• On Mar 7, 2020
    Kiara from PA 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. If one kid wanted to get on a ride but the other didn't, would the child who didn't want to ride be allowed to wait on the side while myself and the other child got on? It's just me and 2 kids so I usually just skip certain rides. Thanks.

    Hi there, Kiara! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am so glad you stopped by with your question. How exciting that you’re taking a fall trip with your two children. From one mom to another — you’ve got this! It can seem daunting to go on a trip with two small children who may be at different stages and have different interests, but the best part of Walt Disney World is that there is truly something for everyone! 

    Regarding your question, the only way that a child is able to wait while you experience an attraction with another, is if the child who waits alone is at least 14 years of age. Assuming that this is not the case, unfortunately this would leave a child unattended and Cast Members cannot be responsible for that child. The only way to achieve this is to participate in Rider Switch, but this requires another responsible person in charge of the child not riding that is at least 14 years of age or older. Just so you know, children ages 7 and up are allowed to experience most attractions alone if they meet height and safety requirements, it is just those under 7 that have to board with someone 14 years or older. 

    One thing I would suggest is talking with your children ahead of time regarding what their priority attractions and experiences are for the trip. Check out the rides without height restrictions and start choosing from those. For example, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway just opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and that is one attraction that the whole family can definitely enjoy! Making the adventures you will be able to have together the main focus of the trip will make it so much more fun for everyone! One of our favorite parts of our Walt Disney World Vacations as a family is always looking forward to the things we will be able to experience together during each visit now that we are finally big enough and/or “brave” enough! Also, check out this resource guide for visiting the Disney Parks with little ones!

    Kiara, I hope this information helps you start making plans for your magical family vacation. If we can be of any more help in the future, please do not hesitate to stop by to see us again!

    See ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Clara, Ohio

Hi, friends! I'm Clara, a Pediatrician from Cincinnati, OH, a mom to two Disney-loving boys and married to my college sweetheart.  As a native Spaniard and Spanish speaker, my happiest early memories of life in the United States were formed at Walt Disney World. I love to find ways to sprinkle some R&R and good food among the hustle and bustle of our Disney vacations, and I would love to help you do the same! Learn More About Clara

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