Leap always goes along with our plans at Disney World, whether it’s posing with princesses or hopping on Journey of the Little Mermaid once again. He just wants everyone to be as hoppy as they can be! But on Father’s Day, we switch it up and celebrate the day by letting Leap choose whatever he wants to do. This usually means riding his favorite thrill rides first, taking an afternoon break by grabbing a couple of beers and eating a delicious dinner as a hoppy family.
If you’re planning on celebrating this Father’s Day at Disney World and need some inspiration, we’ve sorted out potential plans for you and your dad! (Don't froget, this Father's Day is June 16!)
Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day at Disney World
Disney World offers a wide variety of activities that can please just about every personality. Of course, you know your dad best! But if you’re stumped or you want to try something new, here are some suggestions on how you can give your dad a special Father’s Day at Disney World.
For the Sports Fan
Disney World is home to the ESPN Wide World of Sports, which hosts many different sporting events from baseball to cheerleading tournaments throughout the year. The AAU Gymnastics National Championship will be taking place over the 2019 Father’s Day weekend if your dad wants to see some action. Otherwise, visit Disney’s BoardWalk and grab some game-day grub at ESPN Club. You can catch any live game playing on one of the nearly 100 TV monitors (even in the bathroom stalls!). Keep in mind that the restaurant won’t be taking reservations from June 1 through June 16, 2019, so head over early.
For the Golf Lover
Whether you’re a novice or an expert, you certainly won’t have any trouble finding a golf course at Disney World. There are three main golf courses that have 18-hole championship layouts: Magnolia Golf Course, Palm Golf Course and Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. The 9-hole layout at Oak Trail Course is recommended for beginners and families with children. At Oak Trail, you can try your hand at FootGolf, which combines a 9-hole golf course with soccer balls. For mini-golf fans, pick from a Winter Summerland course that features Santa and his elves year-round, or the Fantasia Gardens course that stars hippos in tutus, marching broomsticks and ballerina ostriches.
For the Beer Aficionado
Epcot is easily the best Disney park to find the widest selection of beers. It’s no wonder why “Drinking Around the World” is a popular thing to do for adults ages 21 and up. If beer is your dad’s drink of choice, he can taste a variety of brews at 11 pavilions, ranging from pints of ales, lagers and stouts at the Rose & Crown Pub in the U.K. to frozen Kirin beer in Japan. And of course, it’s always Oktoberfest in Germany!
For the Adrenaline Junkie
If your dad is an adventurous spirit, your best bet is attempting to go on as many thrill rides as possible — yes, all in one day! For families with a Park Hopper ticket, we recommend hitting Expedition Everest, Tower of Terror, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. If you have a Base Ticket, Magic Kingdom is a solid option so that you can conquer the three Mountains, or head to Disney's Hollywood Studios for Tower of Terror, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster and the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular (during which your dad has a chance to volunteer as a costumed extra in the show!).
For the Boat Captain
For the dad who loves being out on the water, head down to a Disney marina and rent out a motorized boat to cruise around Seven Seas Lagoon. Marina locations can be found at many resorts, including Disney’s Beach Club and Yacht Club, Fort Wilderness, Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian and Polynesian Village. You can choose from three different boats, depending on party size: Sea Raycer by Sea Ray (fits up to 2 people), Boston Whaler Montauk (fits up to 6 people) or a Sun Tracker Pontoon boat (fits up to 10 people).
If you're looking for some nautical fun on a budget, don't froget about all of the toadally free water taxi options! Leap loves any time he can get on the water, even if it's just a quick cruise from one side of Disney Springs to the other.
We amphibians also love the Amphicar Tours at The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs! Make a splash for Father's Day at Disney World in these antique cars that drive from land into the water, taking you on a 25-minute guided tour of Disney Springs.
For the Techie
Disney is all about innovation and uses the latest technology to build new attractions. For the dad who likes keeping up with the most recent techie trends, you’ll want to hop on Avatar Flight of Passage at Pandora in Animal Kingdom. During this incredibly immersive 3-D simulation ride, you feel like you’re flying on a banshee. You can even feel it “breathing” underneath you at one point. It’s definitely one of our top favorite rides in ALL of Disney World, and it’s sure to impress any tech-savvy dad!
We also recommend stopping by The VOID in Disney Springs for a VR experience. Guests become part of the virtual environment, which includes multi-sensory effects such as touch and smell. Help the Star Wars Rebellion on a survival mission. Or, join Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz for the ultimate food fight adventure.
For the Food Connoisseur
You’re in luck! Walt Disney World Resort has hundreds of food options at the parks, resorts and Disney Springs. As the date gets closer, some restaurants may even offer a special meal or menu item for Father’s Day. We suggest that you make advanced dinner reservations for your dad’s favorite, but make changes if another opportunity becomes available.
For the Jokester
If your dad believes that laughter is the best medicine, take him to the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom. This interactive comedy show is hosted by the one-and-only Mike Wazowski. Before the show begins, your dad will have a chance to submit his best joke by sending it through a text message. It could be used later in the show! Because the attraction relies on audience participation and the live voice actors’ improvisation, it’s never the same show twice.
For an extra special experience, consider the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. This zany two-hour show features singing, dancing and vaudeville comedy. Best of all, you can tackle buckets of fried chicken and smoked BBQ ribs, as well as salad, baked beans, cornbread and strawberry shortcake while you enjoy the show.
Will you be celebrating Father’s Day at Disney World? Share your plans below in the comments.