Walt Disney World – not just for little kids!

Over the years, I’ve heard so many people make excuses for not visiting Walt Disney World.  Some of the most popular seem to be:

  • “My kids are too old for Walt Disney World.”
  • “All of the attractions seem to be for younger kids.”
  • “My teenager isn’t into the characters anymore.”

I’m sure you’ve heard (or maybe even made) similar excuses.  Well, I am here to tell you they are just that – excuses! Walt Disney World is for everyone, not just for kids!

Ashley (age 5) with Snow White

Ashley (5) with Snow White in 1999

My oldest daughter is now 18 (she first visited WDW when she was 5).  She has thoroughly enjoyed each and every trip that we have made! She still remembers those early trips and wants to see and do the things that we did then.  But, she also wants to add to the fun by adding new attractions and sights to our “must do” list.

She still likes to meet the characters (even if it means waiting in line sometimes). She’s usually one of the first to ask to visit a certain character spot or character meal.

In response to the above-listed excuses, I’d say:

  • Nobody is ever too old for Walt Disney World.  Remember the old commercial where the daughter heads to college and the parents head off to Disney World?
  • Many of the attractions are very educational in nature.  Things you maybe didn’t think to do with your younger kids – like Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom and the World Showcase Pavilions at Epcot – are things that older kids will understand and appreciate.  (If you’re a homeschool family, you’ll find many of the attractions at Walt Disney World to be great starting points for further research in the areas of science, history, and/or writing.)
  • If your teenager isn’t into the characters anymore, they’re probably into peer pressure!  The  truth of the matter is, I don’t think anyone ever outgrows the characters and the magic that is Walt Disney World!

Ashley (15) with Pinocchio in 2009

So, I’d encourage you to plan that Disney trip, even if your child resists at first.  Get him/her involved in the planning – buy a few Disney planning  guides, visit some Disney websites, and start making some lists.  I’m sure you’ll find your child has a great time – and you’ll be making family memories that will last a lifetime! 

In future posts, I plan to share some of those attractions that teens seem to like most, as well as book ideas, websites, etc. that you might want to share with your teens.  If you have ideas, please feel free to send them my way via e-mail.  I’m more than happy to share your great ideas, and will credit you as well!

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