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 plus some tips on 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 or wristbands 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 (also sometimes called Child Swap) pass.
This special pass allows your group to easily split into 2 where the first part of the group rides (while at least 1 adult waits with the too-small-to-ride child).
When the first group gets done, the pass allows them to swap and let the other part of the group ride via the FastPass line (which will significantly cut down on the wait).
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.
Just how thrilling are they?
If you're just looking at pictures it may be hard to tell just how intense some attractions really are.
After all, looks can be deceiving.
If you're debating giving an attraction with a height requirement a try we recommend you read our overview on the thrill rides of Walt Disney World as well as checking out ride videos on YouTube.
So which attractions have height requirements at Disney World?
Check out this list of Disney World height requirements so you can plan ahead.
Not counting character meets and a couple minor attractions, Magic Kingdom clocks in with about 33 attractions (the most of any park).
Out of all of those attractions, only 6 rides have height requirements:
- Barnstormer (35")
- Big Thunder (40")
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38")
- Space Mountain (44")
- Splash Mountain (40")
- Tomorrowland Speedway (32" minimum to ride, 54" minimum to drive)
Another ride, TRON Lightcycle Power Run, is currently under construction and will also have a height requirement. This is attraction is tentatively scheduled to open in 2021.
Check out our Guide to Magic Kingdom Attractions for more information.
Epcot has about 16 attractions, with just 3 of those having height requirements:
- Mission: SPACE (orange, more intense side) (44")
- Mission: SPACE (green, less intense side) (40")
- Soarin' (40")
- Test Track (40")
Epcot is in the middle of some major refurbishments and updates, including the addition of new rides and attractions.
Remy's Ratatouille Adventure is under construction and scheduled to open in the France pavilion sometime in 2020. This new attraction will not have any height requirements.
Another major attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, is also coming to Epcot. The estimated completion date for this new coaster is sometime in 2021 and it is expected to have a height requirement.
Check out our Guide to Epcot Attractions for more information on all the attractions you can find here.
Compared to the other parks which have a much smaller percentage of attractions with height requirements, outside of the shows like Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and the Frozen Sing Along, only 3 of the main attractions here (Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, Muppet*Vision 3D, and Toy Story Mania!) do not have any height requirements:
- Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (48")
- Star Tours (40")
- Tower of Terror (40")
- Slinky Dog Dash (38")
- Alien Swirling Saucers (32")
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (40")
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (38")
Check out our Guide to Hollywood Studios Attractions for more information on all the attractions you can find here.
Animal Kingdom has lots of animal exhibits to see, paths to explore, shows to experience, and attractions to ride.
Out of all there is to see and do here, only 5 of the rides have height requirements:
- 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")
- Avatar Flight of Passage (44")
- Primeval Whirl (48")
Check out our Guide to Animal Kingdom Attractions for more information on all the attractions you can find here.
Typhoon is one of 2 water parks at Walt Disney World. It has a few big slides that have height requirements, however there is lots to see and do here (including a large area for kids):
- Bay Slides (60")
- Crush 'n' Gusher (48")
- Humunga Kowabunga (48")
Check out our Complete Guide to Typhoon Lagoon for more info.
Blizzard Beach is the other water park and much like Typhoon Lagoon, it also has a few slides that have height requirements:
- Chair Lift (32")
- Downhill Double Dipper (48")
- Slush Gusher (48")
- Summit Plummet (48")
Check out our Complete Guide to Blizzard Beach for more info.
- Marketplace Carousel (42")
- Marketplace Train Express (48")
- Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID (48")
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.