Recently I talked about things to do in Walt Disney World if you love makeup. Today, I’ll cover one of the other main areas of cosmetology: hair. Your hair may not have magical abilities like Rapunzel’s, but you may be looking for something fun to do with your or your child’s hair while on your trip. So, here are five things to do in Walt Disney World if you love hair.
1. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
The first item on today’s list was also on the makeup list. Little girls can get their hair done in a variety of princessy styles at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and from what I’ve heard, the styles do last through a day in the parks. You can choose from several packages that range in price from about $55 to $200, but if you only want a hairdo, you can stick with the lowest package at $54.95.
2. Harmony Barber Shop
A less expensive option is to get your child’s hair done at Harmony Barber Shop. They don’t do really fancy styles there, but kids do get sprinkled with pixie dust after getting their hair cut. The barbers there also do some fun things with colored gel. A child’s first haircut there is $18, and regular kids cuts are $15. Adults can get their hair cut there too for $19. For more details on Harmony Barber Shop, see my post about first haircuts in Walt Disney World.
I’ve never considered myself that much of a science fiction fan, since I’m not that into Star Wars or Star Trek (although I do know the difference), but several of my favorite movies and TV shows happen to be from that genre: Back to the Future, Firefly, Quantum Leap, Lost, and, of course, WALL•E. Although we’re still waiting for a WALL•E attraction, there are other attractions and experiences in the Disney Parks that will appeal to sci-fi fans.
So, here are seven things to do in Walt Disney World if you love sci-fi.
1. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
Naturally we have to start with the experience that has “sci-fi” in the title. I mentioned the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater in my posts on cars and cinema. The restaurant is themed like a drive-in movie, and during your meal you get to watch sci-fi and monster movies from the 1950s and 1960s. Check out the menu on AllEars.Net (there’s also a kids’ menu).
After the Sci-Fi Dine-In, the most logical place for a science fiction fan to hang out is Tomorrowland. As I discussed in my post on space, Tomorrowland is designed as a retro-futuristic space port, with the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover as the local transportation system, and Space Mountain as the inter-galactic gateway. I’m told (OK, I confess I read it on Wikipedia) that it’s reminiscent of the style of early 20th century science-fiction comic strips like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, so if you like your sci-fi old-school, you’ll love the atmosphere there.
Some kids grow up loving to play dress-up. Others can’t wait to learn how to do their hair and makeup. If cosmetology is your passion, there are a number of makeover opportunities you can experience in Walt Disney World. One is just for kids, but that’s why you take them along, isn’t it?
Here are four things to do in Walt Disney World if you love makeup.
1. Face painting
The easiest way to get some fun makeup at Walt Disney World is to stop by one of the face painting stations. They’re located throughout the parks (although I’m not sure of the status of the one in Magic Kingdom, since it used to be in Mickey’s Toontown Fair) and Downtown Disney. You can choose from a variety of designs for about $10-$20, and no appointment is needed.
When kids imagine going to Walt Disney World, they probably picture scenes from Magic Kingdom, like Cinderella Castle, Dumbo, or the tea cups. It’s true that Magic Kingdom has the highest concentration of attractions that appeal to young kids, and if your family has mostly kids under age eight, you’re probably going to want to spend a solid day or two there.
However, I want to encourage you to also venture outside of Magic Kingdom! You can still find a lot of things for kids to do in the other parks. In fact, one of the most toddler-friendly attractions, Disney Junior—Live on Stage!, is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In that park you’ll also find one of the top attractions favored by elementary-aged kids: Toy Story Mania!
In Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there are attractions that appeal to kids, such as The Seas with Nemo & Friends (Epcot) and TriceraTop Spin (Animal Kingdom), but what I like best in those parks for kids are the more experiential attractions.
When my parents and I took my sister’s kids to Walt Disney World a few years ago, they were four and two. One day, we got a slow start so we decided to spend some time riding the monorail and visiting the other resorts. In the afternoon, we wanted to go to a park, but the kids were in the mood to do something a little more hands-on than sit in a ride vehicle, so we went to Epcot. There we spent a few hours in Innoventions. The kids loved the little piggybanks in The Great Piggy Bank Adventure. They also liked pushing the little garbage truck in the Waste Management exhibit that’s no longer there. It was a nice change of pace from the queuing and sitting that we would have been doing in Magic Kingdom.
I’ve covered a variety of forms of transportation here on Vacationearing—trains, boats, cars, Segways—but perhaps you prefer traveling by air rather than by land or sea. There are a number of flight-themed attractions in Walt Disney World, and that’s what I’ll focus on today.
Here are seven things to do in Walt Disney World if you love flying.
Soarin’ is one of my favorite attractions. It simulates serenely hang-gliding over California. It’s true you’re just watching a film, but since you’re raised 40 feet in the air, you do get a real sense of the height and even the wind blowing in your face. The views are fantastic, and the music is even better. Here’s a little clip from the end of the attraction, when you’re flying over Disneyland.
2. The Barnstormer
The Barnstormer has recently been rethemed to fit in Storybook Circus, part of the New Fantasyland expansion, but it still features little airplanes as the ride vehicles. The story is that The Great Goofini is taking you on a ride on a stunt plane. It’s a starter roller coaster for little kids, so don’t expect over-the-top thrills, but it’s a cute ride.