My favorite Super Bowl ad is always the one where some revered player says “I’m going to Disney World! (or Land as the case may be). The folks at Disney sure know what they’re doing because that is always the time of year that I most want to be in a Disney park or resort. Well, okay, I always want to be in a Disney park or resort, but that’s beside the point. I say, if Super Bowl stars get to go to Disney, so should I. With summer vacation right around the corner (yes, it is there, have faith cold-weather friends), now is the perfect time to start turning those daydreams into a plan.
Walt Disney World has recently rolled out a new kid-perfect vacation package that will even please the grown-ups in the group. Starting at $899, a family of three (two adults, one child ages 3 to 9) can get a three-night, two-day package that includes two-day theme park tickets, three nights in a standard room at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel.
Guests will also receive free “Memory Maker.” Memory Maker is a photo product that makes it easy to capture magical moments and first-time experiences, and it allows everybody to be in the picture (no more missing mom or dad because they are always snapping the shots). Guests get unlimited digital photos at hundreds of Disney PhotoPass locations and the ability to download the photos to share with friends and family. All photos taken of guests by Disney PhotoPass photographers, including those taken on attractions, are available. Memory Maker is normally $149 (purchased in advance).
This new Disney World package is good for stays most nights from April 27 through June 15 and August 15 through September 30, 2014. Packages must be booked by April 20, 2014. For more information or to book a package, please visit DisneyWorld.com or call 407-939-7606.
Just a few highlights of a Walt Disney World resort vacation that will thrill pirates, pixies, and princesses of all ages:
Magic Kingdom – Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, Princess Fairytale Hall, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Jungle Cruise, character dining, Cinderella Castle, New Fantasyland, Mad Tea Party, Tomorrowland Speedway, It’s a Small World
Epcot – The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, character dining
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Kilimanjaro Safari, DinoLand U.S.A., animal encounters, Conservation Station, It’s Tough to be a Bug show, TriceraTop Spin
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Disney Junior: Live on Stage!, Toy Story Midway Mania, Muppet Vision 3D, Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach – water park fun
Walt Disney World resort hotels are among the best-themed and activity-filled of any I have ever visited. Pools, peaceful paths, Movies Under the Stars (and pool-side) give little ones lots to do during down time. Also, the shampoo bottles have Mickey ears. How cute is that? Deluxe, moderate, and value resorts provide a wide level of price ranges to suit most any budget.
Five of the WDW resort hotels have Children’s Activity Centers, which provide supervised childcare for children ages 3-12. Centers have enough arts and crafts, video games, and board games, Disney movies, dinner, and activities to keep the kids busy while mom and dad have a night out.
There are some people that would visit WDW just for the food. I may or may not be one of them. Themed dining, world class chefs, and exceptional hospitality make Disney dining an experience all its own. Epcot offers choices from around the world, and lots of quick service and table service restaurants can be found throughout all of the parks and the resorts. WDW restaurants offer children’s menus, crayons, and coloring books to keep the kids entertained.
Character dining is always a favorite. I particularly love the character breakfast at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian resort. Mickey waffles in the company of Marry Poppins, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and Tigger make a great start to the day. Oh, and don’t miss the strawberry soup.
While it’s not a character dining experience, Tony’s at the Magic Kingdom is quite full of character.
So, you’ve just read this super blog post. What are you going to do next?
P.S. Be aware that some of the above photos were taken during seasonal time frames. I hold no responsibility if you think that Lady and the Tramp wear Santa hats and red ribbons all year round. They do not.