Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Apr 17, 2008
    Heather from NC Asked

    Should I let my almost 5 year old ride Snow White's Adventure,It's Tough to be a Bug,& Honey I Shrunk the Audience?I've read mixed reviews.She's not normally very sensitive but I have no idea what to expect.Would the 3-D rides be ok without the glasses

    There are four 3-D movies at WDW: It's Tough to Be a Bug at the AK, Honey I Shrunk the Audience at Epcot, Mickey's Philharmagic at the MK, and MuppetVision at DHS. In addition to wearing glasses to see visual effects, you experience other sources of sensory input during these shows: seats vibrate, things pop out from the ceiling, air puffs, water squirts, bubbles fly, the volume is LOUD. So, yes, you can take off the glasses and watch the movie without the 3-D effect, but that won't make everything go away.

    I have twins. At age five we took them to Mickey's Philharmagic (the tamest 3-D movie). Twin J was happy happy. Twin L screamed and cried uncontrollably. Twin L's reaction was on the far end of the sensitivity spectrum, but she's not the only child I've heard of that responsed this way to so much simultaneous stimulation. Even now at age 8, she'll go into these attractions, but only grudgingly. You're the only one who can asess your child's tolerance level.

    I have a few ideas how to gauge this:
    - You visit the attraction first
    - Watch clips from the attraction that other guests have posted on YouTube
    - Start with mildly intense (Philharmagic), see how that goes, then work up to more intense (Tough to Be a Bug).

    Snow White is a different issue. It's dark and there's a witch. But if you know the story, then you know what's coming. Worst case scenario is that your child doesn't like it and hides her head in your lap for the rest of the ride.

    A bit of advice for the world out there ...

    If you think a ride might be scary or intimidating to your child, DO NOT GO ON THAT RIDE FIRST! I first visited WDW when I was 10 years old -- eons ago :-)  My little sister was five years old. The very first thing my parents did was take us on Space Mountain. My sister FREAKED OUT with fear and for the rest of the trip REFUSED to go on any more rides, even the Carousel. So, start easy and work up to the more intense attractions.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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