You might remember last month when we shared the news about Unaccompanied Park Entry Changes. Well according to Theme Park Insider, Disney is changing their policy on accompanying children under seven on rides. The rules for children to visit an attraction or ride a ride are continuously changing to become more strict to insure the safety of these children. The newest change to the policy though may make vacations more difficult for families with multiple children.
Disney’s previous policy was that children under the age of seven were required to have someone at least fourteen years of age or older to accompany them on rides; if there were not enough adults, children were permitted to ride in adjacent vehicles. The new policy though states that if a child is under seven years of age, an accompanying person who is at least fourteen years old must ride in the same row or the row behind the child in the same vehicle.
There are some attractions that this should not pose a problem such as The Mad Tea Party. However, there are rides that this new policy will make it more challenging for some families to ride. Before, on the Barnstormer/ Gadget’s Go Coaster, if there were one adult and two kids together, the children could sit together while the parent rode in an adjacent vehicle. However, with the new policy, this will no longer be acceptable since each seat on Barnstormer/ Gadget’s Go Coaster are in their own vehicle.
Now, families with not enough parents and too many children to fit in a row simply will be unable to ride some rides anymore.
What do you think of Disney’s new policy? Do you think this will make it more difficult for families? Do you think this will be safest for families?
- Walt Disney World Resort Refurbishments Update for May 2013 (chipandco.com)
- Changes Coming to Disney Parks for Unaccompanied Park Entry (chipandco.com)