As a mother of three boys I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on boy minds and personalities. We’ve experienced Disney through the eyes of boys from ages 7 months up to 18 years old and counting. To come up with the Top 10 things boys love about Walt Disney World I’m calling on my own experience, as well as a little advice from my oldest two.
There are some excellent resort picks in all three categories that boys will absolutely love. First are the Cars Suites at Art of Animation. The theming here is so immersive—it is my favorite area of the resort with all of the characters, the Cozy Cone, and other Radiator Springs landmarks. And the rooms carry out the theme too. At the moderate level the Pirate Rooms at Caribbean Beach resort are perfect for your swashbuckling little boy. Where else do you get to sleep in a pirate ship? And at the deluxe level my pick for boys is a savanna view room at Animal Kingdom Lodge. The experience of waking up to see African animals outside your room is amazing for anyone, but I think it really captures the imagination of little boys. Honorable mention goes to All Star Sports (obvious reasons) and Fort Wilderness where you boy can channel his inner pioneer.
9. Stunt Shows
Boys love the action and excitement of Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular at Hollywood Studios. It is a thrilling experience, and it is pretty cool to learn how they create all of that movie magic. The show also has plenty of humor that your boys will love!
It never ceases to amaze me how we can be in Walt Disney World and my boys want to go to the arcade at the resort! I think it must have something to do with it being so close to it. Every trip they spend some time (& money) in our resort arcade.
Not surprisingly, my oldest mentioned this one. Disney has great food and having all of those snacks at their disposal is a plus for boys. As far as foods go, the staples of popcorn, Mickey bars, giant pretzels and cupcakes are always popular. There are several restaurants that are a lot of fun for boys too—mine love Via Napoli, Sci Fi Dine In Theater, 50s Prime Time, and Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue.
6. Pools & Waterslides
Waterparks are great for boys to get out all of that energy, but you don’t even have to invest in waterpark tickets to make them happy. Boys love to play at their resort pool and the games offered by the recreation staff at each pool make it even more fun. Whether it is Disney movie trivia, diving for toys or a game of volleyball in the water boys are all about being involved. Both of my boys also pointed out that the moderate and deluxe resort pools all feature pretty awesome waterslides too.
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5. Pirate Cruise
There are two different pirate themed cruises offered at Walt Disney World. One is the Pirate and Pals Fireworks Cruise that takes groups of kids and adults out on the water around Magic Kingdom to watch Happily Ever After, and features a pirate theme, songs, and ending. But the best Pirate Cruises for boys are the Pirate Adventure Cruises offered at 4 of Disney’s resorts: Grand Floridian, Port Orleans Riverside, Caribbean Beach Resort and Yacht & Beach Club. My boys did a few of these and loved them all. No parents are allowed on these morning long cruises where young pirates explore the waters of Walt Disney World in search of treasure. Aaargh!
4. Lego Store
A boy and his Legos. For most boys no trip to Walt Disney World would be complete without a stop at Disney Springs Lego store. From the impressive life-size Lego sculptures outside to the shelves full of Lego sets (not to mention the fill a container of loose Legos) boys will think they are in heaven here.
3. Star Tours & Jedi Training Academy
With 0ver 50 possible combinations, Star Tours- The Adventure Continues is a boy’s dream to visit the various Star Wars planets and battle the dark side. Even more than Star Tours, the Jedi Training Academy is the ultimate experience for many boys at Walt Disney World (and their dad’s). Young Jedi knights (ages 4-12) are trained in the way of the Jedi, and then go up against the ultimate foe, Darth Vader, on stage in front of their family, friends and complete strangers for their moment of glory. If your child wants to participate they need to come with you to sign up first thing in the morning to make sure he gets a spot.
2. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin and Toy Story Midway Mania
What little boy is not a fan of the Toy Story franchise and Buzz & Woody? At Magic Kingdom’s Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin boys can spin through Buzz’s outer space world and battle the nefarious Evil Emperor Zurg, the sworn enemy of the Galactic Alliance. And you get a laser gun to hit targets and compete with your companion. Toy Story Midway Mania has a similar plot—scoring points to compete against the person you are riding with. In this Hollywood Studios favorite the characters from Toy Story (1-3) lead the carnival games with 3D (and 4D) elements to the competition.
1. Thrill Rides
According to my boys, boys love thrill rides. And Walt Disney World has its share. From the tame to the wild, the thrills at Disney will satisfy boys of all ages. My youngest loved his first ride on Barnstormer, and my older boys ride the bigger rides over and over every trip. Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, Tower of Terror, Rock n Roller Coaster, Avatar Flight of Passage, Test Track and Soarin’ all make my boys smile from ear to Mickey ears.
What are some other things that boys love about Walt Disney World?