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Mommy26
02-02-2008, 12:08 PM
I know we all love all the rides, but I can't possibly go on all of them.

I have an 8yo girl a 5 yo girl and a 1 yo boy.

Is there anything I need to steer clear of?

Are there any rides that are just ho humm. ?

DangerMouse
02-02-2008, 01:03 PM
Hmmmm, that's a hard question because what might be ho hum for me, might be super awesome for someone else.

The ones I choose to skip (if I have to) are the following:

Roger Rabbit
Gaget's Go-Coaster
Snow White's Scary Adventures
Canoes
Tarzan's Treehouse
Astro Orbitor (that ride just hurts)
California Dreams (not really a ride, but boooor-ing)
Sun Wheel (aka PURE EVIL)
It's Tough to be a Bug (scary for little kids, and even my bigger kids)
Bumper Cars in Bug's Land
Golden Zephyr

That's about it.

Lynzer Torte
02-02-2008, 01:09 PM
Honey I Shrunk the Audience.

DoomBugger
02-02-2008, 01:09 PM
Yes, skip the rides with 2 hour lines that nobody is dead-set on going on that you couldn't get a fast pass for.

DangerMouse
02-02-2008, 01:35 PM
Honey I Shrunk the Audience.

:lmao: I completely forgot that ride existed! I haven't rode it in three or four years!

And speaking of that, Innoventions could be easily skipped.

bumbershoot
02-02-2008, 01:42 PM
I actually liked Honey I Shrunk. Then again, it was the first time I saw it. :)

Innoventions is just a big videogame room, IMO.

toocherie
02-02-2008, 02:28 PM
If I am with kids I try to avoid Innoventions--we once got stuck in there with a 7 year old for TWO hours. It was torture. Last time we went with her (she was 9) she kept asking "what's in there?" and all five adults kept steering away from the building--LOL! poor kid!

DLR29
02-02-2008, 02:58 PM
Rides we usually skip:
-Dumbo (not worth the line for such a short ride, however with younger ones, I would not skip it)
-King Arthur Carousel (just a carousel)
-Mad Tea Party (just teacups)
-Astro Orbitor (Dumbo with a different theme)
-Innoventions (biggest waste of space ever)
-HISTA (old and outdated)
-Tarzan's Treehouse (been there, done that)
-Mark Twain/Sailing Ship Columbia/Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes (a circle around an island? No thanks)

And at DCA:
-Golden Dreams (no real interest)
-King Triton's Carousel (see King Arthur Carousel)
-A Bug's Land rides (HOWEVER, I highly recommend not skipping them with little kids)
-Sun Wheel (overrated)

I obviously don't know your kids and how scared they get, but here are some rides that might scare them (maybe not the 8yo, possibly the 5yo, probably the 1yo):
-Snow White
-Pinocchio
-Mr. Toad? (a couple scary scenes, but not throughout the entire ride)
-Matterhorn* (scary yeti in a couple places)
-Indy* (very intense ridewise and themewise and loud)
-Haunted Mansion (scary opening and dark throughout the entire ride, gentle ride motion though)
-Honey I Shrunk the Audience and It's Tough to be Bug (scary 3D effects and in ITtbaB, some other intense effects)
-Tower of Terror* (dark, scary, thrilling)

Most other rides will be just fine.

*Height requirement so youngest one wouldn't be able to ride anyway.

Hound 109
02-02-2008, 03:45 PM
DLR, for the under 6 y/o set, both carousel's are must do's. But you knew that. :yay:

Is Golden Zephyr that metal tube (rocket ship?, airplane?) that goes around a circle like Dumbo? I can't ever get my kid (DS 8) off of that thing. I think he likes to look at all the rides around the pier/lake or something.

DLR29
02-02-2008, 04:10 PM
DLR, for the under 6 y/o set, both carousel's are must do's. But you knew that. :yay:

Is Golden Zephyr that metal tube (rocket ship?, airplane?) that goes around a circle like Dumbo? I can't ever get my kid (DS 8) off of that thing. I think he likes to look at all the rides around the pier/lake or something.

I know. Such simple rides that you can ride at almost any amusement park. But IMO (I am not 6yo :upsidedow ) compared to the other rides at DL, the two carousels are ho hum.

shoppingmom
02-02-2008, 04:47 PM
Our 8 year old dd asked that we skip the Bugs Life area on our trip this year because she found it boring when she was 6. I would like to suggest though if you need a place to relax and take a bit of a break and depending on the time of year you go skipping Honey I Shrunk the Audience could be a big mistake. We skipped it on previous trips and on our last one we found it was a great place to rest up in an air conditioned somewhat comfy seat! The kids loved the show and we enjoyed getting off our feet for a few minutes.

ctamama
02-02-2008, 04:56 PM
Is Golden Zephyr that metal tube (rocket ship?, airplane?) that goes around a circle like Dumbo? I can't ever get my kid (DS 8) off of that thing. I think he likes to look at all the rides around the pier/lake or something.

Yes, it is!!! My 2 1/2 year old DS wanted to go on it over and over and over! Same with astro orbitor---good thing DH and I don't get dizzy easily!;)

To the O.P.

We don't skip much because we usually do 5 day passes, and we don't go every year either. Under those circumstances, and with several kids under 13, here is what we will skip:

Innoventions
Canoes
Golden Dreams
wish we'd skipped HISTA--kids didn't enjoy too much.

I always skip Star Tours, so I won't have a ragin' headache. That ride just murders my head!;)

This year we skipped Tom Sawyer Island, and The playground in DCA. (My 2 year old is a terror, and I wanted a little more control over his whereabouts:scared1: )

MommyWithDreams
02-02-2008, 05:11 PM
I have no intentions of ever doing star tours. I'm not a big fan of the canoes either. It's a do once kinda thing. Another one I don't care for, the treehouse.........not sure why just hate how crazy some kids get on that thing. I always wonder where the parents are :confused3 .

DangerMouse
02-02-2008, 05:32 PM
Another one I don't care for, the treehouse.........not sure why just hate how crazy some kids get on that thing. I always wonder where the parents are :confused3 .

They're at the bottom eating a churro! :lmao:

As in "You go ahead up those 784 stairs, Johnny, your mother and I will be waiting down here when you're done." :rolleyes1

Hound 109
02-02-2008, 05:46 PM
They're at the bottom eating a churro! :lmao:

As in "You go ahead up those 784 stairs, Johnny, your mother and I will be waiting down here when you're done." :rolleyes1

Hey!! ....I resemble that remark! :rolleyes1


:lmao:

MommyWithDreams
02-02-2008, 05:52 PM
They're at the bottom eating a churro! :lmao:

As in "You go ahead up those 784 stairs, Johnny, your mother and I will be waiting down here when you're done." :rolleyes1

hahahaha you're not kidding!:rotfl2:

bumbershoot
02-02-2008, 06:28 PM
I have no intentions of ever doing star tours.

:faint: I thought I knew you! I just sent you a map! And you have no intentions of doing my favorite ride. :faint:

:flower3:

MommyWithDreams
02-02-2008, 06:42 PM
:faint: I thought I knew you! I just sent you a map! And you have no intentions of doing my favorite ride. :faint:

:flower3:

Trust me I'm doing the CM's a favor....they'd be cleaning my area with a hose if you know what I mean. :headache:
It would not be a pretty sight! Hope the mailman came already :rotfl2:

Tink208
02-02-2008, 06:47 PM
We finally did most of the rides in the Paradise Pier part of DCA, and, aside from Screamin', I could skip all of them for any future trips. Well, I did like Golden Zephyr, and we were able to just stay on it and ride it a few times in a row, which was kind of fun. But, Mullholland Madness and the Jelly Fish ride were definitely not worth the wait, and my husband said Maliboomer was something he won't repeat. (He almost didn't ride it at all after seeing someone's cell phone fall out of their pocket while they were on the ride. It shattered right in front of him. :eek:) I didn't find the Sun Wheel to be worth the wait, and the moving gondola was definitely queasy making. My older son and I did ride the Orange Stinger, but you can do swing rides at almost any state/county fair, so it wasn't that exciting.

kellymom
02-02-2008, 08:20 PM
Before we had our daughter we never left anything out, we liked everything just for the mere fact we were at Disney. Well I did, dh just went along with what I wanted to do:) . Now that we have our 4 year old we skip the Haunted Mansion, Snow White and Pinocchio. Just for the fact that I don't want to have to explain those to her yet. Actually I take it back, before DD normally we skipped the Haunted Mansion unless it had the holiday overlay. It still freaks me out, lol.princess:

Mrs. Bee
02-02-2008, 10:28 PM
I liked the treehouse when it was the swiss family treehouse. I got to go back in that last week at WDW and I heard most of the parents explaining to the kids what the treehouse was from. I felt old.

Anyway...at Disneyland, the only thing I've never been on are the canoes. So I'd skip those. I'm too lazy to paddle around. At California Adventure, definitely skip the golden dreams show (although I heard they are getting rid of it.) We skip the sunwheel because it looks a little scary for me...haha.

Mrs. Bee
02-02-2008, 11:29 PM
We finally did most of the rides in the Paradise Pier part of DCA, and, aside from Screamin', I could skip all of them for any future trips. Well, I did like Golden Zephyr, and we were able to just stay on it and ride it a few times in a row, which was kind of fun. But, Mullholland Madness and the Jelly Fish ride were definitely not worth the wait, and my husband said Maliboomer was something he won't repeat. (He almost didn't ride it at all after seeing someone's cell phone fall out of their pocket while they were on the ride. It shattered right in front of him. :eek:) I didn't find the Sun Wheel to be worth the wait, and the moving gondola was definitely queasy making. My older son and I did ride the Orange Stinger, but you can do swing rides at almost any state/county fair, so it wasn't that exciting.

Screamin' is one of the best coasters I've been on. I enjoy Mullholland Maddess too though. If the line is huge I won't ride it but whenever we seem to be there, there's no line. The Jelly Fish thing was kind of dumb for two adults with no kids (we were the only ones in line without kids) but it was a quick wait and I figured I'd do it once. I doubt I'll ever ride it again. I never go on the maliboomer but my hubby likes it. I heard they might get rid of it though. I refuse to ride the sunwheel. Not a fan of ferris wheels since I went on one in a lightning storm when I was little. Golden zepher or whatever that thing is called was okay but nothing exciting. And Orange Stinger kind of freaked me out.

JenM
02-03-2008, 12:05 AM
If any of your kids are bothered by 3D movies, stay as far away from Honey, I Shrunk the Audience as possible. I've only seen it at Epcot, but the last time I saw it there my friend's 6-year-old was so scared we couldn't even get him out of the seat to leave because he was hysterically crying. It's really too intense for any of the little ones who don't like 3D.

fairycat
02-03-2008, 01:47 AM
I can't believe that so many skip the canoes! If you have the right group of people and CM's this ride can be a memory maker. A group of friends and I, ranging in age from 50's to a 6 year old (the oldests Granddaughter) and everywhere in between went on them a few years ago because it had been so long since any of us had riden them.

We almost fell out of the boat laughing we had such a great time. But I would only ride in the summer and with the right group cause other wise it can be a drag.

I am making my niece go on then this summer!

DoomBugger
02-03-2008, 02:29 AM
The canoes are way, way underrated and underappreciated. It is a real canoe experience, no tracks to make the journey an exact replica of the last ride as most attractions are.

If you are hung up on the paddle workout factor don't let it stop your fun. You can just pretend to kinda paddle and just enjoy the adventure by letting everybody else do the work, I've done it!

If you say you rode a rocket or a submarine or a mine train or a bobsled at DL it really was just a Disney doo-dad but the canoes, if you said you rode a canoe at DL you really can say it was an actual canoe.

Unless you get a FP I would skip Autopia! That line is a joke!

Mrs. Bee
02-03-2008, 02:31 AM
random....
we were eating at hungry bear once...sitting up on the second level that overlooks the water. we often throw fries into the water for the ducks. our friend wasn't anywhere near the edge so he couldn't see where he was throwing....and he hit someone in the canoes on the head with a fry. i have to admit...it was pretty funny.

DoomBugger
02-03-2008, 02:37 AM
random....
we were eating at hungry bear once...sitting up on the second level that overlooks the water. we often throw fries into the water for the ducks. our friend wasn't anywhere near the edge so he couldn't see where he was throwing....and he hit someone in the canoes on the head with a fry. i have to admit...it was pretty funny.

That is funny. Even if I was the victim I would have laughed. What is that referred to, the "Mr. Potato Head canoe story?"

zukeeper
02-03-2008, 03:20 AM
Sorry to contradict....Innovations provided us with one of the memorable moments at DL when we talked to Stitch - I can't say what exactly this is called, but I would ask a CM about Talking with Stitch, Ive heard people still reference it. Canoes are a memory maker. Does anyone remember riding the Donkeys on the trail? The canoes will be this story that your kids tell their kids mark my words. Also, Golden Dreams is going away? - GO AND SEE IT! It is a good show and I always skipped it, but saw it last time. It is a history lesson and is fun to watch. I treasure the things that are fleeting more than anything. If you think something may end, don't miss it!

Mrs. Bee
02-03-2008, 03:29 AM
"golden dreams?" you mean "this is california. lots of people died trying to develop this area." no thanks.

Monkey Monkey
02-03-2008, 02:09 PM
DS would freak out if we didn't go on the carousel at least once every trip ;). And I have rarely had to wait in line for it, so it's a nice easy ride that your 1yo will probably love (of course my DS has never met a carousel he hasn't liked!).

I haven't been on a ton of rides at DL that I wouldn't go on again, but Mr. Toad's and Roger Rabbit are 2 of them - especially with a young child. Winnie the Pooh isn't a very exciting ride, but the line usually isn't very long, and it's a somewhat long ride, so IMO it's worth a shot (and sometimes we go on it twice in a row for that very reason).

Have fun!

DevilDuckie
02-03-2008, 04:07 PM
I would say pick either the Maliboomer or the Jelly fish, depending on people's comfort level.

Carousels can be skipped unless someone has a passion for them. (Note that Walt designed his to have all white horses because riding "the white horse" was a big deal for his girls. If your kid has such a fetish, leave this on the To Do list.)

If the 8 year old wants to do the coasters you might consider splitting your party for a couple hours and having one parent do those while the other takes the little ones on things like Casey Jr. which might bore the 8 year old.

ILikeCheese
02-03-2008, 06:32 PM
Sun Wheel (aka PURE EVIL)




Lol Sooo true!

EltonJohn
02-03-2008, 07:04 PM
I strongly recommend reading The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland by Bob Sehlinger. It has different ratings for different age groups for all of the rides.