• On Jan 15, 2018
    Cynthia from ME 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.

    I'm a single mom traveling with my 2 kids. My oldest is excited for Mine Train & Thunder Mountain. My youngest is tall enough but may be too scared. What are my options? Can I leave her with a cast member? Or does my 8yo ride by herself?

    Hi, there!

     Cynthia, I'm so glad you have an upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation planned with your daughters. Some of my very best childhood memories include traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort with my brothers and our single mom. It wasn't easy for my mom to take us by herself, but those vacation memories are now so precious and priceless. I know your daughters will appreciate and treasure the magical memories you make together this February!

     I can certainly understand your predicament; one of my sons is a thrill-seeker and the other is decidedly not. I did some research for you and I'm happy to answer your question.

     Guests of Walt Disney World Resort are asked to supervise children at all times. Guest policy information for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is posted on the Walt Disney World Resort website. It states, "Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older." If your 8-year old daughter is willing to ride alone while you wait with your youngest, she is welcome to do so! 

     We have found that we can best prepare our non-thrill-seeking son for attractions by looking at photos and videos of those attractions online, prior to our vacations. Perhaps this strategy will work with your youngest daughter as well!

     Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with this great question. I'm wishing you and your daughters the most magical time together!


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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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