Mom And Son Safari
  • On Jan 28, 2011
    David from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My daughter just turned 6, she is tall for her age at slightly over 48 inches and 54 lbs. I noticed on a previous post that there was a height restriction of under 48 inches for the pony rides at Fort Wilderness. Will she be allowed to ride?

    Hi David,

    I went through this same thing with my daughter when she was smaller.  She was very tiny for her age but as soon as she was over the 48" (and it wasn't by much) they told her she couldn't ride the ponies.  This rule is implemented for the ponies sake so big kids don't expect to ride them and being an avid rider myself, I think it's nice that WDW takes them into consideration and not just the money they can make from them.

    With this said,  I think this rule is mostly in place for the bigger children and it depends who may be running the pony rides when you arrive.  If they look at your daughter, she may not even strike them to think that she's not within the height restriction and you may very well not even be questioned.  I would take a chance and go anyways (there are other animals to see there and the barn with the horses is across the path for some more fun where she can see the larger horses as well as the ponies they use to pull Cinderella's Coach, so it wouldn't be a wasted journey in my opinion).  I hope your daughter has a fun time and that she gets to have her ride on a pony. 

    Best wishes,
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Meet the Panelist: Brigitta, British Columbia

I am a Canadian citizen working in the tourism industry. My Disney World experiences started with my family when I was just a little girl. I have continued this tradition with my daughter who has been there now more than 15 times. Learn More About Brigitta

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