Not every Walt Disney World vacation has to be the same. The Most Magical Place on Earth is known for their incredible theming. From their parks to their resorts, Disney are masters at knowing how to use a theme to make magic come alive. Want to shake up your next Disney vacation? You can use this same strategy to pick a theme spice up your next vacation. These are especially great for repeat visitors who have already experienced the parks by traditional means.
The possibilities are seriously endless in a place as versatile as Walt Disney World, but we gathered four of our favorite ideas for you to theme your vacation to the next level.
1. The nature lover
Walt Disney World has a long tradition of conservation and finding ways to bring guests up close with nature, from expansions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to nature trails where you can encounter Florida’s native wildlife. Back when The Disney Institute was around, they even used to have guided tours of the resort’s 11,500 acres of preserved Florida wetlands. Today, nature lovers can still find plenty of fun ways to fill a Disney vacation.
For starters, it’s a no-brainer to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge or the Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas. If you manage to snag a Savannah View room, you’ll be able to start out your mornings watching the Lodge’s native giraffes, ostriches, and other African wildlife explore their habitat. Seems unattainable? Rent Disney Vacation Club points to cut the cost of renting a villa. Throughout the resort, you’ll be able to enjoy the resident wildlife from the lobby, the pools, and also from the restaurant Sanaa.
Enjoy your close proximity to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris is just the start of this vacation. Instead, take things to the next level by booking one of Disney’s many wildlife encounter experiences including Caring for Giants, the Savor the Savannah evening safari experience, Wanyama Safari, and the Wild Africa Trek. The Lodge has several tour experiences as well.
The fun doesn’t stop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom though. Epcot is home to The Seas with Nemo and Friends, one of the largest aquariums in Florida. Animal lovers can book an up-close encounter with the Seas resident dolphins or even snorkel in the main tank. If you’re a gardening lover as well, don’t miss the Behind the Seeds tour, one of Disney’s most easily accessible tours, just outside of Soarin’ in The Land.
To finish things off, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the incredible native wildlife on Disney’s walking trails, such as the one near Fort Wilderness. You can even visit The Disney Wilderness Preserve in Kissimmee for a full hiking experience.
2. Romance, romance, romance
There are just so many options for hopeful romantics visiting Walt Disney World, and what your dream experience looks like is really up to you. Walt Disney World is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world for good reason. For starters, you’ll want to make sure you’re staying at a particularly romantic resort. A few favorites are Port Orleans French Quarter, The Yacht Club, The Polynesian, and of course, Disney’s Grand Floridian.
You’ll want to plan your days to spend as much quality time together as possible, and that’s going to mean some romantic lunches and dinners. Maybe you’ll want to enjoy fare under the stars at Epcot’s San Angel Inn or rich Italian flavors at Tutto Italia. For a top-notch romantic dinner, however, you’ll want the best, and that means Disney’s signature restaurants. Love warm lights and zesty flavors? Don’t miss Jiko: The Cooking Place at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Prefer more modern fare? You can’t beat the exquisite cuisine of The Contemporary’s California Grill timed to match the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Some of our other romantic favorites include Epcot’s intimate French bistro, Monsieur Paul, The Boardwalk’s Flying Fish café, Wilderness Lodge’s Artist Point, and The Grand Floridian’s Citricos, where you can even book a special experience in The Chef’s Domain.