Parents' Time-out at Walt Disney World
By guest writer Cara Goldsbury
are a specialty at both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
If you follow author Cara Goldsbury's
advice, you'll know the best places to see them, discussed
below and in more detail in her book,
Guide to Walt Disney World.
So you think a trip to Walt
Disney World is one only the kids can enjoy. Well, think again!
Here are a few tips for making
your vacation to Mickey Mouse Land a memorable one for the whole
family, young and old alike.
a babysitter for an evening alone. If you're a
registered guest of a Disney resort, drop off the kids at
one of their child care centers for around $10 per hour, per
child. They'll be given dinner along with classic Disney
movies, arts and crafts, and video games. If your child is
under 4 or not potty trained, call Kid's Nite Out at
407-827-5444 for in-room childcare.
Plan a date at one of
Disney's world-class restaurants.
For the height of romance, head to Victoria and Albert's at
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. In its intimate, dimly lit
dining room you're served a sumptuous 7-course meal on white
linen set with Royal Doulton china and sparking crystal. Or
try the California Grill on the 15th floor of Disney's
Contemporary Resort. Here you'll find an unbeatable panorama
of the Magic Kingdom and the Seven Seas Lagoon along with
picture-perfect views of the Wishes Fireworks. From
pristinely fresh sushi to exceptional New American Cuisine
to sensational desserts and an outstanding California wine
list, this place has it all.
Consider springing for
two rooms. Disney
guarantees connecting rooms for families with children,
thereby guaranteeing Mom and Dad some alone time. After the
kids are in bed, order in a romantic meal in the privacy of
Enjoy a bottle of wine in your room or on your balcony.
It's a perfect way to enjoy Disney's wonderful ambience. The
bottled wine selections at the Disney resort shops are a bit
sparse, but room service usually offers a nice selection.
Arrange for a
couples massage in a candle-lit
room at the Grand Floridian Spa. Or choose the
3-hour Couples Instructional Massage with step-by-step
instruction in massage therapy.
Watch the evening fireworks spectacular from a
Magic Kingdom resort. You'll find the most romantic spot at
Disney's Polynesian Resort where the two of you can relax in
a swing or hammock on a sandy white beach.
Fireworks Cruise from one of the Magic Kingdom
or Epcot resorts. Bring along a bottle of champagne, 2
glasses, and enjoy!
Party down at Disney's Pleasure Island. It's New
Years every night of the week at this 6-acre playground for
adults. Wall-to-wall clubs and a nightly street bash with
live entertainment and midnight fireworks make this the
party-lover's choice for nighttime entertainment.
evening at Disney's Boardwalk. Rent a surrey for
a spin around Crescent Lake followed by dancing at Atlantic
Dance and the Illuminations show from the upstairs balcony.
Cara Goldsbury is the
The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney
World: How to Get the Most Out of the Best Disney Has to Offer,
available at 800-247-6553,
Amazon.com, or your local bookstore. For more
information visit her online at
1 Feb 2004
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