Published: April 15, 2013 at 10:38 PMI think kids under 7 need an adult on the ride with them close enough to be able to comfort a child who may freak out anyway. What use is it of you to be on the ride with your child if you are so far away that you can't comfort the child and make them stay seated for their safety until the ride is over if they freak out.
Published: April 16, 2013 at 8:22 AMAs a mom I think it is smart to have an adult close to a child under seven on a ride. Yes it can be an inconvenience to some but in my eyes safety is more important than convenience.
Published: April 16, 2013 at 10:46 AMmaking it that kids can't ride in a car alone with the parent behind them is absurd. what are single parents with more than one child supposed to do? they can't ride with both kids at the same time and they can't take them on individually.
Published: April 16, 2013 at 4:03 PMThis is a smart move, though it will only encourage people to (continue to) lie more and more. The Teacups made little sense to me (I never knew the restrictions on Barnstormer). Parents not wanting to ride, either in the same cup, or at all, are imbecilic. When your child begins to cry or even get sick, at least you won't worry about a headache or being dizzy. No need to A) tell your child "no" or B) be a loving parent and make a small sacrifice. The lengths parents go to in order to sneak around the rules proves how much they care about their children. Teach them that it's okay to lie, as long as you're getting what it is you desire. Haha. If you can't tell, I've had more than a little experience with this, and am disgusted by most. Obviously, more often than not families are wonderful, but more often than you'd think, there are parents who know they are above the rules.
Published: April 16, 2013 at 6:39 PMI don't see why this wouldn't be a good thing. Kids need all the supervision they can get. I've seen some pretty disturbing things happen when kids aren't supervised, and at least a couple times I was surprised there wasn't an accident (for example, I was once on Pirates of the Caribbean and there was a kid standing up on the seat and reaching over the side to touch every rock we passed, and he could have easily fallen overboard. Of course, in this situation the parents were oblivious as one was on their iPhone the whole ride and the other was taking flash pictures of the sets on the opposite side of the boat...maybe Disney should reconsider allowing electronics on their rides as well). In addition, if a kid gets scared while a ride is in motion they are much more likely to attempt to escape the ride vehicle if there isn't a parent next to them.
On most Disney attractions, the ride vehicles are able to accomodate at least one adult and two small children per row, so all but a huge family should be fine on a vast majority of attractions. However, when this is not possible, child swap or allowing one kid to wait off to the side while everyone else rides, then letting one parent ride again with the kid (probably only a good idea for cycle rides) would be a sufficient solution. If neither of the parents are able to ride, then that's just too bad for the kid.
Published: April 17, 2013 at 11:21 AMI guess I can understand this, however, this past Fall I took two of my children, ages 10 and 6, on the barnstormer. They wanted to ride together, and I sat immediately behind them. Now, I knew the six year old would do great, and all of my four children know how to behave. I wouldn't have done this with a younger child, though, so I guess the age cut off has to be somewhere.