Discussion in 'Off Topic Archive' started by GemParty, Oct 6, 2016.
Can't believe I didn't mention this . . . This should have been the first piece of advice.
When was the last time you went? I can't recall seeing a single Turkey leg outside of maybe EPCOT. Nothing like walking around one of our local fall festivals.
I went in 2011-ish and I saw them. Also saw them at SeaWorld and on the Disney cruises.
It's a real thing.
they are at MK, DHS, and Epcot. Universal also sells them at the Harry Potter restaurant (forget name of it).
The rental strollers will also carry all the crap you end up buying and would normally have to lug around all day, in addition to a tired 5-year old. With the fold-up strollers, they're cheap enough that you don't need to bring them back home with you. We brought them on our first trip to WDW, then left them at the hotel when we checked out.
You're giving away all my wife's secrets.
Been more times than I can remember. Don't miss Flight in Epcot or the Festival of the Lion King show in Animal Kingdom
Make an attitude adjustment. Your kid will want to see characters and parades and probably swim in the hotel pool. If you become hell bent on "conquering" the park, it could lead to tension. There is a lot of ambience to take in, including an occasional surprise. I suggest that you relax and enjoy it
You don't spend much time at Walmart, do you?
Walmart has a higher percentage, but Disney wins on volume . . .
And whatever you do, do NOT take a 5 year-old on the Lilo and Stitch experience. You think "Oh, Lilo and Stitch, my kid loves that", and you don't realize that it's some re-branded alien encounter thing meant to terrify little people.
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.
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.
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?
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.
My boys were two years apart... we had no issues @ 5 or 7 (heck they were going since our oldest was 3).
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My daughter was 3 months shy of 6 and loved it (other than that stupid Lilo and Stitch ride).
My son isn't even 2. And December will be his second trip
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I sent you a message about our trip ideas!
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.
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