A Boys Guide to Disneyland: 10 Magical Memories to Make

While almost all of Disneyland can be equally enjoyed by both girls and boys, there are certain things that one genders just seems to appreciate more than the other. Of course, there are exceptions to the gender stereotypes, but as the old adages go, “Boys will be boys” and “girls will be girls.” And while gals might flock to Snow White, boys will be rushing to take on Darth Vader. This is just another way that Disneyland means different things to different people.

We have compiled a list of 10 things that boys will love at Disneyland. Their sisters? They’ll enjoy them probably just as much once they get over the shock that Cinderella won’t make an appearance, that is.

And all these 10 things? You better get your camcorder ready, because all this awesomeness is something you’ll want to capture.

  • Tarzan’s Treehouse 1 of 10
    Tarzan's Treehouse
    Every time we go to Disneyland, my daughter insists that we climb through Tarzan's Treehouse (for those who are a bit longer in the jaw, you may remember it as the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse). She always opts to do the trek at the end of the day after we have walked for hours and hours, and almost every time we are lapped by boys running through the treehouse.
  • Cars Land 2 of 10
    Cars Land
    There is a pop culture law that almost every little boy must like ... nay ... love the Pixar film Cars. And Cars Land (the brand new ode to the beloved 2006 film), will be a Mecca for Cars loving boys. It is spectacular and although Cars was big with the male set, everyone girls, boys, moms, dads, grandparents will love it. A must video tape moment? The look on your son's face when he hits the main street of Cars Land or when he meets Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater for first time.
  • Pirate’s League 3 of 10
    Pirate's League
    While his sister is getting the princess treatment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, the boys of the family can hit the Pirate's League. Disneyland has just opened their own Pirate's League in New Orleans Square where a boy can get transformed from kid next door to Captain Kidd. A must videotaping the process, they transformation won't last forever but video evidence of the event will.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail 4 of 10
    Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
    Both boys and girls love the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at California Adventure, but boys seem to go crazy for the place with its zip lines, slides, climbing walls, and rope bridges. It's the perfect place for those really active kids.
  • Star Wars 5 of 10
    Star Wars
    I know a whole bunch of little boys and I would have to say about 82% of them love, and I mean love , Star Wars. Only about 18% of the little girls I know have a fondness for this classic film (full disclosure I was one of the them and was even Princess Leia for Halloween in 2nd grade). While everyone seems to LOVE the awesomely redone Star Tours ride in the Magic Kingdom, boys seem to be far more excited about it, add in the "make your own light saber" bar in the gift store and your boys will be in Star Wars heaven.
  • Autopia 6 of 10
    Boy love cars but they typically have to wait until they are 16 to get their license. In Autopia, they can get behind the wheel and drive along the meandering road. Your little driver will get to put the pedal to the metal and cross bridges, hug curves and even do a little bit of off-road action.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia 7 of 10
    Sailing Ship Columbia
    I've known several little boys who have a huge and intense love for a certain she, a boat that is, the Sailing Ship Columbia. This full-scale replica of a 3-masted ship from the 18th century departs from Frontierland and navigates the Rivers of America. It gives you a nice leisurely ride during what can be a chaotic day.
  • Jedi Training Academy 8 of 10
    Jedi Training Academy
    Does your son have fantasies of becoming a Jedi and fighting the Dark Side? If so, his dreams can come true at the Jedi Training Academy in Tomorrowland. During the show, kids will don Jedi robes, light sabers and go head-to-head with Darth Vadar himself. If your kid is one of the lucky ones to take the "sacred Jedi Oath," then video taping the performance is a must!
  • The Pirates Lair/ Tom Sawyer’s Island 9 of 10
    The Pirates Lair/ Tom Sawyer's Island
    In the middle of Disneyland is a very special place, a place that all kids love, Tom Sawyer's Island. The island was recently taken over by pirates, which give the boys (and girls) far more to explore and experience.
  • Shootin’ Exposition 10 of 10
    Shootin' Exposition
    Frontierland's Shootin' Exposition is very old school, a shooting arcade game where one takes aim at owls, tombstones and trains among many more items. One thing about the Shootin' Exposition: every time I've passed by I've witnessed little boys begging their parents for more quarters to try, try and try again.

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Photos: Sunny Chanel and Disneyland

Also check out our Girl’s Guide to Disneyland: 9 Magical Memories to Make here.

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