Disney World Ride Height Requirements

 

There’s nothing worse than getting your child excited about an attraction, only to find out they aren’t tall enough to ride! After dealing with some little rider disappointment on one of our trips, I decided to simplify the search by creating an easy reference that won’t drain your phone battery!

Below, you’ll find attractions sorted two ways. First, by height and then, by park. You can also download our free printable (Disney World Attractions Height Requirements)┬áto keep with you in the parks!

Almost all of these attractions have Rider Switch available. Don’t forget to take advantage of that! Read more about Rider Switch and making the most of it here.

We do our best to keep this list updated, but please always double check your My Disney Experience app when planning your vacation!

attractions by height requirement

32 inches rider height

  • Tomorrowland Speedway (MK)

35 inches rider height

  • The Barnstormer (MK)

38 inches rider height

  • Kali River Rapids (AK)
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (MK)

40 inches rider height

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (MK)
  • Dinosaur (AK)
  • Mission: Space (Epcot)
  • Soarin’ (Epcot)
  • Splash Mountain (MK)
  • Star Tours (HS)
  • Stitch’s Great Escape (MK)
  • Test Track (Epcot)
  • Tower of Terror (HS)

44 inches rider height

  • Avatar Flight of Passage (AK)
  • Expedition Everest (AK)
  • Space Mountain (MK)

48 inches rider height

  • Primeval Whirl (AK)
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (HS)

 

Attractions by Park

Magic Kingdom attractions by height

32 inches rider height

  • Tomorrowland Speedway

35 inches rider height

  • The Barnstormer

38 inches rider height

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

40 inches rider height

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain
  • Stitch’s Great Escape

44 inches rider height

  • Space Mountain

Epcot Attractions by Height

40 inches rider height

  • MIssion: Space
  • Soarin’
  • Test Track

Hollywood Studios attractions by height

40 inches rider height

  • Star Tours
  • Tower of Terror

48 inches rider height

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Animal Kingdom Attractions by Height

38 inches rider height

  • Kali River Rapids

40 inches rider height

  • Dinosaur

44 inches rider height

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Expedition Everest

48 inches rider height

  • Primeval Whirl

What’s your favorite ride on this list? What are your kids waiting to grow enough to ride?

 

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Snack Credit Kids’ Meals

On our first two Disney trips, both girls were under 3, which meant no Disney Dining Plan for them. There are tons of upsides to kids under 3 (free admission to the parks, free dining at buffets and family style meals namely), but you do have to plan to pay out of pocket for their other meals and snacks… or get creative!

Packing Snacks

We like to bring a gallon ziplock full of snacks each day. It’s a little gutting to spend $4 on apple slices in the park and watch them eat 2 bites. We pack things like Goldfish crackers, Snapeas, fruit snacks, freeze dried fruit, applesauce pouches, apples, and bananas, along with their water bottles and a couple of juices.

These serve as snacks in the park, but can also help us stretch our meals with them, let them split a meal, or, my favorite, use a snack credit for their “quick service meal”.

Snack Credits that Stretch

Each park has at least a few snack credit options that can double as a kid’s meal. Heck, some of them can double as an adult meal! This is a trick best performed for breakfast, but there are plenty of lunch and dinner options too. Remember that they [usually] don’t include a drink, so you may want to bring juices or take advantage of the free ice water. Here are some of our favorites, broken down by park!

Magic Kingdom

  • Be Our Guest (lunch) – french onion soup
  • Casey’s Corner – macaroni & cheese or chili cheese fries
  • Cheshire Cafe – Cheshire Cat tail (large chocolate croissant drizzled with icing)
  • Columbia Harbour House – clam chowder or chili
  • Eggroll Wagon – cheeseburger egg rolls
  • Gaston’s Tavern – giant cinnamon roll
  • Liberty Square Market – baked potato (you can use two snacks and hop down to Casey’s or Columbia to top it with chili!)
  • Lunching Pad – pepper jack warm stuffed pretzel
  • Sleepy Hollow – strawberry waffle (not the Nutella one, it’s not a snack credit) or baked potato

Epcot

  • Kabuki Cafe – sushi rolls or edamame
  • Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe – school bread or troll horn
  • Les Halle’s Boulangerie Patisserie – there are a ton of snack options here, but my kids loved the croissant jambon fromage and the roule lard and fromage (bacon and cheese roll)
  • Liberty Inn – clam chowder or macaroni & cheese
  • Refreshment Port – croissant donut (this thing is so good, get two, so you don’t eat the kids’ whole cronut!)

Hollywood Studios

In our experience, this park has the least snack turned kid’s meal options. Many of their QS spots offer the kid’s meal Power Pack though, which is great for little appetites who like to snack vs eat a whole meal. They are $5.99 and come with a whole variety of healthy snack foods (yogurt, carrots and ranch, apple slices, Goldfish, and juice). We would get one for the girls to split and supplement them sharing our meals.

  • Herbie’s Drive-In – chili cheese nachos
  • Sunshine Day Cafe – German pretzel
  • Sweet Spells – lots of bakery treats that can double as breakfast, our favorite of which is the carrot cake cookie

Animal Kingdom

  • Eight Spoon Cafe – macaroni & cheese with either pulled pork or shrimp & sweet chili sauce
  • Flame Tree Barbecue – french fries with pulled pork and cheese
  • Mr. Kamal’s – falafel with tzatziki
  • Pizzafari – tomato basil soup
  • Smiling Crocodile – a variety of BLT sandwiches (pimento cheese, salmon, or turkey)
  • Trilo-Bites – buffalo chicken chips
  • Yak & Yeti – chicken fried rice or egg rolls

Across Parks

  • Joffrey’s – gigantic donuts
  • Starbucks – most of their breakfast foods are snack credits (and their coffees, so this is a win-win stop!)
  • Various spots – Mickey Pretzel with cheese dip or churro with chocolate sauce

Have you tried any of these? Did we miss any snacks that stretch? Let us know in the comments!

Plus Sized in the Parks

I often see people asking about being a larger person and fitting on rides. No one wants to be embarrassed in front of friends at the most magical place on earth, right?

I am plus sized and also have a very large chest. On our first two family trips, I was also nursing and worried about harnesses squeezing me too tight and causing me to spring a leak!

I was pleasantly surprised to find that most rides were a comfortable fit. Below, I’ve listed my exceptions with some details, so you can decide for yourself if you want to ride!

 

Magic Kingdom

The Barnstormer – This is a kid coaster, so the cars are smaller than your average ride. I was able to fit totally comfortably with Ruby, but it was a tight squeeze with my cousin. Two plus sized people definitely wouldn’t fit comfortably in a single car together. Ask for your own!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – This one isn’t about comfort at all, but more of a warning. If you’re riding with a small child, hold on to them tightly! When the lap bar was secured across my lap, it left a lot of wiggle room for Ruby. You kind of come out of your seat on that ride already, so hold on to your child, so they don’t panic!

Mad Tea Party – I fit comfortably in my tea cup with no problems, but if you carry a lot of weight in your tummy, this ride might be a tight squeeze. If you’re extra tall or have mobility issues, I would skip it!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – The ride seat is fine, but the individual lap bars are snug across thick thighs. I opted to kind of cross my legs and it was a more comfortable fit, but it wasn’t great. The ride was completely worth the squeeze for me, but if you have extremely thick thighs and don’t want to have bars digging into them, this might be one to skip.

Space Mountain – The actual seat is perfectly fine, but some people report it being hard to get in and out of seats, depending on your mobility. I didn’t have a problem with this, but wanted to include it!

 

Epcot

I had no problems here. I’ve heard others say that their thighs touched the rider(s) next to them on Mission Space and Soarin’, so if you’re self conscious, that’s something to consider. Some people also reported having a hard time with the seat belts in Test Track. I can see this, since the seats are somewhat molded. If you’re riding with friends or family, you can always ask them to help or quietly flag down a cast member. I’d also suggest that you try to take an outside seat on Test Track, so you feel more stable through the tests!

 

Hollywood Studios

Again, I had no problems. Even on Rock’n Rollercoaster with my large chest full of milk. If you have mobility issues, ask for the first seat (which may mean you have to wait a little extra, since it’s a highly desired seat!).

Across parks, the theater seats are tight, so that’s something to consider if you’re bashful about your size and find regular movie theater seats tight (I think the theater seats at Disney are a little smaller). Personally, I put my daughters on either side of me, so I didn’t have to think twice about it. You could also request an end seat from a cast member and they’ll do their best to accommodate you.

 

Animal Kingdom

Dinosaur – My advice here is much in the spirit of 7DMT. You get tossed around a good bit and some plus sized people report even getting bruised on this ride, but I didn’t have that experience. I definitely was jostled around a fair amount, but it wouldn’t keep me from riding it again.

Flight of Passage – This ride really comes down to your unique body type. I’ve heard from size 18 women who said they couldn’t fit, but then size 26 women who said they could. It’s all about where you carry your weight and your height. They have a seat outside that you can try and, even though some people are embarrassed by it, I highly suggest you try for yourself. Don’t let your fear of some strangers judging you keep you from the best ride at Disney! (That pep talk is as much for me, as for you!)

Kali River Rapids – I have read that these seat belts can be a tight fit for “Baloo sized” guests, but I haven’t ridden it to give my input!

 

If you have any other rides that you’ve found uncomfortable, didn’t fit in, or have suggestions for, leave us a comment or send a message! I’d love to update my list with more information from other plus sized riders!

 

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