This came to light because of this Huffington Post story- Ethan, an 8 year old boy, is disappointed after his Disney Cruise that he didn't see more "manly" characters, like Prince Eric or Aladdin. He also suggested Jack Sparrow-um hello, why not? Peter Pan, Jake and the Neverland Pirates- is there a better tie in with Disney Cruises? Put them all on! This is one of those times I wish I had a direct line to Disney to make this suggestion (sorry, the only line I have is for booking hotel and dining reservations !).
Now, let's not go overboard- there's plenty of stuff to do on a Disney Cruise for boys, girls, guys, and gals. This is strictly about characters on the ship. Like Ethan said- he had a pretty good time, and this is something they could do to make it better. It'd be nice to meet a character they think is cool.
And while we are on it- what is there for boys to do in Walt Disney World?
There's plenty- they just aren't as obvious and marketed as much.
The Pirates League is the testosterone version of Bibbiddi Bobbiddi Boutique for girls. Your little guy will get dressed up like a pirate, hang with the crew, and search for buried treasure. It's for boys ages 3 and older... I can't wait to take my son! It's right by the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Magic Kingdom-and yes, this is something I can book for you.
You can also visit Handy Manny and Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates while dining at Hollywood and Vine. No need to wait for pictures and an autograph- head here, and they'll come to your table while you eat!
In addition to Hollywood and Vine being located at Hollywood Studios, there are a couple of other interesting things for boys. There's Cars characters, the Toy Story Mania attraction- where you can find the green army men and other Toy Story characters-as well as Star Wars.
At Animal Kingdom, there are many options as well. My son is in love with Dinosaurs (in addition to Mickey). He won't be able to ride the Dinosaur ride anytime soon- this ride even scares me a little- but he can go and see all of the dinosaurs in Dinoland. A good place to eat here is Donald's Safari Breakfast. I'm also sure he'd love the "It's Tough to be a Bug" attraction, which is housed in the Tree of Life. Most boys will love the safari, and the Festival of the Lion King Show.
Speaking of the Lion King- this is also a great time to mention the Lion King, Finding Nemo, and Cars rooms at Disney's new Art of Animation resort. Nothing "princess" about these rooms!
If your little guy likes dinosaurs- check out the T-Rex cafe in Downtown Disney. I'm pretty close to a T-Red restaurant in Kansas City.... they have large animatronic dinosaurs inside! There's even a spot where Build A Bear has switched to Build a Dino- stuff your own dinosaur, and pick out the outfit.
At Magic Kingdom, you can also find Woody from Toy Story near Splash Mountain for pictures and autographs. Buzz will appear next to Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger Spin. There's also Stitchs Great Escape right across from the Buzz attraction. The Haunted Mansion and Tomorrowland Speedway- two other great attractions boys are sure to love.
Disneyland also has the recent addition of Cars Land- and its amazing.
There's plenty for BOTH boys and girls to have the trip of a lifetime at Disney theme parks!