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Walt Disney World for Teens

Top things for Teens to do at Walt Disney World

Cinderella's Castle

I have been going to Walt Disney World since I was eight months old, so I fell in love with it at a very young age. Many teens loved the parks and movies when they were young, but the teenage years are when that tends to change. That is perfectly normal it happened to me as well. I went to Walt Disney World four times between the age of eight months to six years old, but didn’t go back again until I was 14. That trip really changed a lot for me because I was in that stage of not really liking Disney that much. Hopefully this helps teens find things for them at Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World often has a reputation of being for young kids or families and not necessarily for teens. It’s often asked what there is for adults to do on vacation at Walt Disney World, but what about teens? The teenage group is a large one and typically includes the ages 13-19 but there is also the tween group which is around 11-13. Disney has a large spectrum of characters that appeal to many different age groups. Here are some of my suggestions for all types of teens at Walt Disney World.
Walt Disney World has four theme parks, two water parks, a shopping and entertainment district, and so much more. Each park has a different feel and many different things to do.

Teens looking for some thrill on vacation should check these rides out:

Tower of Terror

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith– Also at Hollywood Studios is a 0-57 mph in 2.8 second ride on a super stretch limo going to an Aerosmith concert while Aerosmith music is played in speakers next to your head.
  • Summit Plummet– Spending a day at Blizzard Beach? This water slide is 120 feet high and sends you down at speeds up to 60 mph.
  • Expedition Everest– At Animal Kingdom is a roller coaster ride through the Himalayan Mountains while trying to escape the Yeti! This is one of my favorite Walt Disney World attractions.
  • Mission: Space– At Epcot this attraction is a must do for those who like space. It replicates a real take off into outer space on to a Mars landing.

The parks have all kinds of rides. One things I would recommend with your parents’ permission and this is most likely for the older teens is to separate from your parents and explore the parks on your own and how you want.

For teens looking to shop for many different things go to Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs). Downtown Disney has something for just about everyone.

I know that a lot of teenage girls and guys like to drink coffee, especially Starbucks. Well Downtown Disney has not just one Starbucks but two – one located in the Downtown Disney Marketplace right outside of the World of Disney and one on the West Side.

Starbucks Marketplace

  • The Marketplace Co-Op has six small boutiques. D-Tech on Demand is the place to get customized electronics accessories. Cherry Tree Lane has bags, watches, scarves, and jewelry. WonderGround Gallery offers original Disney-inspired art.. The Trophy Room is for the sports fan with vintage style clothing and collectibles. Centerpiece has Disney inspired home products. Then finally Zoey and Pickles has girls clothing.
  • Tren-D has trendy and hip handbags, clothing, and jewelry.
  • The World of Disney is for the ultimate Disney fan with 50,000 square feet of everything Disney.
  • On Downtown Disney’s West Side there is D Street which offers a large mix of products for both girls and boys.

Some additional ideas

If you are staying at a Disney resort why not spend some time at the pool. All of the Disney resorts have great pools whether staying at a Value, Moderate, or Deluxe.

Also at Disney’s Hollywood Studios I would definitely suggest stopping by the Magic of Disney Animation where you can learn to draw some of your favorite Disney characters. This is always a must do on my list.

Donald drawing

Some things I have never tried but others might want to try are:

Drive a boat or jet-ski on the Seven Seas Lagoon. If you are under 18 your parents will need to sign a waiver.

Go surfing at Typhoon Lagoon. This happens prior to park opening and also requires a parent signature and is $150.

Disney really does have something for everyone.

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