/ Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

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Taking Teens to Walt Disney World

Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #242 for the week of October 2, 2011.

Walt Disney World is a place to enjoy and create lasting memories together, whether you are family with young children, couples, friends or anything in between. And yes, Disney is also a great place for teens to have fun in a safe environment that may even afford them a bit of independence while on vacation. So this week, we’ll talk about taking teens to Walt Disney World with a mom of teens, and a teen himself. We’ll discuss planning, touring, budgeting, best attractions, misconceptions, tips and much more – all from a parents and a teen’s perspective.

I’ll have a few announcements and then play more of your voicemails at the end of the show. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show

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Question for YOU: What is your best tip for teens or taking teens to Walt Disney World?


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7 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #242 – Taking Teens to Walt Disney World”

  1. Deveney says:

    GREAT show!

    Our last trip to Disney, our oldest son Andrew, “insisted” that we go on his 13 birthday. His reasoning for this was that he NEVER wanted to forget where he was or what he was doing the day he became an “official” teenager. This insistence by him has spurred a new family tradition, because my youngest wants to go to Disney when he turns 13.

    We had a GREAT time. Although my family is “early” in the whole teenage experience.

    We didn’t let the boys wander around the parks by themselves. But, if there was a ride that they were interested in that my hubby and I were not, We would let them go, and tell them “Ok, We will be right over here propping up our feet, when you get done please come find us”. This worked for my family real well. By the time my youngest, Nick, turns 13, Andrew will be 16, I think our family will feel more comfortable letting them wander more on their own at that time. As long as they are still in the same park as my hubby and I, AND they stay TOGETHER. I don’t foresee it being a problem on our next trip.

    My oldest Andrew’s birthday is Nov. 30th, so we were in the parks the week after Thanksgiving. This was a GREAT time to go. The lines were non existent, the weather was not blazing hot, (they even had one morning around 30 degrees, that freaked all the Florida people out, but living in Kansas, it didn’t affect us very much)
    We took both the boys out of school to take this trip. My youngest Nick, was in 4th grade and we had ZERO problems getting is work WELL in advance and he had all his work done before he left.

    My oldest was in 7th grade, and that was a little bit more complicated.
    The first complication was SPORTS. Andrew is an atypical jock who plays every sport every season. The first week of December was basketball season, which is insanely popular here in Kansas. Other than missing three practices and one game, The coach was a little unnerved that his starting point guard was taking a week to go to “MouseLand”. They are state high school league rules that states players have to have so many documented practices before they can play. So missing those practices kept him off the roster for the week AFTER we got back to Kansas.

    The second complication was getting his work ahead of time so that he would not be as far behind. Other than his math teacher, not a SINGLE teacher could tell me what they would be doing for a week. (Which I find INSANELY silly, seeing how they HAVE to turn in 10 days worth of lesson plans to the school board 10 days in advance, but that is ANOTHER soap box all together.) The teachers did not have a problem with him being gone for a week, because he’s a good student. This complication basically made him work three times as hard the week we got back to make sure that his work was done.

    While IN WDW, since it was Andrew’s birthday, he was our “Navigator” when it came to what we did throughout the days. But, being a child of my hubby and I, he choose things that we all enjoyed. His MOST Favorite thing that he wanted to do over and over, wasn’t even a RIDE. His most favorite experience was The Magic of Disney Animation. We went three times and EACH time he said he saw something new.

    It was a GREAT trip, Even with the couple of complications, my family would do it OVER again. The show offered GREAT tips, and both perspectives were insightful and valid.
    Have a GREAT week Lou!

  2. Julie says:

    For teens going to WDW who think they’re “too cool” to do a lot of the stuff in the Magic Kingdom, I think that late night Extra Magic Hours are perfect. When the park is nearly empty of small children, teens are more likely to go on those rides that they usually view as for kiddies, and they’ll have a lot of fun doing it too!

  3. JT says:

    Wow! What this was a fantastic, informative show! Great pairing and sooo much useful information. Whoooop de do review?? Never would have thought about that one! But it is so true. Great job Blake.!

    Keep the teen shows coming & keep Blake on the panel. Wonderful show LOU!

  4. Mary says:

    So glad that everyone like the topic!

  5. Isaac says:

    I know this is a three year late response lol but I am a teen and I have been to wdw once in the years I have been a teen. I went in March of 2013 and I liked it a lot but I still underappreciated the parks in some aspects. Since then I have fell in love all over again with Disney as a whole and I plan to become either an animator or as an imagineer because I am an amateur artist. I’m playing a trip for my 16th birthday with my dad for this January. I think what helped rekindled that love for everything about the disney parks was riding Haunted Mansion for the first time and riding Pirates and Space Mountain again.I would suggest all three of those along with any ride that is base on a beloved movie. For me Peter Pans Flight,even though I had done it many times in the past, was a special experience that made me feel like a kid again. Since I’ve been a listener of the show now for awhile and I have watched so many YouTube videos about Walt Disney World,I appreciate the beauty and the wonder of all the parks and I am definitely going to appreciate the parks and “stop and smell the roses.” Lou,Thank you for all these amazing podcasts each week. I am glad there is many other people who share that same passion for the world as I do. God bless..

  6. Chuck Zitta says:

    Taking two teens to WDW. Been there, done that. Our boys are now 16 and 19. Last trip down was in fall of 2014. Our school system only had the kids in school for Monday and Tuesday, the week of Thanksgiving. To we left the Friday before Thanksgiving week for a 10 day, 9 night stay. The homework was a little stressful when we got back for our younger son, but we made it through. I guess I would suggest going at times of the year when your teenager’s workload is light. Although, then your gonna run into bigger crowds at the parks. But your teens will be happier. We DID have an amazing time when we were there. My older son did comment at the time that he thought he may not need to go back for a while, which was him playing the cool teenager. Though I do think, deep down, he does still love Disney (I still see him posting Disney related things on Facebook once in a while) It’s just a phase he’s going through. He’ll come back to it, for sure. Just have to be patient as a parent. Thanks again for another fabulous show, Lou and guests!!!

  7. William Bragg says:

    WDW, DLR, DCL, ABD, and Aulani…all great options for parents with their teens. I can’t think of a better place to bond with your children than a Disney related experience. I know my teen daughter and I meticulously plan out our trips. The cruise actually brings her closer to her 12-year old brother. Great topic Lou…you’re right…Walt got it right. Good job Mary and Blake.