You are probably already a hero in the eyes of your child or grandchild, and taking them to Disney World just adds to that status. In this series, we will give you a few insider tips and tricks that we have learned from our Disney friends. These will instantly increase your hero status and add to the magic of Disney attractions for your little ones. Some of these tips require some planning prior to your trip and, depending on the child’s age, may be difficult to pull off, but the magic you will create for your child will be well worth it.
Catch a Golf Ball – Soarin’ (EPCOT and California Adventure)
In the park: Make sure the ball is in your pocket (cargo shorts are great for this) as you board the ride. When the ride is in progress, make sure you have the ball palmed in your hand (just after the hang glider is your cue) and when the golf ball flies past, (8:23 mark of the video below) reach up “catch” the ball. The second time around I had to be even more convincing so I shouted – “I caught it again.” After the ride is over, hand the ball to the child and the rest takes care of itself. It was even magical for other kids who asked my son to see the ball and he explained how he got it. To this day he still asks to see the “golf ball Daddy caught” whenever we are talking about rides in Disney.