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10 Things to do at Disney World with Teens
You might typically think of a Disney vacation as one that caters to families with young children. While it is certainly a magical experience when you see your child meet their favorite Disney character for the first time or enjoy their first Mickey shaped treat in the park, Disney can also be a wonderful experience for teens! You may have to adjust your expectations a little bit, but a trip to Disney World with teens is worth it! Due to their maturity, patience and sleeping habits, it might actually be the most relaxing Disney trip you ever take.
10 Things to do at Disney World with Teens
I asked Get Away Today to help me compile a list of suggestions for things to do in Disney World with teens, and here’s what we were able to come up with. Let me know if there’s anything else you recommend!
1. Photo challenges and the best spots for Instagram pictures at Disney World
Throughout Disney World, look for unique photo spots. Since some tweens and teens hate a cheesy, posed family photo, allow your teen to do whatever makes them comfortable as you snap a pic. When your trip is over, have your teen help you pick out the best photos and compile them into an album you can print and enjoy as a souvenir. Here’s a list of fun photo backdrop options you can search for with your teen:
- Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom Park: The Purple Wall located next to Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. You’ll also find the galactic purple wall here too.
- Main Street Confectionary in Magic Kingdom Park: The Candy Stripe Wall
- Spaceship Earth in Epcot: The Bubblegum Wall and The Blueberry Wall
- Mission: Space: The Rose Gold Wall
- The Land in Future World in Epcot: The Mosaic Wall
- The Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion: The Toothpaste Wall
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Walls of Harambe (located right inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom entrance) offer a variety of backdrops for your pictures.
- Satu’li Canteen: The Moss Wall
- Toy Story Land in Universal Studios: Checkerboard Wall, Toy Story Block Wall and the Popsicle Wall
- Grand Avenue: Muppets Wall
2. Disney After Hours
Enter the park at 7:00 PM and enjoy shorter ride wait times in Disney World with your teen! The After Hours events and shows typically begin at 10:00 PM and run until 1:00 AM, but times and dates vary. Be sure to check the schedule before making your plans. If your teen is a night owl, these nighttime shows, rides and treats at Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park can feel like an exclusive experience for them.
3. Play Disney Parks App
Enjoy a truly interactive experience in Walt Disney World by downloading the free Play Disney Parks App. It will give you and your teen something to do when waiting in line or exploring the Resort. The app can bring your surroundings to life and the more you use it, the more it shares with you. Play Disney trivia together and collect achievement badges for going on certain rides or visiting certain attractions.
4. Find Hidden Mickeys
Challenge your teen to find the Hidden Mickeys throughout Walt Disney World, and consider upping the stakes by offering a reward for locating a certain amount. Maybe after finding 10, your teen gets to choose where you eat dinner that night, or how late you get to sleep in the next morning. You can download a Hidden Mickey app to help or make them try it on their own!
5. Starlight Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
This nighttime safari allows guests to wear night vision goggles to take a peek at nocturnal wildlife. For tweens, teens and adults, the Starlight Safari takes guests on a ride in an open-sided vehicle for a one-hour tour of the “Savanna.” Tours begin at 8:30 pm and run until 10. Advance reservations are required, and it is an additional cost per person. The Starlight Safari is open to all guests of Disney World, and is not limited to those staying in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
6. Camp at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
It’s probably safe to say that camping with younger kids isn’t ideal. There’s the constant need to watch them to keep them away equipment and firepits, and the thought of changing diapers in the wild isn’t very appealing! However, once kids reach a magical age of being able to entertain themselves a little and look out for themselves, camping can be really fun! If you have tweens or teens, you might consider setting up camp at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort on your next Walt Disney World vacation.
You can choose a site that allows tents or RVs, and each option has luxury amenities such as running water, cable TV hookups and electricity. You won’t exactly be roughing it, but you will be surrounded by beautiful landscaping and woodland creatures such as birds and squirrels. With access to pools and recreation including horseback riding, archery and canoeing, teens will have choices for spending their time at the campsite. They won’t be able to complain that nature is boring, that’s for sure!
7. Play Mini Golf at Disney World with teens
Included in Park Hopper Plus tickets for Walt Disney World, adults and teens can enjoy a round of mini golf at either Disney’s Fantasia Gardens and Fairways or Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature golf
course. Try your hand at a round with hazards like broomsticks, fountains, sandtraps and SNOW.
8. Take a Guided Tour
Is your teen interested in the magic that goes on behind-the-scenes in a theme park? If they want to learn more about the engineering of rides at Walt Disney World, there’s a tour for that! For Star Wars fans, there’s a tour for that! If your teen loves animals, consider the Wild Africa Trek in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, or the aforementioned Starlight Safari. There’s also a tour designed for train lovers, which can be found in Magic Kingdom Park. These tours are an additional cost, and reservations are encouraged. Guided tours in Disney World are a wonderful way to cater to the individual interests of your teen, which will go to show they haven’t been overlooked when planning the family vacation.
9. Visit Epcot World Showcase Restaurants
Hopefully your teen is a little more open to dining experiences than a toddler; if that’s the case, you might want to try eating your way around the world at Epcot! With a variety of Showcase Restaurants, you can sample tastes from the Mediterranean, Mexico or Morocco. For Asian fare, take your teen to Lotus Blossom Cafe, Tokyo Dining or Katsura Grill. To satisfy your teen’s sweet tooth, visit Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie and munch on macarons, feast on fromage or bite into biscuit chocolate.
10. ESPN Wide World of Sports
Baseball fans can catch Spring Training here at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in Walt Disney World. Your teen might enjoy catching a soccer game or watching the College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships. From football to volleyball, field hockey to basketball, sports enthusiasts can check the ESPN Wide World of Sports schedule to see what’s available during your trip to Walt Disney World.
LAST CHANCE BONUS ~ Club Cool at Epcot
Are flavored drinks all the rage where you live? Well, in Epcot you and your teen can enjoy a variety of unique options at Club Cool. In addition to offering Coca-Cola merchandise for sale, you are also greeted by fountain drink dispensers that offer tastes from around the world. These free, unlimited soft drinks come in sample sizes, so you don’t fill up on just one. Have a taste test with your teen to see which is their favorite and compare with your own. Club Cool can be a great place to stop and connect with your teen without many distractions. But get there quick Club Cool at Epcot will soon be closed and removed from Epcot to make way for other attractions.
As you can see, there is more to Walt Disney World than just rides and character meet and greets. For teenagers, there is a lot to do in Disney World that can make them feel the vacation is right for them, and that their needs were considered when planning the trip. If you have questions about specific attractions, tours or other options at Disney World, give my friends at Get Away Today a call at 855-GET-AWAY. They would love to help you plan your trip and ensure you make the best choices for your family.
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