Father and Child on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • On Feb 13, 2018
    Julianne from RI Asked

    My kids are 9,6 and 5 year old twins. If we ride splash mountain, can my two oldest sit together so that my DH and I can ride with each of the twins? What about a ride like big thunder or 7 dwarfs mine train?

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Julianne!  This is a fabulous question! Many parents struggle to fit entire families onto rides and may not know what the “buddy system” rules may be.

    As they say on Toy Story Mania, toys age 7 and younger need a riding buddy (who is aged 14 or older). Toys ages 8 and older may ride alone. If your whole family was to ride Splash Mountain, you can fit 2 people in each row, but your eldest two still may not ride together because your eldest is not 14 (she cannot supervise your 6 year old, but she may ride alone). This is when Rider Switch is handy. Dad can take the eldest kids to ride with him (9 year old can ride in a row alone). When they return, Mom can take a twin to ride via the FP+ queue, and then a third Rider Switch may be necessary if the second twin wishes to ride. The others can do as my husband and daughter do with Frontierland Churros or taking the ferryboat to Tom Sawyer’s Island, which is a lot of fun for the whole family. My Rider Switch experience with my kids has been great, as we tend to divide and conquer and find unique activities like A Pirate’s Adventure free walking game.

    When rides may seat 3, such as Haunted Mansion, my son’s favorite ghost party!), seating won’t be an issue as you can ride like this: Mom, Twin 1, 6 year old in one DoomBuggy. Dad, Twin 2 and 9 year old in another DoomBuggy. Big Thunder Mountain and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train may pose the same issues as Splash Mountain as they are strictly 2 seater rides and will necessitate Rider Switch due to the children’s ages. If I can help you further with Preschool vacations or how to make your trip a little smoother, please let me know. You’ve got a friend in me! ~ 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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