“See it all and do it all” is the motto of this age group, and the more screaming involved, the better. Bonnie, our brave 14-year-old subject, saw as many kingdoms, attractions and fireworks as humanly possible in her three-day stay.
Hands down, it was the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Hollywood Studios for the great menu and even greater entertainment. From booths that replicate sedans from the 1950s you can watch old black-and-white science fiction movies. For quick bites, nothing beats hot sugary churros!
The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which combines gnarly Aerosmith music and a ride that flips three times. Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom was another favourite, but even with a FastPass, the line was too long. For Bonnie, beating her mom four times straight at the arcade game was the crowning moment at Toy Story Mania in Hollywood Studios.
Favourite Must-do Freebie
Finding hidden Mickeys everywhere. What started as an inside joke with Imagineers has become a favourite activity of many guests. Bonnie’s hint: “Watch for the golf ball in Soarin’ Over California [a hang-gliding simulator] the dinner plates at the Haunted Mansion and at the Kilimanjaro Safaris, where an island in a pond looks like Mickey’s head.”
In the Magic Kingdom, the best times to head to popular rides are when everyone is packed around the lagoon, on Main Street during the nightly parade or during the fireworks. If you combine that with the FastPass system, you’ll be at the front of the line in no time.
Favourite Shopping or Souvenir
Downtown Disney, because just about everything that has to do with Disney is available, and there are a few great shops with cool clothes. Believe it or not, Bonnie’s best-loved souvenirs are pairs of Mickey and Minnie logo socks that mismatch to make pairs. At US$8 a pair, her mom isn’t complaining!
Photos courtesy of Walt Disney World
Orlando For Sports Lovers
Sports fans and athletes will rejoice with a visit to Orlando, where two new state-of-the-art sports venues have recently opened. Watch a soccer game at the Orlando City Stadium or play tennis at the USTA National Campus. Cheer on the Orlando Magic NBA team or head outside to go biking or canoeing.