• On Aug 30, 2016
    Beth from NJ 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.

    My daughter wants her sweet 16 in disney. She wants to do Keys to the kingdom but wont be 16 until 2 days after they leave! I heard they are strict about age and we already bought plane tickets. What else can I do to make this trip extra special?

    Hi Beth,

    The behind-the-scenes tours of the Walt Disney World parks are amazing, especially for a Disney fan. You are correct that the tours generally adhere strictly to the age requirements, though I guess it wouldn't hurt to ask if a two-day exception is possible.

    If it's not, there are several other tours that she might find extra special:

    The Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom may be my favorite backstage tour. You get an up-close view of the animals and a fabulous lunch on the savannah. I could do this one again and again.

    I found the World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered tour at Epcot fascinating. You learn about each of the countries in the World Showcase and get lunch in one of the table service restaurants. It's well worth the time and the money, in my opinion.

    Or what about a Wishes or IllumiNations fireworks cruise? The Wishes cruise leaves from the Contemporary and, after a water tour of Seven Seas Lagoon, anchors across from Cinderella Castle for the fireworks. The IllumiNations cruise leaves from the Yacht Club dock and parks under the bridge between the United Kingdom and France pavilions for a bird's eye view of the fireworks. Both cruises include snacks and soft drinks.

    I have done each of these four and can recommend them personally. You will find others that might be appropriate on the Events and Tours list. The Backstage Magic or Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom tours might be of particular interest to you as Keys to the Kingdom alternatives.

    Happy Sweet 16 to your daughter!

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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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