Keeping the Magic Alive…. Even With Teenagers!


Do you have a teenager in the house? I do, barely, but I do. My older son just turned 13 this Summer, and I’ve been pretty lucky that he hasn’t pulled any teen attitude with me thus far. No back talk, no power struggle in the house, it’s been good. Granted, both my boys are pretty “young” for their ages, not street smart or too worldly at this point, and I find that to be a blessing, they have plenty of time to get into adult things. The only thing I see a little bit of change in is, sad to say, Disney! Not totally, but a little bit.

I remember when both the kids used to light up like a Christmas Tree at the sight of ANYthing Disney related. I used to watch for it, it was part of MY experience to see the reaction from the boys. As parents we want to see the magic of Disney shine through our kids. Sure, we enjoy Disney for ourselves and our own reasons, but it’s so nice to see our family enjoy it too. I find myself these days, looking at my kids just like before, and seeing a bit of a different reaction from the older one. He loves Disney still, but I don’t think he wants to “show” it as much. We’re seeing Christmas down here for the first time, and I was hoping that I’d get an exciting response from my 13 year old, but, he was like “yeah, it’s nice” or “wow, that’s a lot of lights!” and that’s about it. If I want to know what he thinks, I have to actually ask and drag it out of him. It used to be easier. It’s hard to imagine not getting excited, because I’m a full grown adult and I feel like a 5 year old when I’m at Disney. So, what’s a parent to do? Keep pressing on I suppose!

Even though he doesn’t show excitement like he used to, I still see the magic creep in! When we went to see the Osborne Lights, as soon as they flipped the switch for the lights, my teenager’s smile switch flipped too. Yes, I was watching for it! Little guy, that was easy, he had his hands over his mouth with excitement for about 5 minutes. So, yes, score one for Disney magic, got a genuine smile out of him! It’s still in him, even if he doesn’t want to show it as much. His interests have changed, so I have to adjust. He’s really into anime and loves the Japan Pavilion at Epcot, so I let him go browse the store, it makes him happy. He loves Rock N Roller Coaster, Test Track, Space Mountain….. so I make sure we get to do that for him too. Even though he’s entering the “too cool to show emotion” phase, I’m still doing my best to keep the magic alive. I tell the boys that even though we live in Florida now and can go to Disney more often, it’s not something that should be taken for granted and we’re blessed to live so close. That could be part of it, living here and getting to be on property a bit more. Regardless, I’m still trying to keep that magic going for both kids for as long as I can. They’re only small once, and grow up so fast, and I’m hanging on to every minute that I can. How about you? Do you have teenagers that get less excited about Disney fun? I’d love to hear your comments! ~M

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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One thought on “Keeping the Magic Alive…. Even With Teenagers!

  • November 17, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I have a 24-year old daughter who has been coming to WDW every summer since she was 3 years old. She still feels the magic, still gets excited to see the Characters and ride the rides. For her, the magic has never died. Her fiance is the same way. He’s 25, and when they come to visit, it’s Disney first, Mom second. I’m happy for it to be that way, because I know when they have children, they will keep the magic alive for them too.

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