• On Feb 20, 2021
    Leah from ND Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How tall does a child have to be to ride the rides at animal kingdom and Magic Kingdom?

    Welcome to planDisney, Leah!

    I see you are less than a month away from your springtime visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, and I am so excited for you! 

    Finding out the height requirements for attractions throughout the Walt Disney World Resort is an important step in the planning process. My son always checks his height multiple times a week as we count down to a visit, hoping he’s grown an extra half inch or whatever is required so he can ride the next “big kid” attraction; we had a dance party with a Cast Member outside an attraction once because he finally made it!

    On the Walt Disney World website’s Attractions page, you can filter the list of attractions by Height using the drop down menu at the top. Check the box for your child’s height, and the list will filter to those they are able to safely ride. You’ll notice a “Sort by” drop down on the right; use this to have the list sorted by theme park so that you’re able to see all the attractions at Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park grouped together. Click on the attraction name to learn more about each one.

    A really handy feature in the My Disney Experience mobile app allows you to see height requirements on the theme park map. If you open the app and tap the map, you can filter by attractions using the drop down in the middle. Then, on the left, tap “Filter” and you can apply filters by height, age, and even thrill factor. You can also see height requirements on the sign outside each attraction’s entrance.

    Leah, if you have riders who aren’t quite tall enough for certain attractions, but other members of your party who want to ride, I have good news. Disney’s Rider Switch Service allows one member of the party to stay back with the non-rider while the rest of the party enjoys the attraction. When the party exits the ride, simply switch adults so the one who just rode now waits with the non-rider, and the first waiting adult can have a chance to ride. Check in with a Cast Member at the attraction entrance to request Rider Switch service.

    As you count down the days to your visit next month, be sure to take a look at the latest health and safety guidance in the Know Before You Go Guide. I also like to read the Disney Parks Blog for news and updates, and they also run fun stories about must-try treats around the Walt Disney World Resort (I keep a list on my phone so I always know what to order). We have packing lists, countdown ideas, and other tips on our Panel Extras page to help with your preparations, and we’re here for you if you have any more questions as you plan and dream. Have the BEST time!

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
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Meet the Panelist: Robyn, Virginia

Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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