Going to Disneyland with teens and tweens is a total blast. It’s really fun to take them when they’re small, but there is something extra great about having fun in the parks when they are a little bit older. It’s a different time, though. Here are some tips on how to handle Disneyland with teens and tweens.
Spend Time in the Central Plaza
When you have infants and toddlers you pretty much live in the central plaza where the baby care center and first aid are. Now I’m not equating tweens and teens to infants and toddlers. However, the plaza aka, the Hub is the intersection of the three main places your teens will be going. It’s a convenient way to get around and a good place to stop for food be it a snack cart, a corn dog, a good view of the Magic Happens parade, or a light treat.
How to Do Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with Teens/Tweens
Tweens and teens are the ideal audiences for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. There are two awesome attractions and some exciting experiences for Star Wars lovers to engage in. Some things you don’t want to miss are the non-alcoholic specialty beverages at Oga’s Cantina and the interactive puzzles you can solve around the park using your Datapad on the Play Disney Parks app.
Leverage Single Rider Lines
If it’s a very busy day at Disneyland and the lines are going into extended queues, and (oh, yeah) you couldn’t get a Fastpass for your favorite attraction that was the only reason you went to Disneyland…you get the point. There’s a hack for getting on the ride faster and it’s called Single Rider. Many e-ticket attractions allow single rider queues. If there is not a separate entrance, you may still have a shot as cast members called Groupers patrol the lines in search of a Single Rider. What is a Single Rider? It’s somebody who can fill in an empty spot on a ride vehicle to help maximize efficiency. If you don’t all need to ride together, you can save some time by jumping on the Single Rider option.
You can’t miss Disneyland with teens and tweens but they will get the most out of Disney’s California Adventure. It has their favorite franchises and the most thrilling rides. It’s really easy to park hop at Disneyland because the parks sit right across from each other. Don’t forget to also fit Downtown Disney into your schedule, Black Tap, Salt & Straw, the VOID, and Splitsville are calling your teenagers’ names. This would be one packed day, so make sure you at least have a couple of days to do everything in. Otherwise, you can save time and do more if you…
Splurge On a Special Experience
Teens and Tweens still love a special experience when in Disneyland. Need a few ideas? How about a walking tour? Other options include a character meal like the Plaza Inn breakfast buffet or a meal at Goofy’s Kitchen.