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    The Barnstormer

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Description And Comments

The Barnstormer is a dinky little coaster with a brief-but-zippy ride. Of the 53 seconds the ride is in motion, 32 seconds are consumed in leaving the loading area, being ratcheted up the first hill, and braking into the off-loading area. The actual time you spend careering around the track: 21 seconds.

A Westport, Connecticut, reader warns adults that the ride may not be as tame as it looks:

A nightmare that should have gone in your “Eats Adults” section. It looked so innocent—nothing hidden in the dark, over quickly—but it took me hours to stop feeling nauseated.

Though the reader’s point is well taken, we think The Barnstormer is a good introduction to roller coasters, one that can help your kids step up to more-adventuresome rides. (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train would be the next to try.)

Touring Tips

The cars are too small for most adults and tend to whiplash taller people. Parties without children should skip this one. Because the ride draws in kids visually and aurally, it subjects families to slow-moving lines. If The Barnstormer is high on your children’s hit parade, try to ride within the first 2 hours that Fantasyland is open.

A Cary, North Carolina, mom offers a heads-up for solo parents:

There are some fussy rules for riding The Barnstormer. Each of the ride cars holds only two people, and every child under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. That means a single parent can’t take two small children on the ride alone—you either need to rustle up another adult to help or skip it entirely.

The Barnstormer Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for The Barnstormer when you visit on a day with a given Magic Kingdom Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see The Barnstormer Wait Times.

Special Comments

  • This attraction has a minimum-height requirement of 35 inches.
  • This attraction offers rider swap.

Must be 35" or taller to ride.

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