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Know Before You Go ~ Is Your Child Tall Enough for the Rides at WDW?

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WDW Height Requirements

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. 

Height Requirements – Magic Kingdom
Tomorrowland Speedway 32″
The Barnstormer 35″
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 38″
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 40″
Splash Mountain 40″
Stitch’s Great Escape! 40″
Space Mountain 44″

Age Restrictions:

  • “Space Mountain” at least age 3
  • “Big Thunder Mountain” at least age 3
  • “The Barnstormer” at least age 3
Height Requirements – Epcot
Soarin’ 40″
Test Track 40″
Mission: SPACE  44″


Height Requirements – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue 40″
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 40″
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith 48″

Age Restrictions:

  • Star Tours at least age 3
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at least age 3
Height Requirements – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Kali River Rapids 38″
Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain 44″
Primeval Whirl 48″

Some of the attractions at both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon have height restrictions as well:

Height Requirements – Blizzard Beach
Chair Lift 32″
Downhill Double Dipper 48″
Slush Gusher 48″
Summit Plummet 48″
Tike’s Peak 48″


Height Requirements – Typhoon Lagoon
Crush ‘n’ Gusher 48″
Humunga Kowabunga 48″
Ketchakiddie Creek 48″
Bay Slides 60″

Women&TheirPretties (@JoyceDuboise)

Friday 24th of March 2017

Great post! You're so right about safety, though. It's important that the children be safe first and foremost!