Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Feb 18, 2012
    Rachel from VA 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 am planning our first trip to Disney this April. I am taking my 2 sons, ages 7 and 5, and would like to know what rides they can ride with each other? We will be visiting all 4 theme parks.


    You will find that most rides at Walt Disney World are ones that the whole family will enjoy together. As such you have a pretty open slate of options.

    There are, of course, attractions that are height restricted. This is due to not only the thrill-ride element of most, but sometimes it has as much to do with the ride vehicles and their design. As an example, Soarin' is not necessarily a roller coaster, but the ride does take you up high in the air, and they ride cars have to be able to hold on to all passengers safely.

    Most height restrictions are either 40 or 44 inches. There are a few, like the Tomorrowland Motor Speedway, where there can be a restriction, UNLESS the child is riding with an adult that meets the restriction.

    The big rule here, however, that you should consider is this. Disney asks that any child under the age of 7 be accompanied by someone aged 14 years older. As such, even on a tamer ride like Peter Pan's Flight they may ask you to have an adult in the car with your 5 year old.  I would say that you should not count on being able to send your 5 and 7 year olds off on their own on a ride, but the Cast Members at each attraction can advise where it can be done.

    Have a magical vacation!
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