Mom And Son Safari
  • On Apr 25, 2009
    Jeremy Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are taking our 3 yr old for his first trip to WDW. He's tall enough to ride Kali River Rapids, Pirates of the Caribbean, Test and Soarin but we are not sure if he will be able to handle them because of his age. Do you think he would enjoy these rides?

    Hi Jeremy,

    I have two very tall little boys too!  (I have no idea how I got them because my husband and I are both vertically challenged!)  If your little dare devil is anything like my fellas, he will LOVE most, if not all of these attractions.  Here are my thoughts on each:

    Soarin -is a sensory spectacle.  It is not at all scary.  You sit in a "virtual" hand glider and "soar" over some of California's most spectacular sights.  When you pass over orange groves, you smell oranges, over forests, you smell pine, etc.My kids love this ride and beg for repeat trips. 

    Pirates of the Caribbean - this ride is dark, but if your little pirate (like mine) is a fan of all things Jack Sparrow, he will be happy.  It's not fast or scary. 

    Test Track - this one goes fast, but it's not like a roller coaster with hills and drops.  The "car" you board goes around a track at speeds approaching 70 miles an hour.  It's fast, but most kids don't think it's scary.  You might want to take a "test ride" without your little guy to see if you think he would enjoy it.

    Kali RIver Rapids - my kids didn't love getting wet unexpectedly when they were three, so we skipped this.  Some parents dress their kids in a poncho to avoid the "wet" issue.  If I thought one ride on your list should be left until your little one was a teeny bit older, I'd say this is it.  Again, it's not particularly scary, but going through the rapids and waterfalls might be a bit much for a little guy.

    Obviously, you know  your son best.  These are just my thoughts, but I hope they've given you some ideas.

    Have a wonderful 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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