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  • On Sep 7, 2008
    Kim from SC Asked

    I've been going to Walt Disney World ever since I can remember. Now I have my own daughter, and I can't wait to take her. My only worry is that she is only 17 months old. Is there anything she can do at this age? Will she be able to go on any rides?


    Your daughter will definitely be able to ride right along with you!  Disney is very child friendly, and in fact the vast majority of the rides there have no height restrictions at all.  We've been taking my daughters since they were newborns, and I held them in my arms as we rode Buzz Lightyear, Peter Pan, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Haunted Mansion... 

    In that regard, in fact, I think you have an advantage over taking a slightly older child.  Your daughter will likely hop right on Pirates of the Caribbean or Haunted Mansion, without so much as a thought about it being scary.  I know that never occurred to my children!  Now they are able to enjoy many rides over and over that older kids are frightened by, and I think it's because they went on them before they knew any better!  :)

    For rides with height restrictions, be sure to take advantage of the Baby Swap option.  Visit the cast member at the entrance to the attraction and they will provide you with a  switch pass.  You'll be able to enjoy the ride while another member of your party stays with your daughter, and when you exit you can trade off.  This is a huge help in reducing wait times and allowing you to still experience all of the 'big-kid' rides.

    Have a great vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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