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Kids Top 12 Picks: Best of Walt Disney World

On land and on water, riding the vintage Amphicar at The Boathouse in Disney Springs

The best thing about being a grandparent is taking your grandkids to Walt Disney World. Grandparents know what we like to do and see at Disney, but what do our grandkids think? I decided to go right to the source and ask my grandkids, ages 11 and 9. These are their kids top picks: best of Walt Disney World.

Kids top Picks at Walt Disney World and Disney Springs

Kids top Picks at Walt Disney World and Disney Springs

Best of Walt Disney World – Kids’ Top Picks

Confession: I’m a fan of Disney, perhaps because my first visit to the magical theme park wasn’t until I was an adult. I took my (now adult) kids as often as I could, but my grandkids have certainly reaped in the Disney love with now multiple vacations at Walt Disney World and one to Disneyland.

I think I know what the grandkids like to do at Disney, but I decided to ask. My then 11-year-old granddaughter (now 15), and with lots of advice from then 9-year-old grandson (now 13), hand-picked their favorites from our experiences during #DisneyGrandAdventure and our other Walt Disney World family vacations.

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Read on for my grandkids Top 12 Picks: Best of Walt Disney World, starting with an introduction by my granddaughter Kaydence and her first guest blog post.

Walt Disney World Really is Magical, says 11-year-old Granddaughter

Granddaughter Kaydence gives her kids

Granddaughter Kaydence gives her Kids Top 12 Picks: Best of Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is a magical place and great for families looking for an adventure, according to then 11-year-old Kaydence.  WDW has it all for all ages, from rollercoasters to fireworks.  I know you’ll have a good time. Personally I love Disney. My grandparents took me, and I had a blast. But not just me, my brother also came, and it was the first time we didn’t fight every 5 minutes.

It was my Grandpa’s first time at Disney, and Grandpa felt the wind when riding a Disney rollercoaster — and we all laughed. He also tasted a nice ice cold beer near the pool at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.

See – I told you that Disney is for all ages!

This was me and my brother’s second visit to Walt Disney World, and it wasn’t easy to choose our favorites. But these are my Top 12 favorite places in Walt Disney World and Disney Springs.

12. Character Breakfast at Ohana – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Maybe I’m too old for a character breakfast, but this was a nice, fun experience for me. At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, ‘Ohana is their version of the character breakfast serving family-style scrambled eggs, Island-style fried potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausages, smoked bacon (and I love bacon!), and a variety of fresh fruits and bread.

But the best part is that you get to meet some famous Disney characters, such as Stitch, Lola, Goofy, and Mickey. If you have young ones, they will LOVE this although one of the little kids was kind of scared of the characters.

Character breakfasts are a fun way to meet Disney characters -- and the food is really good too.

Character breakfasts are a fun way to meet Disney characters — and the food is really good too.

11. The Festival of the Lion King – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Oh wow, the Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a fun, mind-blowing live play. You’ll see acrobats, fire throwers, and great singers. I loved the acrobat monkeys. But there’s a whole lot to love about this show!

The Festival of the Lion King is 1 of 12 Kids Top Picks at Walt Disney World.

Oh wow, the Festival of the Lion King is a fun, mind-blowing live play in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and 1 of 12 Kids Top Picks at Walt Disney World

10. Walt Disney World Fireworks

Fireworks are a fun family experience that will keep memories forever. I love all of the colors and different patterns of Walt Disney World fireworks. I’ve watched the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. No matter where I see Disney fireworks, I am happy.

Disneys Epcot Illumination Fireworks 2A

So many places to watch Walt Disney World Fireworks including Epcot’s IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

9. The Great Movie Ride – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This is a cool movie review of Old Classics, some I had watched and others that now I want to go and see. You ride a boat through different movie sets like Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppins. I learned that Grandma had never seen Mary Poppins movie — can you believe that? There are actors on board too who are also guides. Grandpa really liked this ride, so we did this twice.

8. Big Thunder Mountain – Disney’s Magic Kingdom

My grandma, me and my brother love to ride roller coasters. The Big Thunder Mountain is a rollercoaster that is not too soft and not too hard. I liked the up and down hills on this ride. We even convinced Grandpa to ride this, and he liked it although he would only ride it once.

7. Amphicar at The Boathouse – Disney Springs

Until we visited Disney Springs, I didn’t know that there were cars that could also float in the water. These are old cars from the 60s, and when you are floating in the car on the lake, I felt like a celebrity because everyone was always taking a picture of our family in the car.

On land and on water, riding the vintage Amphicar at The Boathouse in Disney Springs

On land and on water, riding the vintage Amphicar at The Boathouse in Disney Springs

6. Expedition Everest – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Expedition Everest is a fast, jerky roller coaster.  I like going backwards. This is fun, scary, and we were screaming all the way. My brother and I wanted to ride this rollercoaster more. but we ran out of time.

5. Space Mountain – Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Space Mountain is a roller coaster that makes you feel like outer space. Your ride is in the dark, and I really liked going through the stars.

4. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Night is the best time to ride Disney's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios Rock n Roller Coaster

Night is the best time to ride Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Rock n Roller Coaster

We rode the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster the most times, probably at least 10 the last time, but altogether a lot more than that. We think this is the second-fastest ride in Walt Disney World. (And Hollywood Studios is our favorite theme park that we visit the most.) It’s a short ride but with long memories.

TIP: Roller coasters are always more fun at night.

3. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We talk about the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride all year, and we always try to do this ride first and then the very last. I love the belly tickle when the ride drops (secured) from the very top of the tower.

Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios Tower of Terror TravelingInHeels.com

Yes that’s our multigenerational family with our hands raised high like we don’t care on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Walt Disney World

2. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Princess makeover, hello! Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is where you can get dressed like a true princess with makeup and even a Princess sash. I liked that the hairdressers always called you Princess.  While I was getting my Princess makeover, my brother got a pirate makeover at The Pirates League. He looked scary, don’t you agree?

Walt Disne yWorld Princess and pirate makeovers - Traveling In Heels

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Princess and The Pirates League makeovers at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

1. Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue & Dinner Experience – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

I think this was the most fun a family could have together. Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue is a comedy play where you can eat and watch the actors and actresses sing, dance and act about how people come from different areas. I loved the comedy, and it was really fun when they asked for volunteers from the crowd.

Walt Disney World Kids top 12 picks: #1 is Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue-TravelingInHeels.com

Kids Top 12 Picks: Best of Walt Disney World at #1 is the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

The stars of the play ask the audience if there are any special occasions, and then announce it and have fun with the audience. We were very lucky to meet some of the cast members after the show as over. I asked them a few questions, like when did they get started acting. Most of them started acting when they were kids!

Kids Top 12 Picks Best of Walt Disney World - TravleingInHeels.com

Kids Top 12 Picks Best of Walt Disney World – TravleingInHeels.com

Walt Disney World provided accommodations and tickets for this Disney Grand Adventure for the purpose of a review. Opinions expressed are our own.

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2 thoughts on “Kids Top 12 Picks: Best of Walt Disney World”

  1. Fun post, and great picks! That’s awesome you got to experience a grandparent/grandkid adventure at Disney. And I totally agree that Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue is about the best time a family can have together! 🙂

    1. Taking the Grandkids to Disney. The. Best. Ever. Thanks for reading my grandaughter’s top 12 picks, Tami. It was fun seeing what she choose as not all were what I expected…such as the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue making #1 spot!

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