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Is your child starting to outgrow Disney? If you’re like me, this question is sacrilege! But, I see a lot of parents on social media saying things like “my kids don’t like going to Disney anymore,” “my son has outgrown the Disney parks,” or “my daughter thinks Disney is for babies.” These comments always make me sad.
To me, Disney is something that is never outgrown. I think Walt Disney himself would agree with me. After all, he did say, “Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.”
My kids simply aren’t allowed to ever outgrow Disney. I haven’t!
Recently, I took the time to sit down with my son and chat with him about his absolute favorite must-dos at Walt Disney World. The following is the result of that conversation. . .
A Tween Boy’s Disney Top 10
*These are in no particular order.
Rockin’ Roller Coaster
What’s to love? “At first, I thought I wouldn’t like this ride because I’m not a fan of roller coasters. But, my sister Gracie liked this one so I wanted to try it. I like that it’s in the dark so I can’t really tell that it’s going upside down. And, at the beginning when it goes from 0-60 really fast … that’s an adrenaline rush!”
What’s to love? “Well, I love Star Wars! I’ve seen all the movies and so I kinda have to like the Star Tours ride. One time, we rode it so many times in a row that it made my mom sick. That was kinda funny! And, there was that one time that I was the rebel spy! That was really cool.”
Epcot’s Japan Pavilion
What’s to love? “Hello?! The Japan Pavilion is awesome because I love Japan! I love shopping in the stores because they have a lot of Pokemon and Zelda Anime books. Last time we were there, Gracie even surprised me by buying me one for my birthday, which was months later! Also, we like the little lucky cats that you can buy at the register. And there is a lot of other cool video game stuff. Sometimes my mom gets frustrated because I don’t want to leave the store!”
What’s to love? “We have only seen this show once, but it was way cool! Ever since I first went to Disney when I was 2, Sorcerer Mickey has been one of my favorite characters. Seeing him in this performance, in the dark, was just really neat. I hope we get to see it again sometime.”
Toy Story Mania
What’s to love? “You get to shoot in this game. Who doesn’t love a good shooting game?! I love how the cars whip around from section to section. And it’s fun if I can beat my mom or dad’s score. Then I get to rub it in all day.”
What’s to love? “Seriously?! You get to design your own car while you’re waiting in line so even the wait is fun! Again, even though I don’t love roller coasters and this is kinda like a roller coaster, it’s just really neat to see what it would be like to test out new cars. It kinda reminds me of what it must feel like in a racecar too.”
What’s to love? “For the longest time, my mom wouldn’t let us go on this because she kept reading how scary and traumatizing it is for little kids. Then, one time, she decided that we could try it and we all loved it. And it wasn’t scary at all. It’s just fun – and funny! Now we go on it every time we are at Animal Kingdom because it’s awesome. And dinosaurs are cool.”
What’s to love? “Soarin’ has always been one of my family’s favorites and one that my mom always tries to get FastPasses for (or we’ll have to run to get there first thing in the morning!) I was really glad this past winter when we got to check out the new version – Soarin’ Around the World. It was cool to see some of the sights and smells from different places around the world. Even though I don’t like school, I did remember learning about some of those places in history class – like the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal. It was also neat to see a real African Safari, kinda like Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom.”
What’s to love? “The Lego Store at Disney Springs is my absolute favorite place to shop in all of Walt Disney World. My parents usually give each of us a gift card to spend during our Disney vacations. I usually spend most of mine at the Lego Store! Last time we were in Florida visiting my grandparents and they gave me money for my birthday. Guess where I wanted my mom to take me so I could spend it? Yep, Lego!”
What’s to love? “Here is another roller coaster. This one even surprised my mom that it made my list because she really isn’t crazy about this ride. I don’t know why, but for some reason, I liked it. When I was making my list, it was a toss-up to put this on it or Mission: SPACE. But, I decided on Space Mountain for some reason. It really is a cool ride. And one time, when we were on the People Mover, we went through the Space Mountain part and they had the lights on because they were working on the ride. That was pretty cool to see what it actually looks like in there.”
A Tween Boy’s Disney Don’t Do’s
*Just for fun, he thought he’d share the few things that he really doesn’t like (or hasn’t learned to appreciate, in my personal opinion!)
Tower of Terror
What’s not to love? “This is my mom’s absolute favorite ride. One time, when I was pretty little (too little for Rockin’ Roller Coaster), my sister Gracie wanted to ride that so my Dad took her on it, while my mom and other sister got in line with me for Tower of Terror, but they didn’t tell me what it was. I was really mad at them when I found out. It was scary. Ever since then, I hate this ride, though I have been on it a few more times (against my will!)”
What’s not to love? “My sisters both love this one but for some reason I don’t want to go on it. I don’t like that it goes backward. That just freaks me out.”
What’s not to love? “My sister Gracie and I would never want to go on this ride. One time, my parents talked us into it, and that time my mom, Gracie, and I got in the front row. We got SOAKED. Gracie got the wettest and she’s been mad about that ever since. We don’t go on it anymore because it’s a sore subject in our family!”
If you have a tween in your family, be sure to check out The Blogorail for lots more tips and tricks for Tweens at Walt Disney World. And, remember, you’re never too old for Disney!