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Activities for Young Teens (Especially at Night)

Beth Floro (floro@frontiernet.net) 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, hint)

  • LET HIM GO TO THE PARKS ALONE

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.

  • LET HIM GO TO THE PARKS WITH A FRIEND

Send him off with a sibling or a buddy brought along for that purpose. Again, check-in times are suggested.

  • MOVIE(S) AT PLEASURE ISLAND

One or more, to keep him busy as long as necessary.

  • MEET UP WITH OTHER R.A.D.P. TEENS

Wouldn't that be cool? Would take some organization, though.

  • SLEEP-OVER PROGRAM AT EPCOT

Nope, teens are over the age limit.

  • LET HIM STAY BY THE POOL/ARCADE

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.

  • DISNEY INSTITUTE PROGRAM

Some sort of "get-together" spot with pool table, in the Youth Central Bldg., possibly for DI guests only? Phone #1-800-282-9282.

  • BRIBERY

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)

  • FORT WILDERNESS CAMPFIRE PROGRAM

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.

  • MINI GOLF

Near the Swan, one min-golf course and one fairways course. Each is $9/adult.

  • LET HIM STAY LATE AT A WATER PARK

Depends on the time of year/season.

  • GET HIM A BEEPER

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.

  • GET TWO BEEPERS (My favorite idea!)

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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