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Blondie, not quite a grown up

Hi everyone. Hope you are all having a fab Sunday!

Here is my question for the day! Blondie as you know is 8. Not a grown up but I know a few of you have kiddos at home too. We are going down in November for Thanksgiving. I am sure the parks are CRAZY at that time of year so we are only planning one (MAYBE 2 park days).

I am planning on the cirque show one night. She has been to a couple and loved them.

I am wondering about Splitsville and DisneyQuest. Other than bowling, are there other things there to do? And what about DisneyQuest? Appropriate for an 8 year old? We've never been to either place.

I am also looking into the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. Has anyone done this? What are your thoughts on this?

Any recommendations for Thanksgiving dinner?

Last question anything in particular (outside of the parks) that your kids/grandkids really enjoy? Or even something you as grown ups like that would be kiddo approved???

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If she likes video games and arcades, the she would definatly enjoy DisneyQuest. It's full of different games! There's also a drawing class, buzz light year Astro blasters is great ( you ride in a spacepod. One person drives while the other shoots cannons at other people). Crazy cat person has a pretty good review of DisneyQuest in her latest trip report.

Also, what about a day at a waterpark? Assuming the weather is warm of course mickey There's also mini golf, either the ones there or offsite.

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We've done the Spirit of Aloha dinner show and quite enjoyed it. The food is really good (chicken and ribs, with rice and pineapple bread) and the show is pretty awesome. I would highly recommend it - I believe there are 2 shows/night - 5:15 and 8:15. We don't have too many pics as we went back in 2010 with Ken's family, but here is what we have...

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Spook wrote:
If she likes video games and arcades, the she would definatly enjoy DisneyQuest. It's full of different games! There's also a drawing class, buzz light year Astro blasters is great ( you ride in a spacepod. One person drives while the other shoots cannons at other people). Crazy cat person has a pretty good review of DisneyQuest in her latest trip report.

Also, what about a day at a waterpark? Assuming the weather is warm of course mickey There's also mini golf, either the ones there or offsite.

She likes Minecraft and that is about it for the video games. I ready CCP's coverage of it but I was just wondering from a younger perspective laugh I think she would like it, she liked the simulators at the Air and Space museum in DC. I guess they are like that.

Water park crossed my mind. She is still a little leery of the "big" slides and likes to stick to the kiddie side so I'm a little afraid it would be a waste of time and money for us. Maybe the pool at the resort and give her a little more time to warm up to the water parks.

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We've done the Spirit of Aloha dinner show and quite enjoyed it. The food is really good (chicken and ribs, with rice and pineapple bread) and the show is pretty awesome. I would highly recommend it - I believe there are 2 shows/night - 5:15 and 8:15. We don't have too many pics as we went back in 2010 with Ken's family, but here is what we have...

Thanks Jan, I don't see many reviews or mentions about the show so I was wondering if anyone her had done it. Do you know if you can see the fireworks from the late show??? Since we probably won't do a park, I thought we could maybe see it from another resort.

Which brings another question. We will be staying DVC this trip. Can we take her to TOTWL for fireworks or is is adult only??? That might be a silly question but bear with me, I'm new at this DVC thing.

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JMed wrote:
Spook wrote:
If she likes video games and arcades, the she would definatly enjoy DisneyQuest. It's full of different games! There's also a drawing class, buzz light year Astro blasters is great ( you ride in a spacepod. One person drives while the other shoots cannons at other people). Crazy cat person has a pretty good review of DisneyQuest in her latest trip report.

Also, what about a day at a waterpark? Assuming the weather is warm of course mickey There's also mini golf, either the ones there or offsite.

I tend to hit enter to fast or move on. LOL We love the mini golf and have played several times. That is on our list too! I really don't want to leave property much. Traffic, no Disney magic etc waiting

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Yes you can take Blondie to TOTWL. Scrappy and I have done Spirit of Aloha dinner show many times, go back and look at some of our previous trip reports, I always posted about it. Plenty of pictures and such, we love it.

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JMed wrote:

Which brings another question. We will be staying DVC this trip. Can we take her to TOTWL for fireworks or is is adult only??? That might be a silly question but bear with me, I'm new at this DVC thing.

You're good for TOTWL. At Thanksgiving, be prepared with a light jacket. It can get quite windy up there and if you hit a chilly spell, it's downright cold all the way at the top of the tower! Also, for obvious safety reasons, the wall is quite high. I've noticed that some smaller children seem to have trouble seeing over it. I'd go up on a MVMCP night if possible so you get to see the party version of Wishes Smile

Waterparks: I'm a water slide sissy (ok let's be real, I'm a RIDE sissy laugh ) and I love Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. I was a little bit apprehensive about the pool water slide at OKW the first time. Now, I'm an adult and Blondie is 8, but if she generally likes a water slide or ride after she tries it (even if she's a little bit apprehensive at first), she might do ok or even end up having a really good time. Some of the slides are tandem or group slides, which I thick really helps if you're unsure of the idea The lazy river and wave pools are awesome (Typhoon Lagoon waves are a hair on the rough side). The slides are more plentiful and more interesting at BB, everything else is better at TL.

For DQ, I would have been in heaven as an 8-year-old. They have all kins of interactive games (the Buzz Lightyear one where you drive a car around and shoot ammo that you pick up at other cars is really cool, as is the Pirates one) and great classic arcade games (sea wolf, crazy taxi, some sort of bejeweled game, I think there's pac man, flying and driving racing games, etc.). The only thing I didn't care for was that a lot of the surfaces were kind of sticky and it's really dark inside. We went in on a very bright summer day and I had a really hard time adjusting to the light. I doubt that either of those things would bother an 8-year-old very much!

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MrHub wrote:
Yes you can take Blondie to TOTWL. Scrappy and I have done Spirit of Aloha dinner show many times, go back and look at some of our previous trip reports, I always posted about it. Plenty of pictures and such, we love it.

Thanks Mr Hub, I will check those out!

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JMed wrote:

Which brings another question. We will be staying DVC this trip. Can we take her to TOTWL for fireworks or is is adult only??? That might be a silly question but bear with me, I'm new at this DVC thing.

You're good for TOTWL. At Thanksgiving, be prepared with a light jacket. It can get quite windy up there and if you hit a chilly spell, it's downright cold all the way at the top of the tower! Also, for obvious safety reasons, the wall is quite high. I've noticed that some smaller children seem to have trouble seeing over it. I'd go up on a MVMCP night if possible so you get to see the party version of Wishes Smile

Waterparks: I'm a water slide sissy (ok let's be real, I'm a RIDE sissy laugh ) and I love Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. I was a little bit apprehensive about the pool water slide at OKW the first time. Now, I'm an adult and Blondie is 8, but if she generally likes a water slide or ride after she tries it (even if she's a little bit apprehensive at first), she might do ok or even end up having a really good time. Some of the slides are tandem or group slides, which I thick really helps if you're unsure of the idea The lazy river and wave pools are awesome (Typhoon Lagoon waves are a hair on the rough side). The slides are more plentiful and more interesting at BB, everything else is better at TL.

For DQ, I would have been in heaven as an 8-year-old. They have all kins of interactive games (the Buzz Lightyear one where you drive a car around and shoot ammo that you pick up at other cars is really cool, as is the Pirates one) and great classic arcade games (sea wolf, crazy taxi, some sort of bejeweled game, I think there's pac man, flying and driving racing games, etc.). The only thing I didn't care for was that a lot of the surfaces were kind of sticky and it's really dark inside. We went in on a very bright summer day and I had a really hard time adjusting to the light. I doubt that either of those things would bother an 8-year-old very much!

Thanks for the TOTWL tips. I was afraid it might be an adults only lounge. Glad to hear it's not. I think she would like to see them from up there.

I will keep the BB & TL on the maybe list and DQ is a FOR SURE!

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The luau show is fun. They have the kids in the audience come up and dance during the show in the front of the stage.

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JoAnn C wrote:
The luau show is fun. They have the kids in the audience come up and dance during the show in the front of the stage.

I don't know if she would do it, but I would push her LOL laugh

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