Your adult self vs. your child self

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Your adult self vs. your child self

Are there any attractions or experiences that you remember fondly from childhood time spent at Disney that you no longer enjoy as an adult (or vice versa).

I have two--Universe of Energy and Backlot Tour

I remember being fascinated by the Universe of Energy the first time my parents took me to Disney. I remember being very nervous for some reason when we walked in even though it just looked like a giant theater, but my mom assured me that even though this theater was special, everything was going to be alright. When the seats started to move, I panicked a little, but then we went on the most fascinating trip! I remember thinking that I wish our theater at home did this! Nowadays, the only reason that I set foot in this attraction is if I need a quick nap. I feel like the Ellen/Bill Nye overlay did nothing to freshen up this dinosaur (hehe...sorry. i had to...) and it's seriously needing an update.

On the backlot tour, I had the opposite experience. Imagine going on the backlot tour and not understanding that your going on a special effects tour--thinking that you're just taking a tram ride like the one we took from the parking lot to the front gate. You're taking a nice tour of the studio and the driver is pointing out all of the sights. Then imagine out of nowhere, the tram starts shaking and you can feel the heat from the spontaneous fire that just broke out and you think you're about to drown in a flash flood. Kind of unbeknownst to my parents, I was going through a phase were I was becoming acutely aware of the danger of natural disasters. I was very frightened of fire (thank you fire safety week at school) and hurricanes (you know, big walls of wind and water sweeping across an area? thanks you weather channel.) So of course, I'm freaking out and every time my dad tried to say something to calm me down, another disaster broke out. Fun ride, right? Certainly as an adult, I have a much better grasp of reality! I actually really enjoy the backlot tour now. In fact, I ride it specifically for the catastrophe canyon segment.

Does anyone else have a Disney attraction that you felt differently about as a child than you do as an adult?

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OH yes! Anything with coasters. When I was a child, I hated Big Thunder Mountain. I cried so hard when my dad took me on that ride. I couldn't fathom the idea of doing Space Mountain later on (the DLP one) or even Indiana Jones. But when I got older, my best friend tempted me to go on Space Mountain. Skip BTM, and face your fears with a not upside roller coaster, just jump straight in. Lord! I thought I had a heart attack that day. BUT since then LOVE coasters! What I feared then became a love of mine.

Now something I loved as a Child that I don't like as an Adult, I can't think of one to be quite honest. I'm thinking really hard right now. But I can't think of one. I'll get back to you on that one Laughing out loud

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Ok so you all are probably going to laugh at this one but I was always scared to go into the Haunted Mansion when I was a kid. I had a bad experience in another haunted house so when we got down to Disney there was no way I was going any where near the Haunted Mansion. I avoided this ride for years and years. This last year my husband said I needed to get over my fear of haunted houses and try it. So at age 42 (yes you read that right) I finally ventured onto this ride. Guess what it is now one of my favorites! Can't wait to go on it again this year. However I will not be trying out any other haunted houses, I will stick with the Disney version.

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As a kid, I liked the Captain EO 3D attraction - I managed to see it once as a sulking teenager in 1988 and then learned it had 'passed on' some time after but before I managed to return 20(!) years later. Now, last year, I learned that the good Captain had raised his head again, so decided on my visit there that I should see what it was like 25 years later. To say I was bemused and disappointed would be an understatement. Even the girls behind me that day saw it for the hokiness that would have been evident the first time I saw it, but we lived in a different time when hope was a valid reason to be optimistic! They did warn us that the movie was as it was 25 years before with no reconstruction or remastering...but still! >_<

Now as an adult...I can't think of much that I'd have hated back then...maybe Spaceship Earth, but that was more to do with the whole ride going backwards from a height in the dark and very slowly - things I didn't do well then.

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The Grand Prix -definitely. I used to love that when I was a tyke. I don't even look at it now. Talk about a ride that needs updating.

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Well. Walt Disney World did not exist when I was a kid. It opened when I was almost done with high school, and then I didn't actually visit until 2005. As for Disneyland, we lived on the opposite coast and were a family of seven, so traveling via airplane was beyond the family budget and the cross-continent drive wasn't something any of us would've survived.

I did have the chance to experience It's a Small World and the Carousel of Progress at the New York World's Fair, but I like them as much now as I did back in 1964/65.

But if we expand this to include Disney movies, I'll mention Babes in Toyland. I ADORED that film as a child and for decades wished I could see it again and relive the magic. Then, wonder of wonders, it was available "on demand" from our cable TV provider for Christmas of 2012! So I watched it. And ewwwwww, what a sexist piece of crap! So now I'm an adult and wondering why, in the climactic scene when the hero and villain were both shrunk down to maybe six inches tall and fighting to the death, why the FULL SIZED heroine didn't just pick up the villain and toss him out the window, problem solved? And I'm also wondering why none of the adults in my life explained to me how ridiculous that scene was?

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As a child I wasn't a fan of the Backlot Tour, Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain. My brother loved HM so my Dad would take him on it and my Mom and I would go from Small World to the Carousel and repeat. My poor Mother laugh I also wasn't a fan of Epcot in general.

Now as an adult I love all those things! I can't really think of anything that I liked as a child and not as an adult confused

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I see a few Haunted Mansion folks here--jhugo, it didn't take me quite as long (I was only 29 on my first ride), but there was no way I was going on that as a kid! My parents didn't even try!! They also didn't take me on Mr. Toad's Wild ride--which I will not forgive them for until I finally get to Disneyland and can ride it there--LOL!

Colonel, I'm with you on the driving rides. For one thing, it's not special for me at Disney because we have one at Hershey Park (and just about every amusement park ever), which is only an hour away from my house. Not that I've been to Hershey Park in the past 5 years because if you don't ride roller coasters, the tickets are mad expensive for what you get! For another, I think this ride loses something after you get a driver's license and you can drive a real car.

Oh! Another one I liked as a child--the film at the French pavilion. I don't think I'll watch it again because the last time I went (2010), the camera work made me so nauseous and dizzy that I could barely choke down dinner (and at Les Chefs of all places)--and I NEVER feel motion sick from that kind of stuff. I'm not sure what the deal was that day, but I never want to feel like that again!

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alicemouse wrote:
Another one I liked as a child--the film at the French pavilion. I don't think I'll watch it again because the last time I went (2010), the camera work made me so nauseous and dizzy that I could barely choke down dinner (and at Les Chefs of all places)--and I NEVER feel motion sick from that kind of stuff. I'm not sure what the deal was that day, but I never want to feel like that again!

I have real problems with motion sickness, including motion sickness induced by films, so I will never ever do Soarin' and I usually have to close my eyes during part of the films in the Canada, France, and China pavilions.

But I try to catch the French movie every trip. The music is spectacular, so I don't care if I can't watch the film.

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Just a side note, the French movie, Impressions de France, needs a serious update.

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Hmm..I don't have many recollections of Disney ride experiences as a child. So the only one I think of was Spaceship Earth. I was about 10 or 11 and my parents brought my younger brother for his first visit to Disney World. I was not the Disney fan that I am today so at the time, I never truly appreciated Spaceship Earth. It did not seem to click with me.

But when I re-rode it being older, I came to terms how great Spaceship Earth is and how meaningful it is. It's a great message about how our world is always changing and growing with communication and technology.

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I'm not sure that there is too much of a difference for me. I probably enjoyed the coasters more when I was a child than I do today. Other than that I still love it all. mickey

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jw24, I agree that I had absolutely no appreciation of spaceship earth at age 9 and that was the only time we visited when I was a child. I was in third grade and we had just started "social studies" in school that year, but it was a very cursory study that was focused on developing an appreciation for that fact that there are other countries around the world (perfect timing on visiting the world showcase--I was in LOVE!) and learning about similarities and differences among families, activities, opportunities, language, etc. across the globe. I knew nothing about art or history or global communication. I was, however, very focused on the fact that it was very dark inside the ball and the ceilings were very low. (Seriously, I think I was in the running for world's most paranoid little kid!)

I won't say it's my favorite ride (the claustrophobia is still hanging around), but I really love the concept and I appreciate the ride for the beautiful story that it tells.

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I liked Space Mountain more when I was young. As a forty-something adult, it's a little herky-jerky for me. (Not that I don't ride it anyway - LOL.)

I guess, to be fair, a lot of the things I disliked as a kid are gone now. I disliked the Mickey Revue thing, Mission to Mars, and the Submarines. I liked If You Had Wings, but I'm sure my kid-self likes Buzz better.

ETA - I never liked the Speedway, even as a kid. Don't think I've been on it in 35 years!

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I love the coasters much more now then when I was younger. I do not like Space Mt (hurt my neck) or Primeval Hurl, other than those, Im game for anything.

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Haha! That's a great one! I didn't even think about touching a coaster when I was a kid! Of course, there was no Splash Mountain, Barnstormer, Everest, or Rock-n-Roller Coaster on my first trip. Space Mountain & BTMR were not even something my parents bothered to offer! Our PA folks might have a frame of reference for this--I was 14 before I got brave enough to try the Trailblazer at Hershey Park.

As an adult, I'm still not the world's biggest coaster fan, but BTMR is way up on my list of favorites now and I love the Barnstormer (although I wish it was longer). I won't say I'll ever be the one to suggest Space Mountain or Splash Mountain, but I'll at least go along with the crowd if everyone else wants to ride.

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alicemouse wrote:
Our PA folks might have a frame of reference for this--I was 14 before I got brave enough to try the Trailblazer at Hershey Park.

Trailblazer is practically a kiddie coaster, for those who've never been to Hersheypark. But I didn't try it until, oh...about ten years ago. I plead motion sickness issues.

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Maelstrom and the Haunted Mansion. On my very first trip to Disney World in 1989, when my family and I got off Maelstrom, I was bawling. My parents kept saying "the trolls aren't scary, they're funny!" Same with the HM ("It's not scary, it's funny!") To them, maybe but to a kid at the tender young age of 7 . . . . . but I've grown to love the HM (I think it has to do with what I like to call The Frees Factor, as I'm a huge Paul Frees fan). I like Maelstrom nowadays, but I wouldn't call it a favorite, though.

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My first couple of trips to WDW I wanted to get on Big Thunder Mountain but I was too small. Now I love it. I probably loved the speedway because my daddy probably let me drive the car. I don't think there is nothing I wouldn't go on when I was younger. My first couple of trips to WDW, Was only MK and Epcot. Not sure if Studios was open yet and Animal Kingdom wasn't open either.

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Journey Into Imagination. It was one of my absolute favorites as a kid (I was OBSESSED with Figment) but I was pretty meh about when DH and I went on it last trip. Maybe it's because of the refurbs, maybe it's just because I outgrew it, but it definitely wasn't the same love I had for it as a child.

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Allie wrote:
Journey Into Imagination. It was one of my absolute favorites as a kid (I was OBSESSED with Figment) but I was pretty meh about when DH and I went on it last trip. Maybe it's because of the refurbs, maybe it's just because I outgrew it, but it definitely wasn't the same love I had for it as a child.

It's the refurb. yuck

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I muchlove figment! I don't particularly mind the refurb because at least it's still figment, but I only saw the original once and I CAN'T REMEMBER IT!! mad I can remember being on the ride and I remember there being a purple dragon named figment, but all of the details that I might have remembered have been replaced with the current version. I do have a very vague picture of dreamfinder in my head still...

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mrhub wrote:
I do not like Space Mt (hurt my neck) or Primeval Hurl, .

Too funny, I will forever refer to it as primeval hurl yuck

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mrhub wrote:
I do not like Space Mt (hurt my neck)

That's what made mein sister decide she's never going on Space Mountain again. Actually, she didn't like Big Thunder, either, but it's grown on her. But she will never ride Space Mountain again.

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