Disney World Height Requirements And Rider Swap

With four theme parks, Disney world has a variety of height restrictions for its rides. In this post, we review the height requirements for each ride and provide a park-by-park breakdown. If you’re looking for a specific park, you can click the following jumps:

Additionally you can click here to jump to the list of requirements for the entire resort for each height. As with all posts, you should confirm on the official Disney website (or in the app) if you’re worried about a particular ride.

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A Broad Look at Disney World Height Requirements

Before we get to the park-by-park breakdown with all the rides, we want to talk more broadly about the height requirements.

We’re covering 49 rides here. We’re not counting non-ride attractions (like stage shows or explorable areas), none of which have height requirements. We are including two rides at Hollywood Studios that are scheduled to open later in 2019.

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Disney uses the following height requirements (centimeters are included below)—48 inches, 44 in, 40 in, 38 in, 35 in, 32 in. There’s also a 54 inch height requirement if you’d like to drive the Tomorrowland Speedway go kart without supervision or supervise a shorter driver.

The below chart is built to “if you are [height] tall you can ride [this many] rides at [this park]. So if you are 38 inches tall, you can ride four rides at Hollywood Studios. If you are 35 inches but not 38 inches, you can only ride two rides at Hollywood Studios.

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At 48 inches / 122 cm, you can ride all 49 rides at Walt Disney World. If you’re under 32 inches / 82 centimeters you can ride 28 rides, or 57%.

By pure ride counts, Magic Kingdom is the best park at all heights. But it also does a good job of having a high percentage of its rides available at each cutoff.

Of course, one has to remember that all the parks have other things to do, and anything not on this list has no height requirement. For example, O Canada!, The Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, and the Gorilla Falls Exploration trail are all excellent offerings at the other three parks that aren’t a part of this analysis.

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Hollywood Studios, despite the addition of Toy Story Land and the upcoming addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, remains the most restrictive as far as height requirements go. Only one ride (Toy Story Mania!) has no height requirement, and anyone under 40 inches only gets half the rides.

One final thing to note from the chart is that the biggest number of rides gained comes when you hit 40 inches. You gain 9 rides at 40 inches: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Soarin’, Test Track, Mission: SPACE, DINOSAUR, Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (opens December 5, 2019), and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Rider Swap (“Rider Switch”) at Disney World

Just because one member of your party doesn’t meet the height requirements, it doesn’t mean no one can ride. You’ll need to use rider swap (aka “rider switch”). Here’s the basics on the system:

  1. Your group has at least three people and one of them is too short for the ride (e.g. two parents and kid, or a parent, a friend, and a kid, etc.).

  2. Break the people who can ride into two groups—Group 1 and Group 2.

  3. Approach the Cast Member outside the line to the ride with everyone (Groups 1 and 2).

  4. Group 1 will be told to get in line for the ride.

  5. Group 2 stays with the person too short to ride. Group 2 has their MagicBands or tickets scanned and they’re given a digital return time (like a FastPass+).

  6. When the return time comes up, Group 1 waits with the person too short to ride while Group 2 uses to return time to “skip the line” via the FastPass+ queue.

As of this writing, rider swap is available at every ride with a height requirement. As TouringPlans reports, the details can be inconsistent. Additionally, if you use FastPass+ with rider swap, it is common for Cast Members to require that every party member have a FastPass+, not just those in Group 1.

Magic Kingdom Height Requirements

There are 23 rides at Magic Kingdom (this list doesn’t include non-ride attractions like Country Bear Jamboree or Tom Sawyer Island). If you’re looking for more information, we have a guide the the rides of Magic Kingdom.

Of the 23 rides at Magic Kingdom, six (26%) have height requirements. Tomorrowland Speedway has two height requirements—one for people who wish to drive the go kart without supervision or supervise a shorter driver and one for people who wish to ride or to drive with supervision. Here are the height requirements at Magic Kingdom:

Magic Kingdom Rides With Height Requirements

  • Tomorrowland Speedway (supervising or driving without supervision) - 54 inches / 137 centimeters

  • Space Mountain - 44 inches / 112 centimeters

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - 40 inches / 102 centimeters

  • Splash Mountain - 40 inches / 102 centimeters

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - 38 inches / 97 centimeters

  • The Barnstormer - 35 inches / 89 centimeters

  • Tomorrowland Speedway (ride or drive with supervision) - 32 inches / 81 centimeters

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Magic Kingdom Rides Without Height Requirements

The remaining 17 rides do not have height requirements: Astro Orbiter, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, 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, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Walt Disney World Railroad.

Epcot Height Requirements

There are nine rides at Epcot (this list doesn’t include non-ride attractions like O Canada!). If you’re looking for more information, we have a guide the the rides, attractions, and entertainment of Epcot.

Of the nine rides at Epcot, three (33%) have height requirements. Here are the height requirements at Epcot:

Epcot Rides With Height Requirements

  • Soarin’ - 40 inches / 102 centimeters

  • Test Track - 40 inches / 102 centimeters

  • Mission: SPACE - 40 inches / 102 centimeters

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Epcot Rides Without Height Requirements

The remaining six rides do not have height requirements: Frozen Ever After, Gran Fiesta Tour, Journey Into Imagination With Figment, Living with the Land, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, and Spaceship Earth.

Hollywood Studios Height Requirements

There will be eight rides at Hollywood Studios by the end of 2019 (this list doesn’t include non-ride attractions like Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy). If you’re looking for more information, we have a guide the the rides, attractions, and entertainment of Hollywood Studios.

Of those eight rides at Hollywood Studios, seven (87.5%) have height requirements. Here are the height requirements at Hollywood Studios:

Hollywood Studios Rides With Height Requirements

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith - 48 inches / 122 centimeters

  • Star Tours - The Adventures Continue - 40 inches / 102 centimeters

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (opens December 5, 2019) - 40 inches / 102 centimeters (expected)

  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - 40 inches / 102 centimeters

  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (opens August 29) - 38 inches / 97 centimeters (expected)

  • Slinky Dog Dash - 38 inches / 97 centimeters

  • Alien Swirling Saucers - 32 inches / 81 centimeters

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Hollywood Studios Rides Without Height Requirements

The only ride without a height requirement at Hollywood Studios is Toy Story Mania!

Animal Kingdom Height Requirements

There are nine rides at Animal Kingdom (this list doesn’t include non-ride attractions like It’s Tough To Be A Bug). If you’re looking for more information, we have a guide the the rides, attractions, and entertainment of Animal Kingdom.

Of the nine rides at Animal Kingdom, five (55.6%) have height requirements. Here are the height requirements at Animal Kingdom:

Animal Kingdom Rides With Height Requirements

  • Primeval Whirl - 48 inches / 122 centimeters

  • Expedition Everest - 44 inches / 112 centimeters

  • Avatar Flight of Passage - 44 inches / 112 centimeters

  • DINOSAUR - 40 inches / 102 centimeters

  • Kali River Rapids - 38 inches / 97 centimeters

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Animal Kingdom Rides Without Height Requirements

The remaining four rides do not have height requirements: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Na’vi River Journey, TriceraTop Spin, and Wildlife Express Train (seasonal).

Disney World HeighT Requirements By Height

Let’s bring back our nifty chart. We’ll go through each of these height requirements and then list the attractions that have that height requirement.

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54 inches / 137 Centimeters

The height requirement of 54 inches / 137 centimeters only applies to people who wish to drive Tomorrowland Speedway alone (or who wish to supervise a driver between 32 inches and 54 inches).

48 inches / 122 centimeters (2 rides)

  • Primeval Whirl (Animal Kingdom)

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Hollywood Studios)

44 Inches / 112 Centimeters (3 Rides)

  • Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom)

  • Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom)

  • Avatar Flight of Passage (Animal Kingdom)

40 Inches / 102 centimeters (9 rides)

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom)

  • Splash Mountain (Magic Kingdom)

  • DINOSAUR (Animal Kingdom)

  • Soarin’ (Epcot)

  • Test Track (Epcot)

  • Mission: SPACE (Epcot)

  • Star Tours - The Adventures Continue (Hollywood Studios)

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (opens December 5, 2019) (Hollywood Studios)

  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios)

38 Inches / 97 centimeters (4 rides)

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom)

  • Kali River Rapids (Animal Kingdom)

  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (opens August 29) (Hollywood Studios)

  • Slinky Dog Dash (Hollywood Studios)

35 Inches / 89 Centimeters (1 Ride)

  • The Barnstormer - 35 inches / 89 centimeters

32 inches / 81 Centimeters (2 rides)

  • Tomorrowland Speedway (ride or drive with supervision) (Magic Kingdom)

  • Alien Swirling Saucers (Hollywood Studios)

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