Every kid dreams of Disney World…but for little boys those dreams usually don’t consist of meeting Rapunzel or doing a sing-a-long with Elsa. But no matter what your favorite little man is into, there is something that will make his dreams come true. Chances are your guy falls into one (or several) of these catagories, so add the items you know he’ll love to your family’s must-do list. (PS – lots of girls love these experiences too!)
7. The Pirate – It’s no secret that Disney encourages little mateys to dream of adventures at sea. Depending on the age of your little buccaneer, you can see everyone from Jake to Jack. In Hollywood Studios, don’t miss the Disney Jr. Show where Jake and his pals will foil Capt. Hook’s latest scheme. Magic Kingdom is full of thrills with both the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride (Jack Sparrow does live performances on the stage outside that you wont want to miss) and Peter Pan rides. To take your pirate’s thrills over the top, transform him into a swashbuckler in The Pirate’s League or schedule a Pirate Cruise (complete with treasure hunt) leaving from several locations, including the Contemporary Resort.
6. The Science Lover – Epcot will hold the most appeal for a science enthusiast in your group. Let inquiring minds linger at the end of most rides in Future World for extra hands-on exhibits and fun-fact displays that are relevant to the theme of the ride. My boys especially love The Living Seas, where the marine biologists do fascinating presentations about the aquatic life. To take it to the next level, schedule one of several additional behind the scenes tours (some as low as $16) before your visit. Learning is magical!
5. The Animal Lover – Obviously Animal Kingdom will be the best place to take your animal lover. Beyond the Kilimanjaro Safari and all of the amazing animal treks, be sure to visit Rafiki’s Planet Watch where you will get a taste of what the vet techs do at Animal Kingdom daily. My boys also love doing the Wilderness Explorer experiences…its like a animal-facts scavenger hunt. In addition, you can schedule special tours, including a behind the scenes tour of the animal care facilities for the older (12 yrs+) animal lovers in your pack called. And eating at T-Rex or Rainforest Cafe is a wild meal, for sure!
4. The Gamer – There are several places to try out various video game kiosks around Walt Disney World. Epcot’s Journey to Imagination has a computer design game for kids of all ages and Innoventions houses some popular Disney Playstation games, if you need a break in the air conditioning. I highly recommend the Agent P missions in World Showcase – it’s not a video game, but it’s still a “techy” way to learn about the different cultures. (It’s a phone based scavenger hunt that interacts with elements in various “countries” – so fun!) Your gaming guy may also have fun in an arcade, such as the one located at the Boardwalk. For an extreme gaming experience, visit Disney Quest where you can even digitally design your own roller coaster.
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3. The Artist – Take that talent straight to Hollywood Studios! Your up-and-coming can get drawing tips from real animators in the Art of Animation. Also stage shows including Lights Motors Action and Indian Jones Stunt Spectacular can whet his appetite for performing and video arts. A stay at the Art of Animation Resort will be fun for everyone, with early concept decorations of favorite characters that are both whimsical and inspiring.
2. The Sports Fan – If you’ve got a guy on the move, there are numerous ways to play around WDW. Rent kayaks or bikes, take a fishing tour, go rock-climbing, take surf lessons at Typhoon Lagoon, visit one of several basketball courts, hit the links (or the mini-links), and so much more. You may want to consider staying at the All Star Sports Resort for an entirely sports-themed experience. Check out the schedule of events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports to get your sports fanatic out of his seat with excitement.
1. The Space Enthusiast – Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland is home to many space-themed rides including Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Epcot’s Mission Space will give future astronauts a taste of space travel. But if space fiction is your guy’s thing, there’s nothing that will top Hollywood Studios. Home to Star Tours, your youngling can ride a simulation with C3PO or fight Darth Vader in Jedi Training Academy. (Arrive EARLY to reserve your spot in the ABC Sound Studio, as space is limited. Irony intended.) If your guy needs more intergalactic excitement, schedule your visit during Star Wars Weekends in late spring/early summer – the experience will not disappoint!
Exploring Disney World with boys is always an amazing adventure, take it from me (a mom of four boys)! And these experiences are just the tip of the iceberg. What do your boys love to do at Disney?
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