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It’s not Just Princesses & Pirates – Rediscovering All That Disney Has to Offer Your Family!

There is an unfortunate Walt Disney World misconception. This is that families can grow out of Disney vacations. Once your innocent toddlers have graduated to texting teenagers who no longer want to have breakfast at Chef Mickey’s, the Disney magic will fade. Well, this simply isn’t true! WDW has a plethora of entertainment for all ages and preferences. However, today let us discuss some highlights you can check out when traveling with an older crowd. You can trust this fact. You could theoretically never walk into one of the four parks and still not run out of things to do. Let us introduce you to the ‘world’ behind Disney World.

1. Make a Splash!

No, we’re not talking about the pools at your resort hotel. (Although, those are very nice too.) WDW itself features not just one, but two full-scale waterparks. Both include a large variety of slides, pools, attractions, lazy rivers, and dining options for guests who are craving that ‘beach’ vibe. The original park, Typhoon Lagoon, transports guests to a tropical paradise that just weathered a killer storm. (But that didn’t stop the fun here!) Take note of the inventive scenery, including a small shipwrecked vessel (Miss Tilly) that sits atop Mount Mayday. Brave the body slide that goes through Mount Mayday itself and ride for the Crush ‘n’ Gusher water coaster. Meanwhile, there’s a whole other adventure to explore at the other park, Blizzard Beach. Themed as a ski resort that’s been melted by unusually hot weather, you can swim in a winter wonderland. Race your family down a Toboggan-themed water slide and if you’re reallybrave, conquer the Summit Plummet speed slide. Whichever park you choose, both serve as excellent theme park reprieves.

2. Schedule Some Tee Time

Another beloved leisure activity, WDW has plenty of options for those that just want to play a relaxing round of golf. For serious golfers, Disney has three championship courses that are overseen by Arnold Palmer Golf Management. They include the Magnolia Golf Course, Palm Golf Course, Lake Buena Vista Course, and the Oak Trail Golf Course. (They are scattered throughout Disney property.) Best of all, Disney will provide complimentary transportation to guests staying in an on-property hotel. For less serious golfers, there are two whimsical mini golf options. First of all, the enchanting Fantasia Gardens mini golf course borders EPCOT and is chock full of magical theming. The other course, Winter Summerland, is located near the Blizzard Beach and shares the same frosty atmosphere as the waterpark. Regardless of your skill level, all the courses provide much needed fresh air and calmness.

Disney Golf

3. Enjoy a Spa Day

With the kids off riding water slides and dad finishing up a round of golf, there has to be a special activity for mom, right? Look no further. Both the Grand Floridian and Saratoga Springs resort are home to the luxurious Senses spa. Just think of gentle music, soft lighting, and an atmosphere of near-perfect serenity. Take a look at the various packages they offer and book a cleansing facial, Swedish massage, or a manicure. Sip a beverage in the giant lounge chairs or loosen up your muscles in the whirlpool. Just a couple of hours in this haven will have you returning more refreshed than ever before. You won’t regret this indulgence.

4. Visit the Great Outdoors

When some people think of the word “relaxation”, they immediately picture a tranquil forest, crackling campfires, and the peace of nature. Fortunately, those folks can experience this right on WDW property at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground! Not only are the grounds far removed from Orlando commercialism, but they include actual cabins and campsites for rental. That’s right. You can literally camp in Disney. In addition to the beautiful surroundings, there are a variety of activities to enjoy including archery lessons, horse and carriage rides, campfire singalongs, and so much more. For the nature-loving family that wants to spice up an annual Disney trip, this is the perfect destination.

Wagon Ride

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5. A Foodie’s Paradise

WDW is renowned for its Mickey ice cream bars, Dole Whips, and fresh popcorn; however, this barely scratches the cuisine surface. For those that appreciate a fine meal, the property is full of exceptional, crowd-pleasing, and exotic restaurants. In fact, many of the deluxe resorts are home to Signature Dining restaurants including The California Grill steak and sushi house, the African-inspired Boma buffet, and the world-famous Victoria & Alberts. The Disney Springs expansion is also full of non-chain restaurant eateries. High-quality meals can be found inside the theme parks as well. For example, Hollywood Studio’s Brown Derby and the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Tree Tavern continue to be fan favorites. In addition to the amazing food, every restaurant (whether quick or table service) drips with the Disney difference of immersive theming. With choices for every palette, your family will always be able to find something on the menu.

With so many things to experience outside the parks, your family can grow into Disney vacations for years to come! We wish you luck in planning that perfect trip.

 

 

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About Rebekah

Rebekah is a life-long Disney enthusiast who is thrilled to be sharing her passion with fellow fanatics! As someone who lived on a Disney diet in childhood, her appreciation for the company has only grown over time. When Rebekah isn't planning her next trip, she can be found reading, blogging, obsessively exercising, and participating in the musical theater community.