We all know motherhood is a full-time job. From packing lunches to helping with homework (on top of juggling a career), every mother out there deserves a vacation. Unfortunately, magical Walt Disney World trips don’t always provide an escape. Due to the nature of Disney vacations, these same exhausted moms plan out their itineraries months in advance. And once the vacation arrives, these ladies are responsible for keeping the family on said schedule. (Not to mention, someone has to make sure park bags are packed, kids get put down for naps, etc.) The responsibilities of a mother simply can’t be left at home. So, if you’re traveling with a mother and her offspring, consider treating her to at least one or all of the following experiences. And if you’re that burnt-out mom, consider showing this list to your husband or grown children. After all, Disney World is here to revitalize guests of all ages and walks of life. (Devoted moms included!)
1. Good Old-Fashioned Spa Day
This may be an obvious choice, but it’s a staple for a reason. Treat your mom to a day at the Senses – Disney Spa and Salon, and we guarantee she’ll unwind like never before. With locations in both The Grand Floridian Resort and The Saratoga Springs Resort, this world-class spa features gorgeous amenities and an extensive list of treatments. From facials to mani/pedis to indulgent massages – Senses is here to delight every well…. “sense”! (Special combination packages are available.) Afterward, your mom can relax in the lounge or loosen up her muscles in the whirlpool. The first-class service and calming aesthetics will help mom vacate her worries. Give her that vacation from the vacation.
2. A Shopping Spree
Let’s be honest. Moms spend a lot of time browsing gift shops that are stuffed with costumes, plush toys, and Mickey-shaped items. Encourage your mom to shop at stores that interest her. Formally a lukewarm place for shopping, Disney Springs is now home to countless designer stores. Their most popular selections include, but are not limited to Kate Spade New York, Anthropologie, Lily Pulitzer, and Pandora Jewelry. Encourage her to splurge on some comfy Sanuks or that Dooney & Burke purse she’s been eyeing. And most importantly of all, give her time to explore everything Disney Springs has to offer.
3. High Tea for Your Queen
For a place that is known for princesses and castles, there must be a spot to enjoy an elegant tea. And there is! The afternoon tea at The Grand Floridian’s Garden Tea room is a lovely way to spend a golden afternoon. Much like the hotel itself, this experience is like taking a trip to a more well-mannered and proper time. Located within the grand lobby, the feminine surroundings will make your mom feel like royalty. Watch her enjoy the live music as she feasts on dainty sandwiches and artisanal pastries. And best of all, this tea occurs every day from noon to 4:00 p.m. All you have to do is make a reservation to remind your mom that she’s a queen in your eyes.
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4. Romantic Date Night
Disney has countless restaurants that are perfect for a parents’ night out. (Listen closely husbands!) If the lady in your life is a foodie and your children are between the ages of 6 and 12, consider booking a babysitter through Disney. For a fee, Disney will send a babysitter to entertain and care for your children at your on-Disney-property hotel. With the kids occupied, mom and dad can be free to dine at the most cosmopolitan restaurants on property. Favorite date ideas include enjoying steaks at Le Cellier, French cuisine at Monsieur Paul, inventive fare at Boma – Flavors of Africa, and (for the big spenders) an unbelievable AAA 5-Diamond meal at Victoria & Alberts. And don’t rule out the beloved California Grill. Not only is the menu mouthwatering, but the restaurant also features a birds-eye view of The Magic Kingdom and a private deck for viewing the nightly fireworks. A delicious, child-care free meal may be the key to making your wife’s vacation.
5. Chilling by the Pool
The best option of all may also be the cheapest. Give mom the gift of sleeping in or taking off the whole day! Encourage this special lady to catch a few extra winks while you entertain your children or younger siblings in the parks. Meanwhile, she can relax at the pool with a strawberry daiquiri. With every on-site hotel featuring a beautiful pool area and bar, this shouldn’t be hard to achieve. Always give mom the option to rejoin the group later if desired, but give her space for the “me time” she’s often too selfless to take. This time could be even more rejuvenating than the spa.
Moms are irreplaceable caregivers who are well-deserving of a special treat on their vacation. With all of these suggestions at your fingertips, I’m sure one would remind this special lady of your love for her.