Got teens and/or tweens? Put these experiences at the top of your to-do list.
It's go time. One of the best rides at Disney World—or any theme park—Mission: SPACE simulates what an astronaut might experience aboard a spacecraft on a mission to Mars, from the powerful G-force of liftoff to the mesmerizing lull of hypersleep. Teens can handle the slightly more intense orange lane.
Epcot's extraordinary World Showcase is a wonderful find for older kids and teens with more adventurous taste buds. You can sample your way around the world, tasting bratwurst and apple strudel in Germany, wood-fired pizza in Italy, and shish kabob and couscous in Morocco. Whatever your palate, you'll find something delicious to try.
An E-ticket ride that belongs on everyone's must-do list, Soarin' is a motion simulator ride that lifts you on an adventure up and over the sights of California. While it's not a thrill ride, it's a favorite for all age groups—including teens.
Inside the Morocco Pavilion, at the Art of Henna boutique, artisans are on hand daily to paint on your favorite design. The finished product lasts anywhere from one to three weeks, depending on wear.
Grab Some Free Drinks
Did someone say free soft drinks? At Epcot's Future World, don't miss a chance to sample complimentary soft drinks at Club Cool, a tasting room sponsored by Coca-Cola. You can cool off as you try various Coke products available in countries around the world, including Peru, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Design Your Dream Car
Another of Epcot's most popular attractions, Test Track lets you design the race car of your dreams, choosing elements to be tested during your ride. Once your design is complete, you'll ride in a six-seat "test vehicle" and test your car for traction, response, efficiency, and speed. Finally, you take a high-speed lap around the outside of the Test Track building.
Embrace Your Inner Geek
In Epcot's Future World, Innoventions houses two pavilions packed with interactive exhibits highlighting cool technology. If you only have time for two exhibits, head to the Sum of All Thrills (Innoventions East) where you design your very own thrill ride and then hop aboard a 4D robotic simulator to experience it yourself, and the Videogame Playground (Innoventions West), where you can play all kinds of games using the latest in video game technology.