Walt Disney World for Teenagers
When it comes to Disney, there are many different types of teens. Many look for the thrill, and will only enjoy the most exciting attractions. Others are nostalgic, and love riding attractions that they did when they were younger. Most teenagers in Disney World, like me, love a little bit of everything. As a teenager, I am aware of what attractions and rides many different types of teens are looking for, which is what I will be explaining in this article.
As I mentioned before, a lot of teenagers love Disney for some of its more thrilling attractions. Starting in the Magic Kingdom, most teens’ favorite ride is Space Mountain. Although this is probably the only “exciting” attraction in the Magic Kingdom, teens can find many of these types of attractions at other parks. One example is in Hollywood Studios. Two of Disney’s most well-liked attractions are housed here: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, famous for reaching 57 mph in 2.8 seconds, is one of my personal favorites.
The Tower of Terror is also a captivating experience for anyone who loves dropping straight down. In Epcot, Test Track is exhilarating. It is Disney World’s fastest attraction at 65 mph. Another thrilling attraction here is the Mission: SPACE Orange Mission. A lifelike journey through the stars makes it feel like you’re actually riding in a spaceship. In Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest and Dinosaur are the two most thrilling rides that teenagers love. While evading two creatures—on Everest the yeti and on Dinosaur a Carnotaurus—these attractions are both exciting and suspenseful.
In addition to these, Flight of Passage in Pandora is absolutely fantastic. I have only had the chance to ride it once, but I have heard other people describe it as “Soarin’ but better”. Although the line is extremely long since it is relatively new, the thrill may be worth it. Outside of the parks, one of Disney’s most thrilling experiences is in Disney’s Blizzard Beach Waterpark. Plummet Summit is a 120-foot freefalling water slide, making it one of the tallest and fastest in the world.
Many teenagers like me have visited Walt Disney World since they were babies. These teenagers love reliving their past and riding attractions from their childhood. One example of this in Magic Kingdom is It’s A Small World. Though this attraction may appear fairly childish and may not appeal to all teenagers, I still find myself riding it at least once every time I go to Disney World.
Another nostalgic attraction in Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. I must have been on this attraction over one hundred times, but I always find myself humming to the tune of “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” whenever it plays! In Epcot, two of my favorite childhood attractions that teenagers still love are Soarin’ and Spaceship Earth. Although Soarin’ has changed a lot since I was a child, it still produces the same breathtaking feeling I remember having as a child.
Spaceship Earth is also a classic, and seeing yourself go from the past to the present and even creating your own future never grows old. For Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Midway Mania! has been a competitive attraction in my family for over a decade. We always compete with each other to see who gets the highest score, and it is still as fun for me as it was ten years ago.
Muppet*Vision 3D, which I have seen many times since childhood, is also silly, hilarious, and a great way to relax. In Animal Kingdom, the Kilimanjaro Safari has always been fascinating to me. Seeing many unique, unusual, and fascinating animals up close is just as incredible for teenagers as it is for children.
At 17-years-old, I still love both the thrilling and the nostalgic attractions at Walt Disney World. Every trip I take to Disney is fun, exciting, and remarkable. All teenagers, no matter what type of attractions they prefer, can find something they enjoy in all the parks and feel like a little kid again.
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Special thanks to summer intern, Tyler Antonelle, for writing this article. Tyler is a high school senior from New Jersey. He loves everything about Disney, and has been to Walt Disney World 2-3 times a year since he was born. His passion for Disney is huge and he believes there is no better way to express that passion than to write about The Most Magical Place on Earth!