There is nothing more frustrating then to have your child all excited over a particular attraction, only to get there and find out they don’t meet the height requirements. Walt Disney World® can absolutely be the most magical place on Earth, the best trip you will ever take and a vacation full of wonderful memories . . . . but, it’s better to know the height requirements for the rides before you go. There are some rides with minimum age requirements also. Height requirements will definitely keep your child off an attraction so be prepared before you head to Walt Disney World so there is no disappointment. There are definitely good reasons behind the Disney height requirements and, of course, safety is the number one reason. (FYI: If your child does not meet the height requirement, you can still ride the attraction utilizing the Rider Switch program. Disney’s Rider Switch allows one adult to wait with the non-rider (or riders) while the rest of the party enjoys the attraction. When the other adult returns, they can supervise the non-riding Guests, and the waiting adult can board the attraction without having to wait in the regular line again!)
Many visitors have tried to get their child passed the height checks – don’t do it. The requirements are in place for safety.
Research before you go which rides your children can ride. Measure them before leaving home to get an accurate height, wearing the same shoes they will wear in the park. Knowing which attractions are appropriate for your kids, understanding the height and age restrictions, will help with your planning and avoid any disappointment when you are there.
Be sure to check all the warnings for each ride since there are other warnings in addition to height requirements. There are health restrictions as well, such as people with bad backs, pregnant women, those prone to motion sickness, claustrophobia or fear of dark places are a few that may be listed.
If you are planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Walt Disney World, you may want to choose a time when your shortest child is at least 48” tall so that the entire family can enjoy all the attractions.
|Seven Dwarfs Mine Train||38″|
|Big Thunder Mountain Railroad||40″|
|Stitch’s Great Escape!||40″|
- “Space Mountain” at least age 3
- “Big Thunder Mountain” at least age 3
- “The Barnstormer” at least age 3
|Star Tours: The Adventures Continue||40″|
|The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror||40″|
|Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith||48″|
- Star Tours at least age 3
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at least age 3
|Kali River Rapids||38″|
|Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain||44″|
Some of the attractions at both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon have height restrictions as well:
|Downhill Double Dipper||48″|
|Crush ‘n’ Gusher||48″|