A little background: I grew up in socal for my first 7 years and went to DL at least once a year. But since then I've only been to DL twice and never to DCA. Wife and I went to DL in 96 together and decided we shouldn't come back until we had kids. Oops...
My boy is now 5, will be 6 in December and I woke up a couple of weeks ago and realized that I had to get him to DL...quick before it was too late !!! I talked the wife into letting the just the two of us go for a quick trip making budget and not dealing with his 3 year old sister that much easier! So it will be just Father/Son for four days.
The boy is into Star Wars, transformers etc. He's been on log rides etc. but no serious roller coasters. He is over 50 inches tall (big for his age) but I think that is going to make ride choices that much tougher.
We are arriving Sat 8/29 about noon and leaving 9/1 in the evening. That gives us two half days and two full days at DL and DCA. I bought a four day hopper through Ares travel.
Here's my plan: Arrive DL 12pm. We hit the park on Sat and take it easy, wandering around and taking it all in. We get on whatever rides he wants, unless it means long wait times and I get to watch him see it for the first time. We eat dinner in the park, then plan on leaving at a reasonable time (8?) skipping fireworks etc. for that night.
Sun will be our Magic Morning and we'll hit the park for 8:00 a.m. opening. This would be the time to hit E tickets like SM or IJTD. I'll see how he's handled some other rides on Sat. to see if he's up to it. I think I did SM for the first time at 7 and remember it was pretty scary. I really want to take him through POTC and Haunted house but I'm worried that those are too scary too.
Any advice from other parents of 6 year olds?
We'll head back to Hotel for swim/lunch and rest up, then hit park again in afternoon. I want to stay late Sun and do Fantasmic and Fireworks.
Any advice on what we'll need to do to get seats for Fantasmic and get to a spot to see fireworks? If it means more than an hour of waiting I don't know if it will be worth it. How close to Main Street do I need to be to see the fireworks?
Is it true that Electric parade ended on Aug 23rd or is it continuing?
Any advice on things we should do in DCA, or things we should skip?
Character meals are new to me. Is this something I make reservations for?
Any advice would be appreciated. I can't believe how excited I am to go back to DL!