Disney World Height Requirements – Disney with Kids

Our Walt Disney World vacation is coming up so quickly!!! 12 days!  TWELVE!!! Honestly, I feel totally unprepared for this trip. Normally I have all of us packed by now. Typically, I have our itinerary written, typed into a spreadsheet, printed, and copies put in every bag. A have a notebook filled with all of our confirmation numbers (I like to hand write things!)  This time, I don’t even have Avery’s outfits planned! Dave and I don’t even have clothes to wear, let alone have it all packed. AHHHH!

The only things I DO have planned are our dining, and our FastPass+ attractions.

It’s a start, right?

This trip was a bit harder to plan since Avery is older, and loves going on rides.  I had to really sit down and look at the Walt Disney World height requirements for all the rides so I knew what she could ride, and what I shouldn’t get her excited about.  Since we watch ride videos on YouTube, I wanted to make sure I only showed her the ones that she WOULD be able to go on. This will (hopefully) help avoid some meltdowns due to disappointment, in the parks.

Avery is currently measuring 33.25″ so she’s not tall enough to ride any of the Mountains, and sadly, not quite tall enough for The Barnstormer or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, two attractions that I was really hoping she’d be able to ride this trip. (I know, I know, it was just wishful thinking–the girl loves “thrill rides”)

Are you visiting Walt Disney World with your little ones? Measure your child before you leave for your trip, it will help you to prepare them for what they will (or will not) be able to ride once you arrive.

Here is a Disney World height requirements chart to help you figure out which rides they’ll be tall enough to ride!

Walt Disney World Height Requirements ChartDisney World Height Requirements

Remember, these restrictions are in place for a reason. Don’t try and trick the attendants or argue with them if they say your child isn’t tall enough for a particular ride. They just want to make sure your child is safe!

So, what if your child doesn’t meet these minimum height requirements?  Don’t worry! There is still plenty for them to do! These attractions are safe for you and your toddler or baby to experience together!
(Remember, every child is different, and some attractions may be scary to some children.  We didn’t encounter any issues with Avery being scared, but you know your child, and know what they can and cannot handle!)

Magic Kingdom:

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

EPCOT:

  • Captain EO
  • Circle of Life
  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  • Journey Into Imagination With Figment
  • Kidcot Fun Stops
  • Living with the Land
  • SeaBase
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends®
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Animal Kingdom:

  • Affection Section
  • Discovery Island® Trails
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo-The Musical
  • Flights of Wonder
  • G’tar Dan
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris®
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek®
  • Pangani Forest Exploration Trail®
  • TriceraTop Spin

Hollywood Studios:

  • Beauty and The Beast-Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior Live
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Voyage of The Little Mermaid

(Disney World Height requirements are subject to change, so please check the Walt Disney World website HERE to verify!)

Just because your little one isn’t tall enough, or old enough to go on certain rides doesn’t mean that you can’t go on them!  Don’t forget about the  “Child Swap” option.  Your whole family can wait in line together, when it’s your turn, Mom stays with the baby, while Dad rides. When Dad is done, he takes the baby and Mom can then ride without waiting!  It’s great!We’ll be taking advantage of child swap to ride the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!

However, don’t get caught up on what your kids are missing out on.  The real FUN comes from seeing your little one’s eyes light up when she meets Snow White for the first time, or when she hears the music of “it’s a small world” That’s the real magic!

I hope this helps you to plan your magical Disney vacation with your kiddos!

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3 comments

  1. Jen says:

    Sarah, if you don’t want to take advantage of the wonderful benefit of rider swap, I’d be more than happy to go with you so I can keep an eye on Avery while you and Dave go on the “big” rides. It’s a sacrifice, but for you guys, I’m willing to do it. Let me know what flight you’re on 😛

    • Sarah says:

      You’re the best! Such sacrifice! Such selflessness!! 😉 Honestly, we would love to have friends (or family!) going on this trip with us! This will be our first time using rider swap!

      • Jen says:

        That’s just how I roll. I’d do anything for you guys, especially if it involves a (free!) trip to WDW! I mean, I hate to see you stuck using something that was put into place for this exact circumstance. How horrible that would be for you all. Keith and I will be with Avery on Small World, Dumbo and Peter Pan. You just go enjoy the roller coasters. We love you guys so much that we’ll suck it up this time!

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