Mickeys fun wheel??? That one terrifies me.lolI think you should focus on the rides that he can see first. Then he can watch for a while and decide to try it or not. It gives him some control and might make him feel more comfortable.
Casey Junior Train
Mark Twain Riverboat
Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island
Inside Out Whirlwind
Mickey’s Fun Wheel
I would definitely avoid all of the FL dark rides…they are DARK and sometimes SCARY! I think the first dark rides I might try would be Monsters and Winnie the Pooh.
Good luck! And have fun!
I agree with this. My ds loved it up until this part. We had to leave when it got really loud and flashy. He was around 3.5 at the time. After that we always sat by the exit! When my dd was 6 she was freaked out by that part, too, but didn't have to leave. She just covered her eyes and sat in my lap.Do NOT take him to the Tiki Room. There is a part that gets super intense with chanting that reaches a crescendo with some very loud simulated Thunder and lightning, followed by the birds shrieking. Lots of kids lose it at that part and have to be taken out. Every time.
Thank you for this warning!! I was planning to take him to this one, thinking it would be less intimidating than a ride, but I could totally picture him being very freaked out by that part!Do NOT take him to the Tiki Room. There is a part that gets super intense with chanting that reaches a crescendo with some very loud simulated Thunder and lightning, followed by the birds shrieking. Lots of kids lose it at that part and have to be taken out. Every time.
Aww, I love this suggestion!I remember being scared of the Haunted Mansion when I was little. What worked for me was that my dad went on it first to "test it out". When I saw he was fine I was fine to go in it with my mom no problem. I know you've gotten lots of wonderful advice already but thought I'll share in case my perspective as the scared child helps
I love that Mary is the one who got you out of the character fears!I say this as a human who (and there is video and photographic evidence), at 4 years of age, was terrified of every character she interacted with until Mary Poppins calmed her down: maybe don’t interact with the fur characters. Face is different because they are actually seen, but even then I met a ton of princesses and still was afraid until Mary because she was and still is a favorite. Maybe figure out who his faves are and see if he would be ok with them
My family does too! From my memory I can tell you it was her and Bert and the penguins. From video and photographs, I can tell you it was in EPCOT and that I swatted away (I didn’t hit them because my parents shut that down) one of the penguins away because he got too close and Mary was very Mary with me after that lol. Bert apparently got a kick out of it!I love that Mary is the one who got you out of the character fears!
Oh, this is such good point. I just assume he will be excited to meet his favorite characters, but you never know what could trigger shyness or nerves. Of course the one character he REALLY wants to meet is Bluey from Disney Jr, but it appears Bluey is nowhere in the parks- ah, well!My granddaughter and I were there when they were only doing socially distanced visits. She loved waving to the characters and princesses. And I excitedly told her the news that you could actually interact and maybe get a hug and she got real quiet and asked if she "had" to. But she did seem interested about getting an autograph.
So maybe talk about it ahead of time.