Gadget's Go Coaster

This little coaster is quite gentle, and a good choice for younger children. It's one of only two rides in Toontown. It's definitely a roller coaster designed for the younger set, but it can also evoke screams of "Oh, Mama!" from their terrified parents. Know yourself and your kids before you ride.

From the home and workshop of Gadget Hackwrench, you'll ride in a cleverly designed "acorn train for a quick trip around Toon Lake. You'll zip past oversized spools, combs and soup cans. Then you encounter a happy green frog who likes to spit water overhead. And just that fast, you're done. In fact, it may take you more time to read this review than it will to experience the ride.

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What You Need to Know About Gadget's Go Coaster

Gadget's Go Coaster in Toontown
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  • Location: Gadget's Go Coaster is in Toontown. 
  • Rating: ★★
  • Restrictions:  35 in (89 cm) Children under age seven years must be accompanied by a person aged 14 years or older. 
  • Ride Time: 45 seconds
  • Recommended for: Younger children, but only when the line is short
  • Fun Factor: Medium
  • Wait Factor: Medium to high, up to almost an hour on a busy day.
  • Fear Factor: Low
  • Herky-Jerky Factor: Even though it's a beginner's roller coaster, it can jerk you around and is not a good idea if you have neck or back trouble. If you're tall, you may get jerked around more than shorter people will.
  • Nausea Factor: Low to medium
  • Seating: Two children can easily fit into a single car, but most adults will want to travel alone or with one small child. Tall people complain that the cars are cramped and hard to get in and out of.
  • Accessibility: You have to transfer into the ride vehicle from wheelchairs and ECVs. Ask a Cast Member where to enter. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV.
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How to Have More Fun

Frog at Gadget's Go Coaster
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  • Lines can get long, and there's no shade to stand in. If your kids can't resist, try to go early in the day or wait until after the sun gets low enough to cast some shadows
  • You don't spend much time careening around the track. In fact, it's only about 20 seconds. Getting up the first hill, braking and getting off, take up the rest of the time.
  • Be on the lookout for a happy green frog who likes to spit a stream of water directly over your head.
  • Skip it unless the wait is less than 5 minutes. Or your child insists that they want to ride.
  • All of Toontown closes early on days when there will be fireworks. Check the schedule and get there in time to enjoy it all.
  • If you want to get to Toontown from the front entrance in a hurry, take the Disneyland train straight to the Toontown stop.
  •  If you're not sure how well your kids will tolerate roller coasters, his beginner's ride is the perfect place to find out. Ride it before throwing them into more advanced rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
  • Gadget's coaster is just one of the Disneyland roller coasters. If you crave more thrills, you'll find them in this guide to Disneyland roller coasters.

While you're thinking about rides, you should also download the essential Disneyland apps (they're all free!) and get some proven tips to minimize your Disneyland wait time.

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Fun Facts

In the Line at Gadget's Go Coaster
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In case you're wondering, the Gadget this ride is named for isn't Inspector Gadget. Instead, it's Gadget Hackwrench, a smart female mouse character from the television series "Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers." If you're wondering what she looks like, you can see her on top of a small weather-vane on a building near Chip and Dale's Tree House. She also shows up on a postage stamp in the loading area.

Gadget is the shortest ride in all of Disneyland. It's in motion for less than a minute and it takes half of that just to get t the top of the first hill. After that, you'll zip around for 20 seconds before you're done.

Gadget's Go Coaster is the only remaining Disneyland ride that was based on a Disney Afternoon television series.

At the first turn to the left in the entrance queue, look for a hidden Mickey on the rock wall. There's another peeking out from the blueprints in the workshop.

While you wait for your ride, check out Gadget's home workshop. Look for the workshop tools that spell her name. I'll get you started: "G" is a wrench. "A" is a folding measuring ruler. "D" is a saw. You're on your own after that.

If you're into technical details, Gadget's coaster is a Vekoma production model "Roller Skater" junior coaster.

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