Are you heading to Disney World with little ones?
Before leaving for the Sunshine State, be sure to review this Disney World rides list and note the rides with no height restrictions that anyone can enjoy.
For safety reasons, the more thrilling rides at Disney World have minimum height restrictions. The highest of these limits is 48”. Once your child is 4 feet tall, they are able to enjoy all rides at Disney World.
Disney cast members take these minimum height limits very seriously. They are posted for your safety. There is a measuring stand at the entrance to all rides with height restrictions and your child will be turned away if they don’t measure up. Measure the kids before your trip and prepare in advance if they are too short for any rides. Better to have those tears at home than in the middle of a magical Disney day!
So, let’s get right to those Disney World rides with no height restrictions! I’ll also share tips and solutions for how the rest of the family can enjoy the rides that your littles have to skip, starting with rider swap…
What is Disney Rider Swap?
So, what if your child is too short, but everyone else wants to go on a particular ride?
Of course, Disney World is prepared for this situation!
Rider Switch is a service offered at Disney World to accommodate families with little ones too short for rides with minimum height restrictions. To use this service, simply tell the cast member at the ride entrance that your group will need to use Rider Switch.
Here’s how if works…
If there are members of your family who can’t or don’t want to ride, an adult can wait nearby with the non-rider while the others wait in line and ride.
After riding, when that first group returns to stay with the non-rider and the adult supervisor is ready to ride, they don’t need to get in line at the end of the stand-by line and experience the full wait time.
Instead, Rider Swap allows the second group to skip the main ride line. Disney doesn’t want families to waste time by splitting into two groups and having BOTH groups wait in the full stand-by queue back-to-back!
For more details about exactly how the Rider Switch process works and the list of attractions offering this service, read Rider Switch Service.
Magic Kingdom Rides With No Height Restrictions
Of the four theme parks at Disney World, Magic Kingdom has the most rides with no height restrictions … by far!
Over a dozen rides can be enjoyed by kiddos of all ages with a few more having very low minimum height restrictions.
These are the rides at Magic Kingdom that anyone can ride:
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- It’s A Small World
- Jungle Cruise
- Liberty Square Riverboat
- Mad Tea Party
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- The Haunted Mansion
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
And these are the rides with height restrictions:
- Tomorrowland Speedway – 32”
- The Barnstormer – 35”
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 38”
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 40”
- Splash Mountain – 40”
- Space Mountain – 44”
While Rider Swap is available for most of these height-restricted rides, simply sitting and waiting while family members ride isn’t always fun. While you wait, consider enjoying a special snack or go on another ride with no height restrictions nearby.
At Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, there is a viewing area near the ride exit (keep walking to the right past the ride entrance and you’ll find it). From there, you can watch the trains race through the rugged Southwest landscape and wave to your riding family members when they pass by!
Many people wait on the bridge that crosses the bottom of Splash Mountain’s big drop. Seeing the reactions and people getting soaked is always hilarious!
Another option while waiting for these Frontierland rides is to hop on a raft to Tom Sawyer Island. There, you’ll find ample room for your little one to explore.
While waiting for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or The Barnstormer in Fantasyland, consider riding Dumbo or The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh nearby.
Over in Tomorrowland, my family always rides the PeopleMover while the Space Mountain-loving adults ride.
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Epcot Rides List With No Height Restrictions
While it often has an unwarranted reputation for “not being a kids park,” Epcot has a the same number of rides without height restrictions as Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom combined!
There are lots of entertaining and slow rides at Epcot for kids of all ages to enjoy. These are the Epcot rides without height restrictions:
- Frozen Ever After
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
- Living With The Land
- Spaceship Earth
- The Seas With Nemo & Friends
And there are a few more thrilling ones with minimum height limits:
- Soarin Around the World – 40”
- Test Track – 40”
- Mission: SPACE Green – 40”
- Mission: SPACE Orange – 44”
The two versions of Mission: SPACE have different minimum height limits with Green being the calmer, non-spinning ride while Orange includes centrifugal spinning.
Mission: SPACE and Test Track have space and automotive-themed activity areas and gift shops at the ride exit, so consider entering through the gift shops while you wait for others to finish these rides.
While waiting with the kiddos who don’t meet Soarin Around the World’s 40” limit, enjoy the other attractions inside The Land pavilion including the Awesome Planet movie and the Living With The Land ride.
This is exactly how my two boys enjoyed their first ever Disney World rides! My youngest was under 40” so the first Disney ride he ever rode was Living With The Land with his grandmother while Mom and Dad took his older, taller brother on Soarin’ for his first ride!
Hollywood Studios Rides For Kids
There are only two rides at Hollywood Studios with no height restrictions.
However, Alien Swirling Saucers has a low 32” limit with two others in the high 30’s.
These are the two rides everyone can enjoy:
- Toy Story Mania
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
And here are the height restrictions for the rest of the rides at Hollywood Studios:
- Alien Swirling Saucers – 32”
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – 38”
- Slinky Dog Dash – 38”
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – 40”
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 40”
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – 40”
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – 48”
Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are both incredibly detailed, immersive lands. While waiting for rides in those lands, simply walk around and take in all the Disney Imagineering magic!
Star Tours is close to the Mickey Shorts Theater airing the Vacation Fun short film. Kiddos too short to ride should enjoy seeing Mickey on the big screen along with a break from the Florida heat!
While family members enjoy the thrill rides at the end of Sunset Boulevard – Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – take the shorter kids to Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy nearby. Or, my personal preference, enjoy delicious ice cream sundaes at Hollywood Scoops!
Animal Kingdom Rides Without Height Restrictions
Disney’s Animal Kingdom park is light on rides, but filled with beautifully detailed theming and animal viewing paths. Its rides are split evenly with 4 posting height restrictions and 4 open to everyone.
Here are the rides at Animal Kingdom with no height restrictions:
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Na’vi River Journey
- Rafiki’s Planet Watch
- TriceraTop Spin
And these have minimum height limits:
- Kali River Rapids – 38”
- DINOSAUR – 40”
- Flight of Passage – 44”
- Expedition Everest – 44”
While other family members get soaked on Kali River Rapids, being the little ones on the nearby Maharajah Jungle Trek to see tigers, birds, bats, and more.
The Boneyard playground is a great way to pass the time with the kids while others enjoy Expedition Everest and DINOSAUR. If the Boneyard isn’t open, TriceraTop Spin is open to kids of all heights.
While waiting for Flight of Passage, simply explore Pandora, enjoy a snack from Pongu Pongu or Satu’li Canteen, or enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Na’vi River Journey.
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