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!
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.
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.
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.
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