• On Oct 19, 2017
    Suzanne from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be visiting in January and want to find (and not miss out on!) a special experience for our 8 year old son. Any suggestions?

    Hi Suzanne,

    What a great question, to be looking for a special experience for your son while on your Walt Disney World vacation! My daughter is now 12 years old, but there were a couple of experiences that she had at Walt Disney World at about 8 years old that I think your son might really enjoy. Let me share them with you.

    First, children as young as 8 years old can go on the Wild Africa Trek as long as they are 48 inches tall. Your son would need an adult to go with him on this adventure. My daughter and I did this together and had a wonderful time! You get to see the animals along Kilimanjaro Safari from a completely different point of view. Your group will have a couple of guides, and they are wonderfully knowledgeable and make the experience both educational and exciting. You get to walk across rope bridges, and the adventure also includes the opportunity to have some delicious, exotic snacks from a magnificent vantage point on the savanna. I highly recommend this experience!

    Another experience that my daughter really enjoyed was being transformed into a pirate at The Pirates League. During this transformation, she was made over into a pirate and even received a new pirate name. To add to the pirate excitement, you could book your son for a Pirate Adventure Cruise, on which he can sail with other young pirates in search of treasure!

    I hope that these ideas are helpful for you, Suzanne. Have a great time planning your magical vacation, and please do let us know if you have any further questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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