Expedition Everest with my 5 Year Old Son

On our last day of our vacation to Disney last week, my husband had a crazy idea… have my son (age 5) ride the Expedition Everest!  I severely thought he had lost his mind.  However, for whatever reason, my son is more macho, less baby-like when my husband is around.  For instance, last year I wanted to take my son to ride Dinosaur in Animal Kingdom.  He refused during two separate vacations.  In December, however, when we vacationed with my husband he was more than willing to ride Dinosaur! 

So, I thought maybe my husband was right and our son could conquer Expedition Everest.  Once my son agreed to ride, we got in line.  While in line, my husband and son leisurely discussed all of the queue decorations.  They spoke lightheartedly about the various photos of the Yeti.  All the while, I was remembering my son and I riding the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  During his first ride on this coaster, he screamed and cried.  After we got off of the ride, he gave me the I-cannot-believe-you-did-that-to-me look throughout the rest of the day. 

As we got to the final portion of the line, I realized that I was actually shaking and my heart was racing!  My son and husband, however, were still joking around with no cares.  They rode together, with me in the seat behind.  In retrospect, I should have sat in front of the two of them so I could observe his first ride better.  However, I was really not thinking straight at this point! 

I took several photos during the ride:

Expedition Everest - Climbing the Mountain

You can see in this photo as we climb the mountain that my son really looks very unsure!

During the actual ride, I heard my husband having more fun than he normally would show with exclamations of “isn’t this fun” and “woo hoo!”  When we got done with the ride, my son was so excited about not getting eaten by the Yeti.  I asked him if the coaster drops had made his stomach feel funny or made him nervous.  He did not even seem to notice that there was a roller coaster portion, only that the Yeti did not eat him. 

Yeti Time!

After exiting the ride, my husband explained that our son nearly got upset on several occasions.  To help the situation, my husband would yell something such as ”woo hoo” to lighten the moment and our son forgot all about being upset. 

Expedition Everest - After the Ride

Can you see in his eyes that he is proud that he was able to ride and have a great time! The ride aboard Expedition Everest was well worth it!  What a great time!

10 comments for “Expedition Everest with my 5 Year Old Son

  1. Kristen
    March 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    What a great story and adorable picture of your son. It’s so cute to see how exciting kids get the first time they ride attractions like this one.

    • March 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      I hear you! I used to get upset when he would not ride and my dad reminded me that adding a ride here and there allows for him to have new things to look forward to each time he goes to WDW.

  2. March 10, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Ive been on this a couple of times, im still too scared to open my eyes!

    • March 13, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      Are you serious? Do you ride the RnR Coaster?

  3. March 10, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I love the pictures of your son. So cute! What a brave little guy and geat job by your husband keeping your son calm! :-)

    • March 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      I bet you that when I go to AK without my husband, my son cries! We will see!

  4. Eric
    March 11, 2011 at 10:04 am

    That’s awesome! Riding an attraction with your child for the first time is one of the great things about being a parent at Walt Disney World!

    • March 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      Oh, I hear you but I wish it was a pleasant, nice experience instead of a I think I may throw up experience!

  5. Cindy
    March 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    We were probably at Disney World at the same time that you were. My almost 5 year old likes Everest too. He had rode first last November and loved it. Rode it 3 times straight. This time, he rode it and then didn’t really want to ride it again for some reason, but he did, but not a 3rd time. So he didn’t love it nearly as much as before, but he still says it’s one of his favs.

    • March 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      That is funny! Maybe you saw us and didnt even know it! I was the nice one, looked like Cinderella, perfect complexion with a kid that talks a WHOLE lot and makes me look more like a 50 year old, gray headed lady. Did you see us?

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