Jessica is joined today by her mini-Disney aficionado, Stitchy-poo. Jessica asked him to come up with his top five most awesome things at Walt Disney World. It’s quite the list. See if you agree and share your own list with us in the comments below.

Sometimes as grown-ups, we get caught up in all of the planning that goes into a vacation to Walt Disney World.  We want everything to be “just right” so the kids will have the most magical trip EVER!!  While it’s true that planning can go a long way in ensuring a good time is had, it’s all too easy to forget that just being in the Most Magical Place on Earth is magic enough.  The little ones find wonder and joy in almost everything, but you don’t have to take my word for it… [cue Reading Rainbow music]

We get to go to Disney World a lot, and I’m glad.  There are awesome things to do there, but I can only pick five.

1. Tomorrowland Speedway

The cars are awesome because kids get to drive their own mini-car!

Yep.  That’s it.  As grown-ups, we may drive every day, and, really, how many of us would classify that as fun?  Yeah, that’s what I thought.  To a kid, though, hopping behind the wheel of a vehicle, especially a “race car,” ranks right up there with getting to eat Mickey bars for lunch.  Yes, the line is usually long, there’s no FastPass and not a lot of shade, but suck it up and take one for the team.  Your little Lightning McQueen fan will thank you for it.  ***Update: Tomorrowland Speedway has added a FastPass+ queue since the original publication of this Park Wise.***

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Get Park Wise: Try to knock this one out in the morning or at night.  This line can get brutally hot when the wait times and the sun begin to rise.

2. Mad Tea Party

It’s really fun ‘cause you get dizzy.  Dizzy is cool.

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Who doesn’t remember the call of the merry-go-round on the school playground?  Faster!  Faster!  We need another master!  The giant teacups provide that same fun, loopy feeling, and most kids LOVE it!  Just don’t ride it after downing a double scoop ice cream cone or lunch at nearby Cosmic Ray’s.  That’s not fun for anyone.

3. Spaceship Earth

This one surprised me a little bit.  I mean, it’s a nice place to cool down and is usually a pretty decent wait time, but an eight year old loving a ride about the history of communication and technology?

Yeah, you go into…space!!  You know.  SPACEship Earth!

Oh, gotcha.

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4. The Big Blue Pool at Art of Animation

It has all the fun stuff like a splash pad and a real pool and jellyfish with water squirting out of them!  And, ya know, swimming is really fun and you can go under the water and hear music.

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This may be one of the biggest complaints I hear from parents.  They’ve bought the park hoppers, the custom clothes, the new video camera and the $500 Italian stroller with attached fan.  They get halfway through day one, and junior wants to go back and swim.  Yes, you can swim at home, but does your pool have a volcano?  Is there a giant shipwreck with a slide?  Can you build sandcastles in your pool?  No?  Then plan at least one afternoon to let the kids go crazy at the hotel pool.  It’s a great way to cool down, and most pools have a bar within sight so you can grab a soda or something a little more relaxing while the kids splash in the sprayground or hit the water slide.

Get Pool Wise: Most pools offer a cast member-led pool party between 3:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. (or around that time).  Use this information to plan your pool time whether it’s to avoid the noise or join in the fun.

5. The Polynesian Resort

It feels like you’re on a tropical island.  And if you’re on the bottom floor, you get to run out and play on the beach.  And it’s really comfy.  And it has the best gift shop!

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Ok, I have to agree with him on this one.  I’m a Poly girl through and through, both literally and when it comes to Disney resorts. He gets his good taste from me.

What are the top 5 things your kids love at Disney World?