Mom and daughter on Dumbo
  • On Sep 1, 2022
    Christina from WA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are going to Disney World with our 21 month old toddler. Does the entire party have to wait in line for ride or can my husband wait in line while I entertain our toddler outside of the line until we are close to the front of the line?

    Welcome to planDisney, Christina!

    What a great age to bring your little Mouseketeer to Walt Disney World! They'll be in awe of all the EARidescent excitement. Make sure you get the camera ready for those character meet and greets. On my most recent Disney adventure, my young kids got to meet and hug their favorite characters for the first time in forever. It was magical!

    Christiana, if your entire family wants to ride together, then you'll have to wait in line together. There's no option for your husband to wait in line on your behalf. I know that's not the answer you wanted to hear. I've been in your situation. At 21 months, toddlers can be really difficult in lines. My own kids have had their fair share of "moments" while waiting in line. However, my wife had this brilliant idea on our last Disney trip. She gave my son his Lightning McQueen car to play with in the lines. And he literally played with that thing the whole time in every line. It was amazing! (I married a genius). Maybe you could bring one or two distractions for your child to play with in line. You could even bring a snack. Also, many of the rides at Walt Disney World have really entertaining lines. For example, my kids love waiting in line for Peter Pan's Flight and The Many Aventures of Winnie the Pooh. I trust that you'll still have a great time.

    For rides that the little one can't go on, you should try taking advantage of Rider Switch. For example, you can wait with your toddler whilst dad enjoys the attraction. When dad returns, he can switch with you and supervise your toddler. You can then board the attraction without having to wait in the regular standby line again. Again, on our most recent Disney trip, my wife and I used Rider Switch constantly. It's really great.

    I hope that's helpful, Christina. Thanks so much for stopping by planDisney.



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I'm Mike, a Disney-loving "scouser." I have a wonderful wife and two young children who share my obsession for all things Disney. I've always been enchanted by the magic of Walt Disney World Resort - the charming music, captivating beauty, enthralling attractions, and breathtaking shows spark my imagination and fill me with a sense of awe. I'm perpetually planning my next Disney adventure! If you're interested in makin' memories at "The Most Magical Place on Earth" then you've got a friend in me.
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