Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for the biggest thrills, a history buff in search of hidden treasures, a culinary aficionado wanting to indulge in the fine foods and craft beers, or a relaxed soul yearning for calm amidst the frenzy, we’ve got you covered.
In this fun-filled guide, we will introduce you to an awesome array of experiences tailored just for Dads at Disney World.
Let’s transform those trips to this magical kingdom from solely being the human bag carrier or designated photographer to truly engaging in the magic and wonder that Disney World has to offer.
Discover the tips and tricks to sneak in a round at one of the world-class golf courses, find the best spots for a refreshing brew, and uncover the hidden gems of dad-dedicated fun. Because remember, Dad, this is your vacation too!
Best Things for Dads at Disney World
Here are the best things to do, see, eat and most importantly drink at Disney World for Dads:
1. Go golfing at one of Disney’s courses
If there’s anything that Central Florida is known for – besides humidity, alligators, and Disney World – it’s golf!
Disney World currently touts three 18-hole championship courses, as well as a family friendly walking 9-hole course.
The four Disney World courses, operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management, are:
- Disney’s Magnolia
- Disney’s Palm
- Disney’s Lake Buena Vista
- Disney’s Oak Trail (family-friendly)
But if regular isn’t for you, there are a couple awesome mini golf courses on property. These are:
- Fantasia Gardens and Fairways
- Winter Summerland (2 courses)
2. Drink around the World
If you need to grab a drink (or 11), then EPCOT is by far the best place to do it. Whether if you love craft beer, cocktails, tequila, champagne, or wine, you’re guaranteed to find some great alcoholic beverages at each nation in the World Showcase.
Drinking around the world is a great way for adults to have a little bit of fun for themselves.
3. Eat, drink, then eat again
I never really understood the hype of theme park food because my only experience with it was mediocre at best. That was the case until I first visited Disney World when I realized just how good theme park food can be, especially at Disney.
Disney World has so many great restaurants, snacks pots, bars, and food festivals that will cater to any palate.
That’s why I recommend that you try as much as you can because some of it is so unique and delicious that you won’t find anything nearly as good back home.
4. Guided Fishing Excursion
Whether if you’re a seasoned sportsman or an amateur angler, a guided fishing excursion is a great way to reel in the fun.
At Walt Disney Word, you can participate in catch and releasing bass fishing excursions on a Sun Tracker pontoon boat or a tournament style Nitro bass fishing boat.
There is both a 2 hour and four hour excursion, both of which come with an experienced guide, rod and reel, tackle, artificial or live bait, and assorted Coke products. You can even bring your own alcohol.
Fishing excursions are available at the following marinas:
- Disney’s Fort Wildenress
- Caribbean Beach
- Grand Floridian
- Old Key West
- Polynesian Village
- Port Orleans Riverside
- Yacht Club
But if you don’t feel like going on a fishing excursion, you can participate in dockside fishing at the Fishing’ Hole at Ol’ Man Island at Port Orleans Riverside or Bike Barn at Fort Wilderness.
5. Explore a galaxy far far away
If you’re like me, you probably grew up watching Star Wars.
And what better way to relive the galactic stories from your childhood than exploring Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios.
Not to mention this is the only place (along with Disneyland) where you can actually pilot the Millennium Falcon or escape the First Order. Both of which are on every Star Wars fan’s bucket list.
Plus, let’s not forget about trying some fun Star Wars eats as well as finally trying a glass of the iconic Blue Milk.
6. Go surfing at Typhoon Lagoon
I was pretty shocked to learn that you can actually surf at Typhoon Lagoon.
Experienced riders can rides some waves before the park open and after it closes during Open Surf. And if you ever wanted to learn how to surf, you can take a 3-hour private surf lesson.
You can learn more about that here.
7. Ride all the roller coasters
If you’re an adrenaline junkie then you’ll love some of the roller coasters at Disney World.
My personal favorites includes Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and TRON.
Sure some of the rides aren’t as intense at the ones you’d find at Universal Orlando, but the thrill rides at Disney are just as good in their own way.
But if roller coasters aren’t your thing, attractions like Living with the Land and the Hall of Presidents is always a hit with the dads.
8. Go Bowling
If you’re looking for an escape from the usual theme park hustle but still want to have some competitive fun with the whole family, then Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Disney Springs is a great choice.
Imagine rolling some strikes and spares on their retro-style lanes while enjoying a cold craft beer, your favorite classic rock in the background.
But it’s more than just bowling, this place combines the nostalgia of the lanes with mouth-watering eats – fancy a giant pizza or maybe sushi? They’ve got both and plenty more. And let’s not forget, the kids will be having a blast too. Splitsville offers a cool, laid-back atmosphere to relax and have a laugh, turning an ordinary day into an extraordinary one.
9. Wild Africa Trek
If you’re a nature junkie or love watching National Geographic, then the Wild Africa Trek is a very fun and exciting experience that dads will for sure love.
It’s a mixture of education, close encounters with animals, rope bridges, and some first-class African inspired snacks.
This 3 hour tour is great for anyone who wants to view as many African creatures possible while learning some cool insights from your knowledgeable guides.
It’s basically just a better Kilimanjaro Safari where you get to take your time and do things most guests will never get to do, unless they do this experience.
The Wild Africa Trek costs $199 per person and is a fun thing to do if you wanted to switch things up a bit.
I’ve only done it once and crossing rope bridge over the crocodiles was worth the price of admission alone.
10. Get a massage
I’m a huge believer in massages and there’s no other vacation that you’ll need one after all that walking and sweating than a Disney World vacation.
I recommend that dads take at least a 90 minute break to decompress, relax, and have a moment for themselves after a long week at Disney.
And the folks at the Grand Floridian Spa will gladly take care of you 🙂
Honorable Mention: Chill in the AC
One thing I love to do is just sit and relax indoor with some nice air conditioning.
If that seems like an ideal vacation for you, especially during those insanely humid summer days, then check out some of my favorite air conditioned spots to sit and cool down.
Well, as we wrap things up, remember that your Disney adventure is as legendary as the dad jokes you carry in your arsenal.
Never forget, you are more than just the wallet, diaper changer, and pack mule – you are the fun-loving, thrill-seeking, food-tasting super dad.