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Old 09-15-2015, 03:34 PM   #1
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Suggestions for tweens/teens?

I am helping a friend's mom plan a March 2016 trip that includes her 4 grandchildren: 15yo boy, 11yo boy, and 6yo boy-girl twins.

We have booked Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for the 6yo girl and Pirates League for the 6yo boy.

Now she is looking for some kind of special experience to have with or for her 2 older grandsons. I was struggling for ideas. All I could come up with was the Seas Aqua Tour, mini-golf, or motor boat rentals.

Any other thoughts?

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Old 09-15-2015, 04:18 PM   #2
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There's the Wild Africa Trek! Also, Behind the Steam Trains tour. Typhoon Lagoon has surfing lessons at various times throughout the year.
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My folks took us to DLR when I was 13 and DSis was 11. The BEST part of the trip was "being cut loose", being allowed to tour on our own for limited times with regular meet-ups.

I know this isn't a "special time together" activity, but may be exciting for the boys.

Beyond that, I would advise her to ASK THEM DIRECTLY, after knowing what the options would be. This is an age when kids really start to specialize in their interests. It's impossible to guess based on age.
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I'd second asking them. What about a night at La Nouba? I've never known anyone who didn't enjoy it.
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Parasailing was one of our favorite extras we did once. That may appeal to them.
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I'd ask them too. My son will be 13 and he's looking forward to the pool. He even turned down a trip to the water park! It's my birthday trip next time we go so we are considering a fireworks tour, maybe that would be fun for them if she wants to surprise them.


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Thanks for these suggestions! I did mention La Nouba as well as motor boat rentals as possibilities.

Any idea if Disney Quest will still be open in March? And, if so, if it's still worthwhile? I haven't been there in 15+ years.
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The Seas Aqua Tour at Epcot is awesome. They'll get to snorkel in the huge aguarium, as well as get a behind the scenes tour, backsack and photo. DH took DS when he was only 8yrs old and they loved the experience. Worth every penny!
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Any idea if Disney Quest will still be open in March?
Maybe. I just googled and found no info more specific than "sometime in 2016" for the closure.

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Difficult to say. It might seem too old school to avid gamers fond of smartphone or tablet gaming. And your friend may find it as uncomfortably loud as we did when we took our two teen nephews (14 and 15) there.

We gave the guys permission to return on their own as much as they liked, considering them responsible enough to do that. Hardly saw them after that except when asleep until it was time to pack and leave!
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With teens, especially boys, I strongly endorse the idea of asking them what they would like. By that age, kids have strong preferences. It also doesn't take much for them to decide to turn an experience sour.

My kids loved being on their own in the parks and being with friends. One thought I had was instead of an "experience" maybe a gift card, either to Disney or for something they could use at Disney-new camera, tablet, or even to get music for the trip. While there was a time when I wasn't a big fan of gift cards (or cash) when my kids were teens, that was their preference for any gift or treat.
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The Seas Aqua Tour at Epcot is awesome. They'll get to snorkel in the huge aguarium, as well as get a behind the scenes tour, backsack and photo. DH took DS when he was only 8yrs old and they loved the experience. Worth every penny!
Thanks for the feedback! We did DiveQuest several years ago, and I was hopeful that Seas Aqua was an equally cool experience! I do think the 15yo might enjoy this.

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Difficult to say. It might seem too old school to avid gamers fond of smartphone or tablet gaming. And your friend may find it as uncomfortably loud as we did when we took our two teen nephews (14 and 15) there.

We gave the guys permission to return on their own as much as they liked, considering them responsible enough to do that. Hardly saw them after that except when asleep until it was time to pack and leave!
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With teens, especially boys, I strongly endorse the idea of asking them what they would like. By that age, kids have strong preferences. It also doesn't take much for them to decide to turn an experience sour.

My kids loved being on their own in the parks and being with friends. One thought I had was instead of an "experience" maybe a gift card, either to Disney or for something they could use at Disney-new camera, tablet, or even to get music for the trip. While there was a time when I wasn't a big fan of gift cards (or cash) when my kids were teens, that was their preference for any gift or treat.
Hard to go wrong with a gift card! The boys have never been, so I don't know that they'll have any strong preferences, but I've told them to order the free trip planning DVD and maybe that will spark some ideas!
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You have some great ideas so far. If they are animal lovers perhaps they would enjoy a horseback riding trail ride at Fort Wilderness.
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No to the trail riding for anyone over 10. It is a very sedate walk on a horse. A teen boy would find it boring.

I don't think they need to know Disney to know what they might like-a camera, music player, money to spend. Boys that age do not necessarily want to do a special Disney activity.

I just returned with my older son who is now a father. He was chosen to dance at the AK. He loved it and had a great time. Had he been asked as a teen he would have crawled under the curb. Teen boys are very different from adults. Unless you know them well, it is hard to plan for them. Gift cards and money they like. For my boys a gift card to Best Buy would have been preferred over Disney.
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When I was 16, we were on a very large family trip, and my dad and I took some time without everyone else and rented water mice (we were staying at Fort Wilderness)--- it was so cool to ride over on our own and see Space Mountain from my own little boat. It's one of those eperiences I'll never forget.
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I agree with renting a boat that they can drive.
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