Disney World Height Requirements: A Complete Guide

by | May 26, 2023 | WDW Blog

A complete guide to Disney World height requirements at each of the four parks, including the rides with no height requirements and the attractions at Disney World’s water parks.

While there are many rides at Walt Disney World that are open to guests of any age or height, some of the more thrilling attractions at the parks have height requirements they must adhere to. There are even a handful of rides that have requirements for the maximum height they will allow, not just the minimum.

So, before you start planning your Disney World vacation, it’s important to know what the ride height requirements are so you can plan accordingly. Height requirements are strictly enforced at the parks and are specified to help ensure riders are able to enjoy the attraction safely. We’re breaking down the height requirements of the rides at the four major parks, along with the two water parks!

Magic Kingdom Ride Height Requirements

At Magic Kingdom, the majority of attractions don’t have height requirements. This means any child or adult of any height is able to ride or experience the attraction. You will want to note that it doesn’t necessarily mean that the content is not potentially scary for children. For example, Haunted Mansion has no height requirement but may be a bit spooky for some younger riders. Height requirements are implanted for the safety of the ride, not for age-appropriateness, so you will want to do your research in advance.

These are the Magic Kingdom attractions with no height requirements:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
  • The Hall of Presidents
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Walt Disney World Railroad

Then there are six rides with heigh specifications. Note that for Tomorrowland Speedway, you will need to be 54 inches or taller to drive alone. If you are 32 inches or taller, you must have an adult passenger to drive.

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: 38 inches or taller
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 40 inches or taller
  • Tomorrowland Speedway: 32 inches or taller (To drive the car alone, the guest must be 54 inches or taller)
  • Space Mountain: 44 inches or taller
  • The Barnstormer: 35 inches or taller
  • TRON Lightcycle / Run: 48 inches or taller

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Ride Height Requirements

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Dinosaur at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Photo by Laurie Sapp

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the following rides and attractions have no height requirement:

  • Affection Section
  • The Boneyard
  • Conservation Station
  • Discovery Island Trails
  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • Tree of Life
  • TriceraTop Spin
  • Wildlife Express Train
  • Walt Disney World Railroad

There are four rides that have height requirements at Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

  • Avatar Flight of Passage: 44 inches or taller
  • Expedition Everest: 44 inches or taller
  • DINOSAUR: 40 inches or taller
  • Kali River Rapids: 38 inches or taller

EPCOT Ride Height Requirements

The majority of attractions have no height requirements at EPCOT, including:

  • Advanced Training Lab
  • The American Adventure
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  • Impressions de France
  • Journey Into Imagination With Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • O Canada!
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Reflections of China
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Turtle Talk With Crush

There are four more thrilling attractions that do have height requirements, these are:

  • Soarin’ Around the World: 40 inches or taller
  • Test Track: 40 inches or taller
  • Mission: SPACE (Orange and Green): 44 inches or taller
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind: 42 inches or taller

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Ride Height Requirements

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll find that the majority of rides do have height requirements, unlike at the other three parks. The attractions with no height requirements are:

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Toy Story Mania!

On the other hand, the rides that do have height requirements include:

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance: 40 inches or taller
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: 40 inches or taller
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith: 48 inches or taller
  • Slinky Dog Dash: 38 inches or taller
  • Alien Swirling Saucers: 32 inches or taller
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run: 38 inches or taller
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue: 40 inches or taller

Rider Switch

So, what happens when you have someone in your party that does not meet the required height for a ride? In that case, you can use Rider Switch (sometimes known as rider swap or child swap). This is a service offered at the Disney Parks that allows guests with small children to take turns riding attractions that have a height requirement, meaning they don’t have to wait in line twice.

To use Rider Switch, you will first want to speak with a Cast Member outside of the attraction to let them know you would like to do Rider Switch. The Cast Member will typically issue a Rider Switch pass (whether a physical copy or digitally attached to your MagicBand). The first group will be able to wait in line and experience the attraction while the second adult and child who does not meet the height requirement stay behind. Once that first ride has been completed, the adult who stayed behind can “switch” to go and ride the attraction without having to wait in line a second time.

Disney World Water Park Height Requirements

The Disney World water parks also have height requirements that you need to know. Both Disney World water parks have requirements for certain attractions, both for maximum and minimum heights.

Typhoon Lagoon Height Requirements

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Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

At Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, the following attractions have no height requirement:

  • Castaway Creek
  • Gangplank Falls
  • Keelhaul Falls
  • Mayday Falls
  • Miss Adventure Falls
  • Storm Slides
  • Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool

There are four attractions that have height requirements, both minimum and maximum heights:

  • Bay Slides: 60 inches or shorter
  • Crush ‘n’ Gusher: 48 inches or taller
  • Humunga Kowabunga: 48 inches or taller
  • Ketchakiddee Creek: 48 inches or shorter

Blizzard Beach Height Requirements

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Photo by Laurie Sapp

At Disney’s Blizzard Beach, the following attractions have no height requirements:

  • Cross Country Creek
  • Melt-Away Bay
  • Runoff Rapids
  • Ski Patrol Training Camp
  • Snow Stormers
  • Teamboat Springs
  • Toboggan Racers

These five attractions have either a minimum or a maximum height requirement:

  • Chairlift: 32 inches or taller
  • Downhill Double Dipper: 48 inches or taller
  • Slush Gusher: 48 inches or taller
  • Summit Plummet: 48 inches or taller
  • Tike’s Peak: 48 inches or shorter

 

Posts by Morgan Flaherty

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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