Attractions for teens
  • On Apr 23, 2019
    Christy from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am taking my daughter for her first time to Disney World on her 13th birthday. Any must see recommendations? we are in the parks four days, outside parks for 2 days

    Hi Christy,

    Greetings from a fellow Hoosier! There is nowhere more magical to celebrate a 13th birthday than at the Walt Disney World Resort, and I'm so excited to hear that you are going to be able to create memories to last a lifetime together with your daughter.

    I, too, have a 13-year-old daughter and we enjoyed a trip together just the two of us last fall, so I'd be happy to share some tips to make this birthday extra special! First things first, be sure to ask for complimentary buttons (Happy Birthday, I'm Celebrating, or 1st Visit), and when you wear them, Cast Members and even some Guests will love celebrating with you! Next, what kinds of things is your daughter interested in? Is she a thrill-seeker? If so, I'd suggest using the wonderful FastPass+ service for some of those attractions, as they're quite popular. Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are all must-do's at Magic Kingdom Park, but there's also Test Track, Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith that she won't want to miss. Is she into social media? She'll have fun discovering lots of famous Instagram "Disney Walls" and snapping pics to share. Is she a foodie? There are SO MANY delicious things to eat, and making a reservation for a special meal would be a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday. Of course, don't forget to try some classic Disney snacks like popcorn, Dole Whips, Mickey pretzels, and Mickey ice cream bars, too. Finally, be sure to experience a blend of classic favorites like Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Jungle Cruise, new fun like Toy Story Land and Pandora - The World of Avatar (Avatar Flight of Passage is definitely a must-do!), and sprinkle in some magical character visits, parades, and fireworks, and you've got the perfect recipe for an amazing trip. On your non-theme park days, I'd suggest visiting Disney Springs for wonderful shopping and dining, touring the different Resort hotels to enjoy their unique and immersive theming, and stopping by Disney's BoardWalk in the evening to see fun street performers.

    Please tell your daughter Happy Birthday from all of us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Christy, and feel free to come see us again if we can help with anything else as you're planning your trip. I hope that you have a truly magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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