• On Apr 24, 2008
    Donna from MD 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.

    We will be in WDW May 25-31. I know the rides have height restrictions but how can you tell what the ride will be like before actually committing? I get nervous if I don't know what to expect. I didn't want to get on and panic and not beable to get off

    Many people love to be surprised by new experiences. I can see you're not that kind of person, and I can certainly respect that. On my very first trip to Walt Disney World in 1975 my parents got our family in line for Space Mountain not knowing what it was. My sister was five years old at the time. She was completely unprepared and thus terrified. She didn't want to go on any rides at all after that experience.

    I have several ways that you can become more informed about the rides at WDW:

    1. Invest in a good guide book. The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World has nice descriptions of all the rides. The Birnbaum's Official Guide to WDW has photos of many of the rides.

    2. Search for the names of the rides on YouTube. Many other guests have posted video footage of WDW rides so you can see in advance what will happen.

    3. Watch the free WDW vacation planning DVD. There are shots of many of the rides on the DVD.

    4. When you get to your WDW resort, watch the "Top 7" channel on your TV. There's an entire TV channel at the Disney hotels that ranks the top attractions at the parks. There are many shots of rides there.

    5. Ask a cast member. Disney cast members are stationed at the entrance to every ride. If you have a specific concern (speed, dark, bumps, etc.), just ask the cast member there if the ride includes any of your trouble spots.

    6. Search the web. The WDW website has descriptions of all the rides at the parks. Just search on the names of the rides. Similarly, you could search on the names of the rides on the website This is a comprehensive resource for all things Disney. There are very thorough descriptions and reviews of all the rides here.

    If you do just some of this, then I'm sure you'll be able to choose the most appropriate attractions for you and have a great trip.

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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