Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Mar 13, 2010
    Regina from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My daughter is very tall for her age and is eligible to ride any ride at Disney. The problem is that she just turned 6. What are your thoughts on letting a 6 year old ride things like Space Mountain, Rockin Roller Coaster, etc?

    Hi there Regina!

    This is a great question, and one that I struggled with myself as the mom of two very tall boys, who are self-proclaimed roller coaster nuts!  You know your daughter best, and can probably gauge which attractions will be too intense or frightening for her by either taking a "test ride" alone before allowing her to ride, or reading the descriptions of each on the website. I would also consider whether she is a fan of high speed, thrilling attractions.  There are plenty of kids (and adults) much older than six, who, despite being tall enough, prefer milder attractions.  Fortunately, Disney has plenty in all thrill categories!   When my oldest was six, he was absolutely fine on Goofy Barnstormer, Space Mountain (he is not afraid of the dark, however, and this attraction is in the dark), Tower of Terror (this, too is in the dark) and Test Track.  He also loved Expedition Everest, but was a bit frightened by the shadow of the Yeti.  These attractions are all fast, but none goes upside down.  He is now seven and a half, and still hasn't taken a spin on Rockin' Roller Coaster, largely because I'm afraid that he will be afraid!  Rockin' Roller Coaster is by far the most intense of the high speed attractions at Disney.  It takes place in the dark, with very loud (Aerosmith) music playing and does go upside down several times.  If I had to hold off on an attraction for a  young child, it would be this one. 

    Again, you are an expert when it comes to your daughter, but hopefully some of my thoughts help you decide which attractions she will enjoy.  Have a magical trip!

    Tanya
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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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