Toy Story Land Slinky Dog Dash
  • On Jun 7, 2023
    Nicole from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Any recommendations on how to ride rides as a single parent with a 7 and 10 year old? The 10 year old wants to try doing some of the “scarier” rides (but not by himself) the 7 year old doesn’t want to. 🤷‍♀️

    Hi there, Nicole, and thanks for stopping by planDisney! 

    I'm actually answering your question after a fun day exploring Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park with my two little ones. It took some planning to feel prepared to take on the (very rainy) day without my usual adult backup, but nonetheless, it was a magical day! I am more than happy to help you with your question, Nicole.  

    To be honest, it will prove to be a bit more challenging with going alone with two children with different preferences. However, here are some things to keep in mind: 

    -Exposure:  Watch on-ride point-of-view videos on social media sites with your kiddos to see how each of your Mouseketeers react to the rides. Also, by frequently watching the videos, you may find that your younger child feels comfortable enough to give the ride a try when you get to the theme park. Most attractions at Walt Disney World Resort are for the entire family, so although something may seem "scary," it's all in good fun. 

    -Expectations: If your little one is still not sold on riding with your older kiddo, make it very clear to your children that you may not be able to experience some attractions. For example, usually, my husband will watch my toddler while I take my older son on rides like Expedition Everest, but I explicitly told my child today that we would not be able to ride it because of the circumstances. Being transparent goes a long way. Instead, my kids were super excited to try rides that all three of us could enjoy like Kilimanjaro Safaris.  

    -Adult Back-up: If by some chance you can bring another adult, I recommend using Rider Switch for the rides that your 7-year-old wants to skip or isn't tall enough to ride yet. The first group will ride the attraction while someone waits with your younger child, and then your 10-year-old can ride again with another adult and get through the queue even quicker using the Lightning Lane to get through even faster. You can check out more info about Rider Switch here.

    AN EXTRA GEM: Also, Nicole, I wanted to give you a heads-up. Walt Disney World Property Rules say the following about ages in which a Guest may ride alone: "To board an attraction, children under age 7 must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older." So, the three of you won't have a problem sitting in separate rows (like on Slinky Dog Dash) because everyone is old enough to sit on their own. 

    Nicole, I hope that you found this helpful. It may take some extra pixie dust and planning, but I just know that you and your children are going to have the BEST time! Revisit us here at planDisney if you have any other questions. 

    Magic always, 
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