So your kids say they’ve outgrown Disney, huh? They’re going through that phase where they’re too cool for character meets and rides? Never fear, there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy Walt Disney World with tweens and teens. Let’s take a look at our 6 favorites!
It is hard sometimes to fathom that there are some kids out there that don’t enjoy Disney World. My two are perfect examples. I guess it is because we didn’t take them until they were much older.
But in any case, Sandy is here to share with you her 6 ways to enjoy Walt Disney World with tweens and teens.
So maybe the kids say they are too old for dinner with Winnie the Pooh or a meet-and-greet with Cinderella. (They’re never too old, but for a few years they’re going to insist that they are!). They think they’re too cool and they already know how the magic happens. That’s fine. Take them backstage! Let them see how it happens!
There are dozens of special tours that take guests backstage to specific parts of the park, to see what goes into making the Disney experience so incredible for the guest. You’ll leave with a whole new perspective, and maybe after seeing how the ride works, they’ll even want to get on and ride so they can see everything they learned about during the tour.
Day of Thrills
Are they roller coaster junkies? No problem! 3 parks, 11 (yup, ELEVEN!) thrill rides, and a meal all rolled into 7 extra Magical hours! The Mountains? Check! Tower of Terror? Check! Rock n Roller Coaster? Check! And so many more!
They begin taking reservations 180 days in advance. Can’t decide which day to do this or don’t want to sit on hold? Contact a Disney planning specialist. They will create an individual itinerary that is perfect for your family and all at no cost to you, they are commissioned by Disney!
Food & Wine Workshops
Have you read our post on Disney’s Food and Wine Workshop? Though the name may imply adults only, it’s not all adult! Many workshops are open to all and can be a great way to do something more your teen or young adult’s speed! There is nearly always some kind of festival going on at Epcot’s World Showcase, but the Food and Wine Festival typically runs from the end of August through Mid-November.
Lists of workshops can be found on the MyDisneyExperience app or look here. Epcot also hosts the Festival of the Arts in January and February as well as Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival from March to May. Every festival has great additional experiences for all ages.
Remember riding Jungle Cruise with your kids? Trader Sam was always willing to trade 2 of his heads for 1 of yours. Well, it’s time to take that adorable pun and upgrade it to something a little more grown up! Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is located in Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and it creates an immersive experience like you can’t even imagine… all based on the beloved Jungle Cruise salesman! Be sure not to upset the Tiki Gods!
The intimate atmosphere seats about 30 guests at a time and though it is a bar, guests over 18 are allowed in before 8. (We recommend before 5:30pm to avoid a long wait) Certain drinks trigger actions in the bar that are sure to entertain your entire family! Beware – drinks for mom and dad can be pricey but it’s definitely plenty of fun watching other peoples’ orders!
Disney After Hours
We know teens think the day starts at noon, so this experience is ideal starting between 9 & 10 pm until midnight or later. This ticketed event on select nights allows 3 hours of access to shorter lines on rides and attractions – perfect for those moody teens who don’t like to wait! Bonus: select snacks and drinks are included throughout your experience, because we know your teens are somehow always hungry!
You can choose between Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The NBA Experience
Got an athlete in the family? Looking for some competitive family fun? Tired of the parks? The NBA Experience, located in Disney Springs, will have YOU on the court. This engaging experience for the entire family has 13 different basketball-based activities. Our entire team got to experience it first hand, and you can read about our adventure here.