Princesses, fairy tales, and happily-ever-afters; that’s what Walt Disney World is all about, right? It seems like the perfect place for girls who love pink and dream of fairy godmothers. There is a common misconception that Disney is for girls and that their brothers will be bored. That could not be further from the truth. There is plenty for any boy, or tomboy, to do on a Walt Disney World vacation. All the members of your family can have a great time. Here are a few suggestions for your son.
10. Pirate Adventure Cruises – Various locations
Taking a day off in the middle of your vacation is a good idea, it will give you a chance to sleep in and rejuvenate. The problem is that your son isn’t going to want to take a day off. He’s on vacation, and he’s going to want to do something fun. Sign him up for a Pirate Adventure Cruise! Children ages 4-12 can sail off in search of treasure. There are four different adventures to choose from. Your son will have a great time, and you’ll be able to do nothing for a couple of hours.
9. The Pirates League – Adventureland, Magic Kingdom
If your son enjoyed hunting for treasure like a pirate on the Pirate Adventure Cruise, let him transform into one. The Pirates League will allow your son to become a member of Captain Jack Sparrow’s crew. He’ll be given a pirate name, and then he’ll be made-up to look the part. He’ll learn a few swashbuckling moves, and there are surprises in store. Several packages are available. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895). The experience is available for pirate-loving girls as well.
8. Mission: SPACE – Future World, Epcot
It’s a dream of many boys to become an astronaut and travel into outer space someday. Mission: SPACE gives them a chance to feel what it would be like to complete a real mission to Mars. The ride is intense, so you might want to start on the Green Team and see how your son handles it. If he likes that, then get in line for the higher intensity Orange Team. Riders must be 44 inches or taller. After the mission, let your son check out the Advanced Training Lab. From there he can email a postcard to his friends back home and brag about having just returned from Mars.
7. DINOSAUR – DinoLand U.S.A., Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Boys and dinosaurs seem to go hand in hand. What boy wouldn’t want a chance to go back in time and see several of his favorites up close? There’s a 40 inch height requirement, so the little ones will need to play in The Boneyard while their big brother tries to return to the present before the meteor shower hits Earth.
6. Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show Streets of America, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Fast cars, jumping motorcycles, and jet skis; this show seems to have been created with action-loving boys in mind. The premise is that a spy movie is being made, and the audience gets to sit in on the filming. The scenes are explained as the crew sets up for the next shot. If your son is a member of the preschool crowd, he’ll love seeing Lightning McQueen. Older boys will enjoy the backwards car jump and seeing a man catch on fire. The show is held outdoors and may be canceled in inclement weather, for the safety of the drivers.
5. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom
Boys of all ages will have a great time protecting the galaxy from the Evil Emperor Zurg. All that they’ll have to do is to aim and try to shoot as many “Z” targets as they can. Younger boys will blast away at anything, while older boys will get competitive and try to get a higher score than anyone else in the family. The ride cruiser is controlled by a joystick, which will let your son spin in circles if he wants to. There are some targets that are worth 100,000 points, your son might want to ride again and see if he can find one.
4. Jedi Training Academy – Echo Lake, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Boys (and girls) ages 4-12 can learn the ways of the force and become a Padawan. They’ll be taught how to handle a lightsaber, and then face off against Darth Vader himself. Each participating child will receive a certificate of participation after the show. While there are several sessions daily, spots fill up quickly, so register your son immediately upon entering the park. The theater is outdoors and shows are subject to the weather. After your son has defeated Darth Vader, explore the galaxy next door on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. Over 50 ride combinations are possible. Guests must be at least 40 inches to ride, meaning that Master Yoda would be turned away.
3) Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain – Asia, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
This roller coaster is not meant for younger boys, in fact they’ll have to be at least 44 inches tall in order to ride. Those tall enough who decide to brave the mountain will go on a hair-raising ride through Mt. Everest. It seems simple enough at first, until the train encounters broken track. The riders will also come face to face with the legendary Yeti. Some boys like the hill the best, others prefer the part when the ride goes backwards. It’s a thrilling journey that is not meant for the faint of heart.
2. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet – Future World, Epcot
Even the queue line for Test Track is pretty cool. It winds past futuristic looking vehicles and there are some other surprises. Before boarding the ride your group will have a chance to design a concept car. Let your son work on it so that he can add his own special touches. Once that stage is finished, you’ll hit the test track. The car will be put through its paces, with the ride ending out on the open road at 65 miles per hour. Along the way your son will be able to see how his design compares to others. The height requirement is 40 inches or taller. If your son is the only one who wants to ride there is a single rider’s line, which moves much faster than the regular standby line.
1. Triple Mountain Threat – Tomorrowland and Frontierland, Magic Kingdom
Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are three of the most popular rides at the Magic Kingdom. They seem to have been designed for thrill-seeking boys. Space Mountain will take your son through the stars on the Space Shuttle. Splash Mountain floats through scenes from the movie Song of the South, until the five story drop at the end. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a journey on “the wildest ride in the wilderness”, in which a runaway mine train speeds through a Gold Rush ghost town. Your son might have a hard time deciding which was his favorite, and have to ride them all again. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain have a height requirement of 40 inches, while riders must be at least 44 inches tall in order to ride Space Mountain.