With the summer rapidly approaching and my next Walt Disney World vacation getting closer and closer it has become a hot topic of conversation around my household. One of our discussions revolved around our two children, in particular our 17 year old son. My son told me and my wife he doesn’t want to spend the entire vacation with us and his sister. He wants to wander the World on his own.
What! A teenager who doesn’t want to spend his entire vacation with his family? Shocking isn’t it? I’m actually surprised it took him as long as it did to say something to us. My wife and I talked about letting our son go off on his own at Disney World long before he ever brought the subject up to us. My wife is okay with letting our son venture to a different park than the one we plan to visit but, as an admittedly over protective father I’m not so sure I like that idea. I don’t want to be on vacation worrying about where he is, what he’s doing, and if he’s okay. However, my wife made a few good points the first being that Walt Disney World is a very safe place, secondly he’s already driving a car without adult supervision, and finally we can keep in touch with our cell phones.
My wife and I do concur that if our daughter wants to accompany our son touring the parks then they would have to remain in the same park we’re in and agree to stay together on all the rides and attractions. Our reasoning for this is if they were to go to Blizzard Beach for example there are quite a few rides my fearless son will want to go on while my ever cautious daughter won’t. Being in the same park should the inevitable occur when my son wants to ride an attraction while my daughter does not, will allow us to quickly meet up with them.
For all my son’s talk what I can foresee occurring is that he will opt to stay with the family most of the time just to aggravate us (only kidding) and occasionally he and my daughter will go off together to ride an attraction by themselves. Both my kids love Space Mountain and that will definitely be one of the attractions the two of them go off on their own to ride. Just an aside, it’s been quite some time since I’ve been on Space Mountain. I haven’t been able to ride it since I heard about the steel beam structure that exists above the cars on part of the ride. As a matter of fact, the last time we were at Disney World I saw Space Mountain with the lights on from the TTA. All I could think about was that I would be the one person who would be lifted out of their seat and decapitated by the steel beams. I can see the headline now, “Decapitated Disney Fan’s Head Replaces Madame Leota In the Haunted Mansion.”
Anyway, I would love to know what you would do if you were on a Disney World vacation with a teen and tween and your teenager wanted to see the World on their own. How much freedom would you allow the teen and why?
For those of you with young children I hate to tell you this but, this is a subject you will soon be contemplating yourself because time does go by very fast. It seems like yesterday that my kids were barely out of diapers screaming to meat the characters yet, here they are older and ready to ditch their mom and dad for their own For those of you with young children I hate to tell you this but, this is a subject you will soon be contemplating yourself because time does go by very fast. It seems like yesterday that my kids were barely out of diapers screaming to meat the characters yet, here they are older and ready to ditch their mom and dad for their own Disney World adventure.
Contributed by: Stuart S. (NDD #47). Stuart is our resident Disney geek and creator of Disney Geek Dad.