4 Reasons Why Your Teen is NOT too old for Disney World!

4 Reasons Why Your Teen is NOT too old for Disney World!

4 Reasons Why Your Teen is NOT too old for Disney World!

Rockin Roller Coaster

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Maybe you took your kids to Disney World when they were younger, or maybe you never got the chance to but now they’re teens and you’re worried they’re too old. But guess what – they’re not! Here are 4 reasons why your teen is NOT too old for Disney World.

1. The thrill rides will wow ‘em

One thing families with young children don’t get to experience as much of are the thrill rides because of height requirements (and scared children). But teens are the perfect age group for these rides, including the super fast Rockin Roller Coaster in Hollywood Studios, Test Track in Epcot, Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom, and Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom, to name a few. Ride them, then ride them again!

2. The extras are awesome

Beyond the rides, there are opportunities for some pretty cool activities for teens. Like how about surfing lessons at Typhoon Lagoon? Or a real race car experience on the track at the Richard Petty Driving Experience? Or maybe some parasailing or boat rentals? There are even special tours at the parks that have age limits where younger kids aren’t able to join – making the teen years the perfect time for your family to try these.

3. They’re more independent

Chasing down little kids is a well-known pastime for parents, but traveling with teens means you can get a little downtime, too, if you’d like. Does your teen want to ride Space Mountain for the 4th time? No worries, they can split off from you for a bit and meet back up for dinner a little later. Do you want to relax on your balcony with an ice coffee, but your teens want to play in the pool? Not a problem! It’s a bit of freedom that comes with the kids being a little older.

4. Quality time with your teen

As your kids get older, you may have been finding that you have less and less time together. Between school, homework, sports, activities, friends, and part time jobs, many teens are busy. And, of course, they probably don’t hang out by Mom or Dad’s side as much as when they were little. But a Disney World vacation brings everyone together again, even if just for a week, leaving behind the fast paced real world for laughing together on the roller coasters, enjoying great meals together and watching the amazing fireworks together. It’s a bit of bonding time that can be so hard to get otherwise. And maybe, in one of those moments, in the type of magic that only Disney can bring, you’ll catch a glimpse of that childlike joy inside your teen, catching a glimpse for just a moment of that adorable little child they were not so long ago.

Want to get the most out of your trip with teens?  I specialize in planning personalized Disney vacations, taking the stress of your hands and matching all the right pieces that are just right for your family! 

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What You Don’t Even Know That You Don’t Know About Planning a Disney World Trip

What You Don’t Even Know That You Don’t Know About Planning a Disney World Trip

What You Don’t Even Know That You Don’t Know About Planning a Disney World Trip

Planning Disney World

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That’s a mouthful.

But it’s true. If you are just starting to think about planning a trip to Disney World, there are some things you know that you don’t know. Like, you might not know which resort is best for you. Or maybe you aren’t sure how Park Hopper tickets work.

But then there are the things you don’t even know that you don’t know. These are the things you might not ever think to google, because you don’t even know the question to ask. And yet, these pieces are incredibly important to a fun, laid back, stress free vacation. Let’s take a look.

1. You don’t know that dining reservations are a HUGE must. And not just that, but that dining reservations open 180 days before your arrival and many do book up completely quite early on. This is a sad issue for families who arrive at Disney World and wander into a restaurant only to hear that they aren’t accepting and walk ups that day. And then they try the next one – same thing. That’s not what you want for your family.

2. You don’t know that Fast Pass+ reservations are extremely important and open 60 days before your stay if you stay on property. Having replaced the old system, these new Fast Passes allow you to reserve three rides per day ahead of time – and that’s a must if you don’t want crazy long lines.

3. You don’t know that afternoons are craziest. Want to see some crazy long lines? Show up to the parks after lunch hour. Want to avoid the longest lines? Show up before the park opens and take a break during the afternoon. I promise it’s not only possible, but highly enjoyable. With a good plan in place, you can still get everything done AND go back to your resort to enjoy the pool or take a nap in the afternoon – while everyone else stands in the longest lines.

4. You don’t know that WHEN you go is an important factor in what your vacation will be like. Some dates are so crazy that the parks close to capacity and people can be denied entrance. Some dates are much, much lower crowds. Some dates are intensely hot and incredibly humid. Some are warm and pleasant. And then there are the various special events throughout the year that can change the atmosphere and crowd levels as well. Not all times of the year are created equal for visiting Disney World, (not to mention the difference in pricing).

5. You don’t know that it’s possible to have a strategy to avoid waiting in long lines at all. Most people assume that Disney World is synonymous with long lines, having heard that from friends or family. But what you might not know is that some people manage to avoid the majority of the lines and wait very little throughout their day. How? Through a very carefully and strategically built plan. What’s even better is that you don’t have to worry about spending weeks and weeks researching and figuring this out if you use a planning service that specializes in Disney like this one. I, for example, specialize in arranging all aspects of a Disney vacation including fully customized touring plans for each day so that you don’t wait in the long lines.

It always seems that one of the most difficult part of planning a Disney World trip is that people aren’t even sure what they are supposed to know before they go.  Now you’re ahead of the crowd with these 5 tips!  If you find yourself really wanting to be ahead of the crowds and having a stress-free experience, with fully customized vacation plans and all arrangements handled for you, be sure to contact me for a free consultation.

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5 Reasons Your Preschooler is NOT Too Young for Disney World

5 Reasons Your Preschooler is NOT Too Young for Disney World

5 Reasons Your Preschooler is NOT Too Young for Disney World

Preschoolers in Disney World

1. Mickey is real!

Young children are at that special age where the magic is real and they can truly believe. That really is Mickey Mouse, that castle really is where Cinderella lives, and yes she did just get hugged by Ariel. You get the kind of buy in from your child that dwindles quite quickly as they grow older.

2. Simple joys

You know that preschoolers find joy in all kinds of small things. The same is true in Disney World. Kids love the fountains, and running their little feet through spray areas is just as joyous as riding Small World. A ride on the monorail is just as good as any attraction in the park. Throw in boat rides, bus rides, music, ponds with ducks and birds and the whole day is one big day of exploration and wonder!

3. They can ride a majority of the rides

Sometimes people worry that there is almost nothing that their child would be tall enough for. The opposite is true! There are only a small percentage of rides that they may not be able to ride. If your child is over 38”, he or she can even ride some of the roller coasters and bigger rides! If not, there are so many of the rides that have no height restrictions at all that I promise your days will still be full!

4. They help you slow down and enjoy yourself.

If you’re imagining crazy, frenetic days of running yourself ragged in the theme parks from early morning to late at night, and it makes you feel anxious already, know that bringing the pace down and leaving time for breaks for a preschooler just makes good sense. And as a byproduct, YOU get to slow down and have some breaks! Worried that breaks mean you’ll miss out? When you have a Disney expert to plan your itinerary, you’ll avoid the long lines and get everything done while still having plenty of downtime!

5. You will never forget it!

If you ask me, the question of whether your 3 or 4 year old will remember the trip in great detail when they are older is missing an important part of the equation – YOU will remember that experience with your child forever. The wonder and joy in their eyes as they take in that magic that they still fully believe is a joy that will never leave you. That sight of your adorable little boy or girl, eyes glowing and face lit up as they see Mickey or Minnie for the first time is a memory that will never, ever leave you. And that is something that is truly priceless!

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Sabrina Tinius is the owner of The Enchanted Traveler and specializes in helping parents plan stress free Disney vacations so they can focus on making memories that last a lifetime.  Free consultations are available via the contact page of this website or by emailing [email protected].