Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jun 2, 2011
    Barbara from MD 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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    Our 4 year old daughter is 40.5 inches tall and weighs 36 lbs. Although she meets the height requirement for Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain Railroad, do you think she is too little for these rides? She loves kids roller coasters at local carnivals.

    Hi Barbara,

    Sounds like you've got yourself an adventurous little princess! 

    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has many twists, turns & small hills but no huge drops. It can slide you around in your seat a bit but there is a lap bar to keep you in the seat.  There are some vantage points where your daughter can see the train zooming along the tracks.  If she thinks it looks like fun, then go for it.  I would keep my hand on her just to keep her from sliding around too much but she may get a kick out of that. You could also put her between you and another member of your party.  Its a really fun roller coaster and most kids love it.

    Splash Mountain now has lap bars too.  Its a pretty tame ride except for the one big drop that you can see from the outside of the ride.  Its 5 stories tall but its over pretty quick.  There are couple of other smaller drops.  Let her look at it and if it looks like fun to her, climb aboard and prepare to get wet .  

    Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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