Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 16, 2012
    Charlene 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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    Hi! We are visiting WDW for the first time. We'll be there from MAy 12 to the 17th. We have a 17 yr old and a 4 year old. I feel overwhelmed at the size. Any tips on getting the max out of our trip, especially with such a spread in the ages.

    Hi there, Charlene!

    The first thing to do, I think, is to start with the rides and a look at height restrictions.

    The following is a list of attractions at the Parks with height requirements. If the attraction does not appear on this list - e.g., it's a small world - then there is no height requirement.

    Animal Kingdom Dinosaur 40"
    Animal Kingdom Expedition Everest 44"
    Animal Kingdom Kali River Rapids 38"
    Animal Kingdom Primeval Whirl 48"

    Epcot Mission Space 44"
    Epcot Test Track 40"
    Epcot Soarin' 40"

    Hollywood Studios Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith 48"
    Hollywood Studios Star Tours: The Adventures Continue 40"
    Hollywood Studios The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 40"

    Magic Kingdom Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 40"
    Magic Kingdom Splash Mountain 40"
    Magic Kingdom Space Mountain 44"
    Magic Kingdom Stitch's Great Escape 40"
    Magic Kingdom Tomorrowland Indy Speedway 52" to drive; there is no height requirement to be a passenger.

    With this info in mind, I would consider making a list for your 17-year-old, a list for your four-year-old, and a list for both. So many of the attractions have no minimum height requirement - particularly at the Magic Kingdom - that you should no trouble finding a wealth of fun things for both to do.

    You might want to divide and conquer; go on the "shorter height" rides as a group, and then, if there is another adult in your traveling party, split up and go with the taller child on the restricted rides, while the four-year-old can experience other attractions or repeat some of her favorites.

    If you'd like, please send me your Park choices, and I will be glad to help you narrow down a more specific itinerary.

    Have a wonderful time!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.

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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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