Good Morning! Welcome to the latest edition of the Daily Disney Dish. Today I am going to discuss traveling to Disney World with teens & tweens.
Orlando’s forecast for today: Cloudy with a 40% chance of afternoon showers, high of 72 degrees.
Daily Disney Quote: Wag and the World Wags with You. Howl and They Put You Outside. – Lady and the Tramp
Daily Disney Recipe: The Puffed French Toast at Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom.
Side note: One of the most amazingly magical experiences you can have is going in to Magic Kingdom and walking down Main Street before park opening. You can do this by booking an early morning breakfast at either Cinderella’s Royal Table, or the Crystal Palace. I highly recommend it. Everyone should do it at least once. We do it every visit! We have the most amazing photos of just the four of us – hubby and my two boys, on Main Street in front of the castle with absolutely no one else in the photo!
- 4 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 each eggs
- 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 12 slices bread
- Combine 3/4 cup sugar with cinnamon and set aside.
- Mix egg, 2 1/2 tablespoons of sugar, salt, vanilla and milk until well blended.
- Slowly add flour and baking powder and mix until smooth.
- Cut bread diagonally into triangles.
- Dip bread triangles in batter, allowing excess to drip off.
- Fry in hot oil until golden brown on both sides.
- Drain on absorbent paper towel.
- While toast is still warm, roll in sugar/cinnamon mixture
So… traveling with teens & tweens to Walt Disney World. It can be a real challenge and loads of fun at the same time.
- first of all, sit down before your vacation and have a family meeting. Give your kids the opportunity to help plan your daily activities.
- If you have more than one or two kids, have them each make a list of the top 3 things they want to see and do in each park. And then plan your itinerary accordingly. Kids in middle school and high school really need to feel like they are making choices, dictating what activities you will do as a family. It will make it much easier for them to be open to activities for the younger siblings as well.
- If you have more than one teen/tween traveling with you, allow them some independent time in the parks. According to Disney’s guidelines for touring the parks kids are welcome to to visit attractions alone, as long as they are over the age of 12.
- Make sure they always travel in pairs.
- Always have a set meeting place and time. Have them check in periodically.
- Make sure they know the “lay of the land” at each park. Show them where to get maps and activities guides, so they are not wandering aimlessly trying to find things in the parks. Maps and times guides can be found at entrances and in gift shops.
- Make sure they know how to get in touch with you. Most kids have cell phones these days. Just make sure they are charged!
- If you only have one teen/tween in your party, and there are younger siblings as well, have one parent break off with that kid for some one-on-one time to visit attractions that the younger ones can’t ride (think Rock n Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror) and/or have a meal. It makes for some incredible bonding time, and gives kids a break from each other. It makes it easier for them to tolerate their little brothers and sisters. We do this every visit.
- Take your teen/tweens in to the parks during Extra Magic Hours when the parks are open late at night. Younger kids will be more inclined to get to bed early. So this gives the bigger kids the opportunity to have some “party” time. We also do this every visit.
- Some other great ways to treat your teens/tweens to a little special time:
- If your kids like baseball, and you are lucky enough to visit during Atlanta Braves Spring Training, hop on over to Wide World of Sports for a game.
- Take some time to go bowling at Splitsville in Downtown Disney.
- Rent a small watercraft, speed around the lagoon, or crescent lake. Go fishing.
- Go on a special tour at one of the parks. I highly recommend the Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom. It’s pricey, but worth every penny. you can call 407-WDW-PLAY to book these tours, watercraft, Braves tickets, etc.
- Have them choose a special restaurant at Epcot where they can try some new foods, or some repeat favorites, and have just one parent go with them. Again- to get away from those little brothers and sisters in a place that may not be suitable for younger kids. Perfect example – when my older son was 16, and my younger son was 8, we broke off for lunch at Epcot. My little one loves marine life, so I took him to Coral Reef Restaurant, while my husband took our then 16 year old to Restaurant Marrakesh (mainly to see the belly dancer) but also because they both love trying new foods.
- Give them a set spending amount for souvenirs and extras. A great way to give them a budget is to either get them a Disney Gift Card, OR – even better, give them one large bill, say $50. They are less inclined to “break” that bill for smaller purchases, and will certainly take the time to really think about what they want to buy, rather than on the spot impulse shopping.
- Remember – they are only this age for a short time, so savor it while you can! I hope these tips and tricks will help you to make memories that last a lifetime with those special kids we call teens & tweens!
Thanks for joining me for this edition of the Daily Disney Dish! Have a Magical Day!!!