Kids + Expedition Everest??

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by leftaslide, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. leftaslide

    leftaslide NW GA. DDC #751

    Oct 19, 2012
    My daughters, ages 6 and 4, want to ride this ride. I've shown them the videos on youtube, and tried to explain that it goes a bit fast and could be a little scary. They really want to ride this ride when we go at the end of Feb. Thoughts? They both meet height requirements, I just don't want to be "that dad" who took his kids on a ride like that, only to end up having them crying and screaming. I've never ridden it. Is it bad? Looks pretty tame for a coaster. :confused3
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  3. JavArmy

    JavArmy DIS Veteran

    Feb 20, 2012
    I say let them go. They can always chicken out at the last minute. If they don't like it, its only for a few seconds. My son did it (he was 5 and a bit of a weenie). He didn't like it, but didn't scream and cry. When we got off he said "i am NOT doing that again!" haha, but he was super proud that he did it once. He made sure to take a picture of the mountain so he would remember that he did it!
  4. lsenquiz

    lsenquiz DIS Veteran

    Aug 4, 2005
    I would take them. They may never ride again after they get off or they may love it. Either way it is over before you know it. Hopefully they will love it and you will have them on other thrill rides before you know it. :) Also I think the only way you could be "That Dad" is if you forced them to go on which you are not doing.
  5. LaurenT

    LaurenT DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2009
    Let them do it. It's a big coaster by Disney standards, but not compared to other parks.
    My DD was afraid of yeti for a long time, but now that she's gotten over that she loves EE.
    And you won't be "that Dad" because you're not pushing them to do it, you're just letting them.
  6. Crystal824

    Crystal824 DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2008
    I would let them go. It really isn't that bad of a coaster compared to other theme parks, but is one of Disney's biggest thrill rides. It doesn't last long, and who knows they may like it.
  7. PAGAS

    PAGAS Mouseketeer

    Nov 17, 2012
    I compare it to BTMRR. If they like that, I would take them.
  8. Jasperann

    Jasperann DIS Veteran

    Sep 23, 2009
    If you kids want to ride it I say go for it. I have a 9 year old DD that is still a chicken and will not do any of the coasters. I also have an 8 year old DD that has been a thrill seeker since our first trip when she was 5. I also have a 5 year old that although he was tall enough at 3/4 years old he does not like even the simple rides like Dumbo... So it really depends on your kids.
  9. brookmey

    brookmey DIS Veteran

    Jun 27, 2009
    If they want to, I would let them try it. My 6 year old was determined to go on Space Mt., but we weren't sure because of the speed, it's so dark, etc. I showed him YouTube videos (as best as I could since it was all dark), we told him several times it's fast and dark and took him on the People Mover so he could get an idea. He still insisted on it, so we took him on it and he loved it. Loved it so much he went on it 6 times!

    Same DS rode EE for the first time this past December and he didn't like it. He had already ridden Space Mt., BTMRR, Splash Mt, so we thought EE would be no problem. He didn't mind the speed, but going backwards and seeing the Yeti really freaked him out. Of course, he is also the kid who is afraid of puppet faces and doll faces. :lmao:
  10. tzolkin

    tzolkin DIS Veteran

    Jan 3, 2008
    I agree. It's a similar train-themed coaster. Everest is more intense because it goes backwards and has one big (not huge) drop.

    I would definitely let them try it if they want.

    When my DS was 4 I was expecting that he couldn't ride. (We had measured at home and he as almost 2" too short.) When I asked the CM for a rider switch pass he said that DS was tall enough if he wanted to try it. He rode about 10 times that trip.

    My DD (6 at the time) did not enjoy it because she said it made her a little sick, so she sat out. She did try it again once more on our last day at AK and has done it several times since that trip, so it certainly didn't traumatize her too much.

    That said, I have seen older elem/young teen age children crying and screaming in fear after riding the Haunted Mansion. I certainly didn't think their parents were horrible for allowing them to ride and I'm sure no one will judge you if your kids are scared after Everest.
  11. KrazeeK120

    KrazeeK120 DIS Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    I'd let them try any rides they feel up for, as long as they are tall enough!

    I don't like the big drop on that ride, but I'm kind of a ride weenie. I'm sure there are tons of 6 year olds who are more adventurous than me.

    Also, if it were me, I'd sit mom with one kid and dad with the other. That way, if they do get scared, they'd have the reassurance of a parent sitting next to them.
  12. OhioDisneyDad

    OhioDisneyDad DIS Veteran

    Dec 29, 2006
    I too showed my kids the YouTube videos of EE and they wanted to ride it. Once they rode it (of their own free will mind you) I somehow became THAT DAD because they hated it and blamed me! :confused3 Just make sure your kids know that there is part of the ride where it goes backwards and in the dark. That's the part my kids REALLY didn't like (and neither did my wife for that matter). Your mileage may vary. :rotfl:
  13. GreenCntryGirl

    GreenCntryGirl The DIS keeps me up past my bedtime.

    Sep 5, 2011
    I would let them go.
  14. ZoZo

    ZoZo DIS Veteran

    Jun 16, 2005
    Yep, I pretty much agree. IMO, it's actually a bit faster and more exciting then BTMRR. (You'll notice that BTMRR has just a lap bar, and EE has full-on shoulder restraints, so it's definitely a little faster!)

    Test them out on Thunder Mountain first, to see how they do, then let them watch EE from the ground. If they want to try it, go for it!
  15. jahber

    jahber DIS Veteran

    Jun 22, 2012
    I agree. Let them try it!

    My DD was 7 when she went for the first time (last year). She's tall but so so skinny and fragile-looking. When we got to the top of the backward hill, I felt like the worst mom in the world. It was scarier than I remembered! (Bearing in mind that it was my first time on the ride in years and when I rode it before I wasn't thinking about my precious little girl being afraid ;) ). Well. I was holding her hand and asking her if she was ok and telling her it was almost over. It's so dark and loud I had no idea if she was sobbing or paralyzed by fright.

    At the end, she's smiling the biggest smile and asking to go again. In the photo I look like I'm dying and she's laughing!!!! Now she makes a point of yawning or pretending to sleep on all thrill ride pictures (she's learned where the cameras are because she LOVES roller coasters!). It's pretty hilarious to see me and my sister looking afraid for our lives and my tiny daughter yawning. She lives for the day she'll be tall enough to ride the rollercoasters at Sea World. My DS (5), however, cries on Star Tours. I got him to ride Dinosaur once and I WAS "That Mom." Oh well. I know better now. :). Live and learn!

    ETA: my point was, my DD would have loved EE when she was younger! We just didn't have passes until last year.
  16. leftaslide

    leftaslide NW GA. DDC #751

    Oct 19, 2012
    Excellent! Thanks for the feedback! I'll let them ride it if they want. Can't wait!

    MSSANDRA DIS Veteran

    Sep 14, 2006
    If they want to, I would let them try. I would be sure that you do MTMR first and as long as that goes well, go for it. They would be safe and I assume that one would be with each parent for comfort. DS(then 5) had planned to ride this one when we went last trip. After he rode MTMR, he had second thoughts, and then when he saw it again, this time when he was able to ride....he changed his mind.
  18. auprincess

    auprincess DIS Veteran

    Jun 18, 2011
    My 6 year old loved it, and if she had been tall enough at 4, she would have loved it then! I would go on BTMRR first (if they haven't been on a coaster), just so they get the idea of how it will be.
  19. Claire&TheBoys

    Claire&TheBoys The Queen of the Castle!

    Feb 17, 2007
    My youngest rode it at 4 (nearly 5). The first words out of his mouth at the unloading spot were, "I gotta do that AGAIN!" We rode 3 times in a row - he loves it!
  20. alecshawn

    alecshawn WDW Fanatic

    Dec 25, 2012
    My son when he was 4 made it on E.E. by the skin of his teeth....i mean BARELY tall enough on a good day....BUT HE LOVED IT. Its a fantastic ride...i wouldnt deprive and child that is tall enough or healthy enough to enjoy encourage it!
  21. WIDisneyFan

    WIDisneyFan DIS Veteran

    Feb 29, 2004
    Add another yes to the list. My daughter rode at 4 and my son 6 and both of them loved it! If they want to do it let them try.

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