Activities for Young Teens (Especially
Beth Floro (firstname.lastname@example.org) asked the advice of the
rec.arts.disney.parks newgroups about what activities a younger teen could
do at WDW...especially at night. Since the Neverland Club and other kids
clubs aren't geared toward junior or senior high kids, this is a real
issue. Beth's summary is included here in it's entirety...
Hi folks! I recently asked for suggestions as to what
to do with a young teenager at night, so that Dad & Mom could have
an evening alone at WDW. I got a lot of suggestions, and several people
said they were interested in the same thing, so I'm posting a summary
here. (The kid in question will be just-barely-14, and is now too old
for the supervised clubs.) BTW, a lot of people agree that this age
is overlooked in the grand scheme. Anybody reading this who wants to
know how to improve WDW, this would be a good place to start. (hint,
Some people suggested taking it in small doses, letting
the kid go for a few hours and see if he is responsible enough to
meet up when and where he is supposed to. If he's a good kid and proves
himself, let him go.
Send him off with a sibling or a buddy brought along
for that purpose. Again, check-in times are suggested.
One or more, to keep him busy as long as necessary.
Wouldn't that be cool? Would take some organization,
Nope, teens are over the age limit.
After a few days, if there's a bunch of "regulars",
just let them hang out together in one specific area/resort. The Beaches
& Cream area was suggested as a good teen place.
Some sort of "get-together" spot with pool
table, in the Youth Central Bldg., possibly for DI guests only? Phone
He agrees to stay in the room (or resort) with TV and
pizza, in exchange for something you agree to (i.e. daytime freedom
in the parks)
Each night at 7pm or 8pm (depending on season), near
Meadow Trading Post & Bike Barn. Chip & Dale lead songs, afterwards
a Disney film is shown. I think you can bring or buy marshmallows
for toasting. Program is free & open to resort quests. Call #(407)
824-2788 for schedule.
Near the Swan, one min-golf course and one fairways
course. Each is $9/adult.
Depends on the time of year/season.
Rent a beeper for $30/your whole stay, give him the
number and turn him loose. If he gets into trouble, he can beep you.
Rent TWO beepers and develop a family code. X means
"I'm at this park", Y means "Meet me at the hotel",
Z means "Where are you?! Your father's going ballistic",
etc. Details of one family's system are available if you have e-mail
and patience. ;-)
I'm sure there's other ideas out there. If you have any,
email them to me and I'll add them to the list.
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