Top Ten Disney World Attractions for ALL AGES: Young and Old
My Child Is Too Young To Go To Disney World
The most common reason I hear from friends and family for not wanting to travel to Disney World is that their children are to young and that it is too expensive. People are right, DISNEY WORLD IS EXPENSIVE, especially with their recent price hikes in their admission tickets. However, children are never too young to travel to Disney World. Disney World is a special amusement park that has something for everyone. Whether you are a thrill seeker or someone that likes something a little more calmer, there are many attractions to please all ages.
I recently decided to take my two young sons (ages 3 and 5 at the time) to Disney World and instantly the comments from friends and family began rolling in. "Why are you taking them when they are so young?" "They won't be able to do anything!" "They will be miserable!" I listened dutifully as everyone told me the many reasons why I should not take my children to Disney World at such a young age but of course I didn't listen because I knew better.
After listening to all of the negative comments about taking the boys to Disney World when they were so young I spent extra time re-studying the attractions and the attractions' height requirements. I had been to Disney World before so I was familiar with the attractions and I knew they would be suitable for my boys but all of the comments were starting to get to me, so I spent hours re-researching everything wondering if I had made a terrible mistake. I started wondering are my boys going to enjoy themselves or are they going to be miserable and bored because they won't be able to do anything. In my mind I began thinking I had made a big mistake. Everyone must be right, they probably are too young. However, the tickets were bought and reservations were made so like it or not we were on our way to Disney World. We chose to go to Disney World during a non-peak season (first week of October)so the parks would be less crowded and we had hoped that the heat wouldn't be as brutal. We were right about the parks being less crowded but the heat was still brutal.
We're Here! We Made It!
Upon entering The Magic Kingdom my boy's eyes lit up and I knew right then and there I had made the RIGHT decision, my boys were instantly entranced and amazed by the sights alone. I had never seen them so excited before and they hadn't even done anything yet. We discovered when we arrived to Disney World that we also chose a season that was close to Halloween so the parks were decorated for Halloween already and were having special events dealing with Halloween. If you can choose to go around any holiday I would highly recommend it. Disney has a way of making holidays even more special. The boys were able to Trick or Treat through the Magic Kingdom and to attend a special Halloween party and parade. It was a nice surprise. However, if you are traveling with younger children do not forget to bring your stroller! They will get tired from walking around the parks and the stroller rental prices at Disney World are ridiculous! If you forget your stroller in all the rush of packing, I would recommend going into one of the Disney stores located in all of the amusement parks and buying your own umbrella stroller. You will save close to $100 if you just break down and buy one, instead of renting a stroller from Disney.
# 10 Pirates of the Caribbean (Magic Kingdom)
This ride has recently been re-done in the last few years to match the Pirates of the Caribbean movie starring Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. This ride has absolutely no height restrictions! It's also a good ride for individuals who are older because it is not a very bump or fast moving ride. Guest will enter a boat and drift through various scenes from the movie. The effects are amazing throughout the ride and children will love it. I have only one negative thing to say about this ride. If your child is extremely scared of the dark this may not be the best ride for them. Guests must enter the ride through a maze of dark stone tunnels, and then the entire ride is cloaked in darkness. The ride itself is not scary, its the darkness that may upset some children.
# 9 Wishes Nighttime Spectacular (Magic Kingdom)
Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is the amazing fire work show that is presented right behind the Magic Kingdom Castle. The show follows directly after the Main Street Electrical Parade. If you are someone who doesn't mind waiting for two hours or more I would suggest grabbing your spot early for both of these events. The best viewing is directly in front of the castle, but make sure you pick a spot that is also on the Main Street Electrical Parade Route. Following the end of this show there is a mad dash for the exit. So keep little ones extra close, because there will be a stampede.
# 8 Main Street Electrical Parade (Magic Kingdom)
The Main Street Electrical Parade is definitely something you want to make sure your children see! This parade is even exciting for the oldest adults. The park will turn all the lights down so that the only thing being illuminated are the performers and floats in the parade. Children will be mesmerized by this exciting illuminating parade. MAKE SURE TO GET FRONT ROW SEATS ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE. People begin finding prime spots fairly early and I recommend you do to. This is a show you don't want to miss.
# 7 Finding Nemo-The Musical (Animal Kingdom)
The Finding Nemo show is a wonderful show for all ages. It's very similar to being at a stage musical with the use of puppets. If your child loves Finding Nemo they will definitely be a fan of this show. The musical moves through all the main parts of the cartoon and doesn't fail to please!
# 6 Festival of the Lion King (Animal Kingdom)
The Festival of the Lion King did vanish for a short amount of time which was a terrible loss for families because this is one of the most amazing shows for children and adults. However, it's back and it a new location! Located in the Land of Africa now, this short show (30 minutes) has a lot of heart built into a little amount of time. Performers sing, perform acrobats, and spin on ropes in the center of the stage. This is a definite crowd pleaser!
# 5 Kilimanjaro Safaris (Animal Kingdom)
This may be the closest an individual will ever get to going on an actual safari in their lifetimes. This attraction has no height restrictions, and guests are loaded onto large safari looking vehicles and then driven through Harambe Wildlife Reserve. Disney has done a great job mimicking what it may be like to actually be in Africa with free roaming animals. It is fun to help little ones spot various animals through out the ride because the animals are free to roam so they could be hiding anywhere!
# 4 Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (Magic Kingdom)
Kids can take control of this ride directing when their car will spin and turn. Guests play against each other in this fun, neon, shooting game. Aim for various Zurg related characters and shoot them with your laser beam to gain points. This attraction lets you pretend like you are Buzz Lightyear himself and you have the chance to save the univerise! Even if kids aren't very good at aiming and shooting, they will still have fun looking at all the neon characters and spinning their car from side to side!
# 3 Toy Story Midway Mania! (Hollywood Studios)
Toy Story Midway Mania! is a fairly new addition to the theme park. It is a fun 4D experience for kids. Kids literally are able to feel like they are Andy's room with the toys, playing a shooting game. You may think another shooting game!! However, trust me the two rides (Buzz Lighteryear Space Ranger Spin an Toy Story Midway Mania) are two very completely different rides. The only similarity between the two is the fact that they are shooting games. Guest are again able to play against each other but this time they are immersed in their environments.
# 2 Mickey's PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom)
Guests are placed in a movie theater atmosphere with 3D glasses. Guests soon discover that Mickey Mouse it about to put on a show but Donald Duck comes in and goofs things up. It's a great thing he does because we are able to travel from cartoon to cartoon with Donald as he tries to fix things. Kids will be able to fly on a magic carpet, go under the sea with Ariel, and fly with Peter Pan. The theater offers fantastic effects such as smells and wind blowing in your face so you really feel like you are a part of the show.
# 1 Fantasmic (Hollywood Studios)
This amazing light, firework, and water show is Disney magic at it's best. Fantasmic is held in one of the largest stadiums located in all of Disney World because trust me NO ONE wants to miss this show. The show has moving music that guides the firework and water show seamlessly through all the various Disney cartoons. Kids are able to watch good defeat evil and to see that good always triumphs in true Disney fashion. You must arrive early to get a seat but Disney has done a wonderful job providing entertainment during the waiting period. You may also buy food during the wait and light up toys to join in on the fun. Fantasmic is the epitome of the Disney experience and is a show that you will remember for many years to come. Everyone will truly leave this show feeling fulfilled and happy. You may even leave with a warm fuzzy feeling inside reminding you a little what it used to be like when you were little. IT'S THAT GOOD!