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10 teen-friendly things to do at Disney’s Boardwalk – for 10 bucks or less!

A little bit of cash in your hand can provide a lot of teen-friendly entertainment at Disney‘s Boardwalk!

Try these picks for low-cost Disney fun!

1. Visit Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club Resort.

The legendary kitchen sink sundae would set you back quite a bit more than $10, but there are many hand-scooped ice cream creations to be had for less than $10.


2. Disney Friendship BoatExplore the Crescent Lake Resort area with a cruise on a Friendship Boat.

These boats run all day, making a circular trip between Epcot and Hollywood Studios parks, and stopping at each Crescent Lake Resort in each direction. There is no charge to ride these boats, which leaves you with a little money to spend when you get to your destination.


Pizza3. Is it time for a meal?

You can grab a slice of pizza and a drink at the Boardwalk Pizza Window, and sit at one of the outdoor tables while you eat.



4. Spend some time browsing for souvenirs in the shops on the Boardwalk.

Be sure to visit Seashore Sweets or the Boardwalk Bakery if you’re looking for a sugar rush!


Outdoor Movie with Boardwalk Inn off in the distance5. Roast marshmallows and watch an Outdoor Movie at Yacht and Beach Club.

Smore’s kits are available for around $5. After you’ve made your snack over an open fire, grab a beach chair and watch a Disney film under the stars.


6. Stop in to ESPN Club.

A Full meal will be out of reach here for less than $10, but sports fans can stop in to grab a snack and a drink and immerse themselves in the world of Sports at SportsCentral.


7. Enjoy some arcade gaming.

You can head to The Yard at ESPN Club for sports themed games. For games of a different variety, visit nearby Side Show Games at the Boardwalk Inn, or the Lafferty Place Arcade at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Villas. There is also a game room at the nearby Dolphin Resort.


Street Performer on the Boardwalk8. Hang out and take in the entertainment on the Boardwalk.

Try your luck on the Midway Games and watch live entertainers, called Buskers, perform outdoors on the Boardwalk. You’ll find performers with a variety of talents, from sword swallowers and jugglers to magicians and strolling musicians!


9. Rent a bike at the Boardwalk Inn.

The trail that winds around Crescent Lake passes 5 Epcot area Resort hotels and extends for almost a mile.

Swan Boats at the Swan and Dolphin Hotels10. For some fun out on the water, visit the Cabana Beach Club outside the Walt Disney World Dolphin.

Both pedalboats and hydrobikes are available to rent for less than $10.


I’ve included a bonus activity: miniature golf is a short walk away at Fantasia Gardens.

This activity doesn’t quite qualify for our 10 under $10 list, because of the regular price of $12 a round. Fortunately, there are many discounts available that will bring the price down a bit closer to our $10 threshold.

  • Anyone can get 50% off a second round of miniature golf on the same day.
  • Look for the coupon in the back of Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World 2012. It is good for 10% off one round of miniature golf before 4:00 pm, and it’s good for up to 4 people. It expires 12/31/12.
  • Disney World Passholders get 50% off rounds of miniature golf, and Disney Vacation Club members get a 15% discount. These discounts are for the passholder or member and up to three guests.
  • All Magic Your Way vacation packages include a voucher for one round of miniature golf per room. If you are on the Magic Your Way Premium or Platinum vacation package, unlimited miniature golf is included.

Are you heading to Downtown Disney? Visit our teen-friendly “10 under $10″ recommendations here.

To discover even more activities at Disney World for teenagers, visit “A Teen’s Guide to Walt Disney World.”

What do you like to do at home?

smiling teenAre you worried that Disney World is “just for kids,” or that you won’t be able to find anything to do there? Walt Disney World is huge, and it offers a wide range of activities. There really is something for everyone. The question is, what kind of things do you like to do at home? Because chances are, you’ll be able to find those things represented at Disney World, too.


Visit our “Activities by Interest” section at Disney For Teens for a sneak peek at teen-friendly, fun activities available around the World. We have recommendations for Sports Fans, Theater Lovers, Outdoor Enthusiasts and more. Do you have an interest that isn’t represented on our site? Just write in the comments to let us know what you’re into, and we’ll give you our top picks!


Our newest list at Disney For Teens is up hereDisney World for Car-Lovers! Check it out!




Is Spoil’d Rotten Disney-bound?

Singing group Spoil'd RottenThe teen singing group Spoil’d Rotten, discovered through a national audition, has released a new song “Wreck Over U.” Some say you should expect to see this group performing on the Disney Channel very soon! Here’s a link to the video:

What do you think?




Holiday Fun at Walt Disney World for teenagers – Outside the Parks!

Walt Disney World takes on a special kind of magic during the Holiday season.

b;urred holiday lightsAs the crowds descend upon Walt Disney World to enjoy all that Holiday fun, we thought it might be nice to highlight some special Holiday activities you can enjoy while you take a break from the busy Disney theme parks.

Visit us over at the Dragyn’s Lair where we highlight some special “Outside the parks” fun! As always – our picks are 100% teen-friendly!

Holiday fun around Walt Disney World – outside the Parks! 

Disney Gifts for the iPad

Two Disney gifts for tech-savvy teens, and one for the younger sibling.


Disney Spotlight for iPad

The Disney Spotlight Microphone

Rock out and sing along – Karaoke style – to your favorite songs using a pro-quality, digital microphone. Features like built-in pitch enhancement and pro-voice effects will make you sound like a star, and you can record your own music video to share with friends.

The price is $69.99, or $99.99 for the wireless version.


Disney's AppClix camera for iPadDisney‘s AppClix Digital Camera

Disney’s $79.99 AppClix 7 mega-pixel digital camera connects directly to the iPad. Once the pictures are uploaded, they can be customized with the free “Disney Pix” app.  A large collection of frames and “stickers” can be added to the pictures in layers – like Disney characters or props, or silly face and hair pieces.


Disney Appmates

Disney Appmates

The third Disney iPad gift is probably not going to be exciting for the family teen, but younger kids will love it. Disney and Canadian toy maker Spin Master teamed up to create “Appmates.” A toy car based on the characters from the “Car’s 2″ animated movie can be moved across the iPad screen to explore the virtual world of Radiator Springs, race Cars characters and solve missions to collect hubcaps.

One car sells for $12.99 while a two-pack goes for $19.99, and the app is free.


Walt Disney World for Teenagers: using cell phones for better park touring


When you’re traveling to Walt Disney World with teenagers, a little bit of flexibility goes a long way.

It’s totally inevitable – the members of your group are going to have different priorities. By far, the easiest way to get everyone to the attractions that they’ll like the best is to be able to split up on occasion.  But even with a good plan and an established meeting place, the process of meeting up again can burn up a lot of park time – not to mention the grumpiness you’re likely to find in the group that spent longer waiting for the reunion.

woman waiting unhappily with arms crossed

We’ve heard all the arguments in favor of ditching technology so that you can “let go and enjoy your vacation.” While we think this is a nice sentiment, it’s only nice if you plan to stay together ALL THE TIME. In reality, even a trip to the bathroom can cause frustrating delays. (“What? Cosmic Ray’s has more than one entrance?”)

We believe that text messaging is the best thing to happen to Disney World Vacations since, well… Disney World itself. Text messaging gives you the ability to send a runner for fastpasses, and the flexibility to jump into a line with a 5 minute wait. The group can adjust plans on the fly, and avoid the crankiness that comes from knowing you stood in one place waiting while the rest of your group fit in some extra fun without you!

The benefit of touring Walt Disney World with cell-phones for teenagers and their families just can’t be overstated. Mom and Dad are going to be much more comfortable giving their teens a bit more freedom with the lifeline of a cell phone. Teens and their parents can send photos and texts to keep in touch, and easily adjust if there’s a change of plans. Everyone wins!

If you’ll be bringing your cell phones from home, be sure to check with your cell phone provider beforehand so that you understand the details of your plan. Make sure that there will be no extra charges for roaming or texting while you are away from home, and change your plan temporarily if necessary to avoid unwelcome surprises in your next bill.

What if a cell phone isn’t practical or necessary for your teenager in your normal life? This trip doesn’t have to be the “gateway” to a new cell phone contract for every member of your family. A great option is to purchase a “pay-as-you-go” cell phone, and load it with minutes (and text messaging capability) especially for your trip. Many cell phone providers now offer such an option, and retailers like Wal-Mart and Target also have options that might work for your family. If you plan to get the phone before you leave for your trip, just make sure there won’t be any barriers to using the phone in Florida!

happy girl looking at cell phoneHowever you go about providing one, a cell phone for any member of your group that might want to venture off alone is a ticket to better touring. With a teenager that can explore on their own, and a parent that can call them back again, you’ll find great balance.

With the help of a little technology, your family will discover that Disney World is great for teenagers, too!


Walt Disney World for teenagers: Go ahead and roam if you want to!

Is Walt Disney World for teenagers?

When you think about a great vacation destination for teens and their families, Disney World may not immediately come to mind. But the fact is, Disney World is great for teenagers, because they can safely assert a little bit of independence!

happy teen girl, happy motherAfter all, while family vacations are great opportunities to re-connect and spend some time together, the experience will be more enjoyable for everyone if the family teen can get a little alone time!

While Mom and Dad may want to allow you the freedom to explore on your own, they might not feel comfortable just cutting you loose in a strange city. Walt Disney World, spread over 43 square miles, offers an area twice as large as Manhattan or about the size of Boston to explore, and has a transportation system that easily connects the resorts to a wide variety of entertainment options – both inside the parks and out. This safe, reliable collection of boats, buses and monorails can allow you the ability to see the things you want to see without having to call for a ride.

How will Mom and Dad decide if you are ready to go out on your own? We have some guidelines here. If your parents decide that you’re ready, make sure that you are prepared. Here are some things you’ll need:

  1. Basic rules to follow for safety. You can see our suggestions here.
  2. A cell phone and a charger. Take both with you, and be prepared to respond to all texts and calls!
  3. Scheduled times to check in, and established meeting times and places.
  4. An understanding of how the transportation system works. Check out this great guide on Mouseplanet.


Walt Disney World Bus provides easy transportation for teensWalt Disney World Friendship Boat provides reliable transportation for teensWalt Disney World Monorail provides easy transportation for teensDisney transportation can provide a way for you to get around on your own, while remaining inside the “Disney Bubble.” Imagine – you can sleep in or lounge by the pool instead of attending that character breakfast, or catch one more ride on Tower of Terror while the rest of the group takes on Fantasyland. For even more ideas, you can visit “A Teen’s Guide to Walt Disney World” to discover teen-friendly activities and attractions all over Walt Disney World, every one of them accessible by Disney transportation.

As any teen (or parent of a teen) can tell you, forcing a teenager to do something they don’t want to do is sure to bring down the mood of the rest of your group. Allowing older teens a bit of freedom can be the best cure!

And here’s a note for younger teens and their parents: If you’re not ready to take Disney transportation by yourself, we have the perfect tool to allow you a bit of independence while remaining inside the same park. Our exclusive “Attraction Substitution” tables will allow you split up for individual attractions, suggesting nearby alternate attractions that take a similar amount of time, and making it easy to meet up again afterwards.

This flexibility will help take your vacation from good to great, and whether they are younger or older, they’ll enjoy exploring the less publicized side of Disney WorldDisney World for teenagers!


10 teen-friendly things to do at Downtown Disney – for 10 bucks or less!

Found a little free time on your Disney World vacation and have a little bit of cash to spend? Believe it or not, a lot of teen-friendly fun can be had at Downtown Disney for less than ten dollars!

We’ve come up with a list of ten things at Downtown Disney World for teenagers to get you started.

Downtown Disney’s West Side:Candy Cauldron candy shop, Downtown Disney

  1. Sit on the Front Porch at House of Blues and for the price of a soda (or two), you can enjoy the live music.
  2. Get a pretzel and a soda from Wetzel’s Pretzels and enjoy the live music in the West End Plaza.
  3. See a movie at the AMC Theater. If you hit an early show with discounted tickets, you may even be able to get a soda, too.
  4. If you’re feeling like something sweet, Disney’s Candy Cauldron is a great place to stop in for a snack on the West Side. Snow White’s Wicked Queen is the inspiration for this shop, and its theming is detailed down to prices that are marked in “Stones and Pebbles” instead of dollars and cents. You’ll have a lot of choices in your price range. The shop is famous for it’s “Build Your Own Apple” confections, with the basic caramel apple starting around $5.

Downtown Disney’s Marketplace:

5.  As you might guess, there is a whole lot of shopping offered at the Marketplace.  Even if you only have ten dollars to spend,  you’ll be able to find a souvenir here. Some shops to explore that will have choices that won’t bust your budget are:

  • Basin – Bath salts, and bath bombs and fancy soaps, oh my! You can slow down and enjoy the scents while you shop.
  • Disney’s Days of Christmas – Get a souvenir Christmas ornament.
  • Fun Finds – Everything in this store is $25 or less, but the store features a large “5 for $20” display wall. Items can be purchased individually for $4, so you can walk away with two new mementos of your trip for less than ten bucks!
  • The Lego Store – You may not be in the market for new Legos, but you should definitely visit The Lego Imagination Center. This huge outdoor play area has thousands of LEGO blocks, and is a fun place to take a break from your shopping. There are also some impressive statues built of Legos that would make great backdrops for interesting vacation photos.

6. If it’s time for a meal, you should head to Earl of Sandwich. A complete meal – sandwich, side and a drink – will be within your budget here!
7. An ice cream sundae or milkshake from the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain makes a great snack. If you enter through the chocolate shop side, you’ll get a free chocolate sample, too!
8. Goofy’s Candy Company is home of the “build-your-own” confection. You can dream up your own combination, or choose from a stunning selection of pre-made treats.

Pleasure Island:Irish Band at Raglan Road, Downtown Disney

9. You can order a snack, like irish style chips or onion rings, and a drink at Raglan Road and can enjoy Irish Dancers and Music from a live band.

10. Cookes of Dublin – You can grab a snack, like “Chips” or “Doh-Bars” (French fries or fried candy bars) and a drink. The seating is limited, but you can take your snack with you while you explore. On certain nights, you can enjoy the DJ dance party that’s offered some evenings at the marketplace while you eat.


If evening entertainment at Downtown Disney will be a part of your plan, be sure you know the showtimes! You can check the times guide at to verify show times, or learn about special events during your visit. You can also call 407-WDW-2NITE for same day information.

A Teen’s Guide To Walt Disney World” also has a table of show times around Downtown Disney organized by day of the week. This list of things is just the beginning!

Are you heading to Disney’s Boardwalk entertainment area? Visit our “10 under $10″ recommendations here.

To discover even more activities at Disney World for teenagers, visit “A Teen’s Guide to Walt Disney World.”

 This article was published on “DisMarks” Disney Blog Carnival #34, on November 15th, 2011.

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