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Old 06-21-2013, 11:59 PM   #1
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Teenager's first trip to DL

My teenage son and myself will be flying out to DL from NJ at the end of August. This is my son's first flight, which is 5-1/2 hours long as well as his first trip to DL. We only have 2-1/2 days at the parks. We have been to WDW many times. What should I do to make this trip memorable for him?
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:41 AM   #2
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Indy is a great ride and unique to DLR. Having visited at age 10 and 15 (albiet I'm a female) it has been one of my favourites. If he is a Disney fan, I've heard good things about the Walk in Walt's footsteps tour, but I've never done it myself.
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The Matterhorn is only at DL. Pirate's is Different than WDW! Fantastic! is Better at DL, it includes Peter Pan and Hook's Ship with Pirate's included and well, you see!! Small World has a Different Front.

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I guess it depends on how old of a teen he is, and what he's into.

For our nieces' first trip, we did a bunch of character meals. Neither of them is "too cool" for that, so we had lots of fun.

We also did Fantasmic! Dessert seating which was received VERY well by all.

Another favorite (for our artistic niece) was Animation Academy. You may have already done this at WDW though.
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I would think it being his first flight and first time in DL would be memorable all by itself.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:04 AM   #6
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Indy is a great ride and unique to DLR. Having visited at age 10 and 15 (albiet I'm a female) it has been one of my favourites. If he is a Disney fan, I've heard good things about the Walk in Walt's footsteps tour, but I've never done it myself.
Thanks, I have been to DL and all I keep telling him is how Indy is my favorite ride ever.
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The Matterhorn is only at DL. Pirate's is Different than WDW! Fantastic! is Better at DL, it includes Peter Pan and Hook's Ship with Pirate's included and well, you see!! Small World has a Different Front.

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We are so excited to see Carsland
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I guess it depends on how old of a teen he is, and what he's into.

For our nieces' first trip, we did a bunch of character meals. Neither of them is "too cool" for that, so we had lots of fun.

We also did Fantasmic! Dessert seating which was received VERY well by all.

Another favorite (for our artistic niece) was Animation Academy. You may have already done this at WDW though.
I have been looking at the Fantasmic Dessert Seating. It is a little vague as what desserts you get. I know you are paying for the reserved seat, but just wondering what you receive and if it seems like a fair amount for the price?
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I would think it being his first flight and first time in DL would be memorable all by itself.
I agree, but he is worried about flying, so I really want to make sure the DL portion makes up for all of the anxiety he is having and we are still 2 months away from the trip!!
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I have been looking at the Fantasmic Dessert Seating. It is a little vague as what desserts you get. I know you are paying for the reserved seat, but just wondering what you receive and if it seems like a fair amount for the price?
It's a TON of desserts. We barely made a dent in ours. Definitely, bring a big bag to carry the extras back to your room.

There are like a couple of mini cheesecake things, a chocolate torte thing, grapes, cheese, crackers... ummm... chocolates... I can't remember what else, but we took them back to the room and noshed on them for several days.

I found this photo googling. It would be similar to this:
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It's a TON of desserts. We barely made a dent in ours. Definitely, bring a big bag to carry the extras back to your room.

There are like a couple of mini cheesecake things, a chocolate torte thing, grapes, cheese, crackers... ummm... chocolates... I can't remember what else, but we took them back to the room and noshed on them for several days.

I found this photo googling. It would be similar to this:
That's it! Note in the photo how it's carefully balanced on lap/knees. Without tables, the F! dessert box and beverage cup become a real balancing act.
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My teenage son and myself will be flying out to DL from NJ at the end of August. This is my son's first flight, which is 5-1/2 hours long as well as his first trip to DL. We only have 2-1/2 days at the parks. We have been to WDW many times. What should I do to make this trip memorable for him?
Others have suggested iasw (if it's something your family loves.) Just wanted to note it's not just the outside facade/queue that's different. The flume, layout, progression of scenes, pacing, and general state of repair are all different and IMO much better at DL.
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