Walt Disney loved his daughters very much. In fact, his little girls were a huge part of his inspiration for the Disney Parks. Therefore, it only makes sense that daddies and daughters everywhere would continue to use the parks to enjoy one another’s company. Fortunately, there are dozens of ways for dads and daughters to have fun together in the parks. Looking for a way to make your daddy/daughter Disney date special? Consider these ideas.
1. Get All Dolled Up
Little princesses deserve to look the part. For this reason, we highly recommend booking Disney princess fans a session at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Here they will style your daughter’s hair, give her a tasteful makeover, and make her feel like the princess she is. If your girl isn’t into the princess stuff, you might want to find another dress-up option. The Pirate’s League in Magic Kingdom will gladly help your young adventurer dress up as a tough pirate or a lovely mermaid. No matter which makeover option you choose, be sure to finish off the experience with a day in the parks in order to allow your daughter to show off her new look.
2: Dine Like Royalty
Character meals are an incredibly fun add-on to any Disney trip. Why not treat your favorite little girl to a meal with her favorite characters? For princess fans, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Aksherkus, and 1900 Park Fare are all excellent options. Meanwhile, young girls who prefer the Fab Five might be more excited about a meal at Chef Mickey’s, the Surf’s Up character breakfast, or Garden Grill.
3. Have High Tea
Many little girls love all things fancy. If your daughter falls into this category, it’s best to keep your date as “high society” as possible. Of course, high tea falls into this category, making it a must-do. Fortunately, the Grand Floridian serves afternoon tea everyday between 2pm and 5pm. This tea includes finger foods, tea (of course), and even a special spread for kids ages 3–9. If you time it just right, you might be able to couple your tea date with a dance. Every afternoon—usually at 3:30pm—Cinderella and Prince Charming dance in the lobby of the Grand Floridian. Everyone is invited to join in the dance, making this a magical time for all.
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4. Hit the High Seas
Of course, not every girl is into fancy date ideas. For those who prefer adventure instead, the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage is definitely a better option. This voyage includes a cruise across the Seven Seas Lagoon, snacks, an amazing view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks, stories, and a surprise character. This is an awesome choice for young pirate ladies and their daddies, and is really great when paired with The Pirate’s League mentioned above.
5: Go for a Run
Older girls want to spend time with their dads too. That said, most tweens and teens aren’t going to be into the ideas of dressing up or having character meals. For those who are too old for those kinds of experiences, a run might be a good option. Disney hosts multiple runs each year, and each one includes an awesome expo, great community, and exclusive character meet-and-greets. If a daddy/daughter duo is into running, this is the date idea for them!
6. Shop All Day
Disney Springs is another great option for a daddy/daughter day in Disney. There are tons of awesome shopping and dining opportunities here, making it easy to have a great time. See a movie together (go in the morning for cheaper “early bird” tickets), or play a game of bowling. Whatever you do, have a good time!
7. Ride All the Rides
Whether you’ve been to Disney World once or a thousand times, the rides are always one of the best parts. Why not add to the fun by creating a ride challenge for yourselves? Thrill seekers might decide to ride all the roller coaster in a day, while younger riders might prefer to try for all Fantasyland rides. Have a young adventurer on your hands? Maybe a more adventurous ride list is the thing! No matter what kind of challenge you decide to create for yourselves, you’re sure to have fun working together to reach such a fun goal.
8. Have a Meet-and-Greet Day
In the same vein as the ride challenge above, it’s also fun to do a character meet-and-greet challenge. Start by making a list of all the characters in all the parks. Next, pack up a bag with a camera and an autograph book. Buy a park hopper ticket, arrive at rope drop, and see how many character interactions you can squeeze into a day.
These are some great ideas. That said, any day spent in Disney is a good one, and when you’re spending it with loved ones, it instantly becomes even better. Therefore, you really can’t go wrong when planning your daddy/daughter Disney day.