Top Ten Things to Do at WDW to Feel Childish Again

So we’ve all gone to Walt Disney World and done all of the E Ticket rides and attractions. We’ve thrilled to Space Mountain and Soarin. We’ve viewed all of the great Live Shows like Beauty and the Beast and Fantasmic. And we’ve eaten in all of the best places like Fulton’s Crab House and Boma. Yes, we’ve done all of the adult things.

Now it’s time to have some fun!

Here is a list of the Top Ten things that I think we should all do while at Walt Disney World to feel childish, or like a kid, again:

Number 10 – WEAR A FUNNY HAT

Nothing says ‘Hey, I’m a big kid’ like wearing a pair of Mickey ears in public! Or, if a baseball cap is more your thing, get one with a Disney character or saying on it.

Number 9 – HUG A PRINCESS

Guys might want to ask first! But the idea here is to get in on the fun of interacting with the Costumed Characters whenever possible. And don’t forget to get photographs for future blackmail opportunities.

Number 8 – THE FLIGHT OF PETER PAN (MK)

Who never grew up? Peter Pan, of course! So who better to help you find the child within. So climb aboard and learn about faith, trust, and Pixie Dust all over again!

Number 7 – THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH (MK)

During one of our visits to the Magic Kingdom, my wife and I boarded a Hunny Pot and found that we were sharing it with another mature couple. When the Pot started to bounce up and down with Tigger, I yelled out: “Put your hands in the air!” Everyone did and we all laughed and had a great time!

Number 6 – TOMORROWLAND SPEEDWAY (FL)

This is a no-brainer! You board a miniature Sports Car that is impossible to steer well and (accidentally) bump into other cars as you circumnavigate the track. I dare you to do this without an impish smile on your face!

Number 5 – MONSTERS INC. LAUGH FLOOR (TL)

Who doesn’t like to laugh? And if you are one of the lucky few, you may find yourself on the Big Screen up front and on the proverbial spot! Make sure you act as silly as possible if this does happen to you. Remember: You’re a kid again!

Number 4 – IT’S TOUGH TO BE A BUG (AK)

And it’s tough not to have fun as you see, hear, smell, and feel all of those creepy-crawly insects throughout the show! And the best thing of all: You get to scream like a little girl!

Number 3 – PARTICIPATE IN STREETMOSPHERE (DHS / EPCOT)

To really get that youthful feeling, try to get in on the action of any of the Streetmosphere skits. For example, you may end up playing the Dating Game at DHS. Or you may become King Arthur at the UK Pavilion in EPCOT. Either way, you’ll have fun laughing at yourself!

Number 2 – VISIT INNOVENTIONS (EPCOT)

Of course, a lot of the Exhibits and Interactive Games in this section of EPCOT are geared for the kiddies, but that’s the point! Revisiting the time in your life when exploration was King is bound to take off a year or two.

And the Number 1 way to feel like a kid again while visiting Walt Disney World is – YOU TELL ME!

We all remember something different about our childhoods. So what fond memories do you have of the time in your life when your parents did everything for you, and all you had to do was have fun? Chances are that Walt Disney thought of it and included it in some aspect of his Parks!

So lighten up and get out there and make a fool of yourself! I highly recommend it.

Innoventions East

80 Days: Innoventions East

Innoventions East

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Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s #DisneyWorldCountdown post!  We’re at #Day80 in our countdown, and for today, that means a look at Innoventions East!  This pavilion, located in Epcot in the Future World section of the park, is actually the Innoventions pavilion but split into two sections — east and west.  These pavilions are geared for the scientific explorer in all of us.  In the East pavilion, you will find some really creative attractions that give you a hands on approach to learning.  Here are just a handful of them:

  • StormStruck® – This interactive attraction helps you understand what can happen when a storm hits your area, but more importantly, it will help you learn what to do to stay safe if such an event should happen in real life.  This attraction is presented by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH®)
  • The Sum of All Thrills — this incredible attraction is perhaps one of the most popular in all of Innoventions.  In this attraction, you use your math, science, and engineering know how to create your own thrill ride!  Then, after you create it, you get to ride in it in a 4D simulator!
  • VISION House® — This truly unique house is designed to show you just how green your house can be, from an environmental standpoint, not a paint color standpoint!  We saw the VISION House® in Disneyland, and were really impressed by how cool it all looked, so I’m curious to see if it’s the same here or different in any ways.

These are just a sample of the attractions and things you can do in Innoventions East.  If you haven’t explored this, you’ll want to take a little time and do just that.  Thanks for stopping by, now go out and make it a great Disney Day!

62 Days til Disneyland – Innoventions!

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Image ©Disney Parks

Innoventions is our selection for Day 62 in our countdown til Disneyland!  Can you believe we are now within 9 weeks of our trip?  The days seem to be accelerating the quicker we move on in our countdown, which is what I hoped would happen!

One of the things that I find really interesting is that some of the things at Walt Disney World can be found at Disneyland — but in slightly different locations.  Innoventions is one of those places.  Of course, Innoventions exists in Future World at Epcot as Innoventions East and Innoventions West.  But what is interesting to me is that one of the things that the Disneyland version of Innoventions has is Project Tomorrow — which any Spaceship Earth fan will tell you is part of the fun of the attraction after you get off the ride!

While Innoventions may seem like the kind of attraction/pavilion where you just kind of browse through it and move on, I’m wondering if this year might be a little different.  I say that because this year my daughter Sophie has really excelled at Science in school, and I’m thinking this might be right up her alley.  Either that, or she will be so sick of having been in school all year that she won’t want anything to do with it!  I’ll keep you posted about what happens when we get back!

In the meantime, what do you think of Innoventions?  Does your family enjoy it, or do you skip on by?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!