If your teen or tween thinks the Mouse is too cheesy now, that doesn't mean they've outgrown Orlando. They are too old for dress-up parties and Dumbo rides, but Walt Disney World and Orlando work their magic on even the most discerning teen. The world's most-visited destination is filled with some of the best roller coasters on the planet, some of the coolest, high-tech immersion experiences, over-the-top restaurants and amazing pools and water parks for the ultimate family vacation.
Ansley Gasaway, a 15-year-old student in the Disney-created town of Celebration, definitely recommends an Orlando vacation to her peers. "I like the theme parks—Universal and SeaWorld especially; they have the better roller coasters," she says. "But I also like paddleboarding—getting out on the lakes is cool. Farmers markets are also fun in Lake Eola and Celebration, and downtown Orlando has the best restaurants."
Though Ansley is a local, she has played tourist a time or two and thinks other teens will be as impressed as she is with the area hotels and resorts. "The Hyatt Grand Cypress is a fun hotel. You just sign your name and room number for access to a canoe and other boats on the lake. I also like their pool."