Magic Kingdom's Adventureland in a Nutshell
Adventureland is the area of the Magic Kingdom theme park to the immediate left of Main Street USA if you're facing the castle. We always hit up this area first as we find it to be the least congested and it has one of our family's all-time favorite rides--The Pirates of the Caribbean.
If you head to this area as soon as it opens you'll find some carts and shops have not yet opened, but the rides are all up and running.
Date Visited: March 3, 2015
Crowd Levels: low at opening, moderate midday, low-moderate at evening
Age Range Appeal: young ADHDers to adults depending on height (the majority of rides require kids to be 40" or taller)
Special Note: This area is always super quiet first thing in the morning, so if you want to get onto Pirates of the Caribbean without a wait, head straight there! Last year we were actually the first people on the ride. This year one group got there ahead of us, but we still had no wait.
- Go here first if you want to ride rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, Magic Carpets of Aladdin or Jungle Cruise.
- Swiss Family Treehouse may sound like a nostalgic good time, but unless you and your little ADHDers are prepared to walk up many flights of stairs and enjoy looking into mini rooms setup like the movie ... skip it. You can't really touch anything, which for little ADHDers can be tough. We did it last year and regretted it halfway up because we were pretty tired at that point. The kids made it up and back, but given that they hadn't seen the movie it had little appeal to them. If you go, go at night, it's very, very pretty.
- Jungle Cruise is more fun at night than during the day in our opinions! Lines always tend to be 30-45 min waits then from our experience, but we still find it's worth it as the darkness makes the entire experience feel a bit more real. It may be scary for super young ADHDers, especially those that don't like the dark, so you may want to go during the day if that's the case.
- Pirates of the Caribbean is a popular ride, so head there first when the park opens if you want to ride without a wait, then visit again late at night close to closing. This isn't what we would have considered a scary ride prior to taking our little guys. Ironically, both were quite scared their first trip. They've been on it multiple times now and really enjoy it. If your child is afraid of the dark or doesn't like tiny drops in rides (there is a drop near the beginning), it may not be the right ride for you. This ride isn't quite as loud as some others, but there is canon fire during one bit. If your little guys have watched the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, they'll have fun looking for Jack Sparrow in a few scenes. Also, there are a few scenes where women are depicted as and referred to as wenches. This may or may not offend you.
- Enchanted Tiki Room is actually a favorite of our youngest ADHDer, probably mostly because he isn't a huge fan of loud sounds or jarring rides. It's a bit loud, but not super scary and the lights and birds singing were very appealing to him.
- Buying souvenirs is pretty much par the course if you have little guys and Disney cleverly places themed stores at the exit of almost every ride, but we've found that if you hunt you can find items for under $10 that are still super cute. If you do decide to buy larger items and stay at a Disney resort, you can have them deliver them to your room rather than carry items around the park all day. I believe it takes a few days for delivery and we haven't done it yet (we always end up putting everything in our backpacks), but it's a service that is always offered to us. Keep in mind, if you're flying and you buy larger items you'll need to be able to pack them or have to ship them back via mail.
Adventureland Ride Reviews & Tips
We've noted our thoughts on rides we went on as well as some tips for families!
|If you do decide to do Swiss Family Treehouse, we suggest going at night. The view of the rest of the park and the way the mini rooms are set up is quite pretty at night.|