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Old 07-18-2009, 02:47 PM   #1
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Splash Mountain - 6 Yr Old Won't Ride

Our 6 yr old daughter will not ride splash mountain. We have tried bribery with cash or souvenir. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-18-2009, 02:50 PM   #2
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May not be what you want to hear, but yes, I have a suggestion. Leave her alone. She'll probably outgrow it. But more than anything, she will remember that you didn't force her, that you treated her seriously and respected her feelings.

At least that's what my now college-aged daughter said when she turned to me: "Thank you for not forcing me on rides I didn't want to go on."
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Originally Posted by dano164 View Post
Our 6 yr old daughter will not ride splash mountain. We have tried bribery with cash or souvenir. Any suggestions?
Our (then) 5 yr old nephew didn't want to ride it (he thought that they dropped your log underwater at the end.)
So, I took him to look at the exit of the ride, to see all of the happy faces of the kids who were leaving after they ride it.

That made him happy, and, of course, it became one of his favorite attractions.
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We have gone twice now and DD would not ride it. She was 6 and then 7, but would ride Space Mtn over and over (much to my dismay)

What has helped me with my DD is finding You tube videos people took while on the rides. That is how I got her to ride RNRC and TOT.

Now we are going back in Oct and she is ready to ride SM.

It may take time but don't push it. DD would not even go down the slide at the Poly pool the first stay and finally went down the last day of our second day. She regrets being so scared of it now.
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Youtube videos are a good idea. So is not pushing her. I'm 40 and I won't ride it.
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Try Robo's approach. We gently escorted our young daughter to Test Track (she was 6) and she was "scarred" for years. She would not even go on the tea cups the next day.

She slowly grew out of it and on our last visit went on EE and RnR roller coaster. She is now 14, but at 12 she still was very timid about thrill rides.
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Get fastpasses for the rest of your group and go in shifts. Don't push your child, but gently encourage if you want. DD6 rode Splash for the first time in May. She wasn't sure about it but agreed to try it. She decided after she rode it that she didn't want to do it again. No big deal.
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LOL, I'm 20 and (even though I'll ride) I still get scared before the drops in Splash Mountain and Tower of Terror!

When I was younger, it definitely was a task to get me to ride the thrill rides. As a little girl, I always felt better about being on scary rides if I sat next to my daddy and had a death grip on him. Whoever your daughter feels safest with, I'd tell her she can ride with that person and that NOTHING will happen to her. Otherwise, I'd say your daughter will probably out grow her fear and be willing to try the ride at some point.
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Old 07-18-2009, 03:19 PM   #9
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My DD won't either and she's 12. She hates that stomach drop feeling so any rides like that are out for us. I dragged her on Atlantis(?) once at Sea World and she still hasn't forgiven me. LOL that was four years ago soooo...

Give her time. Maybe she'll change her mind, and if she doesn't, maybe you can have her wait with whoever you go with while you ride!
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I am all for bribes/rewards but only you know your child best. I'd only give a gentle nudge not force a child on. Luckily, my kids are pretty much daredevils. When dd was 3 I told her she could get a snack after she went down the pool slide at CSr. She had a snack after about 30 more trips down it!
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My 10 yo still won't ride. When she's ready, she will. You can't rush them.
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Here's my take on it, I don't push my kids onto anything because it gives me a reason to come back the next year. That way there is always something we haven't done and new to us. We've been 7 times in 7 years my ds10 and dd8 have never ridden Splash Mt. So just think of it as a excuse to go back.
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My 10 yo still won't ride. When she's ready, she will. You can't rush them.
I'm 60, been to WDW 42 times and still haven't rode, TOT, RNR and SM. When the time comes and it feels right, I might give them a shot. We never forced or bribed our children, when they were ready, they were ready, nothing gained, nothing lost.
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My parents always pushed me on Splash Mountain, and Tower of Terror as a little kid, and now im a teenager and still hate Splash Mountain even though I've been on it alot. Maybe you daughter will like it as she gets older, but I would say don't push her.
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I don't have any advice, but I will say this. My son trusts me a lot. That trust has enabled him to do things that he was hesitant about because he knows that I will not put him in a dangerous situation. He's now 10, but I started when he could walk and talk. I remember standing him on our car's roof and telling him to jump when he was about 2. It took a while but he eventually did it. And when he realized that I would catch him, he was willing to do it again because daddy wouldn't let him fall. I always stress to him that he has never been hurt by anything that I've asked him to do. He's human, so he has fears, but he's willing to face them if I tell him that he'll be ok. Try to get your DD to focus on all of the times that you've kept her safe and just ask her to trust you. It may not work, but it's worth a try.
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