LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It’s doesn’t have to be Father’s Day or even June to pay tribute to that special man in your life, Dad. Walt Disney World Resort salutes dads every day with a flurry of father-friendly activities sure to get him out of the “man cave” and into some theme park fun.
Walt Disney created Disneyland Park as a place for moms and dads to enjoy with their children and his vision extends to all of the Disney theme parks today, including Walt Disney World Resort. This nearly 40-square mile playground overflows with classic attractions, thrills, lively shows and fun for the entire family, but here’s some manly options to make dad feel like a king on his next Disney vacation:
Wild Africa Trek
This African expedition experience is just right for the dad with an adventurous spirit, and there’s no passport required. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, dad can explore exotic African wildlife in their natural habitat on a privately guided, three-hour journey through a savannah. Wild Africa Trek also invites trekkers to a serene, savannah-view overlook while enjoying African-inspired food and beverage. Wild Africa Trek is $189 to $249 per person, plus tax (prices vary based on season). The tour can be booked by calling 407-WDW-TOUR and is not included with Disney’s Animal Kingdom admission.
Guided Fishing Excursion
Whether a seasoned sportsman or an amateur angler, there’s nothing more relaxing than fishing at sunrise on Bay Lake with spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom. Dads can reel in the fun with an unforgettable two- or four-hour, catch-and-release fishing trip that includes a private guide and all the fishing supplies. Call 407-939-2277.
World-Class Spas Aren’t Just for Mom
To soothe and unwind after a day at the theme parks, treat dad to some spaaaaaaaah time. With two full-service Senses spas at Walt Disney World Resort, dad can rejuvenate and recharge with a variety of treatments including sports massage, reflexology, custom firm, or a Swedish massage. Call 407-939-7727.
Art of Shaving
This new boutique at Downtown Disney offers premium shaving supplies, plus hair and body grooming products ideal for dad. There are razors, shaving brushes, pre-shave oils and creams for a barbershop-like shave. Dads can get expert shaving advice on products and techniques, or make an appointment for a luxurious grooming experience at the Barber Spa.
An active dad is a happy dad. While the family enjoys the theme parks, dad can hit the links with three 18-hole championship golf courses, or a 9-hole walking course. There’s even Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf with one course that resembles a traditional golf course but built on a miniature scale. This challenging skills course offers sand traps, bunkers, water hazards and sloping greens.
Dad doesn’t have to miss watching his favorite team or that big playoff game while on vacation. ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk is the ultimate sports bar featuring 100 big screens, interactive games, dozens of beers, plus nachos, fries and ESPN Wings.
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
This 220-acre complex – a place for both pro and amateur athletics — features more than 170 annual events. Treat dad to some wings or nachos while you watch a game on one of seven HDTVs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill or in early spring, head to the ballpark with dad and catch the Atlanta Braves during a spring training game.
Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Take dad out to a night of good old-fashioned bowling in a retro, vintage-style venue at Downtown Disney. This trendy, two-level location features 30 lanes, plus live entertainment, a balcony bar, and a variety of dining options with all dad’s favorites such as filet sliders, pizza and even sushi.
Food Lover’s Paradise
With hundreds of eateries at Disney there’s everything from casual to gourmet to satisfy dad’s appetite. From fresh seasonal dishes at California Grill and first-rate oak-fired beef at Yachtsman Steakhouse, to a nostalgic meal in a 50s-style drive-in at Sci-Fi Dine In, the sky is the limit. And if dad is a foodie, there’s a culinary extravaganza featuring celebrity chefs, wine tasting, craft beers and savory samplings during the annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Sept. 25 through Nov. 16, 2015.
Sosa Family Cigars
This fifth generation premium cigar store showcases the art of hand-rolling cigars. An authentic, solid cedar humidor room keeps the stogies fresh for a primo smoking experience. Treat dad to more than 80 brands of cigars at including Auturo Fuente, Padron, Imerio Cubano, and Guente Guente Opus XE. Sosa Family Cigars is located at Downtown Disney West Side.