Disney World with older kids – PREP053

Most Disney World info focuses on families with little ones, but how do you do put together a trip plan for older kids?

I have info for you today on doing that, including when to go, where to stay and places to eat.

I also have a quick tip on using Disney gift cards on your trip and a way to save money when you purchase them.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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Disney World with older kids

Following my 6 step planning process, this is what I'd recommend for families with older kids:

  • Step 1: pick your dates - many older kids don't like missing school so I'd recommend visiting at the end of May, end of August or during Spring Break (if your Spring Break isn't connected to Easter)
  • Step 2: choose a place to stay - I really like the Boardwalk area for older kids because they have the freedom to visit the Boardwalk activities, walk to two of the parks and use the Stormalong Bay pool if your family is staying at The Beach Club or Yacht Club
  • Step 3: make a daily plan - if you plan to cut out little kid rides, I'd suggest a day at each of the 4 parks plus a day or two at Universal
  • Step 4: decide where you'll eat - there are good character meals (1900 Park Fare dinner, Chef Mickey's), unique foods (Biergarten, Marrakesh, Teppan Edo, Boma), ornery/fun places (Whispering Canyon Cafe, 50s Prime Time Cafe, Sci-Fi Dine In, Ohana) and upscale restaurants that aren't pretentious (Artist Point, Jiko)
  • Step 5: plan park touring - I suggest following my normal touring plans, but you might want to skip most of the Fantasyland section of Magic Kingdom if you're trying to eliminate little kid rides
  • Step 6: add extra magic - The in-room celebrations from the Disney Florist are a nice way to surprise anybody, including older kids

Quick tip of the day

Disney gift cards can be used to pay for most anything at Disney World, including room charges. You'll want to stop by the front desk to pay it off before your account reaches $500 in charges and/or by the day before you depart so your credit card doesn't get charged.

You can get discounted Disney gift cards at Sam's Club ($150 worth of gift cards for $142.98) or by using your Target Red Card for 5% discount.

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