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Walt Disney World Ride Height Requirements 101 – Know Before You Go!

Walt Disney World is one of the top family destinations in the country. Part of the reason is because there is so much to do, no matter your age. There are some rides, though, where height does make a difference. That is where height requirements come into play. Most of the rides are good for all ages, so do not let the fact that there are a few that your child might not yet be able to ride keep you from planning your vacation.

Children will be measured at the entrance to each ride that has a height requirement. They might be measured again near the entrance to the ride. Your children will not be required to remove their shoes, and make sure that your kids stand up straight. Standing on tiptoes is not allowed. If your child is not tall enough, ask the Cast Member at the ride’s entrance about Rider Switch. It allows everyone tall enough to ride in separate groups without having to wait in line twice.

It is not a good idea to put lifts in your kid’s shoes in order to gain a little bit of height. Also, if your child is too short, do not blame the Cast Member. He or she could end up out of a job if a child who is too short gets through. Remember that the height requirements are in place to keep children safe. It’s not a bad idea to familiarize yourself with the rides that your child might not be tall enough for before you leave home, and then try to avoid seeing those rides all together. Remember the bigger the thrill, the taller the riders have to be.

Here are the rides with height requirements at Walt Disney World, listed alphabetically in each park. Considering how many rides and attractions there are at Walt Disney World, you’ll notice that the list isn’t really all that long.

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Magic Kingdom:

The Barnstormer, Fantasyland; must be at least 35 inches.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Frontierland; must be at least 40 inches.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Fantasyland; must be at least 38 inches.

Space Mountain, Tomorrowland; must be at least 44 inches.

Splash Mountain, Frontierland; must be at least 40 inches.

Stitch’s Great Escape, Tomorrowland (open seasonally); must be at least 40 inches.

Tomorrowland Speedway, Tomorrowland; must be at least 32 inches to ride, and 54 inches to ride alone. Children at least 32 inches can drive only if accompanied by someone who is at least 54 inches.

Epcot:

Mission: SPACE, Future World; must be at least 40 inches for Green Mission, and 44 inches for Orange Mission.

Soarin’, Future World; must be at least 40 inches.

Test Track, Future World; must be at least 40 inches.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Land; must be at least 32 inches.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Sunset Boulevard; must be at least 48 inches.

Slinky Dog Coaster, Toy Story Land; must be at least 38 inches.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Echo Lake; must be at least 40 inches.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Sunset Boulevard; must be at least 40 inches.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

Avatar Flight of Passage, Pandora – The World of Avatar; must be at least 44 inches.

DINOSAUR, DinoLand U.S.A.; must be at least 40 inches.

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, Asia; must be at least 44 inches.

Kali River Rapids, Asia; must be at least 38 inches.

Primeval Whirl, DinoLand U.S.A.; must be at least 48 inches.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park:

Bay Slides; maximum height is 60 inches.

Crush ‘n’ Gusher; must be at least 48 inches.

Humunga Kowabunga; must be at least 48 inches.

Ketchakiddee Creek; maximum height is 48 inches.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park:

Chairlift; must be at least 32 inches.

Downhill Double Dipper; must be at least 48 inches.

Slush Gusher; must be at least 48 inches.

Summit Plummet; must be at least 48 inches.

Tike’s Peak; maximum height is 48 inches.

Disney Springs:

Marketplace Carousel, Marketplace; must be at least 42 inches to ride alone. If an adult is accompanying a child who does not meet the height requirement, there will be no charge for the adult.

Marketplace Train Express, Marketplace; must be at least 48 inches to ride alone. If an adult is accompanying a child who does not meet the height requirement, there will be no charge for the adult.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID, Marketplace; must be at least 48 inches.

The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort:

Horseback Riding, Tri-Circle-D Ranch; must be at least nine years old, at least 48 inches, and weigh under 250 pounds.

Pony Rides, Tri-Circle-D Ranch; must be at least two years old, 48 inches or under, and weigh under 80 pounds.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.