As you gear up for your big trip to Disney World, whether it’s your first trip or your twentieth, it’s important to consider the special needs your teen will have. Consider this great article, The Times They Are a-Changin’; Taking Tweens and Teens to Walt Disney World, or take a moment and review our favorite tips below.
1. Just because they’re older doesn’t mean everything’s changed
As parents get ready to take their teens to Disney World they often think about the things that have changed. It’s important to do that – and we’ll cover several things you should think about that may have changed – but it’s also important to remember that Disney brings out the kid in all of us. Don’t assume that your teen doesn’t want to meet the Princesses, or that they suddenly won’t be spooked out by the Haunted Mansion.
2. Don’t be afraid to bribe them
Yes, bribing your kids may not be the most sound parenting advice anywhere else in the world, but at Disney sometimes you have to make an exception – especially if you have more than one kid. Teenagers are notorious for wanting to do what they want when they want it. If your family wants to head to some of the tamer rides and your teen isn’t on board, offer to buy them a Dole Whip after the ride, or let them pick two rides for every one ride everyone else picks. These kinds of bribes can go a long way toward keeping the peace.
3. Be careful when planning evening activities
You know your kids best and when it comes time to plan for evening activities, you’ll have to take their unique preferences into account. For example, some teens stay up all night and would love nothing more than to close the park down. Others don’t like being tired and sore and would rather head back to the resort earlier for a night of swimming and movie watching. Remember that dragging anyone through the parks is no fun if they don’t want to be there. Try to find some creative compromises.
4. Consider letting your teen venture out on their own
This can be a scary prospect for many parents, but it’s often a great opportunity to give your kids a little space and let them feel more grown up. Take precautions, like only letting them off on their own when you’re in the same park, or having them check in every few hours. Not only will they be excited to do a few things on their own, but they’ll be more willing to participate in family activities if they know they get time to themselves.