Originally Posted by llama
You are so right! Call me a terrible mother, but it never occurred to me the first time we went to Disneyland to worry about my kids’ reactions. I was just too darn excited to be there myself! So I just plopped them into each attraction and they had a ball! I honestly can’t remember them being afraid of anything. Then, one year we took some friends with us and the mother had to explain each and every attraction to her little boy - totally freaked him out, he refused to go on anything - and totally ticked me off because I had to deal with my dh glaring at me because his routine was messed up. Children don’t need an overload of information. Be upbeat, assure them that you’d never take them on anything that would hurt them and it’s all “just for fun”.
Completely agree!!! If you don’t make a big deal out of a ride, and let them know you would never let them go on anything that would hurt them, they will be fine. My oldest DD has gone on everything I go on, and she loves the rides! She actually is more a daredevil then me on rides now.
I completely agree too. I never explained a ride to the kids before we went on them. As soon as they were tall enough for a ride, they went on it and never complained. My kids were never afraid.
We too went with friends that explained everything and their kids were freaking out on most of the rides. They sat back and waited while we had a blast on all the rides!
I think kids get afraid when we tell them how scary the ride is going to be!
Have a great trip.