Many people tell us they can’t go to Disney because they have teenagers, and “There is nothing for them to do.” As you might imagine, we disagree. In this post I’m writing about some of the things that make Disney a fun place to visit, even for teens.
1. Rides. I’ll start with the obvious. Disney is not a thrill park in the mold of a Cedar Point or Six Flags, but it can hold its own for those seeking speed and excitement. Each Disney park has at least a couple rides to satisfy thrill seekers. Animal Kingdom has the Expedition Everest roller coaster, Dinosaur, and the new Avatar Flight of Passage. Hollywood Studios has The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. EPCOT has Test Track and Mission Space. Even the Magic Kingdom is more than just Mickey Mouse; it has Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, and Splash Mountain. And, with the Park Hopper option on a Disney ticket, thrill seekers can roam from park to park in search of their favorite rides.
2. Water Parks. Walt Disney World also has 2 water park options for teens to explore. Blizzard Beach is a winter themed water park, complete with a chair lift and Summit Plummet, a 120 foot vertical drop water slide. There is also a wave pool and lazy river, among several other water slides and rides. Typhoon Lagoon is styled after an island struck by a tropical storm, including a shrimp boat the Miss Tilly, stranded high on Mount Mayday. Typhoon Lagoon has several water slides, including Crush ‘n’ Gusher water roller coaster and the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool with waves high enough to actually ride a surfboard.
3. Food. Although not nearly as exciting as a 100 foot roller coaster, kids love food. Every park is jammed with restaurants, shops, and snack carts with everything from gourmet entrees to Mickey shaped ice cream bars. When we took our children as teenagers they loved the freedom to roam the parks and pick where they wanted to eat and which snacks to indulge their sweet tooth. One of their favorites was the Electric Umbrella, a quick service restaurant at EPCOT, but they had no problem finding delicious eats no matter where they went.
4. Games. Virtually every resort at Disney has an arcade for teens (and adults) to visit between trips to the parks. The parks also all have areas to explore and have fun, from the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade at Magic Kingdom to the Fossil Fun Games midway area at Animal Kingdom. There are also 2 putt-putt golf courses and a mini-golf course to enjoy and all sorts of fun activities along the Boardwalk in the EPCOT resort area.
5. Pools. Every resort has its own pool, and many have water slides or splash zones to stay cool. They have snack bars, pool side games, and also usually have daily activities led by Disney Cast Members to keep kids from getting bored. I don’t know any teenagers who don’t like spending time at a pool, and when you add in the sunny Florida weather, it doesn’t get any better.
So, if you think you can’t go to Disney because you have teenagers, don’t be too quick to judge. Disney has a lot to offer for kids of all ages!