17. Character dining
In sticking with the idea of meeting Disney’s favorite characters is the family-fun experience of character dining. Opportunities for doing so are plentiful at many locations throughout Walt Disney World. Watch as kids’ faces light up when their favorite characters stop by their table to personally visit with them. Adults also find amusement with the witticisms and exchanges with such characters as well. Character dining is an all-age affair and a definite experience worth sharing as a family. Just be sure to bring your autograph book along so each character can sign it.
16. Specialty cruises
There are plenty of possibilities available for taking specialty cruises at Disney World. From VIP experiences like booking the renowned Grand I to various fireworks cruises, setting sail with the gang in a leisurely float is another way to make memories with the family. One such suggestion that’s perfect for families with younger children is taking the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage. Embark on maritime merriment as you and your mateys set sail on the Seven Seas Lagoon where you will hoist anchor on the perfect viewing spot for the nighttime fireworks. The outing also includes refreshments, music, storytelling, and a host of other entertaining diversions, including visits from Captain Hook and Mr. Smee. Another idea is taking a Day Cruise Around the Worlds, which departs from the Bayside Marina at Disney’s Yacht Club and ventures through Crescent Lake and the World Showcase Lagoon. Each pontoon can accommodate up to 10 guests in addition to a captain. Snacks and soft drinks are also provided.
15. VIP and backstage tours
There are several opportunities to explore the inner workings behind the magic at Walt Disney World parks, and one of the best ways to do so is to consider one of many available VIP and backstage tours. This is your chance to gather the gang for lesser-seen experiences taking place behind the scenes at many of your favorite attractions. While some backstage tours are geared more toward adults and older adolescents, there are plenty that children can take part in as well, including Disney’s Family Magic at the Magic Kingdom, Behind the Seeds in Epcot, Caring for Giants at Animal Kingdom, and the resort-wide Backstage Magic Tour, to name a few.