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Theme Park Thursday- Ride Edition

Switching it up today! For this edition of Theme Park Thursday, we wanted to put together lists for height requirements at all Disney World parks (water parks included!). We’ll also include lists of rides offering rider switch.

Did you know there are over 20 rides at Magic Kingdom ALONE with no height requirement at all? This means you can sit your baby in your lap and ride together! If there is no lap bar then you can actually wear your baby in a carrier. Our babies have ridden most everything without a height requirement, but please remember just because you can take your baby, does not mean you always should. Use your own discretion. For instance, our last visit was our first time experiencing Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Hollywood Studios. The ride is trackless with many twists and turns. We knew this going on, but did not realize exactly how twisty and turny the ride would be. Fortunately, our four month old is chill and loved it. But we could easily see this going badly for many other families. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is a similar style ride, so keep this in mind as well. After experiencing Runaway Railway we made the decision NOT to take our baby on Remy’s.

That being said, there are so many excellent attractions your baby can join in on with your family! We have included a list of our favorites at each park. Disney World offers so much more than rides and attractions, but we love being able to enjoy as many experiences as possible as a whole family together, and we think you will, too!

Rider switch is a service Disney offers to families with children under the height requirement or with individuals unable to ride for whatever the reason. Rider party one goes on the attraction while rider party two stays with the non-rider(s), then after rider party one has finished they switch places with rider party two. Rider party two now boards the ride without having to wait in the stand-by queue. In previous years, Disney was known to allow children in rider party one to again experience the attraction with rider party two. They have cracked down on this policy. However! We still highly recommend trying it. We were successful with Slinky Dog on our previous trip, but did not have the same luck with Barnstormer.

What has your experience been with Disney World attractions and the height requirements? Have you

ever taken a baby on a ride with you? Used rider switch? Please share, we’d love to hear from you!


Allyson Marks

Travel Advisor | Blogger

Allyson is an independent travel advisor with Castle Coaches Travel. Her specialty is crafting custom, stress-free vacations for families. Allyson is a former Disney World resort cast member, and currently resides in Raleigh, NC with her husband and 3 children.

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