My hubby and I took the boys to Walt Disney World in December. It was our third visit, but the first one with teenagers. Even though nothing beats the magic of Disney with younger kids, this was our favorite trip by far.
Nobody got cranky (well, except my husband, but I was prepared for that :), I didn't have to worry about losing anybody, and if someone wanted to do something else, they could go off on their own. My only complaint? The boys wore me out. One night C talked me into staying until 2am - I am definitely getting too old for almost-all nighters!
--Get to the parks early. I'm talking an hour before they open early. I can't say this enough, and it applies no matter how old your kids are. Even though it means dragging yourself out of bed at a ridiculous hour, it's worth it. By arriving before rope drop, you will save HOURS of waiting in line later. Crowds really start to build about two hours after opening, and you can get so much done before the masses get there.
|7am our first morning, waiting for the park to open. It was so cold!|
--Stop to eat. My boys' lives pretty much revolve around food, and gone are the days when I can give them yogurt or crackers to appease them. To avoid major grumpiness, plan to sit down and eat a full meal at least once a day. There are plenty of quick service restaurants for the rest of your meals and snacks, but taking an hour to relax and get a good lunch or dinner is so important. This was my husband's one request for this trip, and I'm so glad we did it. There are some really good restaurants at Disney, and except on the busiest days, you can get a seat without a reservation.
--Let them go. This was the first time that I felt comfortable letting the boys take off and do the things they wanted to do. At this age, all they care about are the rides, and hubby and I were starting to get nauseous! Many times we sent them on their way. One day they rode Splash Mountain nine times in a row - they were soaked but happy. Meanwhile, we strolled around and saw things we'd never experienced before.