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Old 04-07-2013, 10:15 AM   #1
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I have a general question I will be traveling with two 16 year old girls what would you let them do on there own with out worrying half to death???
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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I would say just about everything would be okay. I would just want them to check in frequently and to be back at a certain hour. As long as they are comfortable with the transportation system, they should be fine.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:41 AM   #3
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Good morning all,

I have a general question I will be traveling with two 16 year old girls what would you let them do on there own with out worrying half to death???
Lol...two 16 year olds...I would let them do whatever they wanted to in the parks by themselves. Our family usually stays together, but there are occasions that my girls would drive us batty so we would send them off on their own. They know Disney transportation well so they knew how to get wherever they wanted on property.

If they didn't want to do rope drop they would sleep in and meet us at the park, or if they wanted to stay later they would take the bus back to the resort. Disney is easy, especially for 16 year olds.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:48 AM   #4
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I'm taking 3 15-year old girls, and a 10 year old girl. The young one will stay with me, but the teens, once we enter a park together, are free to be on their own inside the park, as long as they check in with me at times. At the hotel, they can head to the pool without me, as long as trusty phone is handy, or wander the boardwalk.

When we go to DTD one night, I would rather we stick together.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:18 AM   #5
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I agree with jackemail. UNless you are multiple times a year visitors keep them in the same park and set a periodic physical checkin. I've done this at various parks with groups of teens. So may hourly phone checkin (under the guise of wait time updates...) and physically every three hours. Resort pools are probably fine though remind them that cell phones can be stolen. At a water park phones aren't possible so just set meeting times but there are quite a few teens wandering together.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:22 AM   #6
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If they are both yours, do what makes your comfortable. If not, make sure you discuss rules with the other parents before you go.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:28 AM   #7
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My dd started heading off on her own when she was 13. But, she knew the parks like the back of her hand having been going since she was 5!! So, when we went to celebrate her 13th birthday, with another mom and her dd also celebrating her 13th, we told the girls to go, have fun. Just check in once in awhile. They actually spent more time with us than we thought they would....seems they enjoyed being with us!!
My dd went to WDW alone, with two friends, last year, after graduation. Yes, it was scary knowing they were going off alone....one of the girls had just turned 18, my dd was 18.5 and the third wasn't going to be 18 for a few months yet. To know they were navigating the airports, getting to DME and to the resort on their own was stressful for me. But they did a great job. And they had a ball on their own in the parks.

Only you know your kids. But I would have to assume that the vast majority of kids are good to be in the parks on their own by the age of 16.
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They'll be fine. Disney World doesn't seem to be the hunting ground for creeps that some places are. Like Cedar Point, it wouldn't matter if my daughter was 20 I wouldn't feel good with her wandering that park unsupervised.
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I would let them do their own thing.

All of my kids have at that age, and that was before cell phones. We always stay on property and Disney transportation is very easy to use.
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Unless you think they are going to wander off property, I'd give them pretty much free range. It'd be nice to check in via phone periodically and let them know if they need you that you'll be at the pool with a margarita
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I have to agreen property I'd let them go as long as they had cell phones and checked in!
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:39 PM   #12
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Good morning all,

I have a general question I will be traveling with two 16 year old girls what would you let them do on there own with out worrying half to death???
I would be OK with them doing whatever they want as long as they check in every couple of hours. We always were allowed when we were teenagers. Make sure they stay together and you'll always worry as a parent, but that's what being a parent is.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:00 PM   #13
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My 14 and 17 yo were on their own along with 150 of their friends on their recent band trip to WDW and Universal. At age 16, I'd have no problem with it.
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My dd started heading off on her own when she was 13. But, she knew the parks like the back of her hand having been going since she was 5!!

This is my DS. We have never taken other kids with us and he is now 17. He started going off on his own, in the same park and with cell phone, at 13. He's also been going since he as 5. Now that he's 17, I would let him go to a different park by himself if he wanted to. But, for whatever reason, he still hangs with us in the same park. He may be off somewhere in a different part, but I have no worries!!
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:14 AM   #15
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Do you let your girls drive at 16? If so, they should be fine at WDW, as long as they have cell phones and you can contact them!
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