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Walt Disney World Height Requirements for Rides and Attractions

Updated on August 18, 2014

How Tall Do You Have To Be To Ride The Disney Rides?

Walt Disney wanted to create thene parks where families could enjoy rides and attractions together. The Disney theme parks are different from your local fair or carnival in that there are no rides where the parent stands off to the side watching the child ride. Each of the four Disney theme park will have many rides and attractiosn that everyone can do, even if you're travelling with a baby.

On the other hand, there are some rides or attractions that have height restriction and it can be heartbreaking when a child is looking forward to a certain attraction, only to arrive and find that he/she is not tall enough to ride. To avoid that situation we've compiled a list of height requirements for the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks so that you can set the right expectations before you go. The height requirements are strictly enforced and this is for your child's safety. The great thing is that the height is with shoes on so that can help a child that's right at a certain height.

If a Disney ride is not listed (for example, "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" or "Kilmanjaro Safari"), you can assume that there is not an age or height limit to worry about.

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What Rides Can My Child Ride at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks?

Height Resrictions at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom Theme Parks

You must be at least 52" (132cm) to ride:

* Magic Kingdom / Tomorrowland Indy Speedway

* Typhoon Lagoon / Bay SlideDisneyQuest

You must be at least 51" (130cm) to ride:

* DisneyQuest / Buzz Lightyear's AstroBlaster

* DisneyQuest / Cyberspace Mountain

You must be at least 48" (122cm) to ride:

* Animal Kingdom / Primeval Whirl

* Blizzard Beach / Summit Plummet

* Blizzard Beach / Downhill Double Dipper

* DisneyQuest / Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam

* Disney's Hollywood Studios / Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

* Typhoon Lagoon /Humunga Kowabunga

* Typhoon Lagoon / Crush 'n' Gusher

You must be at least 44" (112cm) to ride:

* Animal Kingdom / Expedition Everest

* Epcot / Mission:Space

* Magic Kingdom / Space Mountain

You must be at least 40" (102cm) to ride:

* Animal Kingdom / Dinosaur

* Disney's Hollywood Studios / Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

* Disney's Hollywood Studios / Star Tours

* Epcot / Soarin'

* Epcot / Test Track

* Magic Kingdom / Stitch's Great Escape

* Magic Kingdom / Splash Mountain

* Magic Kingdom / Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

You must be at least 38" (97cm) to ride:

* Animal Kingdom / Kali River Rapids

* Magic Kingdom / Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

You must be at least 35" (89cm) to ride:

* Magic Kingdom / The Great Goofini (formerly Goofy's Barnstormer)

You must be at least 32" (8297cm) to ride:

* Blizzard Beach / Chairlift

You must be at least 3 years old to ride:

* Epcot / Maelstrom (Norway Pavilion)

Only children under 48" in height may enjoy these attractions:

* Blizzard Beach / Tyke's Peak

* Typhoon Lagoon / Ketchakiddee Creek

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      MissRubyStars 4 years ago

      We have been wanting to take the kids soon, I think we will wait just a little bit longer!

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      Must read lens for anyone visiting with small children.

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      GentlemenGogoVEVO 5 years ago

      I hope to visit soon..i like this place and your page is fun!!

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      We've visited WDW when my children were all ages...and all heights...We also have a theme park very close by our house and there is no comparison. We never felt "limited" at WDW with smaller children. There was rarely a complaint from them about not being able to go on a ride because they weren't tall enough. I can't say that about the "other" theme park.

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      LinaRose 5 years ago

      Ever been to Disneyland Paris? Mega Disney World

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @JeanJohnson LM: Hello

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      squidshe 5 years ago

      I've never been! I'd love to go one day.

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      Steve and Annette 6 years ago

      @JeanJohnson LM: There is wisdom in waiting until your kids are big enough to have the stamina it takes to spend several days in theme park action - it certainly takes some stamina. As for lines, you really can minimize the time spent in line by using a good touring plan. The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World has wonderful plans that can cut your wait times significantly. Their companion site www.touringplans.com is also excellent, with printable plans and line apps for your phone. I highly recommend both resources.

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      JeanJohnson LM 6 years ago

      I've been wanting to take my kids to Disney, just waiting for them to all be mature enough to handle line waiting.

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      Steve and Annette 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Little cousins can get mad when they're not tall enough to ride something. You have some choices - you might decide to only ride things that she can ride too; there are lots of rides for everyone. Or you might want to explain to her before you go that there will be a lot that she can ride and a few things that she cannot. Sometimes you'll do things that are fun for her and sometimes she'll have to wait while others ride things that she can't. Please read our article that explains rider switch passes - https://hubpages.com/travel/WDWBabySwapPass . This is good information for anyone who is travelling with someone small. If you're travelling with several people, it may be possible for an adult to take your cousin to something she can do while the others enjoy a ride she isn't tall enough for. For example, at Disney's Animal Kingdom thme park, one person can let her ride Triceratop Spin or play in the Boneyard play area while the others ride Primeval Whirl and Dinosaur. I hope this helps and I hope you all have a great trip.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      iv been to diseny ones but i was baely tall enof to ride all the rides now im going agen but this time im going with my little cousen shes 43 inches so im woryed she mite wont to ride some rides she can't ride and get mad

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would love to go to Disney World someday.