Walt Disney World is the most magical place on earth. But, how do teenagers feel about going on a Disney vacation?
For whatever reason, the Disney Parks are still thought of as a place for small children. And families with boys think that their little princes won’t enjoy themselves among the land of Disney princesses.
But, speaking as a mom of 2 teenage boys, I can tell you that this isn’t the case. They look forward to our trips just as much now as they did when they were younger.
There is no expiration date for going to the Disney Parks. So, even if your child is no longer in elementary school, you haven’t “missed your chance”.
Traveling with teenagers is a lot different than traveling with a young child. But, in many ways, it’s even better!
Teenagers Help You Plan
One of the best things about traveling with teenagers is their ability to help you with some of the planning.
As much as I’d love to surprise my boys with a Disney trip, I feel like they’re old enough that they should have a say in what we do. After all, it’s their vacation, too.
If there’s anything specific they want to do, they let me know. This includes any FastPasses or Dining Reservations they want. I make my notes, so when it comes time to book everything, I can incorporate some of their wants into our trip.
Don’t Assume They Don’t Want To See The Characters
Admittedly, not every teenager will want to see the characters. But, that doesn’t mean every teen will dismiss them.
Despite being 16 and 14 years old now, my boys still get excited to meet most of the characters.
Depending on who it is, they may hang outside and watch a parade or grab a snack. But, for the most part, they’re good sports and happily wait in line to see the characters.
You’re More Likely To Get Your Money’s Worth Eating Out
Younger children have a tendency to pick at their food. So, you never really feel like you’re getting your money’s worth at mealtimes.
I usually advise families with small children against getting one of the Disney Dining Plans, for this reason.
Quick Service Restaurants do help keep the food costs down, since it’s very easy to share meals. But, if you’re dining at a Restaurant that has a buffet or Family-Style dining, you’ll be charged for every person over the age of 3, no matter how much they eat.
Not only are teenagers more likely to step outside their comfort zone and try new foods, they’re always hungry! If your hungry teens are clearing their plate each meal, you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth.
Older Teens Can Buy Their Own Souvenirs
If your teenager has a job, they may be able to save up enough to buy their own souvenirs.
And if they’re using their own money, they think twice about if they really need it before handing over their whole paycheck to buy it.
More time For Mom and Dad
If there’s one place that I don’t worry about my teenagers walking around together, it’s Walt Disney World.
A big part of why I feel so comfortable letting my boys walk somewhere without us is based on their maturity. They have proven that they can behave themselves when I’m not around.
I also know that there are Cast Members and Disney security around at all times. Just because you don’t see them, doesn’t mean they’re not there.
Letting your teenagers do their own thing for awhile lets them do things that may not be my favorite, like endless rides on Primeval Whirl. I love Disney attractions, but this one is a pain (literally).
Later on, you can come together to and talk about the adventures each person had while you were apart.