WDW with older kids may be THE BEST EVER!
Sure, we did Disney when they were younger. And it was either seen through rose colored glasses or I’ve blocked out anything that was bad because those trips weren’t horrible. BUT as I’m watching these little meltdowns happening all around me at the airport on the return home trip, I’m certain Disney with teens is the SWEET SPOT!
Now don’t get me wrong, I was sad at the fact that my 14 and 11 year olds wouldn’t dress up like their favorite princess and I hated that getting the cute Disney bath tub toys was no longer on their radar, but the benefits outweighed these things big time.
Here are just a few of the reasons why I think you should wait and take your teens and tweens to Disney!
*Cute shirts and ears from Etsy and local shops cost us WAY less than a Disney Character Dress. (Though I did suggest we get a Character Dress in their size. That was a solid NO from them.)
*They were in tune to taking photos which took some of that thought off my plate.
*The conversation in the lines and at meals was so good. We’d have a topic each time to talk through.
*We could shut a park down without worrying if they’d “make it” or if the meltdown was around the next corner. (Though dad had a bit of a meltdown when his dress shoes let him down after dinner at Epcot. No worries though…he survived. WDW First Aid is legit.)
*They could understand the value (the actual money spent) to make a magical trip like Disney happen.
*We didn’t have to push a stroller or carry a tired child around a park.
*It’s fun to watch them appreciate the parks in a new way and want to discuss it.
While I loved watching the little ones as they ran up to characters and enjoyed a good character meal, we truly enjoyed our time in this new season and will continue to chat about it for many months to come because they are old enough to actually remember it.