Mom and daughter on Dumbo
  • On Nov 14, 2017
    Elissa from OH Asked

    My family will be headed to Disney in s few months and not sure how to do rides as we are a family of 5. Mom, Dad, 6 year old, 5 year old, and 4 year old. So for rides we can fit three in a bench is fine but what about two seat rides?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Elissa! Your family is headed straight for fun with attractions and festivals like Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival!

    You are spot on about bench vs. two person attractions. With “clamshell” rides like Journey of the Little Mermaid, Haunted Mansion or Peter Pan’s Flight, sitting three to a bench isn’t ever an issue. When your littles are ready to tackle rides like Dumbo or Goofy’s Barnstormer, those 2-to-a-vehicle problems can arise. In your case, you’ll want to use something called Rider Switch Services. This will allow everyone to ride, but you may not be able to ride altogether. As a family, approach the Cast Member at the front of the attraction and ask for Rider Switch Services. You’ll be given a rider switch pass to use. Then, for instance, Dad 1 takes Child 1  to ride, returns and takes Child 2 to ride, then when they return to the rest of the family, Mom and Child 3 can ride together while Parent 1 waits with the other two kids. It’s a bit of a switcheroo, but then everyone can enjoy the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The best part of it is, you can combine this with FastPass+ (only necessary for the first two riders) since the second (and third in your case) may pass through the FastPass+ line with only needing the Rider Switch Pass.

    I hope you have a magical vacation, and if you have more questions about family services or getting around the park with your preschoolers, please let me know! I’ll attach a video of me with some top tips! ~ Lindsey P.
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Meet the Panelist: Lindsey, Georgia

Hey, y'all! I'm Lindsey, a social media-savvy gal that wears her #Disneyside on her sleeve (along with her trading pin collection!). I'm proud to say that my husband and our two Mouseketeers share my love for the Walt Disney World Resort and all it's magic, so get ready to ask me about new things to see and do on your vacation. I particularly love sharing off-the-beaten-path activities and always encourage visitors to try something new on each trip. Adventure is out there! Learn More About Lindsey

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