Dinosaur for 6 year olds

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  1. ElliottsMomma

    ElliottsMomma Earning My Ears

    Sep 7, 2015
    Last time I will dinosaur it was probably eight years ago but I remember it being kind of scary. I’ll be bringing two 6-year-old boys One who is in love with dinosaurs. They will be fine but the bumpiness of the ride but are your kiddos afraid of the darkness and the dinosaurs popping out? I’d love to hear opinions and advice
  2. MomOTwins

    MomOTwins The Mommy Fairy

    Mar 5, 2018
    We are going next week with our 6-year old boys, who saw a disney planning video that showed a bit of the dinosaur ride, and they begged and begged to go. I warned them it was scary and showed them the ride-through on youtube, and they still want to go. But they have pretty strong tolerance for scary dinos since my DH (against my better judgment, but oh well) has watched the Jurassic Park movies with them, and the LOVE those movies. I'd say if your kids are okay with the scary side of dinos, it is probably okay, but this is definitely a snarling-velociraptor-jumping-out-at-you kind of ride and not a peaceful-dinosaurs-eating-leaves ride. Of course, if my kids come back traumatized from the experience I will post that here too for your reference...
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  4. winnieofpooh

    winnieofpooh Mouseketeer

    May 30, 2018
    Not gonna lie the ride scares me and I'm in my 20s, haha! But I agree, if your kids enjoy/understand this ride has scary T-rex's jumping at you and not like Land Before Time, they'll be ok. You could try to show them a bit of the ride on YouTube to gauge their reaction.
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  5. Klayfish

    Klayfish DIS Veteran

    May 19, 2016
    That's going to depend on your kids. Our kids have been riding it since they were big enough to ride it. They like it. DD11 acts like she's scared, but she's not...she goes on it over and over.
  6. Disneylovingmomof2

    Disneylovingmomof2 DIS Veteran

    Aug 14, 2017
    My six year old DD went on it in Feb...she jumped a few times but it wasn’t anything that terrified her.
  7. disneydreamer1980

    disneydreamer1980 DIS Veteran

    Jan 12, 2017
    Just prepare them for what they’ll see and experience and they should be fine. Warn them that it’s very rough, VERY loud and that,obviously, there will be large dinosaurs. If they know what to expect it shouldn’t be so bad.
  8. TEM1234

    TEM1234 Earning My Ears

    Oct 9, 2016
    I took my 7 and 5 year old's on it last year. I told them ahead of time that it was scary and dark and they looked at it a little online. They were psyched to do it. They both came off the ride sobbing and screamed the entire way through (and not the happy 'yay' kind of scream!). My kids don't have much exposure to scary things though. They both maintain they will never ever do that ride again.
  9. Magical2017

    Magical2017 Mouseketeer

    Jul 2, 2016
    I would view the video, as a pp suggested. You may also want to try another "dark" ride first to see how they do.
  10. SG131

    SG131 DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2017
    Took 4 yr old also Dino obsessed and even though she didn’t have much experience with scary things or Jurassic world or anything she completely loved the ride. One of her favorites.
  11. yaya74

    yaya74 DIS Veteran

    Jan 18, 2006
    You will get two sides of opinion on your questions as everyone is different.
    Some people think "Its hard to be a bug" is scary but my kids love the show!
    We just rode Dinosaur for the very first time last week with my family. DD10 DS6.
    To me, Dinosaur is a very frantic ride. Lots of shouting, loud noise and darkness.
    My kids were not scared but were bothered by the loud noise.
  12. TWK

    TWK Mouseketeer

    Mar 17, 2014
    When we went we had kids between 4-9, and they were all terrified. We adults hadn't been on it before. We watched the video online, and it didn't look that bad, so we thought it would be fun. Big mistake. All the kids were sooooo scared. I wish I had the ride photo here to share... I mean, its hilarious. But the kids were all very scared (my kids are pretty scaredy in general though)
  13. tarak

    tarak DIS Veteran

    Jul 14, 2008
    It really depends on the child. My 6-year-old went on it this past June and she had no issues. She loves the Jurassic Park movies, so maybe that’s why it didn’t bother her. When my 13-year-old was that age, we didn’t even bother because she’d have been catatonic from the start.
  14. AngieInOH

    AngieInOH DIS Veteran

    Mar 24, 2005
    My girls were both 6 at the time and had no problems. However, if I would have showed them the ride before hand I'm pretty sure one of them would have wanted to skip out.... same with Haunted Mansion. Sometimes you just have to make a decision and go with it. I didn't want to give them the option of opting out of Dinosaur or Haunted Mansion.
  15. DrHickenlocher

    DrHickenlocher Don't mess with the chameleon

    May 16, 2017
    If he can handle Jurassic Park/Jurassic World, he can handle DINOSAUR the ride. Watching a YouTube Ride POV video would certainly help prepare them, as well.
  16. JessicaW1234

    JessicaW1234 DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2009
    My son hates this ride & he goes on everything. There is one particular Dino that is right in your face (especially if you sit on the right of the vehicle) and is pretty scary. I would say it depends on your other son & if you think he would be afraid.
  17. Samanthnak

    Samanthnak Earning My Ears

    Aug 9, 2018
    Personally think its great for that age. Scary yes but one of those things that theyll love that they went on afterwards.
  18. Crystal824

    Crystal824 DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2008
    My eight year old has been riding it since she was tall enough...around 4. She loves it. My four year old has been on it once, and she hates it. She refuses to go on it again....depends on the kid. It doesn't hurt to give it a try.
  19. GinnyBear's_mom

    GinnyBear's_mom DIS Veteran

    Sep 1, 2008
    My dinosaur obsessed, Jurassic park watching, roller coaster/thrill ride loving 6 year old went on it last summer and hated it! She asked to not go on it again until she is 10 years old lol
  20. pl71

    pl71 Mouseketeer

    Jan 1, 2008
    My son was about 6 the first time he went on it and it was a big mistake. He didn’t cry he was just abnormally quiet afterwards. When we looked at the ride photo and saw his expression when the dinosaur jumped out at him and we felt really bad. He loved roller coasters at that age, but the dinosaurs in his face was too much.

    Now that he’s older he likes it.

    I would wait.
  21. Jimmy Mouse

    Jimmy Mouse My other car is the Monorail

    Sep 3, 2017
    My 7 year old and 4 year old girls love it! They rodelast year when they were 6 and 3. But my 7 year old rode with me when she was 5 and cried the whole ride. Kids can react differently to the same thing at different ages. You won’t know till you give it a shot.

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