Walt Disney World enthusiast and new US blogger Caitlin Goodwin give us the inside scoop on some of the best activities for young boys at this amazing theme park in Orlando, Florida.
Best Activities for Boys at Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World is a magical play land spread out over 27,000 acres, so there is more than enough space to find an activity for your boy. Who doesn’t love high sea adventures, sharp-toothed dinosaurs, and racetracks? I’ve tackled the best activities for boys at Walt Disney World into larger themes.
Walt Disney World provides abundant swashbuckling entertainment for young rapscallions.
- The Pirate League at Magic Kingdom: This dresses your little pirate in full gear as scallywag a la Captain Jack Sparrow. It takes about an hour, but the waiting room is an adventure in itself. There are packages from about $35-$75US.
- Pirate and Pals Firework Voyage: This is a pirate themed cruise featuring Magic Kingdom’s Firework show called Wishes. This pirate cruise lets you see the fireworks, sing songs, tell stories and parents are welcome. It takes you around the Seven Seas Lagoon near Magic Kingdom
- Pirate Adventure Cruise: Children aged 4 to 12 go on a 2-hour treasure hunt without parents. There are four different adventure cruises to choose from. They leave from various resorts (Grand Floridian, Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach, and Yacht & Beach Club) and travel on different waterways.
- Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial: This is a family favorite, and best of all it is free! This pirate tutorial led by Captain Jack Sparrow is offered multiple times a day. There is sword fighting and little pirates can be sworn in.
- Stay in the Pirate room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach: The rooms are really fun for little pirates, but they do feature a double bed instead of Queen, far from the main hub with dining and transportation. The trundle bed is a lot of fun.
- Yacht & Beach Club Pool: This pool features sand bottoms, a lazy river, sandy shores, and a pirate ship water slide and play area.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: This Walt Disney World ride in Adventureland is perfect for young pirates who love boat rides. They get to voyage on the high seas to a time where Pirates reigned. There are even cameos by Captain Jack Sparrow.
My little boys are happiest when they are making engine noises and zipping around.
- Tomorrowland Speedway at Magic Kingdom: It’s time to put your driving skills to the test on a 2000-foot track. Little boys can be drivers or passengers, depending on height for this speedway. The child must be 32 inches (81cm) to ride and 54 inches (137cm) to drive.
- Epcot Test Track: This is a super fun simulation ride where you drive in a car and get to “test” out a vehicle. To begin, guests design their own car at a kiosk. You skip this if you take the FP+ or single rider line. The old ride dealt with safety testing, but the new version focuses on designing your vehicle and seeing how it worked out at the end. Little boys can really let their imagination play and then have a blast on the ride itself. Height requirement is 40 inches (101cm).
- Sci-Fi Dine-in: This Hollywood Studios restaurant channels the old Drive-in theater vibes. Enjoy eating in car in an open-air theater while watching cheesy science-fiction movie clips. Make sure to reserve up to six months in advance to snag this awesome diner.
- Radiator Springs – Disney’s Art of Animation Resorts Family Suites: Love cars? Stay at the cozy cone motel in Radiator Springs. This hotel has themed rooms, but more than that, an entire themed hotel. The hotel walls are painted to look like there is a blue sky and red mountains in the distance. The wheel well motel is present and features Lightning McQueen and Sally. There is a Cozy Cone features pool with orange cone cabanas and photo opportunities with each of your favourite Cars characters. Our favourite part is Fillmore’s bumper stickers.
- Old Fashioned Car at Beach Club: There’s an old-fashioned vehicle in front of Beach Club that my children are obsessed with taking photos near.
What child doesn’t enjoy the intrigue of dinosaurs? Walt Disney World provides several options to engage with the extinct.
- Dinosaur Ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Hop aboard a time rover and go back to prehistoric times to snag a dinosaur to bring back to modern time. The ride is actually pretty terrifying, jerky and dark, but we always have a good time.
- Universe of Energy- Ellen’s Energy Ride at Disney’s Epcot: The giant drawback on this ride is the length of time it takes – 37 minutes. Ellen falls asleep during Jeopardy and the ride is the result of her dream. She dreams she is playing her college rival, “Judy”. The topics are all energy-related. She treks through dinosaur filled jungles and reviews renewable energy resources via helicopter. The ride is pretty boy friendly, but the only drawback is the time investment if you change your mind.
- Gertie the Dinosaur at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: You can find this behemoth dinosaur around Echo Lake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s not always open, but when it is, you can snag an ice cream treat.
- T-Rex Cafe: A prehistoric restaurant with a gift shop, animatronic dinosaurs, and a comet show every hour. There are themed sections featuring the ice age, under the sea, and dinosaurs that move and roar. The restaurant is very overstimulating, but really interesting.
I hope this article provided you with some really great ideas for activities to do at Walt Disney World with boys. Although, if we are really honest, my boys have a few interests at Walt Disney World that we haven’t covered. They have a penchant for glitter and Minnie Mouse. Obviously, your mileage may vary. Whether you love Minnie Mouse or Darth Vader, there is a magnificent adventure awaiting your family at Walt Disney World.
We love Walt Disney World, and if you have any questions, I would be incredibly happy to answer them.
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Caitlin Goodwin from Typically Twitterpated
I have a family travel blog called Typically Twitterpated, featuring two young boys (and their younger sister). We travel all over the U.S., but have visited Walt Disney World often since our first son was five weeks old. He has Autism Spectrum Disorder, so we have a unique take on navigating the theme parks. Follow our travels on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.