Description And Comments

The Barnstormer is a very small roller coaster. The ride is zippy but supershort. In fact, 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 is 21 seconds.

A 42-year-old woman from Westport, Connecticut, warns adults that The Barnstormer may not be as tame as it looks:

The Barnstormer was a nightmare that should have gone in your "Eats Adults" section. It looked so innocent--nothing hidden in the dark, over quickly . . . It took hours to stop feeling nauseated and my 8-year-old son and I were terrified, and it took me hours to stop feeling nauseated.

Though the reader’s point is well taken, The Barnstormer is a fairly benign introduction to the roller-coaster genre and a predictably positive way to help your children step up to more-adventuresome rides. Simply put, a few circuits will increase your little one’s confidence and improve his or her chances for enjoying Disney’s more adult attractions. (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train would be the next to try.)

Touring Tips

The cars of this dinky coaster are too small for most adults and tend to whiplash taller people. Parties without children should skip this one. If you’re touring with children, you have a problem: The ride is visually and aurally appealing, and most kids want to ride, subjecting the whole family 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. This attraction is rarely a good use of FastPass+.

A Cary, North Carolina, mother of preschoolers 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 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

Must be 35" or taller to ride.

Special Needs

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Touring Plans with The Barnstormer

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