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  • On Jan 4, 2023
    Stacee from ID Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! My husband, myself, and our 3 kids (ages 6, 8, & 9) are planning to visit Disney World for the first time in December. Is it possible to do rides since our kids outnumber us or will we need a 3rd adult to join us so we can each ride with a kiddo?

    Hello there, Stacee! 

    I am happy to welcome you to planDisney! Your first time at Walt Disney World Resort will be here before you know it, and it's great that you're thinking ahead to make the most out of your magical vacation. You and your husband may be outnumbered like Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, but there's nothing your flexibility can't defeat. Let's get into it!

    Last week at Magic Kingdom Park, my usually even-numbered crew was down a member. Without thinking, I blissfully strolled over to the Barnstormer family rollercoaster, and were told by a helpful (and very empathetic) Cast Member that we could not ride without another adult present. Because of that experience, I can tell you firsthand that there are indeed General Walt Disney World Property Rules about ages in which a Guest may ride alone: "To board an attraction, children under age 7 must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older." (By the way, my story has a happy ending! My sister was able to join us later and swooped in to save the day!)

    Perhaps your now 6-year-old Mouseketeer may be 7 years old by December 2023. If so, everyone in your entire crew can ride without a companion! Woohoo! However, if they are 6 years old during your visit, either you or your husband should plan on sitting next to them on attractions.

    Also, if you find that any of your children are too afraid to ride or not interested in riding an attraction, look into Rider Switch. Just look for a Cast Member with a tablet near an attraction's entrance, and set it up where one person can ride with the first party of riders while another adult stays behind to supervise the non-rider. Then, like the name suggests, you switch! This way, everyone who wants to ride can do so without anyone being alone.

    AN EXTRA GEM: My own little 'Ohana has an unspoken tradition to choose a different seating partner for each ride. This way, my husband and I both get to see our little ones' faces when they squeal with joy. Those are memories that you'll never forget!

    Stacee, I could go on and on about how to craft the perfect game plan for exploring the theme parks and Resort hotels with kids. Please don't hesitate to stop by planDisney again with your Disney Parks vacation planning questions. I'm all ears! 

    Magic always, 
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Meet the Panelist: LeAndra, Florida

Hey, Mouseketeer! I'm LeAndra, a wife, mom of two, and content creator from beautiful Central Florida. I've lived near The Most Magical Place on Earth for my entire life; so, I like to say that I'm a Guardian of this galaxy! My love of all-things-Disney has also taken me on multiple cross-country road trips to Disneyland Resort and on a few flights over to Disneyland Paris. I am oh-so-grateful to be a part of your world by helping you plan your magical vacations.  Learn More About LeAndra

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