Orlando Theme Parks For Parents With Teens
Disney World is broken into four unique parks, each with its own special focus.
With so many exciting parks and experiences to be had, Orlando is overflowing with opportunities to set off on an exciting adventure. Let’s take a look at what teens rave about at each of the Orlando theme parks:
The Magic Kingdom
For thrills, teens are most likely to love the indoor, space-themed roller coaster Space Mountain, the outdoor, wild western roller coaster Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and the wet, wild Splash Mountain.
The New Fantasyland edition immerses guests into the lands of Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Ariel from The Little Mermaid. From princesses to thrills, there’s something in the Magic Kingdom for everyone.
There are a few thrill rides here, including the ever-popular Soarin’, which takes teens on hand-gliding adventure over the rich landscape of California, and Test Track, which is an interactive ride that allows them to create their dream car and then take it for a test drive.
If your teen is an adventurous eater, then they’ll love the World Showcase where they can taste delicious delicacies from around the world, or perhaps they’ll love Innovations, a series of interactive exhibits where they can learn how the weather works, or design and ride their own roller coaster, among other things.
Animal lovers have it all at Animal Kingdom: they can hop on a safari and see animals up-close in their natural habitats, or take a slow, relaxing train ride to an exploration center where they may get a chance to see a vet perform a real surgery on an animal in need. There’s also a super-fast, backwards running roller coaster, Expedition Everest.
Teen theater fans have it made here too, with the Finding Nemo Broadway-style musical, and Festival of the Lion King, a song and dance performance that involves plenty of audience participation.
With several thrills to be found here, including Rock ‘N Rollercoaster and Twilight Zone’s Tower of Terror, there’s lots to see and explore in Hollywood Studios. Star Wars fans won’t want to miss Star Tours, and movie fans will love taking a ride through their favorite films in The Great Movie Ride.
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
For the thrill-seeking teen, the Universal parks are likely to be the biggest hit. From game-changing rides like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, to the 150-foot tall Doctor Doom’s Fearfall, to death-defying roller coasters like The Incredible Hulk, this park has the most thrills per square mile.
While the rides are a huge attraction at these parks, there are also many themed areas that can bring out the inner awe in any teen. Springfield, modeled after The Simpsons, is a popular area, and of course Harry Potter fans will be in heaven at Universal.
Explore the different cities from Los Angeles to New York and let the teens experience what it’s like to be on a real movie set.
Orlando, FL SeaWorld
While Sea World isn’t known as a high-thrills adventure, there are actually several thrill rides mixed in with the fun, informative animal exhibits: Manta starts off with a head-first, face-down inverted nosedive, and Kraken has been ranked one of the best roller coasters in the world.