Those of you traveling to Walt Disney World with children in your party, height restrictions will be an important factor to consider when coordinating your day at the parks. These rules are in place for the safety of children and all guests. The cast members won’t make exceptions to these rules, so here are some important tips to help understand and navigation the height requirements rules at Disney World:
1. You should NEVER try to trick the system and make your child appear taller than they are.
This can put them at risk. Parents have tried crazy things in order to get their children on rides before they are tall enough. Take advantage of the rider swap feature so that you can trade off and still ride attractions that younger children aren’t tall enough for, that way everyone is safe. They will get their turn very soon, since we all know that time flies!
2. Research height requirements before beginning the planning stages with your family.
This way you don’t get children hyped up for an attraction that they can’t actually ride. I made that mistake with my oldest last year with Expedition Everest! It was so sad when he was an inch too short to ride it. Good thing he can ride it now!
3. Measure your children’s height before your vacation.
Measure them with their shoes on that they intend to wear in the parks, and measure them several times to be sure it is right. Double-check height at the attraction if the child is close to the minimum height for that attraction before spending any time in line. The cast members would double-check them anyway, so better to be sure.
4. Height restrictions aren’t the only warnings and restrictions to be concerned with on rides, so be sure that you check all restrictions and make sure everyone is safe to ride.
These warnings are online, in the park maps and posted outside of the attraction. Read them all carefully.
5. Utilize Rider Swap if necessary.
You can leave party member(s) with the child(ren) who are unable to ride, and the other members wait in line to ride the ride. You will get a Rider Swap pass for the waiting party members to ride the ride via the FastPass queue, meaning that they won’t have to wait as long. It is a great feature for those with small children who still want to ride the attractions with limitations.
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6. Don’t be angry or rude to the cast members.
They are just doing their job and helping enforce rules to keep your family safe. The rules really are for the best interest of your family, so don’t take it out on them.
I have included a height restriction list for attractions all over Disney World, by the height in inches, so you can easily see where the children in your party would fit in, and what attractions you may have to plan around:
Height Restriction List for Popular Attractions Across Walt Disney World:
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway – Magic Kingdom (to ride alone or drive)
Rock-n-Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – Hollywood Studios
Primeval Whirl – Animal Kingdom
Slush Gusher – Blizzard Beach
Summit Plummet – Blizzard Beach
Downhill Double Dipper – Blizzard Beach
Crush ‘n’ Gusher – Typhoon Lagoon
Humunga Kowabunga – Typhoon Lagoon
Space Mountain – Magic Kingdom
Mission: Space – Epcot
Expedition Everest – Animal Kingdom
Avatar Flight of Passage – Animal Kingdom
Splash Mountain – Magic Kingdom
Big Thunder Mountain – Magic Kingdom
Stitch’s Great Escape – Magic Kingdom
Test Track – Epcot
Soarin’ – Epcot
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – Hollywood Studios
Star Tours – Hollywood Studios
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – Hollywood Studios
DINOSAUR – Animal Kingdom
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Magic Kingdom
Slinky Dog Dash – Hollywood Studios
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – Hollywood Studios
Kali River Rapids – Animal Kingdom
The Barnstormer – Magic Kingdom
Alien Swirling Saucers – Hollywood Studios
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway – Magic Kingdom (to ride with a driver over 52″)
Chairlift – Blizzard Beach
Remember that safety is the most important thing, and these rules are in place for your benefit. If you are frequent Disney travelers, you can make the wait for desired attractions fun. You can have a measurement chart that marks the height they would have to reach for certain attractions and measure them once a month to see where they fall on the chart when you are between vacations. My oldest really enjoyed this, and it helped us know what to expect when it was time for our next trip!