Close your eyes and think about Walt Disney World®. What pops into your head? Most likely you will think about Mickey Mouse and all the characters. Some will think about the fun memories that were made at the park. Then there will be those people who just start singing “it’s a small world”® and can’t get it out of their head for the rest of the day. A lot of what you might be thinking about revolves around so called “kiddie” attractions at the park.
My name is Nick, and I am a 14 year old Disney enthusiast who will be entering my freshman year of high school in Portland, Maine. When I take my yearly trip to Walt Disney World® (most years) and return home, most of my friends ask me how it was and other things like that. Most of them question why I still go to WDW when I’m 14 because they went there once when they were little and think it is for little kids only. Now I could just take the “cool” cop out and tell them that my parents drag me along to please my 8 year old sister, but that’s just not me. I tell them the truth, that first of all WDW is the freaking coolest place ever and how I love Disney and really enjoy spending time there with my family. I have been to WDW 10 times, my first trip was at 2 years of age and my last trip was over this past Christmas break, shortly after my 14th birthday. I have grown up through Disney and have been in all stages of park enjoyment. From those first rides bouncing with Tigger on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to rocking out to Aerosmith and being launched at 60 mph on the Rock and Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith®. So, having these experiences I do understand where my friends come from and how they see Walt Disney World® overall. I try to tell them that there is more to WDW, and some teens (actually only 2) see Disney the same way I do. Maybe they don’t love it as much, but they still go there and enjoy it.
In this blog I want to open the eyes of skeptical teens, but also maybe show some fun things to young Disney vets. Also, for the teens at heart I want to show adults who maybe are thinking about going to WDW, go to WDW a lot, or have teenage kids, all the cool things at Walt Disney World® that aren’t for little kids. In my free time, I like to study park history and also try to broaden my Disney knowledge whenever possible. I also enjoying hanging out with friends and playing basketball and baseball (the two sports I play at school). When I’m at the parks I love to eat and try new restaurants (thanks mom and dad), so I can also point out fun places to eat as a teen in the Resort. Overall, I just want the blog to be fun to read, and maybe have you, the reader, learn something new or find something you might have overlooked when visiting Walt Disney World®. As Walt once said, “Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.”
(Photos from the author’s personal family collection.)
Nick is a 14-year-old freshman in high school. Living in Maine, he cannot go to WDW more than once a year, but enjoys that yearly trip with his family. Being the Disney connoisseur in this family, he frequently answers Disney questions and helps plan vacations for anyone who needs it. He is commonly referred to as My Pal Nicky by his friends and family. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or look him up on Facebook and twitter @njfor3.