If you're traveling to Disney World with kids, you're probably what they can and cannot ride. Let me start by saying I think you will be amazed at everything they can do. According to the official Disney website, between the four parks there are 132 attractions. To be fair, I don't personally agree with everything they consider to be an attraction such as all the animals at Animal Kingdom or all the gallery/exhibits at Epcot. On that note though, they also don't count all the amazing shows that I do consider attractions. Regardless, everything at Disney is worth seeing. That all being said, out of the 132 attractions, only 18 of them have any height requirement.
The height requirements range from 32-54 inches, but the magic number is 40 inches. When your little one reaches 40in, they can experience 9 new attractions! I'm so excited that my little one will get to experience these on our next trip...or at least I'm pretty sure. Here's how they all breakdown.
Tomorrowland Speedway at Magic Kingdom - This attraction can be enjoyed by your little ones once they are 32 inches, but be warned, they probably still can't drive at this point as their feet most likely won't reach the pedals. They also must be accompanied by someone age 14 or older.
The Barnstormer at Magic Kingdom- This is the first rollercoaster that kids can ride at Disney. It is important to note that any child under the age of 7 must be accompanied by someone over the age of 14. This advisory is actually listed on all attractions with height requirements and most without them as well. However, I've never seen this be an issue anywhere except here. The castmembers working the lines at The Barnstormer will stop any group with more kids than adults and ask the ages of anyone that they believe may be under the age of 7 to ensure that everyone is paired off with someone over the age of 14.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom- At 38 inches, a child can ride their first adult rollercoaster. This is a great one to start with as it does have decent drops, but it's a gentle ride with the swinging carts. It also has a nice little break in the middle where they can spot their favorite dwarf characters.
Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom - This water ride will be loved by most little ones. At 38 inches, your little one will get a special wristband to alert the loading ride attendants that your little one needs a special seat. A few seats per boat are equipped with an extra lapbar that can be pulled down for smaller guest.
Big Thunder Mountain at Magic Kingdom - This is the most classic coaster in my opinion at Disney World
Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom - This is one of my personal favorites, and a good one to start with if your little one has just reached this height group. The drop into the briar patch is kind of big, but otherwise this is an extremely calm and enjoyable ride.
Stitch's Great Escape at Magic Kingdom - This attraction is currently only open seasonally during extremely busy days. I have to admit that I haven't been inside here in a long time. This ride takes place in the dark and you are strapped into a stationary seat by a shoulder restraint. So, even if your kid loves Stitch, you may want to think twice about this one, if it's even open when you're there.
Soarin' at Epcot - I'm really excited to share this ride with my little one on our next visit. Unless you have a problem with heights or motion simulators, you should be okay with this one as you experience what it would be like to soar under a hang glider around the world.
Test Track at Epcot - Littlecjc was so upset last trip that she wasn't tall enough for this one. Most little ones should be okay on this one as you take your car through different test obsticles including the speed test as you lap around the building at high speeds.
Mission: Space Green Mission at Epcot - This attraction is currently closed for a refurbishment where they are changing the mission plans for those choosing the green mission, creating a more family friendly ride. Previously, the height requirement was 44 inches, which I believe this little one was just over here, and you can see her head barely clears the shoulder restraint. From my understanding, when this attraction reopens (scheduled for August 13) the green mission side will have a height requirement of 40 inches with the help of something called an X2 boaster seat. I'll report back after our next visit with the details! It is also worth noting that this ride confides you into a very tight space, but this seems like more of an issue for adults than little ones.
Star Tours at Hollywood Studios - Here we are in the back of four or five rows aboard our starship. This is your standard motion simulator ride, but it is a little jerky which probably is the reason for the height requirement.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios - I love this ride, but it is exactly what you expect with multiple ups and downs. I'm sure Littlecjc will want to ride this on our next trip and I'm so curious as to how she will do.
Dinosaur at Animal Kingdom - In all honesty, this may be my least favorite attraction on property. This is a very bouncy/jerky ride mostly just in the dark.
Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom - This is an indoor coaster. As a parent, I think the scariest part of this ride would be that you can't sit next to your little one or watch their face.
Mission: Space Orange Mission at Epcot - The same information from above applies here in regards to the shoulder restraints and close spaces. To my knowledge, the only changes to the orange mission is that the video quality is being updated.
Avatar Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom - I'll admit I have no personal experience with this ride, but I can't wait to try it on our next trip. From what I've heard, it is similar to Soarin, but way more intense. I can't wait!
Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom - This is your standard roller-coaster with one exception, you also go backwards.
Rock 'n Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios - This coaster is great! It is an inside coaster that takes off quickly (which you witness close up while waiting to board) and it goes upside down a few times.
Primeval Whirl at Animal Kingdom - This ride is kind of silly and therefore I find it funny that it has one of the tallest height requirements. That being said, I loved this ride as a kid, getting spun all around and whipped back and forth.
Tomorrowland Speedway at Animal Kingdom - At 54 inches, you can finally drive a car all by yourself.
That's all of them! I'm so happy that Littlecjc has finally reached that magic number and I can't wait to watch her experience those 9 new attractions!