Two question I am consistently asked are “What is there for my son to do at Disney?” and “Is there anything for boys that’s similar to getting a princess make-over?”
Everyone seems to know all about the princesses, but are wondering about the “boy stuff.” As a Mom with two young boys, I can whole heartily tell you there are plenty of things at Disney for boys (or tomboys or kids not into Princesses for that matter…sorry Cinderella 😉).
Here’s 10 fun princess-free things to do at Walt Disney World:
1) Rides! There are rides in every park that would appeal to boys. From climbing Mt. Everest on Expedition Everest, to flying on the back of a mountain banshee on Avatar Flight of Passage, to playing video games at Toy Story Midway Mania and Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger Spin, to rocking out to Aerosmith on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and becoming an astronaut on Mission Space and more!
2) Pirates League (Magic Kingdom). Be transformed into a pirate—and even receive a special pirate name.
3) Pirate Adventure Cruise (Multiple locations). Young pirates can take a two-hour cruise with a seasoned pirate to look for treasure. Arrhhh!
4) Harmony Barber Shop (Magic Kingdom). Get a haircut at this old-fashioned barber shop.
5) Tom Sawyer Island (Magic Kingdom). Explore the islands trails, playground and Wild West fort complete with secret passageways.
6) Swimming (Disney Resorts). Right at your Disney resort, children can play for hours in themed pools. Some even have slides!
7) Character Meals (Parks and Resorts). Lots of character restaurants that are princesses free. Chef Mickeys, Crystal Palace, Tusker House, Hollywood & Vine, Garden Grove and O’hana (breakfast) to name a few.
8) Test track (Epcot). This one is a ride, but so much more so it needed its own number. Before you race, you will design your virtual concept car that will maneuver through obstacles, weather, curves and straightaways reaching speeds of up to 65 miles per hour. After each test, check the scoreboard to see how your car performed.
9) NBA Experience (Disney Springs). An immersive basketball experience putting you in the middle of the action with 13 unique experiences that combine Disney magic with the thrill of playing in the NBA (opens August 12, 2019).
10) Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge (Hollywood Studios). So much to do here, it really needs its own list, but here’s a few things boys will love: Jedi Training where children are trained in the ways of the Force and tested against the Dark Side, building a one of a kind lightsaber or droid, and riding the newest attractions at Hollywood Studios – Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (opens August 29, 2019) and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (opens December 5, 2019).
So not to fear, there’s plenty for boys (and those not into Princesses) to do at Walt Disney World in Florida. Your planner can help you create a vacation specific to your family needs, no matter the age and/or gender of your group.
Pam Nimon, Hi Ho Vacations Authorized Disney Planner
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