Hi Everyone -
First, I want to thank all of you who responded to my post a few weeks ago regarding our first trip to WDW with our 5 year old son! All of your advice and suggestions were a great help! We even invested in the Unofficial Guide 2006 and tried to follow the MK 2 day tour.
Unfortunately, our son, Nicholas, was terrified of just about everything in the park - including all animatronics and indoor rides (if any part of the ride was in darkness). He was even afraid of Small World, Winnie the Pooh, and the monorail in Tomorrow Land. The poor thing almost died when the “god” or whatever that was that raised up during the Tiki Bird Show! If we happened to get closer than 100 feet of any of the characters wandering around MK, he would hide behind me until it was “safe” to come out. If any of you were at MK on May 1 or May 2, you must have seen us - the frazzled parents - begging, pleading, fibbing, cajoling and, yes, even yelling at our crying child. Writing this makes me laugh, but, when we were there it wasn’t much fun - especially after standing in line for 30+ minutes to go on some ride only to have to leave the line just before it was our turn - or run the risk of having Child Protective Services meet us at the ride’s exit if we would have forced him to go on!
To be fair, I have to say that he did enjoy the raceway, the carousel, Tom Sawyer’s Island and the train the circles the park. We also tried to find Hidden Mickeys - which we all enjoyed. My husband and I were amazed at all there was to do at Disney and would like to give it another try. However, we’re going to wait a few years before making the trip again. So, I guess my countdown ticker is 730 days!
Hope you all enjoy your visits to WDW! Thanks again for your help!