Are you looking for a special way to celebrate at Walt Disney World or surprise your family with some fun that many guests don’t even know about? You don’t have to break the bank to do something special. Here is a list of splurges and special treats that can increase the magic and provide the opportunity for even more amazing memories to take home with you from your Walt Disney World vacation.

Stay at a Deluxe Resort or Villa
If you are looking for luxury, comfort, convenience, and superior dining options, a Deluxe resort covers all of these. With larger rooms and queen-sized beds, you can simply spread out and breathe. Convenience is key at these resorts which are located closer to the parks and provide multiple transportation options for you. You’ll also find wonderful table service restaurants so you can opt for a day of relaxation and not have to go far for great dining options. Several of these resorts also offer entertainment or dinner shows. Most villas also offer a full kitchen and a washer and dryer!

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the Pirates League
Little ones ages 3-12 can be made up like a princess, mermaid or pirate at one of these three locations. With different levels of packages, there is something for every budget. Reservations are highly recommended.

A PIRATE'S LIFE FOR ME!: The Pirates League is the newest buccaneer adventure in the Magic Kingdom, featuring makeovers that turn theme park guests into savvy swashbucklers. Depending on the pirate package, a trained Pirate Master can transform boys, girls (ages 3 and up) and grownups into pirates, buccaneers and maidens using facial effects, fake scars, removable teeth, hats, bandanas and other costume accessories. Included in each of the three packages offered: a sword and sheath, earring and eye patch, fake tattoo, exclusive pirate coin necklace, map case folder, a personalized pirate oath and a pirate portrait. Guests can make reservations by calling 407/WDW-CREW (939-2739). Theme park admission is required. (Kent Phillips, photographer) bibbidi-bobbidi-boutique-00

A Party!
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the seasons with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! Get festive with your favorite Disney characters while you enjoy special entertainment as well as a holiday parade and fireworks. Tickets are limited which also means that lines for attractions and meet and greets are usually shorter.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Then a Dessert Party is just for you! These parties are offered on select nights and often offer special views of fireworks or entertainment.

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Take a Tour!
Disney offers many opportunities for getting a sneak peek at what goes on behind the scenes, education or learning more about Disney culture, and they are designed specifically with every guest in mind. There are tours for the whole family as well as adults-only tour options. Go on a private safari, encounter dolphins, go behind the scenes to see how Disney creates some of the magic, take a custom VIP tour, and more!

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Specialty Cruises
There are also several options to enjoy Disney on the water. View the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom onboard a cruise in the Seven Seas Lagoon for a night to remember. For kids 4-12, let them sail the seas and search for treasure on a pirate adventure!

Relax at the Spa
Many of the Deluxe resorts and even some Moderate resorts have a spa on-site where you can relax with a massage or any of the other spa services to help wind down after a day in the sun. You do not have to be staying at that resort to make a spa reservation.

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Combine Land and Sea
How does your family choose between a visit to Disney World or a Disney cruise? Why choose? Do BOTH! It is easy to combine a visit to Disney World and have play time in the parks before setting sail from Port Canaveral for relaxing and fun days at sea. Both are completely different experiences and cannot replace the other, so combine a land and sea tour to get the best of both worlds!

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Take a tour with Adventures by Disney
Adventures by Disney offers a 7 day/6 night vacation in Central Florida which includes:
– a stay at a Deluxe resort
– a tour, VIP experiences and free time at the Magic Kingdom
– a private tour and guided safari at the Animal Kingdom, plus other VIP experiences
– fun and backstage and VIP experiences at Epcot and Hollywood Studios
– a visit to the Kennedy Space Center, including a tour and lunch with an astronaut
– exciting outdoor excursions in Central Florida, with options like kayaking, airboating in the wetlands, zip lining or horseback riding

There are so many ways to experience Disney that will make your vacation even more memorable. Let us help you find something special!

Nancy Wideman

Disney Travel Agent