Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Jul 13, 2008
    James from MN Asked

    We are taking our sons, ages 7 and 9 to Disney World in August. We live in a small town- so they have not had much exposure to roller coasters and thrill rides. Any recommendations on how/ where to "break them in" ? Which parks or rides?

    Head to Magic Kingdom first, and hit Goofy's Barnstormer.  After that, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a good second step.  It's longer with a few more thrills, but still pretty mild.  If they're still comfortable, head to Space Mountain.  Again, this is a calm coaster, but it's dark which adds to the thrill.

    Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom is next.  It's a more daring ride - the Yeti is chasing you through the mountains.  At one point he's torn up the tracks, so your train flies down the hill backwards to escape! 

    Last is Rock N Rollercoaster in Hollywood Studios.  This is intense!  0-60 mph in just under 3 seconds, with inversions and corkscrews along the way.  I adore this ride, but it's not for the faint of heart.

    For non-coaster thrills, Test Track and Mission: Space in Epcot are right up there.  For Test Track you're in a car helping GM test their vehicles before they are manufactured.  Braking and acceleration are the most exciting tests; picture doing 60 in a convertible, with the wind in your face.

    For Mission: Space, visit through the GREEN team first, where you won't feel the G-forces.  (I rode this version with my husband's 91-year-old grandmother!)  If they enjoy that, consider the intense ORANGE team version.  Just know that it really is intense.  Barf bags are on board, if that's any indication!

    Dinosaur (AK) is very thrilling!  I love this ride and my 5-year-old daughter rode with no tears shed, but she was quick to say no to riding again!  It's a rough ride, dark and flashing, and growling dinos jumping out at you.  Proceed with caution.

    Last comes Tower of Terror (HS).  In my observation, the ride itself isn't necessarily what scares kids, it's the psychological build up.  The only similar ride to help prep for it is Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom.
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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