Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Nov 18, 2008
    Lisa 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.

    Hi, I am going with my 2 girls, ages 14 and 8, will we be allowed to ride most rides together or will somebody be riding by themselves?

    I understand your concern. Let me assure you that the number of attractions for which this will even be an issue is extremely small. Here are some examples, a few at each of the WDW parks, where your family will not face any separation issues:

    - Space Mountain: The cars hold three people in a single file row.
    - Test Track: The cars hold six people in two, three-person rows.
    - Soarin: Long rows of a dozen people.
    - Jungle Cruise: One ship for a few dozen people.
    - Kilimanjaro Safari: One row fits five people.
    - Kali River Rapids: Rafts fit eight people.
    - Great Movie Ride: Rows fit five people across.
    - Primeval Whirl: Cars hold four people.

    I could go on and on about all the other rides and shows that you can experience together. But there will be a few rides where you will need to split up. Let's use Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin as an example. This is a continuously loading attraction with vehicles that hold two people each. You will say to the cast member loading the ride that you are party of three. He or she will put two people in one vehicle and one in another. These two vehicles will be right next to each other, loading and unloading within seconds. There is no opportunity for anyone to get lost. Also, almost never will they put a stranger as a second person in your one-person vehicle. They will certainly honor a request to ride in a vehicle alone if you ask them. So, you need not worry about someone in your group feeling uncomfortable with a stranger.

    In my family of five, we often end up splitting up our family into a configuration where, like you, one adult is with two kids. Most of the time, we have the two kids ride together and have the parent be the one to ride alone. As I said, you would never be more than a few seconds ahead or behind them, and you would always be within earshot. This is the set up that seems to make my children happiest.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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