Disney World has a ton of great rides and attractions for teenagers, and some might surprise you. Part of Disney’s success and popularity is that they work hard to truly have something that will appeal to everyone, including teenagers.

A teenager can surprise you by wanting to do some activities that you generally associate with younger children, but what might be appealing in that category is tough to anticipate.

These are the rides and attractions that are popular with the largest number of teenagers. There is a complete list sorted by location at the end of the article.

Best rides and attractions for teens at Disney World

Roller coasters and drop rides

Disney has lots of roller coaster and thrill ride options. At Magic Kingdom, you can ride all the mountains – Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain – as well as another roller coaster, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

At Animal Kingdom, there is Expedition Everest. At Hollywood Studios, the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror are big hits.

Best Rides and Attractions for Teens at Disney World
Photo Credit: Disney
Sports attractions

Have a sports fan? ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a 220 acre, state-of-the-art sports complex on Disney property that is home to the Atlanta Braves for spring training.

It hosts numerous sporting events throughout the year and they have a searchable calendar as well as information on all upcoming events that you might be able to take in while you are there.

Best rides and attractions for teens at Disney World
You can watch the Atlanta Braves spring training. Photo Credit: ESPN, Disney
Water parks and water rides

Disney has two great water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Teenagers who are not as impressed by the fantasy of Magic Kingdom may really enjoy going to the waterparks. In our experience, these are a hit with teens and tweens.

Typhoon Lagoon has North America’s largest wave pool, and it creates up to 6 foot swells. Disney posts the day’s wave schedule so that you can plan for the level of wave intensity that you want. Disney also offers both surfing lessons and a private hang ten session for up to 25 people when the park is not open.

Kali River Rapids is a thrilling and popular water ride for teens. It is found at Animal Kingdom.

Best Disney Rides and Attractions for Teens
Prepare to get soaked on the Kali River Rapids in Animal Kingdom at Disney World.
Experience nature

If taking a trip to Africa and going on a safari isn’t in the plans or budget anytime soon, Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom is basically the next best thing.  And it can be done within 18 minutes.

Disney has created an incredible animal reserve full of animals and plants native to Africa. The Harambe Wildlife Reserve is a 110-acre sanctuary dedicated to the protection of African animals. It is home to nine White Rhinos, which are now considered to be extinct in the wild due to poaching. A FastPass is recommended for this one.

Disney offers Horseback Trail Riding of varying lengths at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. You can take a 45 minute trail ride through nature. Reservations in advance are recommended, and closed-toe shoes are required.

You can also see animals in their natural habitat on a private guided tour on the Wild Africa Trek.

Beyond Rides and Attractions

Eat

Disney has an incredible number of restaurants. Food from all over the world can be found across its theme parks, resorts, and Disney Springs.

Teenagers may enjoy trying something completely new, or going somewhere that has a cuisine or theme that they love. You won’t have any trouble finding either one.

Advanced Dining Reservations for Disney restaurants can be made 180 days in advance. For some restaurants, it is the only way to guarantee a table.

Best rides and attractions for teens at Disney World
This charcuterie board is available at the Yachtsmen Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club resort.
Immerse yourself in other cultures

Epcot’s World Showcase is a great way to experience other cultures. Each Cast Member (Disney employee) that works in a pavilion is from that country.

Striking up a conversation with a Cast Member can be a great way to learn new things about that country or an opportunity to converse in a foreign language that a teenager is studying.

Or, how about a henna tattoo in Morrocco? It is easy to venture safely outside one’s comfort zone when wandering through the World Showcase.

Best Disney World Rides and Attractions for Teens by Location

Here is a complete list of all the rides and attractions that are popular with teens, by location.

Magic Kingdom
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Animal Kingdom
  • Expedition Everest
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
Hollywood Studios
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Tower of Terror
  • Midway Mania
  • Star Wars fans – meet Chewbaca or Kylo Ren
Epcot
  • Test Track
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Soarin
  • the World Showcase
Typhoon Lagoon
  • Humunga Kowabunga
  • Storm Slides
  • Gang Plank Falls
  • Mayday Falls
  • Surfing lessons
  • Private surfing session
Blizzard Beach
  • Downhill Double Dipper
  • Slush Gusher
  • Summit Plummet
  • Toboggan Racers
Disney Springs
  • Have a meal at one of the many restaurants
  • Shop
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Horseback Riding
  • Bike Rentals
  • Fishing
ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • Atlanta Braves Spring Training
  • Wide variety of sporting events

If you enjoyed this or found it helpful, you may like this article on a mother’s experience taking her teenage daughter to Magic Kingdom and seeing Wishes from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride. It gave me all the feels.

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