Walt Disney World Height Requirements
Since I did a post all about the Disneyland Resort rides, it’s only fair to include Walt Disney World’s list of rides for kids, as well. Since Walt Disney World is more like a resort town with four theme parks, 2 water parks, and a shopping destination, it is safe to say there is so much to do. Sometimes we overlook the smallest things, like the height requirements for rides. It’s always best to be prepared and not be shocked at the last second that our little ones are unable to ride an attraction they were dreaming of.
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Before we dissect every park, I want to acknowledge that Disney takes safety really seriously. If your child does not meet the height requirements for some rides, even by an inch, your child will not be able to ride the attraction. This is not cast any negativity towards Disney, but to assert that the height requirements are put there for a reason, so no one gets hurt and enjoys the park and their rides comfortably. Please do not try to make your child appear taller, there are plenty of other rides, and there is always next visit.
It is up to the parent to determine what is safe and appropriate for your children to ride and experience. Please respect the safety rules and the cast members that enforce them, they are only looking out for visitors’ well-being.
Please note that these lists provide only rides, and not walk-throughs, play areas, films, or shows.
We have a lot of ground to cover so let’s dive right in!
The Magic Kingdom has the most popular rides that Disney has to offer, even ones that are replicated or inspired from Disneyland. It is also the park that provides the most rides, and a lot of them do not even have a height requirement, making it perfect place for first-time kiddos.
Here is a helpful infographic for the Magic Kingdom.
*Update as of 10/03/17 Stitch’s Great Escape has been transformed into Stitch’s Alien Encounter Character Greeting. This is a meet and greet area for Stitch, and possibly other Lilo and Stitch characters.
Epcot stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. It was Walt Disney’s dream to make a community advanced with new technology. Unfortunately, his dream never took off before his death, but Disney wanted to spread Walt’s dream and created the Epcot we know today. Originally designed to be a year-round World’s Fair, Epcot is separated into two sections, Future World, and the World Showcase. Future World is designed by imagination and design for the future and has changed a lot since its opening, but has something for everyone.
Future World is designed by imagination and design for the future and has changed a lot since its opening, but has something for everyone.
The World Showcase gives visitors the opportunities to travel the world without a passport across 11 different countries, with a two more being added in the future.
Epcot is a large park, so be prepared to do some walking. There aren’t a lot of rides here, but it still a great park full of learning, imagination, and Walt Disney magic, and if you catch the Food & Wine Festival, many yummy meals and treats.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the newest and largest of the four parks, centered around the message of education, conservation, and research. The land is divided up into seven themed areas, all surrounding the park’s icon the Tree of Life.
The areas are Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Asia, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Pandora – The World of Avatar, and Dinoland U.S.A.
This park doesn’t have very many rides, but that doesn’t mean your little ones won’t enjoy Animal Kingdom all the same. This park hosts many animals, themed lands, hands-on education, and diverse cultural areas, making for a very informative and visual experience for first-time kiddos.
I recommend going to this park if your child loves animals and to explore.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios, previously Disneys MGM Studios, has the main premise of having the movies be the center focus. When this park opened it had a backlot sort of feel to it along with operational studio on the property. Today Disney’s Hollywood Studios drastically changed, along with its name, and continues to change as the majority of the park is under construction for the new lands and rides coming in the future.
Hollywood Studios has divided into five different areas; Echo Lake, Sunset Boulevard, Pixar Place, animation courtyard and Grand Avenue. There isn’t many attraction rides currently in this park due to construction and refurbishments, but the atmosphere is still great with Star Wars shows, Disney favorite stage shows, nighttime events, and the citizens of Hollywood.
For kiddos that are a little bit older will love the shows that Disney’s Hollywood Studios have, with Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Disney Junior, and Indiana Stunt Spectacular all on a stage. Plus plenty of fun meets and greets for photopass opportunities.
Magic Tip: If you are dying to ride an attraction, that unfortunately, your kiddo is unable to ride, you can take advantage of ride switch, which allows adults to ride certain attractions without having to get back in line.
Those are the four parks in Walt Disney World and their ride height requirements. I will cover the water park rides in a future post if anyone is interested. Hope this helps your future Disney trip, and what rides are available for your children.
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