It’s no secret that Disney World is a family-friendly vacation destination, but lots of people think that it’s only magical for kids. In fact, Disney World really is a great place for kids of all ages from one to 101 and everything in between. Sure, it’s great for parents to see their kids having fun in Disney World, but there’s something really magical about experiencing Disney World with your grandkids.
I’m in the process of planning a Disney vacation for my family including my husband and I, our almost two-year-old son, and my parents. It didn’t take much to convince my parents to go with us, but I still think they wonder why I have such an obsession with all things Disney. Regardless, I’m confident that they’ll have fun, and they just might start to understand just why I love Disney so much!
Here are five reasons grandparents will love Disney World!
1. You’re still a kid at heart
Let’s face it, no matter how old you are, you love to get on the floor and play with your grandkids. My dad has always been a bit goofy – he’s talked like Donald Duck his whole life, and it’s quite entertaining. I’ve always known he’s still a kid at heart. However, from the time our son started playing, “Duckie,” as we call him, has always been willing to get down on the floor and play with cars. Sometimes I even think he has more fun than our son!
Even if you took your kids to Disney World, you’ll experience it in an entirely different way with your grandkids. You see the magic through their eyes without the stress of disciplining them (that’s the parents’ job!), and you get to spoil them. Are you really, in fact, spoiling yourself?
Go ahead: put on those Mickey Ears! Your grandkids will never forget how much fun they had with you!
2. It’s a totally different place
If you took your kids to Disney World when they were younger, even if it’s only been a few years since you went, it’s going to be a totally different place than what you experienced.
My dad has never been to Disney World, and the last time my mom, “Daisy,” visited, Magic Kingdom was the only theme park on property, and they only spent a day there. Her favorite attraction was it’s a small world, and she still talks about how scary Snow White’s Scary Adventures was. Needless to say, it will be a totally new experience for both of them.
Since she was last there, three theme parks have opened, ride technology has advanced, and Disney has expanded everything from attractions and food offerings to Disney resort hotels and shopping.
Disney is in a constant state of change, and even I haven’t experienced Pandora yet, and Toy Story Land will open just a few short months before our visit. There will even be new things for me to see!
3. You might learn something
Don’t tell the kids, but Disney World is actually a very educational place! This might be a reason that parents love Disney World, but grandparents can appreciate it, too!
You can learn about new cultures together in Epcot‘s World Showcase and learn about unity in Magic Kingdom’s it’s a small world. Older grandchildren will appreciate the hands-on experiences of Mission: Space, Test Track, and Living with the Land. Take on your adventurous side with a trip on Soarin‘ Around the World, and learn about history on Spaceship Earth.
But the learning doesn’t stop at the attractions. There are hundreds of restaurants with culturally-specific and authentic dining opportunities including pizza in Italy because who doesn’t love pizza!? Talk to the Cast Member servers; they’re happy to share where they’re from and tell you about their culture and lifestyle!
4. You can get some great photos
Disney World is really picturesque, and there are dozens of PhotoPass Photographers stationed all throughout the parks to catch the perfect shot that includes the whole family – or just the grandparents and grandkids.
You can purchase a MemoryMaker (be sure to split the cost with your kids – the parents!), or you can ask the photographer to snap a picture with your phone, which is totally free. They can add magical extras to their own photos that they can’t add to your phones, but you can still get some great photos at no cost.
The photos not only help you remember your special trip with your kids and grandkids, but they can also be a special memory for your grandkids. A memory lasts forever, and so does a photo. Someday, they can show their kids the time they went to Disney World with you.
5. There’s something for everyone
My mom isn’t a thrill seeker – remember that Snow White was about as much as she could handle and it left a lasting impression even 50 years later- but my dad kind of is. Our son will likely be too short for many of the thrill rides, but it’s always been a dream of mine to ride Space Mountain with my dad. I’m confident that we will all find something we love and plenty to enjoy together because Disney has something for everyone.
Also, there’s a lot of talk about the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for little girls, but few people know that there’s a something for little boys, too. The Pirates League will transform your little boy into an intimidating pirate. If your little girl isn’t the princess type, they’ll even transform her into an empress or a mermaid!
There are also some great food options for everyone! There’s standard “theme park” fare like hotdogs at Casey’s Corner and plenty of pizza options to be found like the flatbread at Pinocchio’s Villa Haus, but there are also plenty of healthy options like individual pieces and cups of fruit, veggies, salads, and my favorite rotisserie chicken at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. For those with food allergies, have no fear! My mom has some dietary restrictions, and my son is allergic to eggs, and I have no worries that these restrictions will be accommodated. Disney is very good about taking care of these things and they make it very easy to do so!
Have you taken your grandkids to Disney World? What was your favorite thing?