Disney Rides, KID Approved – Epcot

Got kids? Wondering which rides are best to enjoy and fastpass AND are kid approved? Read on for our Epcot list.

Hey guys, here you go. Another installment of…what my kids want to fastpass. As you might know…I recently had to make fastpasses for my family’s BIG Disney World Vacation. This time around I asked my kids to take control. They picked the dining locations AND the rides. But more specifically which rides I was to fastpass. They had to follow the guidelines set by Disney, per the Tiered System but got to pick whatever they wanted. My kids are not dare-devils but they are very Disney experienced…so basically these are rides picked by kid experts. Epcot Rides for Kids…

The BIG 3:

The BIG 3 as I call them are the 3 more “thrilling” rides that Epcot has to offer. Of course the kicker is, you can only fastpass ONE and my kids put all 3 on the list. So this is where major planning comes to play. I was able to pass 2 of the 3 and the 3rd we will be “running” too first thing in the morning. Those 3 rides are of course Soarin, Test Track and Frozen Ever After. All are amazing, which is why they are all my kids favorite. Test Track was the front runner for this trip since we just got back from riding Soarin‘ at Disneyland. And who isn’t tired of Olaf, right?!?!

Spaceship Earth:

We LOVE this ride!! Its a little dated, but that’s part of its charm. Its a ride throughout the ages, learning and witnessing the creation of communication. Of Technology. Watch man go from cave drawings to scrolls. See the written word get etched into time in books. Learn about the first computers and see how it all began. The best part, IMO, is the corny outfits and facial expressions on the characters faces. Its a great, slow moving, family friendly ride complete with some education. You can even create a futuristic, environmental home on the screen of your vehicle. This I am sure. is my kids favorite part. I can’t wait, especially as rumor has it….its getting a refurbishment soon.

Spaceship Earth at Night
Living with the Land:

So this is probably one of my least favorite rides, but most love it. Its Epcot, so of course this is an educational one. Its a slow moving boat ride, kinda like Its a Small World but without the intoxicating singing, lol. The best part of this ride is the garden area, in fact I could hang out in this section and skip the rest. You get to watch and be amazed by soil-free growing of all sorts of plants. Veggies growing from above, not in the ground, with recycled water that feeds plant after plant. And since I mentioned it, the part I don’t like is the tanks. They show you fish and other sea life and mention how the fish help feed the plants, but they also say how those fish also fed the surrounding restaurants. Being Vegan, that part isn’t my cup of tea.

So…whats on your kids list? Have you ever thought of letting the kids control the trip? Within reason, of course. My kids never know when we are going, but they know its booked and help plan when asked. This trip will be extra special as I am just the Travel Agent on this one, the rest is on them. They even picked the Resort.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Disney Rides, KID Approved – Magic Kingdom

Got kids? Wondering which rides are best to enjoy and fastpass AND are kid approved? Read on for our Magic Kingdom list.

Hey guys, as you might know…I had to make fastpasses this week for my family’s BIG Disney World Vacation. This time around I asked my kids to take control. They picked the dining locations AND the rides. But more specifically which rides I was to fastpass. They had to follow the guidelines set by Disney, per the Tiered System but got to pick whatever they wanted. My kids are not dare-devils but they are very Disney experienced…so basically these are rides picked by kid experts. Magic Kingdom Rides for Kids…

Adventureland:

Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean are a HUGE hit for my kids. Perhaps its because they have been doing them since babyhood or perhaps its because I have “forced” them on them enough times but they were both on the list. They love Jungle Cruise for the cheesy safari humor and when you have an amazing skipper, it can make the experience/memory. And who doesn’t love the 8th Wonder of the World?!?! Pirates is great for the action and minor hill drop but mostly for the silly pirate antics that ensue. I have been calling them “silly pirates” since they were toddlers and it worked in my favor. My kids can’t get enough of these “really bad eggs”

Haunted Mansion:

Do I need to say anything about this ride? I feel like just saying, mic drop, lol. Haunted Mansion is another ride that we never miss and was independently placed on the list. They have been listening to the music since birth; I remember holding them in the “elevator” area and talking about “silly ghosts” as the ride progressed. It was an instant hit for my daughter. My son still needs some convincing, but secretly…he loves it. I think he likes playing the “I am scared card” for more mom hugs. But either way, if you prepared your kids for this ride, it can be a fun experience.

Haunted Mansion!!
Tomorrowland:

It’s also no surprise that my kids listed the Buzz Lightyear ride. You know, where you shoot “guns” at targets. Where you try to defeat Zurg. Of course the HUGE hit to this game for my kids is…beating mom. Yep…I am the champion in the family and everyone loves to gang up on me to beat my score. It is not beneath them to distract me when I am trying to continue my winning streak. Tomorrowland Speedway was also on the list, don’t tell the husband. Ummm…what kid wouldn’t want to drive and control a car on the “open” road?? My kids are still a little to short to reach the gas peddles, but they both love having complete control of the steering wheel. The more “crashing” the better.

Peter Pan:

Isn’t this on EVERYONES list? I mean within 20 minutes of opening for the day, Peter Pan can get super long, super fast. And there is nothing I hate more than waiting more than say 30 mins for a 45 second ride, lol. So this is a ride we fastpass, Only issue is, if you fastpass this ride you miss the entire queue area which was put in recently (well a few years now), but its super cute. So if you can score this ride, for under 30…try it out and enjoy the queue area. My kids love seeing where Tink will go.

So…whats on your kids list? Have you ever thought of letting the kids control the trip? Within reason, of course. My kids never know when we are going, but they know its booked and help plan when asked. This trip will be extra special as I am just the Travel Agent on this one, the rest is on them. They even picked the Resort.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Magicbands…they aren’t for everyone.

Magicbands are an amazing part of a Disney World Vacation, but for some, they aren’t all that magical. Magicband Alternative

Hey Fans, so this post was prompted by a purchase I made for my son, from Etsy. As much as we all love our Magicbands, he just won’t leave his alone and thus we have lost a few along the way. Losing a Magicband is something that can be fixed, but…lets just say…its better to NOT lose it, lol. So for our last trip I rigged a set-up so he could wear it on a lanyard verses his wrist and boy was that a game changer. Magicbands, not just for your wrists and not for everyone; magicband alternative solution.

What is a Magicband:

Magicbands are colorful, silicone like bracelets that ALL Disney Resort guests get as part of their Disney Package. They are AMAZING. Magicbands link to your account and are basically your park tickets, room key, fastpasses, meal plan, etc. They are something you wear 24/7 during your trip. Taking them off and on can often cause problems (falling off), not to mention if you forget it at your resort and went to the parks that day without it, oops.

Alternatives:

After people started complaining that often the bands might fall off (especially when putting on a backpack) or some people, for whatever reason, can’t wear a band SO Disney came out with an alternative. They designed a way to remove the center “puck” oval and place it in a different “holder” that can be attached to a lanyard, backpack, belt, etc. This was a great option, except the designs were basic. Just a plain Mickey or Minnie shape. Not to mention they were an additional cost. As much as I wanted one to try, I knew my son would want something more “him”, with more character.

My Solution:

So I decided to take my son’s magicband and seal it with a hair tie band that would keep it a solid circle shape, basically can’t fall off. Then I attached it to his lanyards, so his band was easily accessible to “clicking” at the parks. This worked out great, but it was a little boring. Just a band attached to a lanyard. But once I discovered that this concept worked great, I digged a little deeper. I found this amazing Etsy shop that custom makes “puck” holders for Magicbands.

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For kids with sensory issues, Autism perhaps, younger kids who won’t/can’t keep a magicband on their wrists or for people who just hate wearing them…this is the perfect, character solution for you!! I found this shop that custom makes holders based on popular Disney Characters. Or Popular Disney Food. Or popular Disney anything. This shop is amazing!! I had a super hard time deciding which one of the cute holders to get, but with my son being a HUGE Wall-E fan, I went with that. Of course my eyes were trying to get me to purchase more and more. They even have a Mickey Donut holder or an Ellie Badge, OMG. So if you hate wearing Magicbands on your actual wrists, check them out. Wear on your belt, purse, backpack or on a lanyard, while at the same time, you are expressing your Disney-Side.

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Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!