Teenagers at Disney
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A guest recently emailed me and asked me “will
teenagers enjoy Disney?” Of
course! And decided to send a quick insight into some rides for her son
Disney is great fun when you are young as the sight of Mickey is thrill enough
but teenagers needs something more exciting than the characters and
Disney has lots of things to do for teenagers. Get yourself some walkie-talkies so that they can head off on
their own and you can still contact them when you need to. With Disney transportation, they can go to other parks on their
own and you can meet up at the end of the day.
Disney Hollywood Studios: Go straight to the Rock and Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith. This is an indoor high speed ride and you go on a “musical
journey” in one of the 24 cars which are supposed to be stretch limos
and there are lots of twists and turns. A good ride and of course if you like Aerosmith (I don’t) then
even more exciting – often see youngsters getting off and going
straight back in the queue.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – you can see this advertised on the approach to
Disney’s maingate with people hanging out of the lift. This has recently been updated to add a frightening new twist to
what was already a great thrill ride. New special effects, lighting, musical score and accelerated
speeds plummet guests 13 stories, again and again! Very popular ride so be prepared to queue.
Star Tours : A flight simulator,
with rocking seats and on-screen action, makes you feel like you're
hurtling through space and dodging debris. Great for Star Wars fans –
you need to be into the films to appreciate this I think.
Studio Backlot Tour : This begins as a seemingly
informative tram ride through movie sets, wardrobe areas and lighting
departments where you can see movie’s “houses” and set from George
of the Jungle and just as the teenagers think this is boring, it
suddenly turns into a thrilling trek through Catastrophe Canyon, with an
explosion and flash flood. Sit on the right if you don't want to get wet
– great fun and not to be missed.
Epcot: Test Track - really takes teenagers for a ride! The longest and fastest
ride ever in Walt Disney World, Test Track screeches through a
150,000-square-foot pavilion with hairpin turns, spirals and spins, with
speeds revving to 65 mph. Riders in test vehicles zoom into the
exclusive world of automobile testing in an exhilarating mile-long
adventure. Great fun and
gives teenagers a chance to experience “driving” – brilliant! (Teens age 16 or older can buckle up for a joy ride at speeds as
great as 145 mph at Walt Disney World Speedway. The ride-along is
offered as part of Richard Petty Driving Experience. For more
information, call 800/BE-PETTY).
Teenage girls love to shop – so let them loose in
World Showcase – they can spend hours (and money!) wandering around
all the shops of the different countries. Some of the shops are expensive but well worth a
They can all get something to eat in the World Showcase as so many different tastes are catered for.
Animal Kingdom :A
peaceful journey through the prehistoric world of dinosaurs suddenly
turns into a thrill ride through Dinosaur U.S.A. at AK. An all-terrain time rover whisks
travellers on a turbulent trek
back 65 million years to a world filled with frightening close
encounters with extraordinary dinosaurs, fiery asteroids and meteor
showers. Get your photo
taken on the ride and view it at the end – usually hysterical and a
great momento of the holiday.
Magic Kingdom :The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter - an eerie
encounter with a monstrous alien, teenagers may find this a bit cheesy
but well worth a visit. A must-see classic thriller coaster, Space
Mountain – a coaster in the dark and spectacular views – my 9yr old
loved this too. Takes you through the Space Age.
In Frontierland, guests on Splash Mountain…..87-foot drop at 40 mph --
one of the worlds longest, steepest flume drops…..always large queues
but on a hot day a welcome cooling off ride.
Disney West Side : offers another mountain to conquer at Walt Disney
World Resort. Buckle up and custom-design the roller coaster of your
dreams with barrel rolls, flips and multiple inversions. Then ride your
coaster creation aboard CyberSpace Mountain, a 360-degree motion
simulator at Disney Quest : the ultimate interactive family
Then of course – the water parks. Blizzard
Beach I think was designed for teenagers. A great place for fabulous rides and areas for the girls to get
their tan on! You will always see young groups of local children there at the weekends and it
is great fun with so many different things to do. Plunge down Summit Plummet at speeds up to 60 mph. The
120-foot-tall Summit Plummet is the fastest, tallest, free-fall speed
slide in the world. Or “catch a wave” at Typhoon Lagoon water park
with waves every 90 seconds ranging from three to six feet. You can book for professional surfers to teach your teens how to
cut, carve and "hang 10" during clinics prior to park opening
on select days – ring Disney prior to your visit to book 407/WDW-PLAY.
Teenagers who are into wakeboarding, parasailing or waterskiing can cool off at
Sammy Duvalls Water Sports Centre at Disneys Contemporary Resort Marina
with world-caliber instructors. Again call 407/WDW-PLAY.
This is just quick insight and UNIVERSAL AND IOA have probably more to offer!
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