Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Dec 31, 2011
    Clay from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are planning to go to WDW either in late September or early October 2012. We have kids who will be ages 16, 14, 6, 4 and a newborn. What is the best way to handle these different ages? Do many of the rides have height limits?

    Hi Clay,  How exciting that you will be visiting Walt Disney World in the fall! Your children are going to love it! There are certain attractions that have height requirements, but Disney thinks of everything and offers a parent swap for your exact situation.  The parent swap allows families that have older children the ability to ride the attraction with one parent, while one parent stays back with the child/children that are not tall enough to ride. Then your older children will be able to ride the attraction a second time with the other parent. My family has taken advantage of the parent swap many times over the years! Just ask a cast member when you enter the line for a parent swap. You will go through the stand by line the first time through, unless you have a fast pass for that attraction, and when the second parent rides they will be able to enter the fast pass line.This will decrease your wait time dramatically. To find out which attractions have height requirements, you can go to the unofficial site and go under ride restrictions. There is a graph that lists all the attractions at each park that have height requirements. There are so many attractions and shows that your entire family will be able to enjoy together! To maximize your time, one of my suggestions is to be at the parks at opening to take advantage of less crowds and to also have a touring strategy in place. We try to hit the most popular attractions first thing in the morning, always taking advantage of fast passes. Don't forget to grab a park map and times guide on your way into the park for up to date park hours and show times.!  Another suggestion is to go back to your resort for a midday break/nap when the parks tend to get more crowded and then head back later in the day refreshed and ready to experience more fun and excitement! I hope you and your family have a magical Walt Disney World vacation! Please come back and ask if you have any more questions about your upcoming trip!
     :-) Jodie 
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Meet the Panelist: Jodie, Georgia

Hey, y'all! I'm the mother of four amazing kids and wife to my very own Prince Charming!  After working as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, I recently traded in my scrubs to work as a Physician Recruiter for my local hospital. My friends call me the "Queen of Disney," and I would love to put all my experiences and knowledge to work in order to assist you in planning a magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Jodie

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