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By Pink Diva

To ride the many “big” rides at Disney World you need to be 40 inches tall.  Many parents take this into consideration when planning a trip.  Being 40 inches or taller means there are very little limits to what you can ride. Unless a child doesn’t want to ride, you won’t have to deal with the rider switch.  But what if your child is under 40 inches?  What can they do?  Plenty!

Height sign

If you aren’t sure on your child’s height, you can always check before you get in line

For starters, most kids under 40 inches are usually under three and are free!  Our youngest, who is very tall for his age (a young 3) is only 39 1/2 inches.  Disney must account for shoes, because even with them on he is still about a half an inch too short.  However, there is still a large list of things he can do, see, and ride.

This list is for the current rides at Disney World.  You will want to double-check before your trip the exact height requirements for new or refurbished rides.

Magic Kingdom Under 40 inches 

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: Height Requirement 38 inches (97cm) or taller
  • Tomorrowland Speedway Height Requirement 32 inches (81cm) or taller to ride with someone, but can drive
  • “Goofy’s Barnstormer” at least 35 inches (89 cm) or taller
  • Astro Orbiter: Any height
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin: Any height
  • Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station: Any height
  • Country Bear Jamboree: Any height
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant: Any height
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle: Any height
  • The Hall of Presidents: Any height
  • Haunted Mansion: Any height
  • It’s a Small World: Any height
  • Jungle Cruise: Any height
  • Liberty Square Riverboat: Any height
  • Mad Tea Party: Any height
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin: Any height
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Any height
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic: Any height
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor: Any height
  • Peter Pan’s Flight: Any height
  • A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas: Any height
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Any height
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel: Any height
  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Any height
  • Swiss Family Treehouse: Any height
  • Tom Sawyer Island: Any height
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover: Any height
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid: Any height
  • Walt Disney World Railroad: Any height
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress: Any height
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room: Any height

Age Restrictions:

  • “Space Mountain” at least age 3
  • “Big Thunder Mountain” at least age 3
  • “The Barnstormer” at least age 3

Magic Kingdom 40 inches and over

  • Tomorrowland Speedway: Height Requirement 52 inches (132 cm) or taller to ride alone
  • Stitch’s Great Escape: Height Requirement 40 inches (102 cm) or taller
  • Space Mountain: Height Requirement 44 inches (113 cm) or taller
  • Splash Mountain: Height Requirement 40 inches (102 cm) or taller
  • Big Thunder Mountain: Height Requirement 40 inches (102 cm) or taller

Epcot Under 40 inches

  • Advanced Training Lab: Any height
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival: Any height
  • The Circle of Life: Any height
  • Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure: Any height
  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure: Any height
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros: Any height
  • ImageWorks – The “What If” Labs: Any height
  • Innoventions East: Any height
  • Innoventions West: Any height
  • Journey Into Imagination With Figment: Any height
  • Living with the Land: Any height
  • Frozen Ever After: Any height
  • O Canada!: Any height
  • The American Adventure:Any height
  • SeaBase: Any height
  • The Seas With Nemo & Friends: Any height
  • Spaceship Earth: Any height
  • Turtle Talk with Crush: Any height
  • Bruce’s Shark World: Any height
  • Kidcot Fun Stops: Any Height

EPCOT 40 inches and over

  • Test Track: Height Requirement 40 inches (102 cm) or taller
  • Mission: Space Height Requirement 44 inches (113 cm) or taller
  • Soarin’: Height Requirement 40 inches (102 cm) or taller
  • Sum of All Thrills: Height Requirement 48 inches (122 cm) or taller

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Under 40 inches

  • American Film Institute Showcase: Any height
  • The Great Movie Ride: Any height
  • Muppet * Vision 3D: Any height
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!: Any height
  • Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream: Any height
  • “Pete’s Dragon” Sneak Peak: Any height
  • Star Wars Launch Bay: Any height
  • Star Wars Launch Bay Theater: Any height
  • Star Wars: Path of the Jedi: Any height

Disney’s Hollywood Studios 40 inches and over

  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: Height Requirement 40″ inches (102 cm) or taller
  • Star Tours: Height Requirement 40″ inches (102 cm) or taller
  • Rock n’ Roller Coaster: Height Requirement 48″ inches (122 cm) or taller

Age Restrictions:

  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at least age 3

Animal Kingdom Under 40 inches

  • Kali River Rapids Height Requirement 38″ inches (95 cm) or taller
  • Affection Section: Any height
  • The Boneyard: Any height
  • Conservation Station: Any height
  • Discovery Island Trails: Any height
  • Habitat Habit!: Any height
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!: Any height
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris: Any height
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek: Any height
  • The Oasis Exhibits: Any height
  • Pangani Forest Exploration Trail: Any height
  • Tree of Life: Any height
  • TriceraTop Spin: Any height
  • Wilderness Explorers: Any height
  • Wildlife Express Train: Any height

Animal Kingdom 40 inches and over

  • Dinosaur: Height Requirement 40″ inches (102 cm) or taller
  • Primevil Whirl: Height Requirement 48″ inches (122 cm) or taller
  • Expedition Everest: Height Requirement 44″ inches (113 cm) or taller

Blizzard Beach Under 40 inches

  • T-Bar must be under 5′ feet tall to ride
  • Tike’s Peak must be under 48″ inches (122 cm) tall
  • The Chair Lift at least 32″ inches tall (No infants or lap riding)
  • Cross Country Creek: Any height (adult supervision is required)
  • Melt-Away Bay: Any height
  • Runoff Rapids: Any height
  • Ski Patrol Training Camp: Any height
  • Snow Stormers: Any height
  • Teamboat Springs: Any height
  • Toboggan Racers: Any height

Blizzard Beach 40 inches and over

  • Slush Gusher: Height Requirement 48″ inches (122 cm) or taller
  • Summit Plummet: Height Requirement 48″ inches (122 cm) or taller
  • Downhill Double Dipper: Height Requirement 48″ inches (122 cm) or taller

Typhoon Lagoon Under 40 inches

  • Bay Slide must be under 5′ tall to ride
  • Ketchakiddee Creek must be under 48″ (122 cm) tall
  • Gangplank Falls: Any height
  • Keelhaul Falls: Any height
  • Mayday Falls: Any height
  • Storm Slides: Any height
  • Castaway Creek: Any height (adult supervision is required)
  • Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool: Any height

Typhoon Lagoon 40 inches or over

  • Humunga Kowabunga: Height Requirement 48″ inches (122 cm) or taller
  • Mayday Falls: Height Requirement 48″ inches (122 cm) or taller
  • Storm Slides: Height Requirement 48″ inches (122 cm) or taller
  • Crush ‘n’ Gusher: Height Requirements 48″ (122 cm) or taller

Age Restrictions:

  • Shark Reef: Any height (guests must be 10 years old or older)
  • Shark Reef Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
  • “Before/After hours Surfing”- students must be at least 8 years old
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He looks like he is tall enough, but he is 1/2 an inch short. Almost there buddy!

As you can see, there are plenty of things for those under 40 inches.  I didn’t include character meet n’ greets, character meals, parades, fireworks, and shows.  You don’t have to wait for the magic “40 inches” before coming to Walt Disney World.  No matter what height you are, you are bound to have a magical time!

I've been going to Disney most of my life on vacations, but thanks to the Air Force we now live within driving distance! We bought annual passes before the boxes were unpacked. My husband and I have enjoyed watching our princess obsessed 4 year old and Mickey-loving toddler experince the Disney Magic. When not at Disney you can find me attepting to be crafty, trying to read a book or wrangling the two kids, two dogs and two cats.