5 Things a ‘Non-Thrill Ride Teenager’ Looks Forward to on a Disney Parks Vacation

Aleisha M. (NDM#150) (50 Posts)

Growing up inn the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Aleisha has never let distance stop her from enjoying Walt Disney World vacations. From an early age, whether it be on a family vacation or tagging along with a friend on her vacation, she fell in love with the magic and the joy that Disney brought. Now making her own memories as a DVC member with a Star Wars obsessed little boy, she tries to capture the same magical feelings into every day life. She has quickly established a reputation with friends, relatives and coworkers as a real-life Belle. Always with a book in her hand and available to help others plan their magical Disney vacations. Beyond Disney, Aleisha is a lover of all genres of music; craves a good concert from time to time, considers her food allergies a blessing rather than a curse and can be seen at the good old hockey game during the NHL season.


This summer I am taking a teenager, my 14-year-old nephew, with us on our annual summer vacation to Walt Disney World Resorts. For years I dreamed of how awesome it would finally be to have a kid big enough to go on every thrill ride with me. Finally there would be someone who would excited to try Rock n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith, or the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Someone who would share the same kind of excitement and love for those rides as much as I do.

And then I find out, my nephew isn’t a thrill ride kind of teenager.

Now I could be disappointed, I could force him to go on every ride regardless if he likes it or not. But here’s the thing, that’s not who I am. And that’s not what Disney is about. After all, there is so much more to do and experience at any of the Disney Parks. I sat down the other day to ask him what, as a 14-year-old non-thrill ride kind of kid is he looking most forward to, and I’ll be honest, some of the answers surprised me!

What a ‘Non-Thrill Ride’ Teenager Looks Forward to on a Disney Vacation

by a 14-year old teenager that does not like thrill rides

  1. HAUNTED MANSIONHaunted Mansion: This is by far one of my favorite rides. It’s a classic, the first couple of scenes used to scare me, but now that I have gotten older, I find it super cool! And it is something that everyone can enjoy and love. The hitchhiking ghosts at the end are my favorite of all!
  2. Spaceship Earth: Like Haunted Mansion, this one is just, classic. It says EPCOT to me all the way. Maybe it’s because this was my very first ride ever, so that sticks with me in that way. And I feel like I walk away learning something new every time I ride. Of course the video game area at the end of the ride doesn’t hurt either!
  3. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover: I love to people watch! Especially at Disney! And this is a perfect way to do so. I like to play ‘what will I find while riding around Tomorrowland.’ Call it a Where’s Waldo sort of game! And while I may not be a thrill ride kind of kid, I love going through the Space Mountain section of the ride. The laughter I hear means they are having a great time!
  4. The food: Because lets be honest, what 14-year old teenage boy doesn’t like to eat. And I love it! Man those places! Bring them on. I don’t care if it’s a quick service, the snacks or the sit down restaurants. I just want to eat everything!!!
  5. Why you should take a baby to WDWSpending time with the family: That may seem corny. But it’s the truth. It means so much that I get to see the parks with some of the people I love. Especially seeing it through the eyes of a 2-year-old girl! That will be so much fun!

Let’s just hope he has this great of a time come July!!!

Aleisha M. (NDM#150)

Growing up inn the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Aleisha has never let distance stop her from enjoying Walt Disney World vacations. From an early age, whether it be on a family vacation or tagging along with a friend on her vacation, she fell in love with the magic and the joy that Disney brought. Now making her own memories as a DVC member with a Star Wars obsessed little boy, she tries to capture the same magical feelings into every day life. She has quickly established a reputation with friends, relatives and coworkers as a real-life Belle. Always with a book in her hand and available to help others plan their magical Disney vacations. Beyond Disney, Aleisha is a lover of all genres of music; craves a good concert from time to time, considers her food allergies a blessing rather than a curse and can be seen at the good old hockey game during the NHL season.