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  • On May 16, 2020
    Arlene from OK Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    What are the height requirements/ages for the rides at WDW?

    Hi, Arlene!  Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    It sounds like you might be planning to visit Walt Disney World Resort with your little Mouseketeers.  How exciting!  There is something so special about watching your children experience the power of magic

    While there are no age requirements for attractions in the Walt Disney World theme parks, you will find that some attractions do have height restrictions.  I still remember our visit to Magic Kingdom Park the year that my daughter was finally tall enough to blast off on Space Mountain.  She was so excited to reach that Disney milestone!

    To find the height requirements for the various attractions, you will want to take a look at the attraction list on the Walt Disney World website.  If you scroll through the list, you will see that many attractions are listed as "Any Height."  These are the experiences that the whole family will be able to enjoy together.  For rides that have a specific height requirement, you will see that listed under the attraction name.  You can also filter this list of attractions by height to quickly and conveniently find the attractions that are practically perfect in every way for your family.

    If there is an attraction that one of your kiddos does not meet the height requirement for or simply does not wish to ride, that doesn't mean that the rest of your family has to miss out.  Rider Switch is a service that comes in handy in this type of situation.  If you wish to use Rider Switch for an attraction, simply speak to a Cast Member at the attraction entrance.  The Cast Member will scan your MagicBand or admission card to issue you a Rider Switch entitlement.  One adult in your party will then wait with the non-riding child or children while the rest of the party waits in line for the attraction.  Once the riders return, an adult from the riding party will take over supervising the non-rider(s) while the waiting adult and up to 2 additional guests may access the attraction using the FastPass+ queue.  This eliminates the need to wait in the standby queue twice.

    If your family would like to forego waiting in the standby queue at all, you may certainly use Rider Switch along with FastPass+.  However, to do this, everyone in your party needs to have a valid FastPass+ reservation for that attraction.

    Arlene, if you have any additional questions as you plan for your vacation, please visit us again.  Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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