• On Sep 16, 2019
    Amie from AL 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! My husband and I, along with our 3 children (9, 5, 3) will be coming in November, we usually have another adult to handle the 3rd kid or the kiddos not big enough to ride but this time it is just us. How do we switch off so everyone can ride?

    Hi, there!

     Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Amie. We're so glad you stopped by!

     As a mom of three, I can totally relate to your question. When we made our first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort as a family of five, my husband and I quickly realized that the 'divide and conquer' strategy we used as a family of four wasn't quite so simple now that we are outnumbered! Luckily, there are lots of family-friendly attractions that we can experience together. Some of these attractions feature bench seating, like Frozen Ever After, and we can all sit in one row. Others feature ample ride vehicles that can easily accommodate three to a seat, like Peter Pan's Flight. On these attractions, we'll split up into one group of two and one group of three. 

     For attractions our little one is just too little for, we take turns riding with the bigger kids. For example, my husband will take our oldest on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train while I wait with our middle kiddo and the baby. Once they've exited the attraction, I'll ride with our middle child while my husband waits with our oldest and the baby. Whoever is waiting will usually use that time for some shopping, grabbing a snack, or stopping for a bathroom break. 

     Sometimes we'll use Disney's Rider Switch to make sure everyone gets a chance to ride a popular attraction. When we use this family-friendly service, we only experience one wait time, even though we're taking turns riding! 

     Another option is to allow your oldest kiddo to ride alone while you and your husband pair off with the other two. Guests older than 7 may board an attraction without an adult as long as they're comfortable doing so. My 9-year old loves that freedom, but honestly, we haven't found the need to employ that strategy more than just a few times. 

     I hope this was helpful, Amie. Please let me know if you have any other questions about traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort with little ones in tow!

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all-things-Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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