Star Tours for 6 year old

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  1. Burgermom

    Burgermom Mouseketeer

    Jul 22, 2015
    Up until this point I was under the impression that Star Tours was appropriate for any kid who is tall enough but I just read in a tour guide that Star Tours is scary and should be avoided for kids under 8 years of age.
    Is that accurate? I thought that most things I read said that it wasn't particularly scary.
  2. danielocha30

    danielocha30 DIS Veteran

    Jul 10, 2014
    It’s a simulator and if your child had have some experience with roller coasters, go from there. It is a real good simulator but nothing crazy, imagine being inside a small movie theatre with 3D glasses and good special motion effects.
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  4. chris benton

    chris benton DIS Veteran

    Oct 17, 2016
    It's DISNEY scary.
    You know, It's a Small World can be considered dark and scary too.
    If the 6 yr old likes Star Wars and roller coasters, it will be a blast. Tell them to be prepared to hold on to the arm rests, the seats move, and there is one particular part where the seats are tilted because the ship you are "flying" in gets kind of stuck on it's side.
    It's a simulator tho. It's an absolute blast. Not particularly scary except that it's dark in the theater, and the fast flying through space is a good simulation.
  5. JediBonas

    JediBonas DIS Veteran

    Jan 31, 2013
    It really depends on the kid. One of my 5 year olds loved it and rode it multiple times, the other hated it and only tried it once.
  6. scrapquitler

    scrapquitler DIS Veteran

    Aug 15, 2007
    Both of my kids rode it before they were 6, and neither of them thought it was scary. One of them thinks everything is scary and wasn't bothered by it.

    I suggest watching a you tube video and deciding for yourself (or have the child watch).
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  7. Mightybee987

    Mightybee987 Earning My Ears

    Apr 18, 2013
    My youngest rode it when he was 4 and loved. He still loves it. However, my 14 year old does not like it. Ds14 also does not like roller coasters.
  8. 2forMe

    2forMe DIS Veteran

    Mar 18, 2005
    Not scary at all
  9. HuskieJohn

    HuskieJohn 3/2015-BLT & planning for 3/2020-AKL

    May 10, 2016
    My two 5yr old girls went on it and love it.
  10. TIS Grandma

    TIS Grandma Earning My Ears

    Feb 3, 2017
    Just took my 4yr old and 6yr old DGDs on it. Both loved it! The 6yr old did want to know if we’d actually gone to another galaxy
  11. allison8033

    allison8033 Earning My Ears

    Mar 10, 2013
    My son was 5 on our first trip and he loved it. He wanted to go on over and over. He's a big Star Wars fan. It's not objectively scary, but I can see how it could be scary both from the jerky motion and the visuals. Its hard to predict since the ride is different every time. Some versions are definitely a little scarier than others.
  12. missbrooke06

    missbrooke06 DIS Veteran

    Aug 15, 2005
    If your kid generally likes thrill rides, it's not scary. My kid is too scared to watch Star Wars but this has been his favorite ride since 4. :rotfl2:
  13. brockash

    brockash DIS Veteran

    Jul 16, 2008
    I took all 3 of mine by 6...i actually just took my 3.5 year old and she was fine. Unless your kiddo is pretty sensitive etc. I'd think it's be fine - maybe watch videos of the ride online with them first.
  14. bluedolphin32

    bluedolphin32 Earning My Ears

    Sep 19, 2017
    I rode it for the first time when I was 6 and my overactive imagination had me convinced we were actually lost in space and I freaked out on the ride. I think this is what they mean by "too scary". I think it can be too realistic for kids with active imaginations who aren't used to rides like that. It was my first theme park experience. My mom said for the rest of the trip I was asking her "is this ride going to scare me, too?" So for a more sensitive child, it could be too much.
  15. ktlm

    ktlm DIS Veteran

    Jun 20, 2008
    My DD did not like thrill rides when she was younger. She hated BTMR, still doesn't care for Splash or TOT, was not the biggest fan of TT or SM For a few years; and would not set foot on RNR or EE for years. (On her first trip at age 2, she took one look at Dumbo- pointed up and said "I'm not riding him!" if that tells you anything). At age 5, she absolutely LOVED Star Tours and wanted to ride it over and over. We told her going in that she wasn't really going anywhere like she did on the roller coaster- she was just in a room that bounced up and down and side to side. I think that made her feel totally secure because she was not remotely scared.

    8 sounds kind of silly for Star Tours for most kids. Obviously, there are some kids (just like some adults) who won't like it(... I was evacuated out the chicken exit at HM when I was 8. :scared1:). Makes me wonder what that guide says about the other thrill rides.
  16. Crystal824

    Crystal824 DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2008
    My DD, 7, hates ToT and Haunted Mansion and ITTBAB. She LOVES Star Tours. I would give it a try if you child likes Star Wars in general. I don't think it is scary.
  17. JessicaW1234

    JessicaW1234 DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2009
    If your 6 year old is not afraid of Star Wars movies in general (the characters, flying through asteroids) and does not get motion sick, I don't think there is anything to worry about
  18. blackpearl77

    blackpearl77 DIS Veteran

    Mar 26, 2014
    When my son was 6 he went on star tours twice. The first time he didn't wear the glasses. The second time he did and he liked it much better. (I said isn't it blurry without the glasses?) I thought he might be scared so I kept trying to hold his arm and he's say stop it! haha so I guess he wasn't scared. He liked it enough to go on twice! But he is a star wars fan so that might make a difference.
  19. Mama Bear Me2

    Mama Bear Me2 Mouseketeer

    Mar 22, 2014
    Hi ... agree with others here & something else for you to consider:

    * Watch YouTube video to gauge your child's reaction to the "images" he is seeing

    * Have a talk and explain it's all "pretend" ... not going anywhere ... just feels like it

    * Explain to your child he should "close his eyes" if he sees something scary & to look again after a few seconds to see if he still finds the images still "scary" (if yes then close eyes again)

    * I would be more concerned about the "motion sickness" aspect of this ride.
    I don't usually experience "motion sickness" but this makes me motion sick.
    Therefore, explain to your child if he's feeling "motion sick" he needs to keep his eyes closed until the end of the ride (he'll still feel the chair moving so he still needs to hold on tight to the armchair though).

    Good luck! :-)
  20. 2Pirates2Princesses

    2Pirates2Princesses DIS Veteran

    Nov 15, 2010
    When my DS8 was four, he was afraid of the Winnie the Pooh ride and Star Tours was one of the attractions he wanted to repeat. :thumbsup2
  21. DopeyDame

    DopeyDame DIS Veteran

    Jul 8, 2010
    Unless your six year old is far more sensitive than most kids, he'll love Star Tours.

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