I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here at all, but my family and I love Disney World. Yeah, I have mentioned it, haven’t I? We’ve spent every holiday at Disney World at least once or twice (or twelve times), and we’ve celebrated many occasions at Walt Disney World. But the one holiday/occasion that often gets overlooked when we think of what to celebrate at Disney, it’s Father’s Day. It’s at an odd spot on the calendar – usually right before or right after the end of school. It’s hard to take kids out of school in the last week to get Dad to Disney, no matter how much he begs! But let’s see how you can give your Dad a Disney Day – whether you can be at the park or not!
These tips below are for Dads lucky enough to be headed to Walt Disney World for their special day:
Let Dad Choose the Attractions
No matter how embarrassing he might be, this is your Dad, and it’s his day to celebrate. If he wants to do the Laugh Floor, hoping to be THAT Guy, where he gets up, dances some Elaine from Seinfeld spastic and somewhat inappropriate dance, ya gotta let him. My daughters and I have all vowed to never see the Laugh Floor show again with Jim in tow. Even we’d have to make an exception for Father’s Day.
Let Dad Choose a Meal
Honestly, I choose the meal virtually every night of the week anyway, so it’s nice to give Dad a chance to choose something he’d like to eat! There are restaurants at Walt Disney World for every Dad palate, so offer to make an Advanced Dining Reservation somewhere you know he’ll love. Is Dad a big steak guy? How about Le Cellier in Canada at EPCOT or the Yachtsman Steakhouse? Perhaps your Papa likes pasta! Check out Tutto Italia in Italy at EPCOT or Mama Melrose’s at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Your sports loving Dad might want to grab a bite at the ESPN Club, or maybe he’d like something a bit more adventurous like Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. From Seafood to Swahili – your Dad will eat like a king at Walt Disney World on Father’s Day!
And Now For Something Completely Different
If your Dad is anything like the one I have for my kids, he doesn’t ask to do much for himself when we go to Disney World. He likes to let the kids and I choose events or activities, and as a result, we’ve done tea at the Grand Floridian (which our Dad loves, by the way); Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique; and princess breakfasts. But there are some special things your Dad can do that you might not know about!
How about a chance to dive at EPCOT? Or maybe your Dad is a train buff and would enjoy the Magic Behind the Steam Trains tour at the Magic Kingdom. Had Dad always wanted to try a Segway? They’ve got tours for that!
If your Dad likes to be front and center as opposed to behind the scenes, take him over to the Pirates League at the Magic Kingdom, where he can get made over as a scary pirate!
And if pirates are his thing, celebrate his evening with a Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage! Dad will enjoy snacks at the Contemporary Resort, then a front row, lagoon view seat for the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom! What a way to end an awesome Father’s Day!
There really is something special for every Dad at Walt Disney World. Whether it’s a round of golf, water sports, a massage, or taking in a ball game at Wide World of Sports, your Dad will love Walt Disney World for Father’s Day! Make this the year he gets that treat!