The Los Tweens & Teens Team experienced Downtown Disney as part of its Coolest Summer Ever kick-off media tour in May
During our recent summer trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando we decided to dedícate a day to exploring Downtown Disney- a new adventure for our family with older kids. Usually we go for a while at night or for lunch on the day we’re leaving, but during this visit we dedicated a full day to the area that includes lots of INDOOR fun during the hot summer days. And we were excited to find out about La Nouba from Cirque du Soleil- a year-round spectacular.
Our first stop was Disney Quest – an indoor playground that helps your older kids embrace their inner gamer and creative side. From developing your own fun roller coaster design that you actually get to ride via a simulator to designing a new animated character, the indoor park was lots of fun. I’m not sure which activity I liked more: being immersed in a life-size interactive pinball game, playing my old-time favorite arcade games including Ms. Pac-Man and Frogger (ehehe) or the quiet lounge area where I took a break all alone (in air conditioning!).
From Disney Quest we searched for a yummy late lunch and of course there are tons of restaurants in Downtown Disney that cover just about every cuisine and price point for families. I like that there are more options than just your average fried chicken or burgers.
As a major Cirque du Soleil fan one of my favorite stops is the La Nouba show- an amazing experience for all ages and in particular for tweens and teens who have vivid imaginations. La Nouba is actually a show created and dedicated to it’s Downtown Disney Orlando location so you can’t see it anywhere else. It’s story is very much a touching fairy tale and even involves a frog, humor, illusions and of course romance complete with a serenade. My favorite part of Cirque du Soleil shows is always the music combined with aside the artistry. But of course kids really love the humor, jugglers and amazing acrobats.
This is a great time to see La Nouba, at Walt Disney World. They have a special Florida Residents offer, where you can purchase tickets for as little as $49 dollars. If you want to make it a weekend, Florida Residents can also enjoy great rates this summer from $107 per night, plus tax, at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort.
As a mother of twin tweens in 2011 and an active Girl Scout Troop leader, Cristy realized there was a need to develop bilingual digital content and foster a community facing the challenges of raising kids after first grade. That year she founded and remains co-Publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, to support multicultural parents and mentors with content related to raising Gen Z- tweens & teens ages 7-18. Through the Los Tweens & Teens LIVE events such as Teens & Me – the growing team aims to provide our community with essential resources from chats with therapists to battle anxiety and bullying, to understanding social media and technology.
A New Jersey native of Cuban decent, Cristy is a board member of Amigos For Kids – a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in the South Florida community. She is a teenage cancer survivor and speaks nationally at conferences and volunteers with cancer-awareness organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida.