Is your teenager less than thrilled with the prospect of spending a day at the Magic Kingdom during your Disney vacation? Sure, teens may jump at the chance to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios or climb Mount Everest at Animal Kingdom, but a day at Magic Kingdom may be met with some eye rolls. Although Magic Kingdom is typically labeled as “a park for little kids” by tweens and teens, there are many things for teenagers to do. Here are my top picks for teens at Magic Kingdom!
Conquer The “Mountain Range”
While Magic Kingdom isn’t known for its thrill rides, that is quickly changing with the addition of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and the construction of the TRON roller coaster in Tomorrowland. If you’re visiting in the next year or so, the ultimate ride challenge is riding all three “mountain” rides on the same day: Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Splash Mountain. With its retro outer-space feel and dark track, Space Mountain is a fun ride for all. Splash Mountain is the only full-water ride at Magic Kingdom, so it’s a perfect place to cool off on a hot Florida afternoon. As the wildest ride in the wilderness, Thunder Mountain is a Magic Kingdom classic and a must-do attraction.
Teen Approved Attractions
In addition to the “mountain range,” here are a few other attractions teens won’t want to miss at Magic Kingdom:
Sure the jokes are a bit cheesy, but this fun and playful attraction will have your teens cracking a smile.
This ride maybe a little scary for young children, but it’s perfect for teens. Although it’s more kooky than spooky, teens will get a kick out of the “less than magical” Cast Members who take their roles as butlers in a haunted house “deadly” serious.
Pirates of the Caribbean
The film franchise featuring Johnny Depp has put this attraction back on the treasure map. See the ride that inspired the films, complete with appearances by Captain Jack Sparrow himself.
Tom Sawyer Island & Swiss Family Treehouse
It’s possible you visited Magic Kingdom and walked right by these places without noticing them. However, these secluded attractions offer teens a place to get some time to themselves (with some boundaries). It’s controlled independence— isn’t that any parent’s dream?
Tom Sawyer Island is filled with walking trails, caves, hills, and rope bridges inspired by the literary classic, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. You take a short raft ride from a dock located across from the Country Bear Jamboree in Frontierland to get there. There are plenty of places for teens to relax without being too far away from the rest of the family.
Similarly, the Swiss Family Treehouse is another outdoor walking area between the Jungle Cruise and Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland. It’s themed after another literary classic and Disney film, Swiss Family Robinson. Cross the wood-planked and roped bridges to the trunk of a gigantic tree. For an added challenge, teens can make their way up the 116 stairs to the top of the treehouse. It offers rare views of the Magic Kingdom and The Jungle Cruise river at six stories high.
Give your teens dedicated time to fill up their Instagram and TikTok feeds around the park. Here are a few of my favorite places for a Magic Kingdom photoshoot:
This photo location at Magic Kingdom is so popular it has its own Instagram. The wall is located to the right before entering Tomorrowland, directly under the People Mover and on the side of the Monsters Inc, Laugh Floor building.
Probably one of the most well-decorated bathrooms at a theme park, the Rapunzel-themed bathroom area offers the perfect location for a fairytale photoshoot. Follow Rapunzel’s tower before leaving Fantasyland on your way to Liberty Square. The area features hanging lanterns that come to life at night. However, one of the most popular photo locations is inside the entrance to the women’s bathroom, where you’ll find a mural of swirling flowers, vines, and suns, just like the paintings Rapunzel decorated her tower with.
Of course, no trip to Magic Kingdom is complete without a picture in front of the castle. However, if you’re looking to beat the crowds stopped on Main Street, opt for some alternative photo locations of the castle, like from Cinderella’s Wishing Well or on the bridge between the castle hub and Liberty Square.
Tour of Snacks
Grab your teen an “I’m here for the Snacks” shirt and let them sample all the delicious treats the Magic Kingdom is known for, like Dole Whip, Turkey Legs, Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars, Mickey-shaped Pretzels, and even Starbucks. These snacks are located throughout the park, which will give them lots of time to explore.
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