Are you planning to a vacation to Florida and are worried about the Disney World height requirements for rides? There are many rides you can enjoy at Disney World. However, some rides may disappoint you or your little ones, due to height requirements so you need to be prepared in advance.
Walt Disney World height requirements are there only for your safety. Only a few rides are limited like this in all of Walt Disney World. Just because you can’t enjoy them, that does not mean you can’t enjoy being at Disney World.
There are tons of other rides and attractions in the theme parks that you can try out. They are both enjoyable and are good for making memories.
It’s important to understand that that only a few rides have height limitations. On top of that, the rides are not the only things you can enjoy in Walt Disney World. There are surrounding views, themed parks, special shows, restaurants, and more.
Even if you feel bad about not riding them all, you can always come back for them when your kids are a bit older, and enjoy them then. In this article, we are going to tell you about the different parts of Disney World and how many rides with height requirements are in the Disney World theme parks.
Is Disney World Strict With Height Requirements For Rides?
Since Disney World height requirements are there for your safety, yes they are enforced on guests. Before you enter the line, there will be cast members who will measure your height. If you are below the required height, you are forbidden to enter.
They will check this and it isn’t something that just happens once in a while. They also can ask that your children’s shoes are removed if it’s still in question. So I wouldn’t try to fudge this.
Rider Switch at Disney World
In Disney world, there is a pass called rider switch or child swap. If you are not tall enough to enter a ride, you can swap with an adult in your group and he can enjoy the ride for you. To use the rider switch, you need to split into two groups. The children can sit with one adult to look after them, while another person can enjoy the ride using a rider switch.
Once the first round in over, another round can be taken by the ones who were waiting outside. They are allowed to enter at a FastPass line where you can enter faster to enjoy the attraction. This way both the groups get to enjoy it with a swap pass. We actually have a post that talks about rider switch. Along with information on rider switch, you will also find some other tips on taking babies and toddlers to any of the theme parks. You might find them helpful on many occasions.
What are the Different Height Requirements?
Every ride is different to a degree and it really all depends on how “thrilling” a particular ride is as to how tall a child needs to be in order to ride it. By the way, if you want to get a better understanding of how intense or awesome the ride might be you can check out one of the hundreds of videos on YouTube about that particular Disney World ride. You can also find reviews on many websites about most rides. Let’s take a look at all the attractions in Disney world with height requirements…
In the magic kingdom there are 33 rides with only 6 of them having a height requirement, they are…
- Big Thunder Mountain (40 inches in height)
- Space Mountain (44 inches in height)
- Barnstormer (35 inches in height)
- Splash Mountain (40 inches in height)
- Tomorrowland Speedway (32 inches in height to ride, and 54 inches to drive)
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38 inches in height)
Tron Lightcycle power run is another ride that is in construction. From what we understand it will open in the year 2021. If you’d like to find out more about Magic Kingdom make sure you check out our full guide.
Epcot houses 16 attractions, but among them, only four contain height requirements. They are;
- Soarin’ (40 inches in height)
- Mission Space(44 inches in height – orange, more intense side)
- Mission Space (40 inches in height- green less intense side)
- Test Track (40 inches in height)
Right now Epcot is being refurbished, with lots of new updates and additions to the park. It will be an interesting time for this park as construction progresses.
In the France Pavillion, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is under construction which will open anytime in 2020. The best part about this ride is there are no height requirements. Everyone can enjoy this attraction!
Another exciting roller coaster ride called Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is coming to Epcot. We hope to see it in action in 2021, but only Disney knows.
This ride is supposed to have height requirements. You can find out more about these upcoming rides in our Guide for Epcot attractions.
Here you will find many shows that you can watch together with your family, such as Beauty and the Beast, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, as well as the Frozen sing-along, etc.
All these shows are performed live on stage which makes it even more exciting. Hence, there are only a few rides in this park with height requirements. There are three main attractions in the park, they are;
- Toy Story Mania
- Muppet Vision 3D
- Mickie and Minnies Runaway Railway
None of the rides above have height requirements. So, you can enjoy this park with your entire family. However, there are other attractions in the park. Unfortunately, they do have height requirements, they are;
- Star Tours (40 inches in height)
- Star Wars (40 inches in height)
- Tower of Terror (40 inches in height)
- Millenium Falcon Smugglers Run (38 inches in height)
- Rock n Roller Coaster (48 inches in height)
- Alien Swirling Saucers (32 inches in height)
- Slinky Dog Dash (38 inches in height)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a really fun park and while there is so much more to do here than just the rides, there are still a handful of rides with height requirements at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The rides which have height requirements are;
- Expedition Everest (44 inches in height)
WARNING: You should know that even though there are height requirements, many children who enter the ride are too scared to continue. This is one of the lower height requirements in the Disney world. Therefore we recommend consulting the child about it before taking him/her on the ride.
- Primeval Whirl (48 inches in height)
- Kali river rapids (38 inches in height)
- Dinosaur (40 inches in height)
- Avatar flight of passage (44 inches in height)
If you’d like to find out more about the rides at Animal Kingdom, you can check out our full guide to Disney’s Animal Kingdom here.
If you like being in the Disney water parks, then Disney’s Typhoon lagoon is a park that you can check out during your next stay at Disney World. There’s a lot of fun areas to explore and a lot of fun to be had at Typhoon Lagoon. But just like everywhere else there are still some water rides that have height requirements. Here is a list of the rides that have restricted Disney World height requirements at Typhoon Lagoon;
- Crush and Gusher (48 inches in height)
- Humunga Kowabunga (48 inches in height)
- Bay Slides (60 inches in height)
You can find out more about Typhoon Lagoon and it’s attractions in our full guide to Typhoon Lagoon.
Just like Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach is also a water park on Disney property. There are few rides in the park with height requirements. They are;
- Slush Gusher (48 inches in height)
- Downhill Double Dipper (48 inches in height)
- Summit Plummet (48 inches in height)
- Chair Lift (32 inches in height)
There are many attractions at Blizzard Beach water park in Disney World. If you don’t want to miss out on anything then make sure you read our guide to blizzard beach. You can learn about the attractions in the park in detail there.
Disney Springs isn’t technically a “theme park”. There are restaurants, attractions, and movies. Disney Springs has a few rides as well, among them, only a few have height requirements. They are;
- Marketplace Train Express (48 inches in height)
- Marketplace Carousel (42 inches in height)
- Starwars: Secrets of The Empire (48 inches in height)
Like the rest of the parks of Disney world, if you want to know about Disney Springs in detail, you can look for it in our full Disney Springs guide. It contains all sorts of information about Disney Springs and all of it’s wonderful offerings.
There are so many wonderful rides at Walt Disney World that you really can’t go wrong. But with some excellent height requirement preparation before your trip, you can ensure that your kids are tall enough to ride all of the rides that they want to in each Disney theme park. We’ve also created this handy pocket guide infographic that you can print out and keep handy when you are in the parks or just save the picture to your phone for reference.