Mom And Son Giraffe
  • On Sep 12, 2010
    Christine from NS Asked

    HELP! My DS3.5 is shy and takes a long time to warm up -once he does there's no stopping him. I know that he will cry at first on rides but will calm quickly; I don't want to look like a mean mommy :( Will CM's get upset with us? I booked ADR's too, Thanks

    Hi Christine,

    My youngest son is very similar to your little boy.  When he was younger, he balked at most attractions, but after a little "gentle convincing" wanted to ride most of them ten times in a row!  I allowed him to watch his big brother and dad ride before he took his turn on most attractions.  While I never forced him to ride any attraction he was afraid of, I did suggest that most were not scary at all (which is completely true) and promised that he would like the ride once we were on.  I'm betting that your son, like mine, will quickly understand that most attractions at Walt Disney World are made just for kids his age!  As for Cast Members judging you, I wouldn't worry at all.  I recommend starting with some attractions that are completely visible to him, such as Dumbo and Aladdin's Magic Carpet Ride, where there are no surprises and he'll see exactly what happens.  You can then venture onto attractions such as Peter Pan and It's a Small World, that are not totally visible from the entrance point.

    Have a magical trip!

    Tanya
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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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