Guest with Young Children:
Ride vehicles at Walt Disney World vary by how many guests they can carry; and the commonly used moving ramps can be difficult to for toddlers or even elementary age kids to navigate. So for an easy transition, we suggest...
~Know ahead of time how many guests each ride vehicle accomodates and plan seating arrangements accordingly. Feel free to ask a Cast Member if you have any other questions.
~Carry your toddler or small child onto the ride or keep a firm hold of their hand.
~If your ride vehicle seats two, have your child board first so you can help them when necessary.
~If your child wants to be next to you during the ride, you may want to skip Space Mountain as each seat only seats one and are located directly in front of the other.
~If your ride vehicle seats more than two, have your child sit in the middle with two adults on either side.
~Prepare your child for getting aboard the ride. If he or she doesn't want to ride, or may put up a fuss when it's your turn to board, be prepared for this or just skip the attraction. It's no fun for you or anyone to wrestle a kid on a ride during a tantrum, especially when there is a long line of guests waiting behind you.
Guests with Large Parties:
For those of you with large families, meeting at WDW for a family reunion, or traveling with a team, tour group, and etc, getting everyone in your party aboard your ride vehicles can seem a little intimidating; and organization is definitely required.
~As previously stated, know how many guests each ride vehicle accomodates and plan accordingly. Plan who will ride with who before it's time to ride to climb aboard.
~Space Mountain will probably be the most difficult attraction for large groups because each rocket only seats 3 guests with each seat directly in front of the other.
~Want to know some attractions that can accomodate your party? Check out Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and any of the shows such as Mickey's Philharmagic, Hall of Presidents, or Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.
~For a great group photo, ride Tower of Terror. Since this attraction seats so many, everyone in your group can be seen!
~Do your best to keep your group together, perhaps through assigning each person a ride partner.
~If your group gets FastPasses, designate one person to hold onto all of the FastPasses; and then distribute them to each person before you reach the attraction line.
Guests with Backpacks, Diaper Bags, and more!
So you're spending the whole day at the parks and you have young kids in tow; and you want to be able to haul your diaper bags, backpacks, shopping bags, and stroller from attraction to attraction with as much convenience as possible. If so, we recommend...
~Most the thrills rides at Walt Disney World have pouches built into the ride vehicle for you to store your belongings; but we personally don't trust our own stuff here and most bags are too big to fit. Instead, we recommend minizmizing what you bring to the parks or pack your stuff in knapsacks with drawstrings to maximize your space. We also recommend keeping your bags between your feet, and on thrill rides, wrapping the straps around your arm and tucking the bag next to you in the seat.
~If you do use the pouches in the vehicle, don't forget to collect your belongings later!
~There are lockers available at the parks to store your belongings, but be prepared to pay a fee!
~ Most of the kid friendly, dark rides have a lot of leg room to accomodate your bags.
~Pack only the essentials and return to your resort during the heat of the day to change clothes, get more snacks, toys, and etc.
~If you feel the need to pack bandaids or other First Aid items, know that at each Disney park there is a First Aid center providing what you need.
~Go ahead and remove your backpack or knapsack and carry them onto the ride, especially when boarding Rock n' Roller Coaster or dark rides where the lap bars come down automatically. It's difficult to remove these bags once you're seated and in a tight space.
~To save space, and to take advantage of some of Disney's finer dining experiences, invest in the Disney Dining Plan which allots you a number of meals and snacks a day. With this plan, you don't have to concern yourself with packing food or drinks. Instead, all you have to do is drop by a restaurant or cart, hand them your card, and then refresh and refuel without lugging extra baggage around the parks!
~If you are a Disney resort guest, know that when you purchase something at a store, you can have it delivered from the parks to your resort for free! Yes, I said, free! However, do be aware that it does take about a day or so to get arrive; but this way, you don't have to haul around shopping bags during your visits to the parks.
We hope our tips will help make your experience at many of Disney's attractions more enjoyable! If you have any tips to share, leave a comment and share them with us and other readers!