Get the whole family involved in planning your trip to Orlando.
The key to a happy holiday starts at home. Get your teens to help plan a rough itinerary for your time in Orlando. Go through the guidebook or our helpful Orlando posts and videos, and get them to make a list of the parks, rides, foods and activities they’d really like to experience. That way, you can pepper your plan with a little something for everyone. If you buy your Walt Disney World tickets in advance at Attraction Tickets Direct, you can take advantage of Disney FastPass+ service up to 60 days in advance for Disney Resort Hotel guests and up to 30 days for regular ticket holders. This means that you can select a time to ride some of the parks’ most popular attractions without waiting in the standby line. For attractions such as Avatar Flight of Passage, selecting a Disney's FastPass+ can really save you time. Your teens won’t want to miss out on the best rides and trust me, they’ll be thankful for cutting the wait time.
Stay somewhere with extra space
Many of the Disney Resort Hotels offer family suites or rooms that cater for larger or older families. With younger kids a standard hotel room (with two beds) is a perfect choice, but as they get older, your teens might want more space or privacy. Disney’s All-Star Music Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort both offer an option to book a family suite that sleeps up to six people. These rooms cost a little bit extra but usually work out cheaper than booking separate rooms. Deluxe Villa Resorts like Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort or Disney's Old Key West Resort also have more space and amenities such as a kitchen, washer and dryer and multiple bathrooms, ideal for larger groups.
Prioritise the thrill rides
Plan the rides, attractions and zones you want to visit in advance and don’t bother dragging your teens to areas in the park that aren’t going to appeal to them. For example: in Magic Kingdom Park, Fantasyland is geared up for the younger guest and your teenager might find rides like the Peter Pan’s Flight and Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid less thrilling than Splash Mountain! A far better use of their time is to head to high-energy rides like Space Mountain and if they love it first time around, let them go back in via the single rider queue while you take a breather outside.
Put them in charge of the Memory Maker
With Disney's 14-Day Ultimate Ticket, you may already know that Memory Maker will be included with your purchase. The package is worth $199 if purchased directly from the Parks, so it’s a huge added value and will help you save some precious memories from your time at Walt Disney World Resort. Memory Maker gives you the opportunity to access dozens of professionally-taken photos of you and your family at the parks via your My Disney Experience account. This includes action shots on selected rides like Splash Mountain and Test Track, snaps with your favourite Disney Character or a classic shot with your family in front of Cinderella Castle. Find out everything you need to know about Memory Maker in our video.
Free Wifi in the Parks
Can’t get your kids off their tablets? Good news, Wifi is free at the theme parks so you can let them Facebook / Instagram and Fornite to their heart’s content. It’s true, you probably aren’t planning for the family to have their heads in a device for your holiday, but having a tablet and access to Wifi can come in handy for planning purposes and keeping in touch if you decide to split up at any point. If you are looking for a non-digital game to play with your teens, challenge them to play our Attraction Tickets Direct Theme Park Bingo.
Schedule in plenty of rests and food stops
I think most parents will agree that the best strategy with teenagers is not to push them too far past their own pace. If you’re visiting Walt Disney World with teens, be aware that the excitement may tire them out more than usual so try not to do too much, allowing for lots of refreshment stops and breaks. With Disney's 14- Day Ultimate Ticket, you get 14 days for the price of 7 and so there is no need to pack too much in at once. Take your time and visit the Parks at your own pace. It’s a good idea to break up the theme park fun with a few relaxing pool days at the hotel, especially because the Walt Disney World Resort hotels have brilliant pools. Some of our favourites are Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort.
Things to do with your teens at Disney Springs
Disney Springs is a shopping and entertainment area at Walt Disney World Resort. It’s free to enter and you will find shops like Sephora, Nike, Kate Spade and Uniqlo, as well as restaurants, cafes and bars. Pop into the giant CocaCola shop to try different flavours from around the world and check out some of the unique merchandise. Undoubtedly, Lego fans will love the giant dragon made from Lego bricks that sits on the lake. You can also go for a ride in a car that turns into a boat! The brilliant Amphicars take you on a 25-minute tour around Disney Springs on the lake, which is extra special at night. The atmosphere is always jolly with music playing and street entertainment. There is also a huge Disney Store, a bowling alley and a cinema. Finally, make a stop at the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM machine, where you can order a cupcake from a machine in the wall and have it delivered to you in one minute. To be honest, adults and kids of any age will love this!
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