Top 10 Questions And Answers About Walt Disney World Rides

10. Will I get wet on this ride?

You should assume if you get on a water ride, you will get wet.

9. Does this ride go upside down?

There is only one ride that actually takes you upside down: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Expedition Everest does have a section of the ride where you are going backwards very fast and it feels a lot like you are going upside down but you aren’t.

8. I am in a wheelchair, what rides will I be able to go on?

That will depend on if you are able to transfer to the ride vehicle, or if you need to stay in your wheelchair on the ride.  Many rides you will be able to stay in your wheelchair to experience it. Some you will not be able to remain in your wheelchair, such as Big Thunder Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, and the Mad Tea Party. There are some rides that you will need to transfer to the ride vehicle in order to ride it. Disney provides a special map for “Guests with Disabilities” that you can pick up at Guest Relations in each park.  The map has all the details on the attractions and how to board them, along with information on restrooms, parking and transportation.

7. When can I reserve a FastPass for this ride?

Every guest at Walt Disney World has the opportunity to select three FastPass+ attractions. If you are a Disney resort guest, you can reserve your FastPass+ selections up to 60 days ahead of your check-in date.  If you are a day guest at a Disney World park you may select your three FastPass+ selections 30 days in advance. Download My Disney Experience App to see all FastPass+ time available, change your FastPasses or add additional after your first three have been used. Keep in mind the tier system and plan your FastPasses accordingly! Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is the one attraction that is currently on a boarding pass system which is different than FastPass.

6. Are there rides the whole family can ride?

Rides that do not have an age or height requirement are great rides for families to enjoy together. Here are SOME but not ALL of those attractions: Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, Tomorrowland Transit Authority, Winnie the Pooh, Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight, “it’s a small world”, Liberty Square River Boat, Walt Disney World Railroad, Dumbo The Flying Elephant, Under the Sea- Journey of The Little Mermaid, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Tom Sawyer’s Island, Enchanted Tiki Room, Mad Tea Party, Living With The Land, Ariel’s Underwater Adventures, Gran Fiesta Tour, Frozen Ever After, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Na’vi River Journey, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Wildlife Express Train, Toy Story Mania, Alien Swirling Saucer, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and It’s Tough To Be a Bug.

5. What are the rides for small children?

Dumbo, Aladdin’s Magic Carpets, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight, Carousel, “it’s a small world”, Barnstormer, Tomorrowland Speedway, Tom Sawyer’s Island, Gran Fiesta Tour, Finding Nemo, Toy Story Mania, Alien Swirling Saucers, Kilimanjaro Safaris, It’s Tough to Be a Bug, Triceratops Spin, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, and Mad Tea Party. There are many more rides that can be introduced as children reach the height requirements. (Please note these are not all of the rides available for small children, just a quick list)

4. When does this ride close?

You want to make sure you don’t miss riding your favorite ride.  Checking the Times Guide is your best resource for this. Sometimes the Disney App is not correct. Don’t assume what has been done in the past is still true today.  When a time reads “until Park close” that is referring to the regular closing time of the Park, not Extra Magic Hours.  Extra Magic Hours extends park opening for Disney Resort Guests but it has a separate Times Guide. Not all the attractions are open during these extended park hours. The same is true for Hard Ticket events such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party; they have their own Times Guide.  Keep in mind that attractions also close due to weather and other operational reasons.  Don’t wait until the last hour of Extra Magic Hours to ride your favorite ride one last time before its annual refurb and expect it to be open.

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3. What is Rider Switch?

Rider Switch is a program Disney designed to make it easier for families with young children and infants to be able to ride the great attractions at the Parks.  Not all rides are suitable for holding babies on. If everyone in your party wants to ride an attraction, speak to the Cast Member at the Stand-by Entrance that you would like to participate in Rider Switch.  They will guide you into the queue and the one with the infant who is not riding first can wait nearby.  After the first of your party rides, the 2nd adult will return to the parent holding the baby and then that adult can go through the FastPass line with up to two other people, to enjoy the ride also. It has been in effect for decades and is a great way for young families to enjoy all the attractions at Disney.

2. Can my children ride this alone?

Children under 7 cannot ride anything alone at Walt Disney World. You must have someone 14 years or older with a child under 7.  If they are 7 or over they can ride anything that they meet the height requirement for.

1. How many attractions can I expect to see/experience in one day?

8 ½ attractions is the goal for all park guests to enjoy.  Those who read up on the Parks and plan well can accomplish many more. During the busiest times the Parks will remain open longer for the purpose of making it possible for guests to enjoy this many attractions. If the Parks fill up quickly the park may even extend their operating hours during that day so listen for those rare public announcements.

About Cassie

Cassie L. I am a lifelong Disney fan. I attended Walt Disney World in 1971, and was there during the opening week of EPCOT, and have visited the Disney Parks for than 30 times. I have had the privilege of visiting Disneyland as a child, and then again with my children. My family recently moved from the northeastern United States to the Walt Disney World area. I now have cast members in my family and enjoy hearing the magical stories at the end of a shift. I love visiting all of the parks and getting to try more Disney food and being able to share it with you to help you plan your own magical day at Disney.