Your “Must Do” Disney World Vacation with the Kids: Here’s How to Make It Memorable

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Four Seasons Walt Disney World Resort

With more than 50,000 daily visitors, Disney World is the #1 theme park in the world by attendance.  Especially in North America, those with children are likely to find their way to Disney World sooner or later.  With a little pre-planning, you can ensure that your trip will leave you and your family with many lifetime memories.

To begin your visit, you will want to ensure that your Orlando-area lodgings are as pleasurable – and convenient – as feasible.  A stellar choice would be the Four Seasons Resort at Disney World, located right on the grounds of the fabled theme park.  The ambience begins with their beautiful marble lobby and the check-in staff that will greet you with a cheerfulness guaranteed to get your stay off to a terrific start.

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Who can resit a photo op with Minnie?

Once you’ve checked into your room – which can only be described as luxurious – you might just have time for the “Goofy & Friends” breakfast (be sure to make reservations beforehand).  In addition to the hotel’s sumptuous breakfast, you and your family will enjoy a tableside visit from Goofy, Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and the gang.  They will be very pleased to meet your children – and vice versa.

Pool at the Four Seasons Walt Disney World Resort
Pool at the Four Seasons Walt Disney World Resort

Once you’ve bid adieu to Minnie and her friends, you may well decide it’s time to enjoy the hotel amenities before heading to Disney World.  One of the hotel’s multiple swimming pools would be a good beginning – perhaps the quiet “adults only” pool if your children are otherwise occupied.

Or, perhaps your children have other ideas – namely, one of the many kid-friendly pools on the hotel premises.  After a swim, you might decide that it’s time for lunch.  Round up the kids and make a short walk over the wooden bridge leading to one of the hotel’s outdoor restaurants.  We didn’t find anything on the menu that wasn’t tasty and delicious (and we tried quite a few cuisine options).

However, sooner or later your kids are going to insist on heading to Disney World.  From the hotel, you have two convenient options: the monorail or the ferry.  While the former is quicker, the latter offers splendid views that will build your children’s suspense as the boat approaches the theme park.

And then – at last – you are inside the theme park and your children can experience the Disney Magic firsthand.  With all the things to see and do, it will be difficult to decide where to begin.  However, a safe bet that your children will appreciate is the “Small World” ride – a hit with children and adults alike.

Another popular event for your young ladies is to have as many Disney princesses as possible sign your daughter’s/granddaughter’s autograph book.

Ariel and all the Disney Princess are happy to give autographs
Ariel and all the Disney Princesses are happy to give autographs

And, as your Disney day progresses and night approaches, new attractions appear to end your theme-park day on a high note.  As sunset approaches, the colors of the Cinderella castle begin their many-hued changes.

However, your park visit need not end just yet.  Mickey & Co. are still on the grounds, preparing for their final nighttime extravaganza – a parade down Main Street.

Sadly, however, all good things must come to an end.  It’s time to return to your luxurious hotel to get that good night’s sleep you’ve earned after an event-filled day you and your family will never forget.  And while the theme park and hotel will be gone, the memories you take with you will be forever remembered and treasured.

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