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  • On Aug 3, 2009
    Eileen from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I was on the Park Attractions section of the website & many rides say that they're for "Big Kids." I'll be bringing 7-year-olds that do not exactly fit into the "No Fear" category and I was wondering how scary Everest/Thunder Mt.RR/

    Hi Eileen,

    Thanks for writing to us!  First, let me assure you that there are many, many attractions throughout all of the theme parks that are suited to kids (and adults) who aren't "scary ride" fanatics.  My youngest son (5) falls into this category and has absolutely no problem going on most of the rides at Disney.  Now, onto your specific questions.  In my opinion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is less scary than Expedition Everest, largely because during Everest, you go backwards at one point (which might be frightening for some kids), part of the ride is in the dark, and you are trying to "escape" from an Abomidable Snowman (Yeti) whose shadow roars and could be scary.  Everest also has higher altitude "drops" than Big Thunder.  Big Thunder is just a fast, forward-only moving train ride.  It's actually a ton of fun, and even my five year old loves to ride.

    I'd recommend starting out with The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm.  This is a great "starter" coaster.  It's short, only moves forward, and is not scary.  If your kids do well with this one, I'd head over to Big Thunder!

    Have a great trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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