/ Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

by Ruby

Hello and welcome to Kid’s Walt Disney World Favorites!  In this segment I will be asking ten kids from the ages 6-15 different questions about Disney.  I give them the options A, B, C, or D to choose from and I’ll see which is chosen the most.  Then I will talk about which option I would have chosen.  This segment is for you to see what kids are thinking about Disney and hopefully it helps you figure out what’s best for you to do with your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews!  Last time we talked about restaurants, but today we will be talking about Disney parks.

The first question I asked was, ”What is your favorite Disney park?” (What else to start off this week’s segment?) The winner was… The Magic Kingdom! The tallies kind of surprised me, so on this particular question, I decided to show you how the scores went: (Remember there are 10 kids)castle1

A) Epcot: 2 votes

B) Magic Kingdom: 4 votes

C) Animal Kingdom: 1 vote

D) Hollywood Studios: 3 votes

 

Here are my opinions on the tallies. l had a feeling right off the bat that Magic Kingdom was winning. It has almost all of the most iconic Disney rides in it: “it’s a small world”, “The Haunted Mansion”,  “Peter Pan”,  “Pirates of the Caribbean”, etc.  Plus, there are new and amazing attractions like, “Under the Sea with Ariel” and  “Enchanted Tales with Belle”! And of course what’s the first thing you think of when you hear “Magic Kingdom”… Cinderella’s Castle! Poor Animal Kingdom, only one vote! The last time I went to Animal Kingdom I experienced Asia like I never did before and I really wished we would have made it a two-day park and that it would be open longer. So I’m very surprised only one person picked it. Hollywood Studios has amazing atmosphere and lots of thrill rides and experiences. (“Tower of Terror”,  “Rockin’ Roller Coaster”, etc.) I mean, most kids love exciting experiences and roller coasters so I’m not surprised it was second place. I love “Villains and Vogue” and all of the stores there.  Now I have to talk about Epcot- I LOVE Future World and The Countries so much, I could make my entire trip just looking at one country every day! And how could I forget Spaceship Earth? Also a highlight of Epcot for me is Club Cool, my favorite is the Beverly! (Do you like it, because my sister hates it?) When choosing a park for me it comes down to Epcot and Magic Kingdom. But I probably have to say it’s Magic Kingdom because it has two of my favorite attractions in it, “The Carousel of Progress” and “The Haunted Mansion”. Though I love the countries, MK has Main Street and Fantasyland, which are some of my favorite parts of Disney.

Next question is “Would you like to go to Florida and do Disney related things outside of the parks?”

A) No

B) Yes

C) Never done that before

 

The winner? B) Yes! There are many different Disney experiences you can have outside of the parks. Some activities include visiting other Disney resorts, going to Downtown Disney, movie screenings, hayrides and roasting marshmallows at Wilderness Campground and even exploring your own hotel or resort. Research what is going on around your area and you can be surprised how much there is to do!

The next question was “What do you think Disney Imagineers should add to the parks?”  

 

A) A new 3D/4D show!

B) A cool new parade

C) A restaurant with a theme that’s never been done before

D) Other

And the winner is…. D) OTHER! I was not expecting D to win at all. Here are what some of the kids said that they would add:

 

Kian: “I think in Epcot they should add a new roller coaster that brings you up into space!”

Sounds a little familiar…“Mission: Space” anyone? Here’s the next answer:

Sammie: “I think that they should put a sparkly Miss Piggy playground in Hollywood Studios!”

I think that’s a good idea, it reminds me of the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids!” play area! I would have to say a new parade. (I would have said “Other” but that is an ENTIRE new segment itself…) The parade would be called “Unlikely Friendships”. Different characters that you never thought could be friends EVER would be paired up on different floats doing various things! (EXAMPLE: Darth Vader braiding Rapunzel’s hair while she shines his light saber, etc. Also if you have a funny friendship in mind, tell me in the comments!) There would be a funny song that goes with it too! But a new parade has already been added, Festival of Fantasy! But now Animal Kingdom doesn’t have any parade, what do you think they will do about that? The thing is, Disney is always coming up with new things so they start getting rid of more and more stuff, which was the only bad thing about getting the new Fantasyland for me.

And the final question was “Have you ever personally experienced the Disney magic before?”

A) Yes!

B) No, not personally

And the winner? A) YES! I think everyone has experienced the Disney Magic before, all in different, personal and unique ways. Even if it’s something as simple as getting a free pin from a cast member or finding a doll made out of towels from the housekeepers in your room, Disney will always go the extra mile to make your trip magical! I think the perfect example of the Disney magic is this story. When I was 6 or 7 years old, I remember stepping into Magic Kingdom and saying to my mom, “Mommy, how come when you’re in Disney World, everything feels different? It’s like magic and nothing is sad. I think it’s Tinker Bell! She is pouring pixie dust on us!”. But now that I go back and think about that trip and every other trip I’ve had before, it wasn’t Tinker Bell (or was it?) …The feeling I felt was happiness! Pure joy and excitement…The Disney Magic! And that’s my absolute favorite thing about Disney, the happiness it brings to us.

And that’s what we think about the Disney parks! I hope you enjoyed today’s topic but now I have some questions for you! Do you agree with the kids? What would you add to the parks? What’s your favorite park and why? Is there a specific subject you’d like my friends and I to go over? Tell me in the comment section below, I’d absolutely love to know!

Have a magical day! – Ruby 8:)

Ruby is a twelve year old Disney fan, and she credits her mom with starting her early love of Disney.  In addition to her enthusiasm for Disney, Ruby enjoys singing and writing.  She will be reviewing Disney-related topics that are of interest to younger Disney fans—and their parents and grandparents!

10 Responses to "Kid’s Walt Disney World Favorites: The Disney Parks"

  1. Joseph says:

    I’m one of the ten kids!!!

  2. Sammie says:

    I’ve been to Disney a LOT of times and Ruby has mentioned a lot of things my family likes to do in the Disney parks and a lot of things I would like to be in the Disney parks. I hope you like the blog as much as I do.

  3. Cheryl says:

    Good work Rubster!!!!! Yes Disney is a magical place:)

  4. Jamie says:

    Very good article Ruby. Glad I got to be one of the kids! (:

  5. Becky Manion says:

    I would be interested to hear what was your favourite resorts

  6. DisneyGirlRuby says:

    Joesph and Jamie- I’m so happy you helped me with this, I’m glad u got to be a part of this,too! Oh, and I’m glad you like the blog Sammie and Cheryl. And Becky, favorite resorts is actually a topic that I’m working on now! Thanks everyone for taking time to read and comment-8;)Ruby

  7. Heather says:

    Ruby,

    I love reading your blogs!!! They are AWESOME!!! My favorite park is Epcot, and for a few reasons. I got engaged to Joey in Epcot Jan 1997. So, Epcot is very special to me. Joey asked me to marry him after Illuminations. Of course I said yes. Also my favorite ride in all of Disney World is in Epcot-Soarin. Of course I love the countries-you get to try different food. And lastly- I love Epcot during the Flower and Garden Festival. Magic Kingdom is my second favorite park- I love the parades, castle shows, and Buzz Light Year Ranger Spin ride. And also to answer your other question-”Have you ever personally experienced the Disney magic before?” Well, the answer is YES! When I got engaged. And every time I have been back to Walt Disney World I experience the Disney Magic. You are correct- Disney makes me happy. Dreams come true! Dreams come true! Some topics for other blogs- Downtown Disney, Transportation within Disney, Disney Resorts. Thanks for all your great blogs. Keep them coming Love Heather

  8. DisneyGirlRuby says:

    Heather-
    Im glad u like my blogs and It’s so sweet how u got engaged after Illuminations! Thank you for the new topic ideas, I also have wanted to talk about those subjects so keep on the lookout! I miss you, let’s see eah other soon! -Ruby 8:)

  9. Jenna Butt says:

    You know, I have never been to Disney in my whole entire life! And I really want to visit there so BADLY!
    When is the best time to go?

  10. DisneyGirlRuby says:

    Hi Jenna it’s best to go in September, the crowd levels are very low and it’s great weather! You also could go to mickeys not so scary halloween party or the food and /wine festival during these times. And May is also good, you can see the flower and garden festival during that time! I hope your first trip is coming soon!

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