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  • On Jul 12, 2012
    Tiffany from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We leave in a few days for Disney World, and I just noticed that the height requirement for Space Mountain says 44 inches. The one at Disneyland is only 40. Is this correct? Why the difference? My son is 43 inches, and he is going to be SO disappointed!

    Hi there Tiffany,

    As Mom to a 43 inch, 5 year old daughter, I am in the exact same boat!  We visit Disneyland and Disney World frequently and it's hard to explain to my little one that she isn't tall enough for Disney World's Space Mountain when she's been enjoying Disneyland's version for over a year.  

    There are a few differences that lead to the difference in height requirements.  The first is the seating arrangement.  In Disneyland the passengers are seated side by side, where at Disney World, the passengers are seated single-file, as if on a motorcycle which can be intimidating for younger children.  The second difference is the sides of the vehicles...they are much lower at Disney World with much open space.  And third, Disneyland's version seems smoother to me, while Disney World's can be a little "lurchy" and jerky at times with more drops.

    Hope this helps!  Please write back if I can answer any additional questions!

    -Amanda F.
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, California

Greetings from California! I am here to help make your visit to the Disney Parks as pixie-dusted as possible! As a regular to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, I am ready to put my coast-to-coast Disney Parks knowledge to work for YOU! Learn More About Amanda

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