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  • On Feb 25, 2010
    Trish from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    1st visit and we have a 10 yr old who does not want to ride baby rides, but does NOT want to ride anything like roller coasters or deep plunges, yet our 5 yr daughter is a thrill seeker and obsessed with Ariel...any suggestions?

    Hi Trish!

    For the most part, the attractions at Walt Disney World are nothing like the attractions in a local amusement park, especially roller coasters. I have talked to many guests who didn't want to do any coasters at Walt Disney World because they don't like them at their local amusement park, only to find out that the coasters at WDW are tame in comparison. What sets Disney attractions apart is the amazing attention to detail and being immersed in a story. A great example of this is Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom, my favorite attraction. It is fantastic, because it is in the dark inside a building and you believe you are in space. If you placed the track outside in direct sunlight, it wouldn't be that thrilling. Another great example is Test Track in Epcot. The ride at the end is very thrilling, yet most of us drive faster every day on the highway!

    The only real exceptions to my statement are Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom, and Rock 'n Roller Coaster Staring Aerosmith and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Hollywood Studios. Those are definitely thrill attractions!

    I would start your vacation at the Magic Kingdom and visit such popular attractions as Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, and the Jungle Cruise. You can then try out Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. If your son likes Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, then you might try moving on to Space Mountain, which isn't really that much scarier, but it seems a like scarier. Or you might just call it a success and let your daughter enjoy Space Mountain and Splash Mountain!

    At Epcot your children will probably enjoy all of the attractions.  At Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios skip the attractions mentioned above or just ride with your daughter.

    With regards to Ariel, I suggest making a reservation at Princess Storybook Dining in the Norway Pavilion in Epcot and stopping to see her in Ariel's Grotto in the Magic Kingdom!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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