Days With Mr. Disney
Childhood dreams needn’t be adult nightmares. There’s a popular idea that a
Disney vacation is strictly for kids - and that moms and dads are there to
organize and pay for things while the youngsters enjoy themselves with Mickey,
Donald and Co.
Not so. Walt Disney World, Orlando, caters for kids large and
small, mom, dad and everyone else you can think of. Booking a vacation at a
Disney resort is very definitely fun for all the family.
Apart from the usual rides, shows and well-loved Disney
characters, there are plenty of attractions designed to entertain adults.
Disney is pretty good at arranging activities so that mom or dad – or both –
can get time off to have a look around. So why not spend some time in the
France pavilion? Disney’s designers have lovingly recreated the streets of
Paris for you enjoy a real romantic break. You can shop in chic boutiques
offering very nearly all the designer goods you would find on the Champs
Elysées. And when you’re exhausted after a busy morning hitting the cash
registers you can chill out at a variety of authentic Parisian cafés and
Those of an adventurous turn of mind could explore the possibilities for
excitement presented by one of Disney’s Kilimanjaro Safaris. Disney’s very own
small-scale safari park is populated by genuine animals for the African
savannahs – take a guided drive to see the giraffe and hippos and you’ll be
transported in an instant to the endless grasslands of the Masai Mara.
Both these activities, of course, offer possibilities for the
whole family. Disney World is also carefully set up to cater for all budgets as
well as all tastes. The Disney World complex is vast, and contains many hotels
– or ‘resorts’ as the Corporation calls them. The sales literature stays away
from the ‘H’ word for a very good reason: not all the accommodation on offer is
in hotels. Four types of resort are available, depending on how you want to
spend your time and money.
If you’re an independent and outdoors type, you might like to
consider the Fort Wilderness campground. You can take your own tent or RV, or
stay in one of the campground’s self-catering cabins. The campground is a
miniature vacation destination all to itself – there are activities for kids,
trails to hike and fun sing-along campfire evenings for you to get to know your
If you want to stay in more solid accommodation the first level is one of
Disney World’s ‘Value Resorts’. As their name suggests, these are excellent
value - so they represent a great option for families planning a vacation on a
limited budget. The All-Star Music Resort, for example, is a great hotel and
entertainment center. Like all of Disney’s resorts of all levels it is themed –
the theme in question being, of course, music. The Disney Corporation takes its
theming very seriously. The All-Star Music Resort allows you to enjoy music of
all styles from country to jazz, and even has a pool shaped like a grand piano!
Like all the Disney World resorts, Value Resorts are within easy striking
distance of all the central Disney World attractions and transport there and
back is completely taken care of.
The next level up are the Disney Moderate Resorts. Again,
they’re all themed. Rooms are a little more spacious than those at the Value
Resorts and the range of facilities on offer is a little wider. The Caribbean
Beach Resort, to take an example, has some room service – there’s none in Value
Resorts – and a variety of other small perks and features not available to
If you want to sample the very best Disney has to offer, you
should book a place at a Disney World Deluxe Resort. Deluxe guests get the best
rooms, world-class restaurants, concierge and bell service and access to spas,
health clubs and even a business center and wi-fi internet access for those who
just can’t bear to be away from their desk. Pretty well representative of the
class is the Boardwalk Inn – a fantastic state-of-the-art modern hotel with all
the amenities you could wish for in a home-from-home, plus a great pool and
close proximity to all the major Disney World attractions.
One of the great advantages of taking a Disney vacation is that there is so
little you have to worry about – everything is taken care of. All you have to
do is roll up, and Mickey and Donald will take care of you. Well, maybe not
personally – but you can still be guaranteed a good time!