I was so excited to take our four year old son to Disney. This was not our first trip with him but this was the first trip that we were making all about him. Once I started the planning process I came to the conclusion that so families with boys come to, “What does Disney have for boys?” I can eat with Princesses in two parks and a hotel, they are in almost every world of Epcot, they have parades all about them, and I can take my daughter to a boutique and they will call her princess and dress her up. But what about my sweet boy, who thinks he can fly like Peter Pan and fight the bad guys like Aladdin and holds Luke Skywalker to hero status? This was going to take some major planning!
I first discovered that Disney offers Pirate Adventure Cruises from several of their resort locations. Your little pirate can board a boat located at the Grand Floridian, Caribbean Beach Resort, Yacht and Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. Your child does this adventure without you, so for that reason I picked the Grand Floridian location and followed the boat around the seven seas on the monorail so I could keep an eye on things. And I was slightly jealous that he got to do this without me! Each pirate gets a Mickey ear bandana, a treasure hunt and a snack.
Our next boy catered adventure awaited us in Hollywood Studios. We knew we had to arrive at the park before opening to get our Toy Story Mania FastPass (So grateful for MagicBands so this is no longer necessary). But we also heard we had to run to the sign in for the Jedi Training Academy because it fills up very quickly. During this adventure your child gets to fight Darth Vader and the storm troopers. Excitement does not begin to describe his reaction when he found out he could do this. To this day it is still one of his favorite Disney memories. The stunt show in Hollywood Studios was a favorite among my son and husband.
The next few days were spent tracking down every male character in which ever park we were in. As soon as you enter the park and go to the Character meet and greet board; you can plan your day around meeting Peter Pan, Jack Sparrow, Buzz and Woody, Mr. Incredible, Captain Hook, Turk and of course Mickey Mouse.
Over the years Disney has listened to the call of Mother’s with boys and has added several new adventures with boys in mind. They now have the Pirates League, where your son can be dressed like a pirate and have his face painted. The new Pirates and Pals Firework Voyage which is great fun for everyone in your party. Disney will soon be expanding their Star Wars land in Hollywood Studios. Of course you can always eat with the fab five of Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie and Pluto, at Chef Mickey. If this meal is unavailable another boy oriented meal is located in the Polynesian at the Ohana. This one is with Stitch and friends which are usually Mickey and Pluto, but the characters are subject to change. For the ultimate Disney boy experiences consider booking Pirate rooms at Caribbean Beach Resort, these rooms are decorated in a pirate theme.
The next year was all for our daughter which was much easier to plan, but some of our favorite Disney memories came from this particular trip because it was a little outside the box and showed us some other sides of Disney.