Walt Disney built Disney World on the foundation of family, so you can expect a family-friendly atmosphere as soon as you enter the Walt Disney World Resort. But so many guests, particularly moms, want to make their Disney trips EXTRA magical. What better way to embrace all that is Disney than with some special mother-child bonding time? Here are 8 “Mommy & Me” activities we think will be perfect for your next trip!
1. Perfectly Princess (or Prince) Tea Party
Venture to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for a royally enchanting tea party fit for any princess – or prince! Special for children ages 3-9, you and your child will meet “Rose Petal,” a magical rose from Aurora’s garden, who will lead you in sing-alongs, dancing, storytelling, and even a special parade as you sip apple juice “tea” and delight in delectable treats! Plus, Princess Aurora herself will stop in for some pictures and autographs! Admission for 1 guest (age 10 or older) and 1 child will cost $333.64 and will include a special 18-inch Princess Aurora doll dressed in a gown plus accessories; a princess tiara; a silver princess bracelet; a princess necklace; a fresh rose; a special princess sticker page “Best Friend” certificate for her Princess Aurora doll; and a princess cinch bag. Call 407-WDW-MYTEA for reservations.
2. Character Interactions
From princesses to Mickey and friends, there are plenty of opportunities to interact with your favorite characters. Disney character meet-and-greets throughout the parks, including princesses like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Ariel, who can be found at Magic Kingdom Park. There are even character meals to enjoy with your little one! Dine with Mickey and friends for lunch and dinner at Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine in Hollywood Studios. Best of all, this fun character crew will be decked out in their very best seasonal wear! Want to dine in the Cinderella’s Castle? Make a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and rub shoulders with your favorite royal princes and princesses. Remember that character dining experiences book quickly, so you should call 407-WDW-DINE to make reservations beginning 180 days prior to your travel date.
Visit 1 of 4 locations to collect your very own oyster pearl! For around $20.00, your kiddo will select an oyster from a tank, which will be handled by a Disney Cast Member. After a great ceremony that includes a Japanese countdown, the Cast Member will cut open the oyster to reveal your treasure. The best “show” can be found in Japan in Epcot’s World Showcase. This features an energetic Cast Member (from Japan), a banging drum, measurement of the pearl, and an audience standing by as your pearl emerges from the oyster. Pick-a-Pearl locations can also be found at Disney Springs near the Pin Traders outpost, at Typhoon Lagoon, and at the Stormalong Bay pool area at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. The size and color of the pearl will vary based on the oyster. You can also purchase a setting for your pearl, including rings or pendants.
4. Character Makeovers
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and The Pirates League are the perfect character makeover experiences for your little one to enjoy! Dreaming of the royal lifestyle? Head over to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in either Magic Kingdom or Disney Springs for a full-out princess – or prince – makeover. There are many package options to fit every budget. If your kiddo would prefer to embrace his or her inner pirate, then check out The Pirates League in Magic Kingdom. You’ll find lots of different options here, too, including a new Uma makeover inspired by Disney’s Descendants 2. Be sure to call for reservations at 407-WDW-STYLE or 407-WDW-CREW.
5. Fireworks Dessert Parties
Like fireworks? Love desserts? Then you have to book one of Disney’s fireworks dessert parties to enjoy with your child! Watch Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom while devouring some tasty treats. There’s even two viewing locations – Tomorrowland Terrace or Plaza Garden. Do you have a Frozen fan in your family? Then consider the Frozen Ever After IllumiNations Dessert Party in Epcot, which even includes a ride on the popular Frozen Ever After attraction! Last but not least, if your kiddo loves Star Wars, you’ll want to check out A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party for a VIP viewing of the Star Wars-themed fireworks alongside some Star Wars-themed desserts. Call 407-WDW-DINE for pricing and availability.
6. Fireworks Dessert Cruises
If you’d rather watch the Happily Ever After fireworks at Magic Kingdom from the water, you might love one of Disney’s fireworks dessert cruises! Ahoy, matey! Your pirate fan is sure to enjoy the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage, which features a meet-and-greet with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee before you set sail from Disney’s Contemporary Resort. There’s even a special guest at the end of the show! If fairy tales and princesses are more your little one’s speed, you might prefer the Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise, which features “Mickey Vision” glasses that will transform your viewing experience into something truly magical! Call 407-939-3463 for reservations.
7. Miniature Golf
Did you that guests of Walt Disney World Resort receive FREE miniature golf vouchers? Take advantage of this awesome perk by enjoying one of Disney’s 2 magical miniature golf courses! Head to Fantasia Gardens and Fairways near Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort. Your kiddo will love the fun theming here, which features favorites from the Fantasia movie like tutu-wearing hippos, marching broomsticks, and pirouetting ostriches. You can even visit Winter Summerland Miniature Golf, which is near Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. This golf course is the vacation destination for Santa’s elves, so expect lots of fun North Pole-style theming! Best of all, you can enjoy 1 round of miniature golf for up to 4 guests FREE with your Magical Extras card, as long as you visit before 4:00 PM.
Are you traveling to Disney World during the Halloween or Christmas season? Then you’ll love the special parties happening at Magic Kingdom on select nights! These extra ticketed events include Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party during the fall months and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party during the Christmas season. Both events include special holiday-themed parades as well as unique character meet-and-greet opportunities. Guests at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party can wear their favorite Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat across the park! At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you’ll enjoy a magic snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. along with an opportunity to meet Santa! These events do require an additional ticket, so call 407-939-5277 for pricing and availability.
There’s so much to see and explore at Walt Disney World, but it’s even more magical when making special memories with your little one that will surely last a lifetime!
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