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What are the height requirements at Walt Disney World?

by Attractions Magazine Staff

What is the perfect age for your child to visit Walt Disney World? If your goal is to be able to ride as many rides as possible, then your child’s height matters more than their age. The vast majority of attractions at Walt Disney World have no height requirement at all; anyone, of any height, can ride most attractions.

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By Dani Dennison Meyering

However, there are a good amount of rides that do have a minimum height in order to experience them. The most important reason for these height requirements is safety. Each ride vehicle and ride system is different, and allowing guests who do not meet the minimum height requirement would pose a safety risk. So to avoid any disappointment, be sure to measure any kids in your party before you go so you know which attractions may have to wait until later.

Let’s look at each Walt Disney World theme park’s height requirements, then we’ll gather up the attractions by height group. This way, once you know your child’s exact height, you can look at the list and know right away which attractions they will be able to ride:

Magic Kingdom Height Requirements

  • The Barnstormer – 35 inches (89 centimeters) or taller
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 38 inches (97 centimeters) or taller
  • Space Mountain – 44 inches (113 centimeters) or taller
  • Splash Mountain – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • Tomorrowland Speedway – 32 inches (81 centimeters) or taller

Epcot Height Requirements

  • Mission: SPACE – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • Soarin’ Around the World – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • Test Track – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Height Requirements

  • Alien Swirling Saucers – 32 inches (81 centimeters) or taller
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – 38 inches (97 centimeters) or taller
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – 48 inches (122 centimeters) or taller
  • Slinky Dog Dash – 38 inches (97 centimeters) or taller
  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Height Requirements

  • Avatar Flight of Passage – Guests must be 44 inches (113 centimeters) or taller
  • DINOSAUR – Guests must be 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain – 44 inches (113 centimeters) or taller
  • Kali River Rapids – 38 inches (97 centimeters) or taller

Walt Disney World Height Requirements by Minimum Height

Many guests wait until their children are at least 40 inches tall before they have a Walt Disney World vacation. The bulk of attractions that have a height requirement are at 40 inches or taller. However, there are some attractions that even little ones need to be a certain height for; the smallest height that has a requirement is 32 inches.

32 inches or taller

  • Tomorrowland Speedway – 32 inches (81 centimeters) or taller
  • Alien Swirling Saucers – 32 inches (81 centimeters) or taller

38 inches or taller

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 38 inches (97 centimeters) or taller
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – 38 inches (97 centimeters) or taller
  • Slinky Dog Dash – 38 inches (97 centimeters) or taller
  • Kali River Rapids – 38 inches (97 centimeters) or taller

40 inches or taller

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • Splash Mountain – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • Mission: SPACE – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • Soarin’ Around the World – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • Test Track – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
  • DINOSAUR – Guests must be 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller

44 inches or taller

  • Avatar Flight of Passage – Guests must be 44 inches (113 centimeters) or taller
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain – 44 inches (113 centimeters) or taller
  • Space Mountain – 44 inches (113 centimeters) or taller

Walt Disney World Height Requirement Procedures

Even if you measure your child at home, you’ll still need to rely on Walt Disney World’s measuring locations at each attraction that has a height requirement. At the front of each ride with a height requirement, there is a measuring bracket. A cast member will ask your child to step over to the measuring bracket with their back flat against it and facing forward. The minimum height is clearly marked.

There is often a second measuring location once inside the queue for the attraction. Another cast member will be stationed there to double-check that your child meets the minimum height. There are sometimes indicators on the ride vehicles themselves to help cast members confirm one more time that guests are tall enough to ride the attraction.

Walt Disney World Resort is certainly a fun, magical place, but it takes safety to keep that magic going. If you have any questions or concerns about Disney’s height requirements you can stop in at Guest Relations for assistance.

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1 comment

Vinnie January 20, 2021 - 12:12 am

Is it true that the Indy Speedway also has the tallest height requirement at 54 inches to drive the car by yourself? (You have to be able to reach the pedal to drive the vehicle)
Just wondering??

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