Mom And Son Giraffe
  • On May 20, 2011
    Christa from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Considering the sizes of the parks and crowds at what age do you feel it is ok for teens to explore a park on their own? Our 14 and 15 year olds might request an afternoon on their own. Thanks! Don't want to be overprotective just safe.

    Hi Christa!

         You as a parent, know your children the best so it really is up to your comfort level and how mature that your children are as to when you let them strike out on their own in "the world". My son is thirteen and he thinks that he is "King of the World!" when I let him go on his own for a few hours in Walt Disney World. I am a single parent and I am extremely protective of my son, but on our last two trips I have let my son ride a ride or two by himself. My son knows the parks of Walt Disney World by heart as well. So from my experience here is what I would recommend:

    1. Start out slow and let them go off alone on a ride or two on their own and then work up to longer times
    2. Set a time limit and a meeting place for them to meet you in one to two hours
    3. Make sure that you are in the same park and restrict them to the park that you are in
    4. Have your children commit to stay together the entire time and not separate
    5. Make sure that both parties have cell phones to reach each other if anyone is delayed or you need to contact them for any reason
    6. Relax and let the kids have fun and while they are at it, make sure that you have fun too

    I hope that your next vacation at World Disney World is filled with extra magic and memories!

    Keep Dreaming Big!
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Meet the Panelist: Marc, New York

I am a single Father to one incredible boy.  I would love nothing more than to provide people with Disney vacation planning that will enable them to have a new experience or make their Disney vacation just a little more magical! Learn More About Marc

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