10 Best Children's Activities
At Walt Disney World
sure you all know about Disney World's amazing theme parks...
are you familiar with the myriad of fascinating activities for
children offered throughout Walt Disney World that are either
complimentary or offered for a reasonable fee to Disney resort
are some of the best:
a Bass On a Kid's Fishing Excursion. - 1-hour angling trips
just for children are available from the resort marinas of Disney's
Contemporary, Polynesian, Yacht and Beach Club, and Boardwalk
Inn and Villas. For miles of shore fishing head over to Disney's
Ft. Wilderness where cane poles and rods and reels may be rented
at the Bike Barn in the Meadow Recreation Area. Fishing excursions
are approximately $25 per child. Call 407-WDW-PLAY for reservations.
Old West. - Hayrides depart each evening from Pioneer Hall
at Fort Wilderness for a 45-minute trip. Very tame, cowboy-guided
trail rides are also offered, or younger children can opt for
a $2 pony ride at the Fort Wilderness Petting Farm. Hayrides are
$8 per adult and $4 per child; no reservations taken. Trail rides
are $30 per person; reservations are required and may be made
up to two weeks in advance by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.
in Front of the Campfire. - Families gather round the campfire
each evening at Ft. Wilderness for a sing-along, marshmallow roast,
and a Disney animated movie. Complimentary to all Walt Disney
World resort guests.
Electrical Water Pageant Parade. - Nightly on the Seven Seas
Lagoon is a delightful 1000-foot string of illuminated barges
featuring King Neptune and his court of whales, sea serpents,
and other deep-sea creatures. The free show can be seen from the
beaches of Disney's Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Contemporary,
and Wilderness Lodge Resorts.
Character breakfasts are only one
of the many special activities for
children staying at Disney World.
Front with the Monorail Driver. - Simply ask the Cast Member
on duty. They will be happy to oblige as long as the front car
Spin on a Watermouse Boat. - Rent one of these two-seater
mini-power boats and zip around one of Disney's lakes at 22 miles
per hour. Kids love them, particularly because they need only
be 12 years or older and at least 5 feet tall to drive one without
adult supervision. Available at the Contemporary, Polynesian,
Grand Floridian, the Yacht and Beach Club, Downtown Disney, and
the Wilderness Lodge. Approximately $22 per half-hour.
One of Disney's Fabulous Themed Pools. - You can't do much
better than a dip in one of Disney's wonderful swimming pools.
Children's favorites: the Volcano Pool at Disney's Polynesian
Resort featuring a smoking volcano slide, underwater music, and
sparkling waterfall, all with a superb view of the Seven Seas
Lagoon; the Wilderness Lodge's boulder-lined pool featuring waterfalls,
rocky overlooks, water slide, and a nearby geyser; the eye-popping
Stormalong Bay, a mini-water park complex that meanders between
the Yacht and Beach Club, offering three acres of winding, watery
delight including sandy bottom pools, a giant 'shipwreck' waterslide,
a tidal whirlpool, bubbling hot tubs, a kiddie pool with its own
slide next to the beach, and enough length to float lazily in
inner tubes to your heart's delight.
for Buried Treasure on a Pirate's Cruise. - Every Monday,
Wednesday, and Thursday, children ages 3-10 sail from the dock
of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort on a 2-hour supervised trip
to a deserted island. $28 fee includes snacks, bandanas, and treasure.
Call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations.
a Children's Tea Party. - A 'Wonderland Tea Party' happens
Mon-Fri at 1:30 P.M. in 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian
Resort. Hosted by characters from Alice in Wonderland, the little
ones play games, listen to stories, and drink apple 'tea'. $28.
Strictly for children ages 3-10. Call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations.
a Character Meal. - These extremely popular dining opportunities,
offered at both the Disney theme parks and resort hotels, are
a perfect way for your children to spend extra time with favorite
Disney characters. Meals are offered in three ways depending on
the restaurant: buffet-style, family-style, or
pre-plated meals; regardless, it's essentially all-you-can-eat.
Characters work the room, stopping at each table to interact with
guests, pose for photos, and sign autographs. Book priority seating
early, particularly for Cinderella's Royal Table,
Epcot's Princess Breakfast in Norway, and Chef Mickey's by calling
Cara Goldsbury is the author of The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney
World: How to Get the Most Out of the Best Disney Has to Offer, www.luxurydisneyguide.com,
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