Disney World is truly a vacation for all ages. If you are soon visiting Disney World with a teen, here are 5 tips & tricks to survive and enjoy.
Skip Rope Drop
Teens are notorious for wanting to sleep in. While sleeping in at Disney is usually not advised, compromise with your teen and avoid rope drop. Rope Drop is Disney terms for arriving at or prior to park opening time. Instead, plan to stay at parks later. Families with younger children usually leave the parks for early bedtimes. With teens, enjoy hanging out until park closing. For guests staying at a Disney Resort, look for evening EMH (Extra Magic Hours) to enjoy shorter wait times.
Keep Plans Flexible
Teenage years can be a weird time, not a young child and not an adult. However, they tend to still have strong opinions. Keep plans flexible to allow time for them to pick what to do. Build in times with no plans, to allow your teen to pick something they want to do, to further engage them in the vacation.
Teens are often fearless, therefore many are naturally drawn to thrill rides. Be sure to grab a Fastpass for your teen to ride these popular attractions:
- Avatar Flight of Passage (Animal Kingdom) Get a banshee’s eye-view on this 3D flying simulator.
- Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom) Climb a Himalayan mountain and encounter a Yeti.
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Hollywood Studios) Go upside down on your super-stretch limo.
- Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom) Blast through space in a rocket-shaped cart.
- Test Track (Epcot) This is actually the fastest attraction at Disney World, topping 65pmh.
- Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios) Ride a haunted elevator and enter the Twilight Zone.
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One thing teens love is social media. Let your teen take a selfie in front of Instagram worthy walls at Disney World. Learn popular walls and their hashtags below.
- Top left – #ToothPasteWall – found outside The Seas With Nemo and Friends pavilion at Epcot.
- Top right – #MossWall – found near Satu’li Canteen at Animal Kingdom.
- Bottom left – #PurpleWall – found near entrance to Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom.
- Bottom middle – #BubbleGumWall – found outside exit of Spaceship Earth at Epcot.
- Bottom right – #BlueberryWall – found outside exit of Spaceship Earth at Epcot.
Water Park Day
Disney World is more than just 4 theme parks, it is also home to 2 Water Parks. Consider adding a day to Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon to your vacation. Visit Blizzard Beach to find among the tallest & fastest freefall body slide worldwide, named the Summit Plummet (120-foot drop). Typhoon Lagoon contains a fun water coaster with a 400 foot ride named the Crush n’ Gusher. Either water park you choose to visit, your teen will love a day of fun in the sun and water.
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