OT- Disney World trip

Discussion in 'Off Topic Archive' started by GemParty, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. John

    John "Come with me if you want to live." - Cameron

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2012
    Messages:
    3,378
    Likes Received:
    3,268
    An awful ride. Also do not ride the intense version of Mission: Space (in Epcot) if you're at all susceptible to motion sickness, you'll be a wreck for the rest of the day.
     
    8893, tjhusky and Dogbreath2U like this.
  2. KingOPancakes

    KingOPancakes

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2014
    Messages:
    413
    Likes Received:
    866
    Finding Nemo ride in Epcot is awesome, but might be too intense for a 5 year old.

    You can find videos of all of the rides on YouTube to get an idea whether or not they're appropriate for your kid.
     
    John likes this.
  3. GemParty

    GemParty Premier Properties National Referral-All 50 states

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    1,455
    Likes Received:
    926
    One question that's been raised in my family is age. Is 5 too young, and maybe too short to enjoy most of the park. Disney, Animal Kingdom, Epcot? Some are saying 7-9 is the sweet spot. My wife argues, it won't be as magical. Happy wife, happy life. But I'd hate for my boy to be in tears if he sees a Toy Story ride & he can't. Thoughts on age?
     
  4. Mr. Conehead

    Mr. Conehead

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2011
    Messages:
    5,571
    Likes Received:
    3,293
    It depends a lot on the child. My younger one, who is 6 talks a big game about going on 'big' ride; but freaks out easily. Mostly recently, he had a melt down because they shows a movie in the 60 second elevator ride up to the Observatory at One WTC in NYC. He is definitely not ready for Disney World.
     
  5. huskymedic

    huskymedic

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    25,432
    Likes Received:
    30,093
    My boys were two years apart... we had no issues @ 5 or 7 (heck they were going since our oldest was 3).

    Filter by height: Disney World Attractions & Rides | Walt Disney World Resort
     
  6. Excalibur

    Excalibur

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2011
    Messages:
    4,458
    Likes Received:
    3,699
    My daughter was 3 months shy of 6 and loved it (other than that stupid Lilo and Stitch ride).
     
  7. Balker

    Balker

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2015
    Messages:
    153
    Likes Received:
    200
    My son isn't even 2. And December will be his second trip :confused:

    He was thrilled by it at 9 months... went on tons of rides and loved them, was ecstatic about every character he met. Let's face it, we're taking him more for our benefit than his. We get such a kick out of sharing those experiences with him. And I'm a sucker.
     
  8. David 76

    David 76 Forty years a fan

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2013
    Messages:
    4,256
    Likes Received:
    3,978
    There is plenty there for a five year old and plenty there that can upset a five year old. Pay attention to their recommendations or get a guide book from the library.
    Sometimes just the noise level of an otherwise innocent attraction can be too much.
    At least that is how I traumatized my three year old in A Bug's Life. Of course my wife thought it was a bad idea. So I had that going for me.
     
    GemParty and Dogbreath2U like this.
  9. Dogbreath2U

    Dogbreath2U

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2011
    Messages:
    3,336
    Likes Received:
    2,824
    If you were only able to go once, I think the 7-9 age range is probably the best as it opens up a lot more options to take advantage of. With a five year old, I would suggest as others have to be careful about overdoing it and wearing him out. To be honest, the experience is more fun for the adults when the kids are a little older, IMHO. But your wife is probably right about the magic part and you should be able to guide the process to avoid the rides he should not go on.

    Plus, you can go again when he's older.
     
  10. 8893

    8893 Curiouser

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    10,337
    Likes Received:
    16,451
    Get this book ASAP; hands down the best of its kind imo. You don't need to hire a planner to coordinate your trip, and you don't need to follow this guy's touring plans to the letter (they're insane, even for me), but it is chock full of all the advice you will need, including the appropriateness of your plans for your child:

    The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2017 - The Unofficial Guides
     
    John likes this.
  11. RedDog

    RedDog

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2014
    Messages:
    69
    Likes Received:
    85
    We go every couple of years too; we love it.
    It is extremely expensive. I went with my family (family of 4) and stayed in a Disney hotel for a week. We went to all of the parks, ate in its restaurants, and bought over-priced souvenirs for our small kids.

    When I looked at the finances later: it was roughly the same cost as a new Buick.
     
    John and uconnfan68 like this.
  12. GemParty

    GemParty Premier Properties National Referral-All 50 states

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    1,455
    Likes Received:
    926
    I sent you a message about our trip ideas!
     
  13. GemParty

    GemParty Premier Properties National Referral-All 50 states

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    1,455
    Likes Received:
    926
    Correct me if I'm wrong, can you make fast pass reservations, further out than 60 days from your trip to a park? I set up an account on My Disney Experience app.
     
  14. August_West

    August_West Resident Champion

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2011
    Messages:
    13,704
    Likes Received:
    23,688
    Yes
     
  15. GemParty

    GemParty Premier Properties National Referral-All 50 states

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    1,455
    Likes Received:
    926
    How?
     
  16. August_West

    August_West Resident Champion

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2011
    Messages:
    13,704
    Likes Received:
    23,688
    I was wrong I thought I did it but it either changed from roll out or my time memory is off . 60 days with your park tickets ( plus 10 day grace)
     
  17. GemParty

    GemParty Premier Properties National Referral-All 50 states

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    1,455
    Likes Received:
    926
    Ok, I'll pick a few popular rides 2 months prior.
     
  18. John

    John "Come with me if you want to live." - Cameron

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2012
    Messages:
    3,378
    Likes Received:
    3,268
    you'll definitely want to nab the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train right away, esp if you have little kids.
     
    GemParty likes this.
  19. GemParty

    GemParty Premier Properties National Referral-All 50 states

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    1,455
    Likes Received:
    926
    Do you think the photo pass Memory Maker is worth it $149? How does it work once the pictures are taken? Can you share on social media or print a few?
     
  20. Balker

    Balker

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2015
    Messages:
    153
    Likes Received:
    200
    I've never thought it was worth it. We have so many pictures and the Disney photographers are always happy to take a photo of your family with your phone or camera.