With all of the princesses running regally around the Disney parks, many people assume that Disney vacations don’t have much to offer boys. Disney World is full of special encounters for girls to enjoy such as princess meals, Bibbidi, Bobbidi Boutique, sipping tea at the Grand Floridian, etc. What about the boys you might say? Here are some great experiences you can plan to make sure your boys have the Disney Vacation of their dreams too!
Calling All Pirates
Disney has a pirate-themed makeover experience for boys called The Pirates League. Located next to Pirates of the Caribbean in the Magic Kingdom, it transforms boys (or girls, if they’d prefer it!) into scurvy sea dogs.
The Pirates League offers many different packages. Your E.T.P. travel agent can help you secure one of these reservations for your own little pirate.
Pirate Masters can turn Guests ages 3 and older into Jake, a themed pirate, Captain Hook, an empress or a mermaid with one of four different packages ranging in price from $39.95 – $99.95.
Calling All Secret Agents
What boy doesn’t love being put on a special mission to save the world!? Epcot has an amazing attraction that is included with the cost of admission: Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. They can be found at the entrance to the World Showcase. If your son chooses to accept his mission to save the world from Dr. Doofenshmirtz, he will be given a special agent phone and a country to save. Once in that country the phone provides clues that leads them on an interactive scavenger hunt around that country in the World Showcase. The countries that they can be assigned are:
United Kingdom Pavilion
Each pavilion hosts a different spy adventure, lasting 30 to 45 minutes each. After they successfully complete a mission in one country they are given the option to turn in their phone or continue saving the World in another country. This is sure to be a hit with your son. My son loved the missions so much he wanted to do one for each country in the World Showcase. Sometimes, however, the phone would tell him to report to a country he had already ‘done’. When that happened, we simply told one of the Cast Members at the kiosk, and they would give us a mission for the country we requested.
Calling All Star Wars Fans!
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, your little Jedi can have the opportunity to battle Darth Vader or Kilo Ren at the Jedi Training academy and this is not an additional cost.
Shows run throughout the day (check the times when you get there. The lucky children selected to participate are adorned in a Jedi robe, armed with a light saber, and given a brief training session with the saber to prepare them for their battle – in front of the audience! This was a highlight of the trip for our son!
You have to arrive early and sign your child up for the show. Doing so is no guarantee that he’ll be in the show, if others have signed up their kids first, so make sure you get there early. Since it’s possible your child might not be chosen, I wouldn’t make any promises and just let him enjoy the surprise if it happens.
If your son isn’t selected for the show there is still plenty to do at Hollywood Studios that is Star Wars themed. Be sure to ride Star Tours, check out Star Wars Launch Bay for meet n’ greets with Kilo Ren, Chewbacca and more of their Star Wars Favorites. For a limited time Hollywood Studios is also doing nightly Star Wars Fireworks with projections that is sure to be a hit with the boys in your family!
Characters and Shows
Years ago, Disney considered a Toy Story Character Breakfast. I was among the many parents of young boys thrilled with the idea. I was also among the many parents saddened when Disney decided not to do it. But you can meet the Toy Story characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a meet ‘n greet. Arrive early because the line gets long fast. If you have a Buzz Light Year fan, he can be found by his ride in Tommorowland in the Magic Kingdom.
If your son enjoyed the movie Big Hero 6, you can meet Baymax inside Epcot, right across the way from the Character Spot.
If your son wants to meet the Big Cheese himself: Mickey Mouse, I highly recommend seeing him right inside Main Street at Magic Kingdom inside the Town Square Theatre. This is the Mickey you may have seen videos of who greets guests by name- yes he TALKS!
We always schedule a meal with Mickey, and I still hold out hope that Disney will one day surprise everyone with that Toy Story Character Breakfast.
The Indiana Jones Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios is a huge hit with the boys, from the fighting scenes, stunts and gun battles, it is sure to have your son at the edge of his seat!
No Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for me!
If you have a reservation for your daughter at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and your son isn’t a Pirate lover, there are still a few options.
The Boutique offers a ‘knight’ package for boys. Boys ages 3-12 can enjoy hairstyling and a mighty sword and shield. They will love this special attention throughout the park. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has two locations: Cinderella’s Castle Magic Kingdom Park and Disney Springs Marketplace.
Included in The Knight Package:
Hairstyling with gel
Mighty Sword and Shield
If your son (like mine) won’t step foot into the Boutique, then take him instead to the Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom. Haircuts are $18.00 and colored hair gel and some extra pixie dust is extra. For the little ones, Harmony Barber offer a My First Haircut special with complimentary Mickey ears and a certificate. Reservations are now accepted here and are hard to get, so make them early!
Johnny Get Your Gun!
Be sure to have some quarters on hand for this as that is the method of payment. Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade is such fun for boys of all ages. At the Shootin’ Arcade you can test your skills with rifles that shoot invisible beams of light. There are over 90 targets and when your sensor hits one it lights up and makes sounds and more. Be
Disney can be such a magical place for both Princes and Princesses, and I hope my tips have made you more excited about bringing your Prince Charming to Disney World.
This Blog was Written by Lesley Sawhook with Exclusive Travel Partners.
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