The teenage years can be a tricky time to take the kids to Disney World. Of course they’ll love the magical experiences they loved as kids, but they’ll crave new things that make them feel like the almost-grown-ups they are. Take a peek at these unique ideas that give them a chance to try out their wings.

orlandovacation_teens-signature-diningTake them on their first signature dining experience

Disney World is well known for many things, including the huge number of incredible dining options. While you’ve likely taken the kids to some of the more whimsical options, like ‘50s Sci-Fi Dine-In, or some of the character meet and greets, have you considered taking them to a Signature Dining spot?

Some require fancy dress, though others only require “theme park casual”, which generally means no bathing suits or flip flops. If you want to get gussied up for the night, go for it! If you want to experience an adult dining experience without the hassle of bringing your fanciest duds, you can do that too! Generally speaking, the signature dining restaurants in the parks do not require fancy dress, while those at the resorts do.

Pamper them with spa services

There are many spas located throughout the Orlando area, including options at Disney resorts like the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Just head to the Magic Kingdom and take a leisurely boat ride to the spa. Keep in mind that you don’t need to be staying at the Grand Floridian to take advantage of these services. Use the hundreds you save by staying at an offsite Orlando hotel or vacation home to treat your teens to a massage, facial, and other services.

orlandovacation_teens-shopping-downtown-disneyLet them spend an afternoon at Downtown Disney

Sure, you likely let your kids hang out at the mall or go to the movies on their own, but imagine how exciting it will be for them to have an afternoon on their own in a new city. Of course, as the parent, you may be nervous about this idea. That’s why Downtown Disney is a great idea.

You can sit at a café and have a cup of coffee, knowing that you’re just moments away from them if they need you. Give your teen an allowance for the afternoon and let them explore! They may decide to treat themselves to lunch, visit Disney Quest, take a hot air balloon ride, or shop to their heart’s content. No matter what they choose to do, it’ll be a special experience for them and it’ll be a great way for you to earn some serious cool-parent-points they’ll talk about for years to come.