Disney World claims to be a place for the whole family to have fun, but teen boys are often overlooked. Think about commercials and advertisements: are there many teen boys featured? In general, no.
Let’s try to get inside of the mind of a teenage boy (although this might be a scary concept) and think about which resorts on Disney property are best suited for teen boys.
7. All-Star Sports Resort
If the teen in your life likes spots, Disney’s All Star Sports is an obvious choice. The resort areas cover five different sports: Touchdown for (American) football, Center Court for tennis, Homerun Hotel for baseball, Surf’s Up for surfing, and Hoops Hotel for basketball. You can request a room based on your sport of choice when you make a reservation, and request again a checking. Disney doesn’t guarantee placement in a certain room or area, but they do their best to accommodate requests.
The End Zone Food Court serves up grub for the sports fan, including nachos, hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs, and smoothies .
6. Art of Animation Resort
The newest of Disney’s Value Resorts, Art of Animation is themed around movies including The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Pixar’s Cars and Finding Nemo. The Cars wing takes guests into Radiator Springs with life-sized Cars characters and the Cozy Cone Motel. One of the most unique things about this resort is the family suites that sleep up to six people. If you have a large family, this is the resort for you!
Landscape of Flavors is the food court at Art of Animation Resort, and the build-your-own food stations allow even the pickiest eaters to be satisfied and the heavy eaters to get their fill. The Big Blue Pool is the largest pool in Disney World, and the underwater speakers make this pool super unique.
Teen boys are sure to love the theming, the food options, and the pool at this resort.
5. Pop Century Resort
Pop Century is also a Value Resort on Disney Property, and this one has decade theming from the 1950s to the 1990s. Teen boys will love the larger-than-life fads and icons including the yo-yo, the Rubik’s Cube, and the bowling pin. There are also huge foosball structures, a laptop, and Goofy holding a surfboard.
It’s not just the theming that teen boys will love. The Everything Pop Food Court is one of the best on property. Picky eaters will find familiar things like chicken fingers and pasta, but more adventurous eaters might want to try the King Cake themed after Elvis with peanut butter, chocolate, banana, and bacon.
This spacious resort also has a few pools, but teen boys might like the bowling pin shaped pool not only because it’s shaped like a bowling pin but because it’s usually less crowded than the others.
4. Beach Club Resort
The Beach Club has a vintage New England Seaside resort feel but with a very casual atmosphere. This resort offers so many activities for guests. Let’s look at a few.
One of the best things about this resort is its close proximity to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Both are within walking distance, but Hollywood Studios can also be reached by boat. Since the walk is a bit longer than Epcot (at just 5 minutes), consider saving your feet and taking the boat. Teen boys will love the fact that they are close to the parks and may even be able to get some independence if the parents allow.
The Beach Club is also very close to the Boardwalk that offers shopping, dining, and the ESPN club, which teen boys will love!
Back at the resort, teen boys can tackle the kitchen sink at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop. Stormalong Bay, arguably the best pool in Walt Disney World, is like a miniature water park. This is the only pool in Disney that has a sandy bottom, and teen boys will love the water slide that looks like a broken ship’s mast. Guests will also find a lazy river, a sandbar, and a nice area for relaxing and catching some rays.
3. Wilderness Lodge Resort
The Wilderness Lodge Resort celebrates the majestic American Northwest and National Parks. The lobby has a wonderful floor-to-ceiling Grand Canyon Fireplace and a bubbling indoor spring with footbridge. Teen boys who like nature might even enjoy the Native American artifacts and art.
For some sustenance and entertainment, visit Whispering Canyon Café featuring a wild west breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The servers are hilarious and have some crazy antics. If your teen boy is shy, you might want to avoid this restaurant; if that’s not a problem, this is definitely a good memory maker.
Finally, teenage boys are sure to love the Silver Creek Springs Pool where they will find a rock water slide, nearby boat and bike rentals, and a geyser on Bay Lake that erupts every hour on the hour.
2. Contemporary Resort
The Contemporary Resort is a Deluxe Resort, and this is obvious in the theming and features. Teen boys love the convenience and proximity to Magic Kingdom, and many can appreciate the sleek, modern styling and geometric designs. Again, because Magic Kingdom is just across the street, parents might allow teen boys to have some independence to travel to the park alone.
There are many wonderful things about this resort, but one of the coolest is the monorail track that goes right through the middle of the lobby. Any teen boy who loves mechanical things will love being able to see the monorail work from this unique vantage point.
Guests at the Contemporary also have a unique viewing opportunity for Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. Some rooms even have views of the fireworks! Can you imagine the selfies your boy could take?
1. Animal Kingdom Lodge
The Animal Kingdom Lodge takes the top spot on this countdown because of its more masculine theming. This Deluxe Resort conveniently located next to Animal Kingdom Park offers African culture, luxury, and wildlife. It was literally build around animals and their savannas, so it has a more adventurous feel. All guests can see the animals on the savanna, but teen boys might be especially excited about the savanna view rooms where they can see the animals from their balcony.
There are two houses that make up the resort. Jambo is the main resort house, and the main lobby is incredible. Jambo also has the most dining options. Kidani is home to the DVC Villas and houses the popular Sanaa Restaurant. All guests have access to the pool, arcades, basketball courts, and tennis courts. These locations are sure to keep your teen boy not only entertained but very satisfied.
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