Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Jan 26, 2011
    Sandy from WI Asked

    We are coming to Disney for the first time and can not wait. But I have a couple of questions. How scary it Haunted Mansion and Pirate of the Caribbean. We have a 5 year old and he love pirates. Also whats the weather normally like in early March?

    Hi Sandy,

    A first trip to Disney World promises lots of treasured memories. Its super smart of you to get a feel for attractions that may frighten younger kids.

    Its pretty dark in the Haunted Mansion from beginning to end. In the preboarding room, there are a few seconds that it is totally dark before the doors open to the boarding area. You sit in a moving doom buggy during the 7 minute & 30 second ride. In one part you pass by a coffin with a corpse trying to get out (just see the hands). There is also a cemetery section that is a little loud & has heads jumping up (not out at you). Your doom buggy will tilt back just a little as you descend to the graveyard.  My youngest was 4 1/2 when he first road it. Before we got in line, I explained to him that it would be dark, there would be times it was loud, that nothing would jump out at him or grab him & that nothing was real. I "talked" him through the first time pointing out silly things & he made it fine.

    Pirates of the Caribbean is a little dark in some parts & brighter in others but for the most part is comical. There is a small 14 foot drop in total darkness near the beginning. When you pass through Davy Jones' image you'll see a skeleton & a moving crab on your left - the drop is just beyond that.  I always hold onto my boys & laugh the whole way down so they don't get scared. I think your son will love this ride.

    The weather is March is usually pretty nice with the average highs in the mid to high 70s & the lows in the mid-50s so bring a jacket for the evening. They usually get a little over 3 inches of rain during the month of March. I always bring rain gear to central Florida no matter what time of year I'm visiting.  A couple of days before your trip, go to & check the current forecast. Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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