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  • On Jan 29, 2015
    Anne from WV Asked

    My family and I are planning our first Disney trip. Our son is 16. What is there for him to do? Can you tell me about the Richard Petty Driving Experience and is he old enough to do that? Thanks!

    Hello, Anne!

    Congratulations on planning your first Walt Disney World Resort vacation! 

    If your 16-year old son has a need for speed, I am sure he will love the Richard Petty Driving Experience. While your son must be 18 years of age or older AND have a valid driver's license to drive the cars, he will be able to do a Ride-Along experience with a professional driving instructor. During Moms Panel training, I had the opportunity to ride shotgun and experience three laps around the track! I could feel those G-forces! I even had an opportunity to purchase the video taken during my ride so I could share with my family and friends! Keep in mind that reservations are not required for Ride-Alongs, however, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning one hour after the start of the day’s first driving class. You can call 407-WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529 for more information and track schedules.

    I also suggest looking into these experiences:

    1. Sammy Duvall’s Water Craft Center, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  Guest can ski, wake board, or rent a personal watercraft. Your son may want to parasail high above Bay Lake and soak in the ultimate view from above! 

    2. The Wild Africa Trek tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the animals from a personal guided tour. Please note that a participating adult must accompany Guests under 18 years of age.  

    I hope you find these suggestions helpful! Happy planning!

    Missy
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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Texas

Hello, I’m Missy from Texas! I love all things Disney, especially the Walt Disney World Resort. Although we visit several times a year, there’s always something new to experience, making each vacation unique. As a mom to a son with special needs, I know the importance of cherishing every park visit and look forward to helping you plan magical moments for your family! Learn More About Missy

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