Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jul 20, 2015
    Michelle from MO Asked

    I'm planning out my fast pass and trying to figure out what rides typically have the longest rides. It is our first visit. I have a 2,4,6 year old. What do you think is better, splash mountain or thunder mountain?

    Hi, Michelle!  If you're looking for a longer attraction, then definitely Splash Mountain.  The ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is just about three minutes.  Splash Mountain does a bit more winding and wandering, and you'll be on that attraction about 10 minutes.  

    The one thing I would caution you about is the minimum height requirements.  Both Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain require riders to be at least 40 inches tall in order to ride - even with a grown up.  My girls were all right around five years old when they were tall enough to ride, so you want to make sure your little ones will be able to ride.

    You can see a chart of the minimimum height required for all of the attractions by clicking Disney World Attraction Height Chart.  Then you'll know before you go if your tiny ones are tall enough.

    Another option to think about is the Disney World Rider Switch Service.  This allows your family to wait in line together, and then when it's time to board the attraction, someone can wait with the children that are too small while other members of the party ride.  When they come back, instead of having to get back in line, you can switch off, and the person who stayed behind can board the attraction.  Bonus for the older children - you get to take one guest back with you!  Just ask the Cast Member before you get in line if the attraction has a Rider Switch option.

    Have a fabulous visit!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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