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.
- 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)
- Mission: Space orange (44")
- Mission: Space green (40")
- Soarin' (40")
- Test Track (40")
- 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") - Opening 8/29/19
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (38") - Opening 8/29/19
- 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")
- Crush 'n' Gusher (48")
- Humunga Kowabunga (48")
- Chair Lift (32")
- Downhill Double Dipper (48")
- Slush Gusher (48")
- Summit Plummet (48")
- Marketplace Carousel (42")
- Marketplace Train Express (48")
- Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID (48")
Here's a handy chart of Disney World height requirements as a reference:
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.