A Disney Parks vacation is truly fantastic for all ages, from little ones up to adults and every age in between. At the Disney Parks Moms Panel, we receive many questions from parents of older kids and teens who are looking for itinerary ideas. Below are some of the top picks.
Edward from NY is planning a sweet sixteen trip for his daughter and her friend, and needs ideas on how to make the vacation extra special. Susan has some great ideas on how to add even more magic with things like fireworks dessert cruise.
Suzanne from PA wants plan a trip for her 15-year-old daughter, and Ritzy offered up tips for tours and events that are perfect for older kids, like surfing lessons at Typhoon Lagoon.
Jacqueline from WA is traveling with three teenagers and wants to know what there is to do in the fall. Nancy fills her in on special events at the parks during this timeframe.
Trina from OH wants to know the best attractions in each of the four parks for teenagers. Moms Panelist Jane recommends some fun thrill rides, and also provides a link to a website dedicated to planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation with older kids:
Make sure you stop by the Disney Parks Moms Panel to see thousands of additional answers from the panel – or ask them your own question!
I have three kids, my son who will be 16 for our next visit in August, and twin girls who will be 13. We’ve evolved from planning the early “extra magic hour” parks to choosing the late “extra magic hours”. Last December my kids were on Splash Mountain until 2:45 AM one night.
My biggest tip for parents of teens is to include them in the planning. I have each pick one old favorite restaurant, and one that’s new to us. Also, the older they get, the more important the pool is in choosing our DVC resort. This time we’re staying at Saratoga Springs, close to the Paddock Pool.
Another tip, for those families that have been there several times, is to get your teens spend an afternoon or day by themselves. My son loves to play “Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom” by himself for an entire afternoon, meeting us for dinner at whatever ADR we have. Of course, it depends on your child, but my son can navigate Disney’s transportation system with the best of them, so there’s never a worry.
For my tween it is all about finding the balance between sports, entertainment, and food! This applies to life as well as her Disney Parks time! So for her morning field time at ESPN Wide World of Sports, an afternoon riding #AllTheRides, and finally a sit down dinner full of flavor at a fun location is a dream day at Disney!