Planning a teen birthday can be challenging—it's a tough crowd to satisfy with specific tastes and wants. Luckily Orlando birthday party settings offer a lot of cool elements that teens want to include on his or her big day. There are awesome outdoor spots especially perfect for warm-weather birthdays (and since Orlando has moderate conditions, an outdoor teen birthday can happen through much of the year); fantastic indoor spots for those with more of a theme in mind; and there's always a combination of the two at famous venues, like Universal and Disney attractions.
Tweens and teens may be more outspoken about their birthday party, as opposed to years earlier where you were able to plan the whole event totally on your own. But that's also the exciting part—watching teens mature and getting a taste of what they're into, who is on their guest list, and the chance to work together to create a birthday party that truly reflects who they are.
Nothing like a birthday butterbeer at Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Photo by Anna Fader
Teen Birthday Parties in Orlando: Theme Parks & Attractions
Today's teens and tweens grew up reading the Harry Potter book series, so it only makes sense to celebrate a birthday at Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Cheers their big birthday with a mug of butterbeer, ride the new Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, and stay out late to see the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.
Disney is great for any age, so when it comes to planning a teen birthday, focus on older rides and park areas. Enjoy an outdoor picnic at the World Showcase in Epcot to "visit" different countries; or try Hollywood Studios' Star Wars rides. Regardless, pick up a complimentary “Happy Birthday” button for your teen to wear. Parents can also order a customized birthday cake and have it delivered at participating table service restaurants, Disney resort hotel rooms, or at Amorette's Patisserie at Disney Springs.
The ultimate hangout for any Orlando teen, CityWalk offers great birthday venues of all shapes and sizes. Music lovers can party at Hard Rock Cafe, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, or Bob Marley: A Tribute to Freedom; get a cake for chocolate lovers at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen; host friends at Hollywood Drive-In Golf
Teen Birthday Parties in Orlando: Water Parks
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is a good choice for birthday parties with guests of various ages. Crush N' Gusher and the wavepool are great ways to entertain tweens, and groups can rent Beachcomber Shacks for privacy (which include towels, seating, a locker, and souvenir mugs). Note: Blizzard Beach is currently closed for refurbishment.
Get ahold of your sea legs at Aqua Park. Photo courtesy of the park
Aqua Park is an inflatable water park —this 10,000-square-foot attraction includes more than 40 features and a beach area! Birthday parties are welcome with admission discounts based on the amount of guests in the party.
Get a group deal at water oasis, Aquatica! For groups over 15 people, this water park offers discounted rates on admission, dining options, and more. Groups can rent private cabanas throughout the water park, with great amenities.
Dive into birthday fun at Volcano Bay. Photo courtesy of the park
Teens who love the thrill of rides and the laze of tubing can have their birthday party at Universal's Volcano Bay. In order to have more privacy at the water park, parents can rent a family suite cabana, which holds up to 16 people, for teens to celebrate the birthday teen without too much attention.
Teen Birthday Parties in Orlando: Choose Your Theme
Fun Spot America Orlando and Kissimmee are made for birthday parties! Work with your teen to choose the right birthday party package—whether you just want rides, arcade games, or both. Also, food may be included or an add-on, depending on which package. Bonus? Birthday kids get a FREE single day fun pass with a valid ID or birth certificate.
Unlike some Orlando attractions with general birthday packages, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Orlando has its own Octane teen birthday party package. It includes track experience, arcade play, laser tag, and pizza, sweet treats, and beverages. This package also includes a choice of one attraction like bowling, mini golf, zipline, and more.
Mini golf is a crowd pleaser for any age, especially teens. Some of these facilities will either close for special events or reserve an area for a birthday party. For example, the Putting Edge offers various birthday party packages at its glow-in-the-dark course.
Teens will love trying to break free from an escape room. Photo courtesy The Escape Game Orlando
Your teen and his or her friends will love being locked up together for an escape room birthday. The party will need to work together to solve the mystery, unlock the door and in the process, have so much fun!
Gaylord Palms is a fantastic place to host a teen birthday party, any time of year. The water park is a fun way to cool off; the holiday events are great for winter birthdays; and there's always somewhere to be. Double your teen's birthday happiness? Rent a room for a night, order room service, and have a mommy-kid sleepover.
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Tweens and teens who love noise, games, and competition will love to party at Dave & Busters. Depending on the party package you choose (also depending on how many guests attend), parties include food with a ton of video game play for the birthday teen and his or her friends.
Dip (or "drip") into inner creativity at DRIP! Art Lounge. This art studio hosts unique birthday parties (groups of 10-18 kids) that last two hours. The party icludes instructional painting, a party area, and great music. Blacklight parties involve painting with neon paints in black lights for extra fun (and an additional fee).
What is a birthday party without sugary sweets?! If birthday cake is your teen's top concern, plan the whole theme around it with a party at Sugar Factory Orlando. The restaurant has a birthday menu package, which includes milkshake and sundae options and a large rubber duckie for guests to sign.