Help me, teens! Taking 14 year old boy to WDW, looking for fun things outside of parks!

wildernesslodgelover

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Ok.... so he and his 12 year old sister would prefer IoA but I’m such a WDW lover I selfishly would prefer Disney! I’m more familiar with the resorts and the general layout. However, alllll that I know is from taking my daughter (she’s now 20) to Disney. These are my boyfriend’s grandkids so I’m trying to impress! 😊
Bottom line is, they will be missing two days of school and staying at a resort hotel...so it’s going to be good no matter what! I thought about Disney Quest and Richard Petty Driving but DUH.... I’ve been out of the loop so long I just found out both are closed!
Is NBA thing any good? It doesn’t have the greatest reviews. He’s definitely a sports nut so anything athletic related is good. He also loves fishing.... anyone do a fishing charter that WDW offers?
Give me some ideas.... we haven’t decided on a resort hotel yet... because it depends on the activities we choose to do. Also, I’m not a Star Wars fan and know nothing about the new park but I think he is so we are open to doing it.... is it really that great? We are trying to avoid crazy crowds and long wait times. We just took his younger grandkids to MNSSHP and had a great time with 5-20 min wait times.... so if there are any after hour park activities that aren’t as “babyish” at any of the parks, let me know!
Thanks for your help!
 

disneycountrygirl

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My teens love Disney - and so do all their friends. It was about age 12 that my son was a little squirrely about it, but that was one trip and it passed quickly. Outside the parks, I like your fishing charter idea and I personally don't know of any other ideas. Sorry. But inside the parks, I wouldn't miss all the big rides - FOP in my book would be an absolute must do with them, and I'd do it whatever way is possible: 60 day FP reservation, rope drop, just before close (they inflate the wait times then), endure a long wait - whatever it takes to get on. They should like EE, ToT, RnRC, Splash, Space, BTMRR. Maybe book a neat TS ADR if they like eating. Have they ever been to Disney? Because seriously, the only people I've ever met who rebuff Disney are people who have never been there.
 

itbesjaime

Earning My Ears
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Sep 26, 2016
Honestly?

I took my 13 year old nephew to Disney. I was really worried that he wouldn't be into it, but we really just emphasized the big thrill rides. He had never done a rollercoaster that went upside down. And part of the fun was making sure the magic was alive for his 10 year old sister, and the other young guests around us. Disney is only lame if you're trying to push the kids to do things and rides they're not interested in. Don't expect the kids to want to get on the Winnie The Pooh ride. But at the same time, kids love competitions and challenges. Try gauging their interest by challenging them to do all the rides in a park in one day (this can be kind of fun because they'll be hopping on rides with short lines like Small World just to check it off the list, and trying to prioritize when to do what). Or letting them have some sort of control over what lines to wait in.

They might be huffy while waiting in lines, but the truth of the matter is: you're in disney. They'll probably forget about what the other parks offer if you try to keep things fast-paced. Remind them that they could be in school and chances are you'll get a lot less complaining.
 
  • McKelly

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jan 22, 2004
    14 year old boy - The Void in Disney Springs. Virtual Reality game. Currently, they have a Star Wars version and a Wreck-It Ralph version.
     

    stayouttathedamnlakes

    Earning My Ears
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    Sep 14, 2019
    I would encourage you to just do the NBA Experience. I don’t think it’s the best thing in the world, me being a sports fan myself, but the kids and teens I’ve seen doing it always seem to have a blast. Highly prioritize E ticket attractions. I just got back from the parks yesterday, and the wait times were nonexistent. I was able to get many Fastpasses for big rides, Everest never had a wait above 15 minutes. If you’re going anytime soon, you should have no trouble riding what you want to.
     

    JustAnotherUser

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    Ok.... so he and his 12 year old sister would prefer IoA but I’m such a WDW lover I selfishly would prefer Disney! I’m more familiar with the resorts and the general layout. However, alllll that I know is from taking my daughter (she’s now 20) to Disney. These are my boyfriend’s grandkids so I’m trying to impress! 😊
    Bottom line is, they will be missing two days of school and staying at a resort hotel...so it’s going to be good no matter what! I thought about Disney Quest and Richard Petty Driving but DUH.... I’ve been out of the loop so long I just found out both are closed!
    Is NBA thing any good? It doesn’t have the greatest reviews. He’s definitely a sports nut so anything athletic related is good. He also loves fishing.... anyone do a fishing charter that WDW offers?
    Give me some ideas.... we haven’t decided on a resort hotel yet... because it depends on the activities we choose to do. Also, I’m not a Star Wars fan and know nothing about the new park but I think he is so we are open to doing it.... is it really that great? We are trying to avoid crazy crowds and long wait times. We just took his younger grandkids to MNSSHP and had a great time with 5-20 min wait times.... so if there are any after hour park activities that aren’t as “babyish” at any of the parks, let me know!
    Thanks for your help!
    maybe take them to Universal Studios, theres a lot of stuff there they would probably like
     

    wildernesslodgelover

    <font color=darkorchid>LOTW charter member!<br><fo
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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions.... I should have clarified we are only staying 2 nights, on Disney property (I just booked a cabin at FW) and only doing ONE park.... which will probably be IoA because that’s what they want😪
    So I was looking for stuff to do on WDW property without going into any parks.

    McKelly I’m not familiar with the Void so thanks for mentioning it, I will look into it!

    Stayouttathedamnlakes- yeah I think it might be something we should do, thank you!

    Disneycountrygirl and itbesjamie I think if we had to go to MK because of younger kids (Like if we ever take them with their younger cousins) they will enjoy it.... since we are only taking them I want to focus on their tastes so IoA it is but I admit I’m not thrilled! Lol. Thanks for your suggestions and input!

    Justanotheruser thx!
     
  • tinkerjo

    Crazy Disney nut
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    Nov 25, 2005
    The cabins at ft Wilderness are great and you will find plenty to do there without ever leaving. Rent bikes (or better yet a golf cart!!) or fishing poles, go horseback riding, spend time at the pool, play basketball, the campfire singalong is fun for all ages, and who doesn’t like s’mores??? Honestly, there is enough there to make any kid happy for a day
     

    wildernesslodgelover

    <font color=darkorchid>LOTW charter member!<br><fo
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    Jun 3, 2004
    The cabins at ft Wilderness are great and you will find plenty to do there without ever leaving. Rent bikes (or better yet a golf cart!!) or fishing poles, go horseback riding, spend time at the pool, play basketball, the campfire singalong is fun for all ages, and who doesn’t like s’mores??? Honestly, there is enough there to make any kid happy for a day
    Thanks! Yeah I’ve always been a big believer of enjoying the things going in at your own resort rather than doing parks all day, every day. We are already planning a trail ride and golf cart was already discussed and decided on! I’m very excited!
     


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