Rides at Disney World with height requirements

Though Disney World is intended to be enjoyed by the whole family, some attractions have height minimums to keep kids safe.

Here's an overview of the attractions with Disney World height requirements and how taller people in your group can still enjoy the attractions even if you have too-short-to-ride members in your party.

Let's dive in...

Are Disney World height requirements enforced?

In short (so to speak), yes. Cast Members will measure guests who appear to be close to the requirement for that attraction and will not allow kids who fall under that height to board. This is for safety reasons.

Children will be measured at every single ride where they appear to be close to the height requirement. No hand stamps are given after being measured to allow entry on every ride. They'll be measured every time.

The measurement is done with shoes on, unless high heel shoes are being worn (in which case, Cast Members may ask that shoes be removed).

Adults and older kids can still ride

If you do have somebody in your group who doesn't meet the Disney World height requirements, you can still ride using the Rider Switch pass. This allows your group to split into 2 as the first part of the group rides, then you can swap and let the other part of the group ride.

Rider Switch allows an adult to always be waiting with the child as the other part of the group rides.

Check out info on how Rider Switch works, including tips on making sure the waiting child is being kept busy while everybody else rides.

So which attractions have height requirements?

Check out this list of Disney World height requirements so you can plan ahead.

Magic Kingdom

  • Barnstormer (35")
  • Big Thunder (40")
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38")
  • Space Mountain (44")
  • Splash Mountain (40")
  • Stitch's Great Escape (40")
  • Tomorrowland Speedway (32" minimum to ride, 54" minimum to drive)

Epcot

  • Mission: Space (44")
  • Soarin' (40")
  • Test Track (40")

Hollywood Studios

  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (48")
  • Star Tours (40")
  • Tower of Terror (40")

Animal Kingdom

  • DINOSAUR (40")
  • Expedition Everest (44") - though this is one of the lower Disney World height requirements for a big coaster, many kids who meet this requirement will be scared to ride so be sure to assess their scare tolerance as well
  • Kali River Rapids (38")
  • Flight of Passage (44")
  • Primeval Whirl (48")

Typhoon Lagoon

  • Crush 'n' Gusher (48")
  • Humunga Kowabunga (48")

Blizzard Beach

  • Chair Lift (32")
  • Downhill Double Dipper (48")
  • Slush Gusher (48")
  • Summit Plummet (48")

Disney Springs

  • Marketplace Carousel (42")

Here's a handy chart of Disney World height requirements as a reference:
Disney World height requirements chart

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You might want to check out touring plans for all 4 parks which include an option to tour with little ones who aren't tall enough to ride some of the bigger rides.

Any other thoughts or questions about Disney World height requirements? Feel free to leave those in the comments.

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Mike

Just wanted to add a note about Tomorrowland Speedway – you can drive at 32″ if you’re with someone over 54″.

“Additionally, Guests who are at least 32 inches (81 cm) tall are also invited to drive as long as they are accompanied by someone who is at least 54 inches (137 cm) tall.”

Isaiah

How tall do you have to be to ride all roller coasters?

Meredith

Great post! I had my two little girls with me on the Frozen ride. One (very tall) four year old and one fourteen month old. We stood in that long line, and finally got to go on the ride… I didn’t know there was a drop in it. That was totally my mistake! lol

Are the height restrictions still effective if they are with an adult

Thank you

Monica

Will May have any fireworks at Hollywood Studios at night?

Donna

Does anyone know if child meets height requirements but is under age 3?

Donna

Thank you!

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