Meanwhile, my 10 year old looked very thoughtful. Were there big rides, he wanted to know. He knew he’d been there when he was 4 and that his girl cousins have gone since he’s seen all the pictures of them with the various Disney princesses.
His concern was: was Disney World a place for just little kids and girls who love princesses?
I knew Disney magic extends to all ages, but he needed to experience it to believe it. I’ll share his top 3 favorite attractions at each park. So here’s the can’t miss Disney World Attractions, according to a tween boy. Attraction descriptions courtesy of my 10 year old.
Space Mountain: This roller coaster made it feel like you were in space and you didn’t know what was going to happen because it was in the dark.
Splash Mountain: This is a fun water ride that goes fast on the last drop. You’ll probably get soaked!
Honorable mentions going to all of these: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Tomorrowland Speedway(though only if you don’t get stuck behind someone who is going super slow). His biggest Magic Kingdom regret is not going on Haunted Mansion, but we knew that after the Tower of Terror earlier that day, his younger brother needed a break from anything even remotely spooky.
Star Tours: It was an awesome ride that took you through parts of Star Wars and not every ride is the same.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: It was so awesome that I screamed like a little girl.
He also really liked Toy Story Midway Mania because he enjoyed trying to get the highest score or at least beat his brothers’ scores. He did participate in Jedi Training, which was amazing, but he said he would probably be too old for it pretty soon. *Sigh* At least his brothers still have a few years left before they think like that!
Soarin’: This ride takes you through different parts of California and makes you feel like you’re flying.
World Showcase: I like learning about different countries, so it was awesome to see them all in one place.
He’d like you to know that when they warn you on Mission: Space that you shouldn’t ride if you get motion sickness, they mean it. Only 1 of of the 5 of us made it through this ride without feeling like we were going to be sick. It really is intense.
Kilimanjaro Safaris: I liked it because there were all different kinds of wild animals and every trip is not the same because the animals can run wild.
Kali River Rapids: I didn’t go on this because I was with Dad and Grandma and they didn’t want to get wet. My mom would have gone on with me. Next time I want to go on this because it looks really cool and I like water rides.*
*He’s right, I would have gone on with him. My boys went to Animal Kingdom with Dad and Grandma on the conference day. The next time we go to Disney, this is the first park I want to go to.
So, after seeing his lists and hearing him talk all about his favorite attractions, yes, there most definitely is plenty for tween boys (and girls) to do at Disney World. What I loved the most was seeing that, in true tween-ness, he liked the biggest, fastest rides out there, but still wanted his picture taken with Mickey and Minnie Mouse.