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  • On Feb 11, 2021
    Danielle from KY Asked

    We will be traveling with 8, 6, 4 and 1 year old twins to MK and AK. If we wear the twins, will this count against the number that can be seated on rides? Just trying to make sure we wont be turned away from rides.

    Hi Danielle,

    Welcome to planDisney and greetings from a fellow mama of five! Seeing your question brought back so many happy memories of our TWO double stroller Walt Disney World Resort visits back when my kiddos were almost exactly the same age yours are now (including the two one-year-olds!) I'd be happy to put your mind at ease and share how we were able to enjoy all of the attractions with our crew of many Mouseketeers!

    First, you'll be pleased to know that there are LOTS of attractions without height restrictions that your entire family will be able to enjoy together. Thankfully, all of those attractions utilize bench-style seating to accommodate families of all shapes and sizes. I'd simply tell the Cast Members when they ask how many are in your party that you are a party of seven, but that includes two lap babies, and they'll seat you appropriately. For any attractions you'd like to experience that your littlest ones aren't able to enjoy yet, you may take advantage of the Rider Switch service and take turns enjoying the attraction without needing to wait in the standby line twice. Pretty sweet, huh?

    Let me break it down in more practical terms from my personal experience, though. For most of the attractions with wider bench seats like Pirates of the Caribbean, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Living with the Land, they'd simply give us two rows to spread out however we chose. On attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Toy Story Mania!, and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin where the benches are a bit more narrow, my husband and I would each take one baby and one of our middle kiddos with us. Our oldest son would ride alone either right in front of or right behind one of us. (Walt Disney World Resort park rules state that any child under age seven must be accompanied by a Guest who is fourteen or older on each attraction.) Thankfully, for attractions like Haunted Mansion where our oldest was uneasy about riding by himself, the bench was wide enough that we were able to squeeze him in with one of us, too!

    For shows that utilize theater seating like Mickey's PhilharMagic, Muppet*Vision 3D, and The American Adventure, you'll find that chairs are currently marked off in smaller parties to allow for physical distancing. Even though you're all part of one family, you'll still need to split into two smaller groups to be able to avoid any seats marked as unavailable.

    I hope is helpful, Danielle. From one mama of many to another, I'm happy to tell you that it IS possible to experience everything at the Walt Disney World Resort AND have a blast while doing so! If you have any other questions as you're thinking through the details of your trip, please don't hesitate to come back and see us again. We're always here and happy to help! I hope that you and your Mouseketeers have a truly magical vacation this spring!

    Missy
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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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