Traveling with kids 6-10
This is the age where it is no longer about the parents, but about the kids! The will most likely be able to go on most of the rides. There are a few rides in each of the parks that you need to be over 40 inches, so the kids will have something to look forward too as they progress through the ages. What I have learned from this age group is they are very aware of the expectations you set for rides. For example, I have been on the Tower of Terror with a 6 year old who absolutely loved it! However, if you are in line telling them how scary the ride can be, their imagination starts to run wild and they probably won’t go on the ride.
You still want to keep to their schedule. Although one night, make it a big deal that you
are going to stay at the park until midnight. You can use that as a technique to take an afternoon nap. The 9 and 10 year old may not need a nap, but some down time before you head back to the park gives you a better chance of not having a meltdown at 11:00pm.
I found the kids to be a lot more interactive with their favorite characters. We found ourselves booking more character meals throughout this trip.
One of the best tips that I can give you when traveling with kids is to have them prepare a Top 5 list. With so many amazing things to do at Disney, a Top 5 list ensures they get to do exactly what they want to do. Top 10 can be a little tough, specifically when you have 2 or more kids. Some items will be the same on both of their list, but you can always expand the list if needed. Make sure you do this extremely early, so you don’t miss important days for dining reservations and fastpasses. These tend to book fast, so you want to make sure you are ready to go when the booking periods open.
It is also a great age to explore more of Disney World. For example my son loved to go to the Contemporary and rent a mini-speed boat. He couldn’t drive it yet, but we still had a lot of fun together. My daughter liked miniature golf, so we made sure we checked out a couple of the courses on Disney property.
For days away from the park, we would visit one of the water parks. The kids were in the water most of the time, while mom/dad were relaxing and catching some rays! A few more downtime areas for kids this age include a trip to the Boardwalk. There are carnival games and plenty of entertainment. A tour of the monorail hotels is always a good time to relax, the kids seemed to like seeing the other hotels. Be very careful as they could start planning your next trip without you even knowing it! Shopping at Downtown Disney gives the kids an opportunity to buy souvenirs as well as plenty of cool places to visit and eat.
My daughter still talks about the times we went to Disney when she was 6. Her time with Cinderella and of course her magical time at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique which turned her into a princess was memories I will never forget.
I would love it if you would leave a comment of some of the fun things to do with kids at this age!