[quote=“Sallypoo, post:1, topic:9005”]
we’d be interested in Star Wars, dinosaurs, Pirates[/quote]
I suspect you already know about the Star Tours attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Plan to visit that a couple of times, because the place you visit can be different each time you ride and because there is a lot to see in the queue while you’re waiting to ride. Also, see if your kids want to participate in the Jedi Training Academy (and plan to sign up right at rope drop if they do):
There are a lot of pirate-related activities, including seeing Captain Hook in the Peter Pan ride (see at rope drop or get FPP, since this gets crowded) and, of course, Pirates of the Caribbean. Also consider the Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial (near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride):
Your children can also sail off on their own Pirate Adventure Cruises (for $37 each):
or, if you want to join them at see, then there is the evening Pirates & Pals Cruise ($34 for children, $59 for adults):
Dinosaurs and prominent in DinoLand in Animal Kingdom, particularly on the Dinosaur ride (though many children fight that frightening and many adults don’t enjoy being jerked around in the ride vehicles). In Epcot, the Universe of Energy attraction travels past Dinosaurs for part of the ride (though there’s a lot of non-Dinosaur stuff that may not be as entertaining for kids and the entire experience, including the preshow, is around 45 minutes).
You also mentioned T-REX. I wasn’t a fan when I visited (with my friend’s family and his 5 and 7 year old boys). It was the loudest dining experience I’ve ever had, though the 5 year old somehow managed to fall asleep during the long delay before his food arrived and after waiting more than an hour to be seated. You can, however, avoid our first mistake by making sure you are seated faster with a Landry’s Select Club card. In the past, this club cost $25 to join, but you would receive a $25 gift certificate for your first meal. So, if you join ahead of time and aren’t using the Disney Dining Plan, then your membership is effectively free. You then get the benefit of (often significantly) shorter waits at Landry’s restaurants around the country. You can look at their website for details: http://www.landrysselect.com/