"My kids are too old for Disney." Have you said these words? I want to take just a moment of your time to explain why I disagree. I have been blessed with a brother who is 14 years younger than me. I had the opportunity to be a part of his first ever trip to Walt Disney World® (he was four, I was 18) and had the joy of planning his first trip as a teenager (he was 13). So, I have personal experience in this area in addition to knowledge.
I genuinely believe that a trip to Walt Disney World® can be enjoyed by anyone at any age. But there are a few things that make it especially appealing for teenagers.
Have a Star Wars fan in your house? There are already numerous opportunities for them to experience "the force" including meet and greets with Chewbacca, BB-8, and Kylo Ren at Disney's Hollywood Studios® along with the Star Tours® - The Adventures Continue Attraction. Star Wars™: Secrets of the Empire at Disney Springs (this is an incredible immersive experience) has tickets on sale now as well (you don't need a park ticket to enjoy this). Not to mention that Star Wars®: Galaxy's Edge is opening in 2019 (also at Disney's Hollywood Studios®)!!
There are plenty of thrill rides! They can experience Space Mountain®, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad®, and Splash Mountain® at Magic Kingdom®, Rockin 'n' Roller Coaster ® and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ at Disney's Hollywood Studios®, Test Track®, Mission: SPACE®, and Soarin' Around the World at Epcot®, and Expedition Everest and Avatar - Flight of Passage at Disney's Animal Kingdom®.
While I am on the subject, Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom® opened in 2017 and has received rave reviews! Not only are the attractions amazing but the whole land looks like it came right out of the film.
This is just a snapshot of what a teen can enjoy at Walt Disney World®. But, to me, the most important thing is that they have the opportunity to be a kid again! We so often expect teenagers to act like adults and, while they are on their way, they aren't quite there yet. There is something about being in a Disney park that brings out the kid in all of us and I think we should encourage our teens not to grow up too quickly or wish away their childhood.
My brother's first trip.
Tipping his hat to Jessie when he returned as a teen.