Walt Disney World Attractions With Height Restrictions

Monday, March 09, 2020

A trip to Walt Disney World is a dream of many families, particularly the kids! But that trip can go sour when your child is looking forward to an attraction only to find out at the park that they're not tall enough to ride. The good news is that there's WAY more attractions that have no height restrictions, and the ones that do have height restrictions are generally things you would expect, like roller coasters. Of the four parks, Disney's Hollywood Studios has the most height restrictions with seven attractions, while Epcot has the fewest with three.

I want you to be prepared for your Disney trip, so I've compiled this handy, color-coded guide to help you know what to expect as far as height restrictions.

Color Code

Pink = 32" (82cm)
Purple = 35" (89cm)
Blue = 38" (97cm)
Green = 40" (102cm)
Orange = 44" (113cm)
Red = 48" (122cm)

Animal Kingdom
-Avatar Flight of Passage
-Expedition Everest
-Kali River Rapids
-Primeval Whirl

Disney's Hollywood Studios
-Alien Swirling Saucers
-Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run
-Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
-Slinky Dog Dash
-Star Tours - The Adventures Continue
-Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
-The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

-Mission: SPACE
-Soarin' Around the World
-Test Track

Magic Kingdom
-The Barnstormer
-Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
-Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
-Space Mountain
-Splash Mountain
-Tomorrowland Speedway

Disney Springs
-The VOID: Step Beyond Reality

Blizzard Beach
-Downhill Double Dipper
-Slush Gusher
-Summit Plummet
***Tike's Peak has a height MAXIMUM of 48" (112cm) or shorter***

Typhoon Lagoon
***Bay Slides has a height MAXIMUM of 60" (152cm) or shorter***
-Crush 'n' Gusher
-Humunga Kowabunga
***Ketchakiddee Creek has a height MAXIMUM of 48 or shorter***

I know it may be tempting to try to cheat the system (I'm sure we've all seen that thing circulating on Facebook where someone cut a piece of flip flop to glue to the bottom of their kid's shoe), but the height requirements for these rides are not arbitrary. They're there to keep everyone safe. I know it sucks when everyone wants to ride things together but someone is too small, but if you're aware ahead of time, it's not going to ruin your vacation.

To help make this easier for families where someone is too little to ride, Disney has a program called Rider Switch (also known as Baby Swap). Just let the cast member at the entrance know you need to do rider switch, and they'll give you a special pass for rider switch. The adult and small child(ren) not riding will wait in the designated area (usually outside of the attraction) while the other adult (and any kids) rides the attraction. After, the group riding will find the group waiting and they'll switch. The non-rider can bring up to two guests with them to ride, which is great if you have kids who can ride who love it. We did this with Star Tours when Nolie was still too short to ride; I hung out with him at Backlot Express while Tom and Eric rode, then Eric and I rode together. It worked out really well, and Nolie wasn't upset; when he was able to ride the next time we visited Hollywood Studios, he loved it! At this time, all rides with height requirements offer Rider Switch except Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance at Disney's Hollywood Studios (at least, they aren't listed on the website, but it may not have been updated since they opened); additionally, Frozen Ever After at Epcot (which does not have a height requirement) offers this option.

There are options for what the non-riding adult and kid(s) can do while waiting to switch. You can grab a snack, watch some streetmosphere, check out a shop or two, ride another attraction, or let the kids run around a playground (DINOSAUR is near The Boneyard play area, and Splash Mountain has a little playground near it). If you ever need suggestions, feel free to ask; I've got plenty!

It's always good to be prepared when going into your vacation, but remember the height restrictions don't have to be a hindrance!

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