Disneyland California rides and attractions for your best vacation in southern California. There are so many fun rides and things to do - for adults, families and kids. Check out these rides to help plan your vacation at Disneyland California parks.

For a list of rides with no height requirements, and list of all rides with specified height requirements, see Disneyland and California Adventure ride height requirements.

Updated June 21, 2024 by San Diego Beaches and Adventures

Disneyland California Rides 2024

Runaway Railway Disneyland

Mickeys and Minnie's Runaway Railway ride at Disneyland California

Adventureland Treehouse

The Adventureland Treehouse replaced the prior Tarzan Treehouse. It is loosely based upon the Swiss Family Robinson story, and features a room for each member of the family. The bottom floor will have a living room and dining room that are accessible without having to climb up the treehouse. Who doesn't love a treehouse?

Where is it located? Adventureland

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and kids of all ages. 


Alice in Wonderland

An indoor ride based on the Disney animated film "Alice in Wonderland." See The Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts  and more. Don’t be late.

Land: Fantasyland

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens and Teens. Rider switch available.


Astro Orbitor

An outdoor spinner ride that allows you to pilot your own rocket ship. Pull or push the lever inside the rocket ship to fly higher or lower. Popular with toddlers and young kids, this was our 4-year old son’s favorite ride at Disneyland.

Land: Tomorrowland

Minimum Height Requirement: None to ride, but may need taller person to ride with you

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens and Teens. Rider switch available.


Autotopia

Drive your own car on this outdoor scenic highway in this classic attraction from Disneyland. This is the only existing attraction in Tomorrowland that is one of the original rides at Disneyland from 1955. Autotopia remains popular with all ages.

Location: Tomorrowland

Autotopia Minimum Height Requirement: 32 inches (81 cm) or taller to ride, must be 54 inches (137 cm) or taller to drive.

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: Yes, you can use your Disneyland Genie Plus to reserve and enter the lightening lane.

Suitable for: Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. Rider switch available.


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Disneyland Big Thunder Railroad

A thrilling outdoor mine train roller coaster through a Western landscape and haunted goldmine. One of my favorite rides at Disneyland!

Location: Frontierland

Disneyland Ride Height Requirements: Minimum 40 inches (102 cm)

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: Yes, you can use your Disneyland Genie Plus to reserve a time to enter the lightening lane.

Suitable for: Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. One of the best Disneyland rides for adults. Rider switch available.


Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

One of the Toy Story rides at Disneyland. An interactive shooting game where you help Buzz Lightyear defeat Zurg to save the toy world. Track your points on the electronic dashboard on your space cruiser, and at the end, see how you rank vs others in your group. You’ll want to ride again and improve your score. This is a great indoor ride, suitable for all ages of Toy Story fans.

Location: Tomorrowland

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: Yes, you can use your Disneyland Genie Plus to make a reservation and use the lightening lane.

Suitable for: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. One of the best Disneyland rides for families. Rider switch available.


Casey Jr. Circus Train

A mini-train ride on Casey Jr. that takes you on a tour around Storybook Land, to see some classic fairy tale sites from Frozen, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid and more. This is one of the original rides at Disneyland Park from 1955.

Disneyland Park Location: Fantasyland

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kids and their parents. Rider switch available.


CenTOONial Park

Children’s play area in Toontown.

Disneyland location: Mickey’s Toontown

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kids, and Tweens. Rider switch available


Chip 'n' Dale's GADGETcoaster

A fun children’s roller coaster ride. Each seat fits one adult and one child.

Location: Mickey’s Toontown

Minimum Height Requirement: 35” (89 cm) or Taller

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Kids, Tweens and parents. Rider switch available for parents.


Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes

Paddle a 20-passenger canoe around Tom Sawyer island and discover the wonders of the frontier – without technology. A great way to take a break from the crowed and see parts of Frontierland, new Orleans Square and Critter Country. If you pay attention, you might see a Native American village, moose and beavers. Closes before dark.

Disneyland location: Critter Country

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Kids , Tweens, Teens and Adults. Rider switch available.


Disneyland Monorail

Disneyland Monorail

Ride the Disneyland Monorail for great views and a 13-minute round-trip journey around Disneyland park. Catch the ride at the Tomorrowland station near Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, or from the Downtown Disney District station as a way to enter or leave the park.

Disneyland Monorail Locations: Tomorrowland and Downtown Disney

Disneyland Rides without Height Requirement: No minimum

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: All ages


Disneyland Railroad

A classic train ride that takes you around the park with 4 stops. This is a great way to take a break from walking, see different areas of Disneyland park, and travel to another land. If you ride the full route, it is 18 minutes.

Disneyland Railroad Ride Train Stops: Main Street, U.S.A., New Orleans Square, Mickey’s Toontown and Tomorrowland

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: All ages - Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kids , Tweens, Teens and Adults. Rider switch available.


Donald Duck’s Pond

A small water playground to keep kids busy, especially on a hot day. Yes, you will get wet.

Disneyland Park Location: Mickey’s Toontown

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kids, and Tweens


Dumbo the Flying Elephant

A classic flying elephant ride that lets you control the height. This is one of the original rides at Disneyland and is very popular with young children, and the line can be long.

Dumbo Ride Disneyland Location: Fantasyland

Dumbo Ride Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kids, and parents. Rider switch available.


Enchanted Tiki Room

This classic Disneyland attraction is an indoor musical show featuring hundreds of animated singing birds and enchanted tikis. The show appeals to all ages, and is a nice break during the day, to sit down in an indoor setting. Outside in the patio, you will find the Tiki Juice Bar where you can order the popular Pineapple Dole Whip on your mobile device.

Land: Adventureland

Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: All ages - Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kids , Tweens, Teens and Adults


Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

Climb into this yellow submarine and explore the undersea world of "Finding Nemo." See if you can find Nemo, Marlin, Dory, Peach, Crush and more characters from Finding Nemo.

Finding Nemo Disneyland Ride Location: Tomorrowland

Finding Nemo Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. Note that the inside of the submarine is small so this ride is not recommended for those with claustrophobia. Rider switch available.


Goofy’s How-to-Play Yard

A kid-friendly play area in Toontown.

Disneyland Park location: Mickey's Toontown

Minimum Height Requirement: Any height

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Toddlers, Kids, and Tweens


Haunted Mansion

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Night

A spooky, dark ride through a haunted mansion filled with ghosts and ghouls. If you are looking for one of the scariest rides at Disneyland, this isn’t really it, unless you are afraid of the dark or friendly ghosts. One of the top rides at Disneyland.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Ride Location: New Orleans Square

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: Yes, you can use your Disneyland Genie Plus to reserve a time to enter the lightening lane.

Best for: Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. Rider switch available.


Indiana Jones Adventure

If you are looking for the Indiana Jones ride Disneyland, this is it! One of the top rides at Disneyland, and might be one of the scariest rides at Disneyland. Enter the Chamber of Destiny and confront collapsing bridges, slithering snakes and of course a massive rolling boulder. Will Dr. Jones be able to save you? An exciting thrill ride inspired by the Indiana Jones movies.

Indiana Jones Ride Disneyland location: Adventureland

Indiana Jones Ride Height Requirements: 46 inches (117 cm)

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: Yes, you can use your Disneyland Genie Plus to reserve a time to enter the lightening lane.

Best ride for: Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. Rider switch available.


It's a Small World Disneyland Ride

An indoor boat ride featuring singing dolls representing various cultures around the world. It’s a Small World ride was created for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, then moved to Disneyland California where it opened in 1966. This is a Walt Disney classic attraction that remains popular, but take note – the song goes on for a long time. Personally, I prefer the Little Mermaid ride at California Adventure park, but since this is a classic, it is worth riding – just once. This is one of the best Disneyland rides for babies.

It’s a Small World Disneyland ride location: Fantasyland

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: Yes, you can use your Genie Plus Disneyland reservation to use the lightening lane.

Best ride for: All ages – Babies, Toddlers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. Rider switch available.


Jungle Cruise

Take a boat cruise on a river, through jungles and encounter humorous adventures along the way. This is one of the original rides at Disneyland California, which opened in 1955.

Jungle Cruise Disneyland Ride Location: Adventureland

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Best for: All ages – Babies, Toddlers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. Rider switch available.


King Arthur Carrousel

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A classic carrousel featuring beautifully decorated horses. This is another one of the original rides at Disneyland California, which opened in 1955. This is one of the best Disneyland rides for babies.

Disneyland Carrousel Ride Location: Fantasyland

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Best ride for: Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kids, and Tweens and parents. Rider switch available.


Mad Tea Party

Enjoy the Mad Hatter’s tea party from the classic Alice in Wonderland. Ride a spinning teacup with your friends, where you can control the spinning speed. This is another one of the original rides at Disneyland California.

Tea Cups Ride Location: Fantasyland

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Good ride for: All ages. Rider switch available.


Mark Twain Riverboat

Mark Twain Riverboat Ride

Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland

Scenic ride aboard a 19th-century paddle boat. You will see some of the same sights as the Canoe ride, without doing the work. This attraction closes before dark.

Mark Twain Riverboat Disneyland location: Frontierland

Disneyland Rides without Height Requirement: Everyone can ride.

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: All ages – Babies, Toddlers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults


Matterhorn Bobsleds

An iconic roller coaster through the snow-capped Matterhorn Mountain on a speeding bobsled. Watch out for the Abominable Snowman. On most days, 2 different bobsled tracks are open: one on the Fantasyland side of the mountain, and the other on the Tomorrowland side. Yes, this is a Disneyland "E Ticket" ride - one of the best classic rides.

Matterhorn Bobsleds Disneyland Ride Location: Fantasyland

Matterhorn Bobsleds Minimum Height Requirement: 42 inches (107 cm)

Single Rider Line: Yes

Lightening Lane Ride: Yes, you can use your Genie+ Disneyland reservation to use the lightening lane.

Best ride for: Brave Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. Rider swap is available for parents with young children.


Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

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Who can resist a chance to ride in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, the fastest ship in the Galaxy. This is one of the new Star Wars Rides at Disneyland, located in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Your team will have pilots, engineers and gunners, and everyone gets a role. Another one of the best ride at Disneyland!

Millennium Falcon Star Wars Disneyland ride Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Height Requirement for Disneyland Rides: Minimum 38 inches (197 cm) tall

Single Rider Line: Yes

Lightening Lane Ride: Yes, you can use your Genie+ Disneyland reservation to use the lightening lane.

Best Disneyland ride for: Brave preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults, and especially all Star Wars fans. Rider swap is available for parents with young children.


Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Start your journey with a trip down memory lane, and a cartoon short of the beloved characters, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Catch a ride on the train with Engineer Goofy, and see how things quickly go wrong on Mickey Minnie runaway railway at Disneyland. One of the best new rides at Disneyland.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Disneyland Ride Location: Mickey’s Toontown

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: Individual Lightening lane purchase is available for this ride. It is currently not part of the Genie Plus Lightening Lane.

Best Disneyland ride for: All ages. Rider swap is available for parents with young children.


Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

An indoor buggy ride following the misadventures of Mr. Toad.

Disneyland California Location: Fantasyland

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults


Peter Pan's Flight

Peter Pan Disneyland Ride

A suspended indoor ride following Peter Pan's journey to Neverland. This is the most popular ride at Disneyland in Fantasyland, so if the line is short, take the opportunity to ride the Peter Plan ride at Disneyland. This is also one of the original rides at Disneyland.

Peter Pan Ride Location: Fantasyland

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Best ride for: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. Rider swap is available for parents with young children.


Pinocchio's Daring Journey

An indoor ride retelling the classic story of Pinocchio, who dreamed of becoming a real boy. Enjoy the famous song “When You Wish Upon A Star”, made famous in the 1940 Disney animation classic Pinocchio.

Location: Fantasyland

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Preschoolers Kids, Tweens, and parents. Rider swap is available for parents with young children.


Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

Hop on the log raft across the river and explore Tom Sawyer island. Explore the caves and frontier fort, or just walk around the island. This is one of my favorite places to go at Disneyland to get away from it all.

Tom Sawyer Island Disneyland location: Frontierland

Disneyland Rides without Height Requirements: Everyone can visit Tom Sawyer island.

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for:  Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. Rider swap is available.


Pirates of the Caribbean

Disneyland Pirtes Caribbean

An indoor boat ride through scenes of pirates and treasure in the Caribbean. See if you can see Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, and the iconic dog holding the key. Pirates of the Caribbean remains on of the most popular rides at Disneyland since it opened in 1967.

Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland ride location: New Orleans Square

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Best Disneyland ride for: All ages – Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. Rider swap is available.


Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

A spinning dark indoor ride based on the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."

Where is Roger Rabbit Disneyland Ride: Mickey's Toontown

Disneyland Rides without Height Requirements: Everyone can ride

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: Yes, you can use your Genie+ Disneyland reservation to use the lightening lane.

Good ride for: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens and parents. Rider swap is available.


Sailing Ship Columbia

Ride the Columbia, a full-scale replica of a historic 18th-century sailing ship. The cruise goes around Tom Sawyer Island and you can see the same sights as your would see on the Mark Twain Riverboat or Davy Crockettt’s Explorer Canoe ride.

Disneyland Park CA location: Frontierland

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Good ride for: All ages – Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. Rider swap is available.


Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough

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A self-guided tour through the story of "Sleeping Beauty" inside the castle passageways. The Sleeping Beauty Castle is one of the most photographed sites within Disneyland California. Don't forget to take a selfie outside the castle.

Sleeping Beauty Castle Disneyland California location: Fantasyland

Minimum Height Requirement: None

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, and parents. Rider swap is available.


Snow White's Enchanted Wish

Ride an old mine cart and see the Seven Dwarfs, the Queen’s sorcery chamber and the magic mirror on this classic Disneyland ride. Snow While ride is based on Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

Snow White Disneyland ride location: Fantasyland

Disneyland Rides without Height Requirement: Everyone can ride.

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Kids, Tweens, and parents. Rider swap is available.


Space Mountain

A thrilling indoor roller coaster through outer space, as you fly through infinite darkness surrounded by galaxies. This is one of the fastest rollercoaster rides at Disneyland park, and is one of the most thrilling but for some scary rides in Disneyland.

Space Mountain Disneyland ride location: Tomorrowland

Minimum Height Requirement: 40 inches (102 cm)

Single Rider Line: Yes

Lightening Lane Ride: Yes, you can use your Genie Plus Disneyland reservation  to use the lightening lane.

Best Disneyland ride for: Brave preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. Rider swap is offered for parents of young children.


Splash Mountain Disneyland Park

Splash Mountain Disneyland ride closed on May 31, 2023. It was a log flume ride with characters from Disney's "Song of the South." Located in Critter Country, Splash Mountain will be re-themed to The Princess and the Frog.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

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The Disneyland Star Tours ride is one of my favorites. Ride the 3D motion simulator ride through the "Star Wars" galaxy. You will jump to hyperspace to legendary destinations from the Star Wars series with your tour guide, C-3PO. There are different adventures with new worlds and characters from different adventures, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. If the line is short, ride multiple times and see different worlds. This is one of the Disneyland Star Wars Rides.

Disneyland Star Tours Ride Location: Tomorrowland

Height Requirement for Disneyland Rides: Minimum 40 inches (102 cm)

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: Yes, you can use your Genie+ Disneyland reservation to use the lightening lane for Star Tours.

Best Disneyland ride for: Brave preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults, and especially all Star Wars fans. Rider swap is available.


Storybook Land Canal Boats

Ride a 12-person boat tour through miniature scenes from beloved Disney fairy tales, including Frozen, Three Little Pigs, Alice in Wonderland and The Little Mermaid.

Disneyland Cali location: Fantasyland

Disneyland Rides without Height Requirement: Everyone can ride

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, and parents. Rider swap is available.


Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

If you are looking for the Star Wars Rides at Disneyland, this is one of them. Join the Resistance in a battle against the evil First Order – Rey and BB-8 will need your help! Many consider this the best ride at Disneyland! But beware -  for some, it can be one of the scariest rides at Disneyland.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance location: Galaxy’s Edge

Height Requirement for Star Wars Disneyland Ride: Minimum 40 inches (102 cm)

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: Individual Lightening lane purchase is available for this ride. It is currently not part of the Genie+ Lightening Lane.

Best Disneyland ride for: Very brave preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults, and especially all Star Wars fans. This attraction may be too scary for some children. Rider swap is available.


Tiana's Bayou Adventure

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Disneyland

Tiana's Bayou Adventure is scheduled to open in 2024, as a reimagined Splash Mountain Disneyland ride, which closed on May 31, 2023. It will remain the log flume ride with the famous drop at the end.  The Princess and the Frog themed ride will be renamed Tiana's Bayou Adventure.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure location: Critter Country, near new Orleans Square

Height Requirement for Tiana's Bayou Adventure Disneyland Ride: Minimum 40 inches (102 cm)

Single Rider Line: Likely Yes, as Splash Mountain had a single rider line

Lightening Lane Ride: Likely when the ride reopens.

Best Disneyland ride for: Very brave preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens and Adults. 


The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

A gentle, story-based ride following Winnie the Pooh and friends.

Disneyland CA Location: Critter Country

Disneyland Rides without Height Requirement: Anyone can ride

Single Rider Line: No

Lightening Lane Ride: No

Suitable for: Preschoolers, Kids and Tweens and parents. Rider swap is available.


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