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Disney World Ride Height Requirements & Ride Switch

Luiz Alberto H.

Created: Feb 05, 2024

Last Updated: Apr 25, 2024

Disney World Ride Height Requirements & Ride Switch

Hello and welcome to our quick guide where we show you ride height requirements for every attraction in Walt Disney World.

This is an easy and very quick way to look at rides in all theme parks and see if your children and friends will be able to hop on them as well. We will also teach you about the Ride Switch Service offered by Disney, which is what you want to use when your party wants to ride an incredible attraction but one of you isn’t tall enough to do so.

Animal Kingdom Finding Nemo show puppets.webp
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We have created three sections, all of them very easy to find what you are looking for.

  • In the first one, you can look at height requirements for each theme park individually (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom).
  • In the second section, we have all rides in Walt Disney World grouped in different height requirements so you can easily check which theme park has the most - and best - attractions for your entire family.
  • The third section will tell you about the Ride Switch Service.

Fun fact: Disney World doesn’t have a huge height requirement when it comes to rides. As you will see, the biggest ride height requirement in all Disney World is 48″ (122 cm), and belongs to Tron Lightcycle Run in Magic Kingdom and Rock N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith in Hollywood Studios. Both are great indoor roller coasters and both feature great launches which catapults guests to speeds of up to 60 mph. In comparison, The Incredible Hulk Coaster in Universal’s Islands of Adventure needs you to be at least 54″ (138 cm).

With that out of the way, let’s check out height requirements for every single theme park in Walt Disney World.

Animal Kingdom Expedition Everest Ride Height.webp

Magic Kingdom

No Height Requirement

  • Astro Orbiter 
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
  • The Hall of Presidents
  • 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
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress 
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 
  • Walt Disney World Railroad

32″ (82 cm) or more

  • Tomorrowland Speedway

35″ (89 cm) or more

  • The Barnstormer

38″ (97 cm) or more

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

40″ (102 cm) or more

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

44″ (112 cm) or more

  • Space Mountain

48″ (122 cm) or more

  • TRON Lightcycle Run

Epcot

No Height Requirement

  • Advanced Training Lab 
  • The American Adventure 
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival 
  • Frozen Ever After 
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros 
  • Impressions de France
  • Journey Into Imagination With Figment 
  • Journey of Water Inspired by Moana
  • Living with the Land 
  • O Canada! 
  • Reflections of China 
  • Remy's Ratatouille Adventure 
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends 
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Turtle Talk With Crush

40″ (102 cm) or more

  • Mission: SPACE Green Mission
  • Soarin’ Around the World 
  • Test Track

42″ (107 cm) or more

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

44″ (112 cm) or more

  • Mission: SPACE Orange Mission

Hollywood Studios

No Height Requirement

  • Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway 
  • Muppet Vision 3D
  • Toy Story Mania!

32″ (81 cm) or more

  • Alien Swirling Saucers

38″ (97 cm) or more

  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Slinky Dog Dash

40″ (102 cm) or more

  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance 
  • Tower of Terror

48″ (122 cm) or more

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Animal Kingdom

No Height Requirement

  • Affection Section 
  • The Boneyard 
  • Conservation Station 
  • Discovery Island Trails 
  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail 
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug! 
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris 
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • Na’vi River Journey 
  • Tree of Life 
  • TriceraTop Spin 
  • Wildlife Express Train

38″ (97 cm) or more

  • Kali River Rapids

40″ (102 cm) or more

  • DINOSAUR

44″ (112 cm) or more

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Expedition Everest

Magic Kingdom Tron Lightcycle Run Entrance.webp

Everything in Disney World: Height Requirements

No Height Requirement

  • Astro Orbiter (Magic Kingdom)
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (Magic Kingdom)
  • Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station (Magic Kingdom)
  • Country Bear Jamboree (Magic Kingdom)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (Magic Kingdom)
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (Magic Kingdom)
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade (Magic Kingdom)
  • The Hall of Presidents (Magic Kingdom)
  • Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom)
  • It’s a Small World (Magic Kingdom)
  • Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
  • Liberty Square Riverboat (Magic Kingdom)
  • Mad Tea Party (Magic Kingdom)
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (Magic Kingdom)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Magic Kingdom)
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom)
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (Magic Kingdom)
  • Peter Pan’s Flight (Magic Kingdom)
  • A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas (Magic Kingdom)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (Magic Kingdom)
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (Magic Kingdom)
  • Swiss Family Treehouse (Magic Kingdom)
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (Magic Kingdom)
  • Tom Sawyer Island (Magic Kingdom) 
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid (Magic Kingdom)
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress (Magic Kingdom) 
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (Magic Kingdom)  
  • Walt Disney World Railroad (Magic Kingdom)
  • Advanced Training Lab (Epcot)
  • The American Adventure (Epcot) 
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival (Epcot) 
  • Frozen Ever After (Epcot)
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros (Epcot)
  • Impressions de France (Epcot)
  • Journey Into Imagination With Figment (Epcot)
  • Journey of Water Inspired by Moana (Epcot)
  • Living with the Land (Epcot)
  • O Canada! (Epcot)
  • Reflections of China (Epcot)
  • Remy's Ratatouille Adventure (Epcot)
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends (Epcot)
  • Spaceship Earth (Epcot)
  • Turtle Talk With Crush (Epcot)
  • Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway (Hollywood Studios)
  • Muppet Vision 3D (Hollywood Studios)
  • Toy Story Mania! (Hollywood Studios) 
  • Affection Section (Animal Kingdom)
  • The Boneyard (Animal Kingdom)
  • Conservation Station (Animal Kingdom)
  • Discovery Island Trails (Animal Kingdom)
  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail (Animal Kingdom)
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug! (Animal Kingdom)
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris (Animal Kingdom)
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek (Animal Kingdom)
  • Na’vi River Journey (Animal Kingdom)
  • Tree of Life (Animal Kingdom)
  • TriceraTop Spin (Animal Kingdom)
  • Wildlife Express Train (Animal Kingdom)

32″ (82 cm) or more

  • Tomorrowland Speedway (Magic Kingdom)
  • Alien Swirling Saucers (Hollywood Studios)

35″ (89 cm) or more

  • The Barnstormer (Magic Kingdom)

38″ (97 cm) or more

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom)
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (Hollywood Studios)
  • Slinky Dog Dash (Hollywood Studios)
  • Kali River Rapids (Animal Kingdom)

40″ (102 cm) or more

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom)
  • Mission: SPACE Green Mission (Epcot)
  • Soarin’ Around the World (Epcot)
  • Test Track (Epcot)
  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (Hollywood Studios)
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (Hollywood Studios)
  • Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios)
  • DINOSAUR (Animal Kingdom)

42″ (107 cm) or more

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

44″ (112 cm) or more

  • Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom)
  • Mission: SPACE Orange Mission (Epcot)
  • Avatar Flight of Passage (Animal Kingdom)
  • Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom)

48″ (122 cm) or more

  • TRON Lightcycle Run (Magic Kingdom)
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Hollywood Studios)

Magic Kingdom Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Entrance.webp

Ride Switch Service

Ever wanted to experience Tron Lightcycle Run with your family, but you have a younger brother that can’t go there since he is still pretty young and not tall enough to ride it? Your grandpa also would love to ride it, but he doesn’t want to leave your little bro alone. Oh god, what now?

Relax, Mickey thought about everything so you can always have a great time. Disney created an easy way for everyone to experience the rides they want to go in a very fast and easy way, even if you have a party member that just can’t enter a particular attraction. All you have to do is talk to a Cast Member in front of the attraction you want to ride and tell them you want to use the Ride Switch Service.

Epcot Test Track Build Car Vehicle.webp

The Ride Switch Service separates your party into two groups. Group 1 enters the attraction normally, while Group 2 stays outside with the young party member that can’t ride it for whatever reason. Group 1 rides it normally and comes out. Group 1 now takes care of the young guest, while Group 2 enters the attraction through the Lightning Queue, even if they never had Disney Genie+ for it or bought an individual Lightning Queue!

Just remember a few things:

  • A maximum of three party members can use the Ride Switch Service at the same time, which means that a maximum of three guests can enter the Lightning Queue as part of Group 2.
  • If there was a single person taking care of the young party member in Group 2, this person can take a single person from Group 1 to ride with them! This means that, yes, a lucky person in Group 1 could ride an awesome attraction two times in a row: once using the regular queue and then using the Lightning Lane.
  • The Ride Switch Service is available during Early Entry and After Hours.

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure  EPCOT.webp

Let’s give another example to make sure you understand how the Ride Switch Service works.

The Simpsons family decides to visit Animal Kingdom. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are all there. They have a great time checking all the animals, and now they want to ride Expedition Everest, a roller coaster with a height requirement of 44″ (112 cm).

Maggie, a very cute baby, can’t ride this awesome coaster, but Bart, Lisa and both Homer and Maggie really want to go and face the Yeti. So they decide to talk to a Cast Member in front of the entrance to Expedition Everest and inform that they want to make use of the Ride Switch Service.

The Cast Member smiles and says that this is perfectly fine. He asks who will stay outside with Maggie first, and Marge promptly says that she will stay with the baby. Maybe Marge will take a few pictures or eat popcorn. Homer, Bart and Lisa can go first! This means that Homer, Bart and Lisa are part of Group 1, while Marge is part of Group 2. The Cast Member scans Marge’s ticket (or her Magic Band) and gives her priority access as she is now part of the Ride Switch Service.

Group 1 enters Expedition Everest through the regular queue and rides it normally. Homer, Bart and Lisa have a great time riding Expedition Everest and they barely escape from the Yeti. Once they come out, it’s their time to stay with Maggie and take care of her. Marge scans her ticket (or Magic Band) and she can now use the Lightning Queue, which will cut down time by a lot.

But wait…! Marge is a single person in Group 2, which means someone in Group 1 can join her. I mean, it’s usually pretty boring to ride a great roller coaster alone, right? So she asks Group 1 if anyone wants to go again and Bart says that he wants to come. So Bart now joins Group 2, they look for a Cast Member and both enter Expedition Everest through the Lightning Queue.

Hollywood Studios Toy Story Mania Queue 2.webp

Easy, right? Here is a rundown of how to use the Ride Switch Service.

  1. Approach the Cast Member in front of a ride with your entire party and say you want to use the Ride Switch Service.
  2. Choose one or more party members to stay outside with the young guest or the guest that doesn’t want to ride. This will be Group 2. Group 1 will enter the queue and ride it normally.
  3. Once Group 1 is out, it’s time for Group 2 to ride it through the Lightning Queue.
  4. Done! Again, remember that a maximum of three guests can enter the Lightning Queue if they are part of Group 2, and if Group 2 has a single person taking care of the young guests, they can pick a single person from Group 1 to ride with them.

We hope you had a great time checking height requirements for all attractions in Disney World, and also got the chance to understand and make use of the Ride Switch Service.

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