Just when my Tween daughter thinks she has done it all at Walt Disney World Resort, there’s even more yet to experience! She lives in Orlando and is fortunate enough to visit the Disney parks on a frequent basis. In fact, I overheard her just the other day boasting to her friends that she’s “done it ALL” in the four Walt Disney World theme parks. I made a silent note to myself to have a little mother/daughter chat about humility. And then I sprung the great news on her! This Memorial Day weekend, just in time to kick off the summer, so many exciting new attractions and experiences will debut across the entire resort.

She begged me for details.

First, I told her about Disney Springs and the opening of Town Center on May 15 … just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. More than 30 new shops and restaurants will open soon with many just right for Tweens! She can’t wait to sample make-up, jewelry, clothing and treats soon to debut in the many different locations in Town Center.

Then I mentioned one of her favorite movies … “Toy Story” … and how the attraction Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has expanded making it easier to ride as many times as possible in one day. She can’t wait!

I saved the best for last! Debuting Memorial Day Weekend will be a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s blockbuster film “The Jungle Book” called “Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She loved the movie! She’s going to love the new show! And that same weekend, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut new day-into-nighttime experiences. Celebrating the magic of nature, the park’s iconic Tree of Life will awaken each night with fireflies and color and projections. My daughter can ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris and see the animals on this new nighttime adventure in the extended orange glow of a setting sun. She can also ride her other favorite thrill rides at night, making them even more thrilling … like Kali River Rapids and Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.

I know where we’ll be Memorial Day Weekend. Grab your older child and join us!

For more information on planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort with your older child, check out www.disneyworld.com/Tweens.

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