Mom’s Perspective on
Doing Disney with Kids
- The Thrills
Over the years,
my girls and I have been on most of the 'rides' in the world.
Please keep in mind that Disney is not about the rides. It
is about time with your family. However, kids love rides
and all that scenery, entertainment and education in between
the thrills are just travelling time to them. There are some
must do's so let me give this a shot for you.
For the tweens and teens:
The mountains: Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Splash
Mountain. Of these, Space is the roughest on Mom. I always
feel a little 'beatup' after this one, and have skipped it
if any of my lingering injuries are not up to par. You can
get pretty wet on Splash, but it is worth it. Just pull out
that poncho (see Part 1) if you really don't want to get wet,
and pick up your feet at the bottom! Big Thunder is a fun
classic. At opening each morning, there is an event affectionately
referred to as the 'Mountain Stampede' where the 'teenagers'
are making fast tracks to the mountains at the back of the
park. I have participated in this event. If you have small
children, avoid it.
Rockin' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. Now, these are
some thrillers! I had never ridden a high speed roller coaster
till my girls drug me on Rockin'. I rode it 3 consecutive
times. Because the music is fantastic, and it is pretty much
dark, so you don't realize where you have been! Getting into
the seat and having that padded bar come down over you can
be a little intimidating, but then you take off at 3 G's and
its very comforting! I absolutely LOVE this ride.
The Tower looms
overhead when you approach and the screams coming from the
top of the building will get your attention, but in reality,
it is just an elevator, and you are seated for the ride, so
its pretty cool too. The Disney gift of creating atmosphere
can get you pretty pumped up, especially if you know who Rod
Sterling is. I like it, but children that have a fear of
ghosts and the sort, may not appreciate this one. This ride
is repeatable because the sequence of drops changes. So,
if you have time, and the line is not too long, loop back
around and scream some more!
Go see the Yetti at Mount Everest, another mountain for coaster
lovers. It's a fast, smooth ride with a few surprises, and
some people miss seeing the Yetti, so try to pay attention.
Standing in line for this one is interesting, like touring
a museum, so if you fast pass Safari, then get in this line,
you won't be sorry. The safari is a jeep ride through the
African safari with REAL animals and lots of picture opportunities.
You will want to do this one early in the morning to catch
most of the animals while they are out and about beating the
heat - just like you.
Soarin' is an absolute must-do. Fast-pass it early in the
day. If you wait, you won't get on it. It is a gliding experience
that is good for all ages. Disney does it again with indescribable
effects making this a very pleasant ride. Everyone is happy
when they come off this ride. Mission Space, not so much.
If you have any health conditions, opt out of the spinning
canisters and experience the ride without the G forces on
your chest. The young aspiring astronauts in your group should
not eat immediately before boarding this one. Some children
believe that they have been to space and back, and believe
me, it feels like it. Test Trak takes you through a myriad
of testing scenarios, very hot, very cold and very fast.
The very fast part is outside so be prepared. Our last 2
trips to Epcot, we have not accomplished all three of these
rides in the same day. Fast-pass Soarin' first, it is the
toughest to get on. The trick to getting all three on the
same day will be to be at the park when it opens for early
magic hours, so you can stand in line for at least one of
Cindy Welch is a huge fan of Disney World and all
it has to offer. She practically raised her kids
there, and continues to visit at least once a
year. She is now a member of the Disney