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Things to Do at Disney World with Boys

Disney is more than a princess land – but it may seem that way when you have a sister! There are tons of rides that boys love, of course. (How many times can you ride Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in one day?) But we’ve found some cool attractions that boys of all ages – even grown up ones – will love!

Star Wars: Jedi Training Academy
If your little ones love Star Wars, it doesn’t get much cooler than attending Jedi Training Academy! Kids, ages 4 to 12, learn to use the Force at Star Wars: Jedi Training Academy, an exciting 30-minute live show featuring inspiring music and awesome lightsaber duels at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park. Watch out – you might find yourself facing Darth Vader himself!
(Participation is free, but spots fill up VERY early. Plan to be waiting outside the park and running to the building sign up!)

Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial

Learn the fine art of being a pirate from Captain Jack Sparrow himself! After all, who doesn’t want to be a pirate? Say “ARRRRR” and learn how to sword fight in this high-spirited show in Adventureland.  Times vary throughout the day, so check your park guide to get a front row seat… and you may find yourself up on stage yourself taking the pirate oath to join Jack’s crew!

Disney Junior Live on Stage!

Look for all your favorite Disney Jr characters, like Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Handy Manny and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! Perfect for little ones… and it offers a nice break during a hot day.

Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage

Watch the Magic Kingdom Fireworks from the ultimate spot… aboard a ‘pirate’ ship in the Seven Seas Lagoon!!  Your pirate host, Patch, leads the voyage with songs and Disney trivia games.  It also includes a spread of beverages and snacks that includes fruit, popcorn and other yummy treats in a pirate-themed setting. There are also photo opportunities with the hard-to-find Captain Hook!
(additional fee, reservations required)

Eat at Pizza Planet

Be sure to catch a meal at Pizza Planet, the pizza place featured in Toy Story! This quick service restaurant is located in Hollywood Studios, right next to the Muppets. Bring lots of quarters to enjoy all the arcade games!

The Boneyard

This attraction in DinoLand in Animal Kingdom gives kids the opportunity to dig for fossils in a cool, sandy  dino-playground. Little palentologists can dig and play dectective as they excavate a mammoth,  climb through tunnels, play music on the “xylobone,” wind through a giant maze and more! There’s no time limit at this attraction – the hardest part may be getting kids to leave!

Festival of the Lion King

This 30-minute live show is the next best thing to Broadway with music featured in the film, high-energy dances, and even fire juggling! Plus, Festival of the Lion King is performed in an air-conditioned theater-in-the-round with stadium seating, so its a great break for hot and tired little ones. Its also a not-so-scary telling of the story, so even timid little ones will find this show fascinating.

Wild Africa Trek

For kids ages 8 and up, this private tour takes you behind the scenes at Animal Kingdom. Includes 3-hour guided safari tour, tasting of African-inspired foods and professional photo CD. Guests get closer than you ever dreamed possible to massive hippos – even trek across a rope bridge over a river full of crocodiles! One of the coolest experiences out there for animal lovers!
(additional fee, reservations required)

Pirates League

Your princess may want to look like Belle, but head on over to the Pirates League for the more rough-and-tumble makeover! Get the Jake and the Neverland Pirates makeover for a friendlier look… or for the truly terrible, get dangerous with the First Mate package!
(additional fee, reservations recommended)

Lead Photo Credit courtesy of Disney Parks.

Star Wars Photo Credit: All Things Chic

Captain Hook Photo Credit: Gay NYC Dad 

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