'Sup! When it comes to mothers, Lily and I are pretty sure we hit the jackpot! We love Mommy Frog, and Mommy Frog loves Disney. So, what could be better than celebrating Mother’s Day at Disney World? (Hint: Not much — except for maybe a full day without any bickering or complaining from Lily and me!) We want to treat Mommy Frog to a day filled with classic Disney magic, and we’re in luck because Disney World has plenty of special activities and gift ideas to offer so that Mommy Frog can be pampered like a queen … or should I say, a Disney Princess. If you’re headed to the parks during Mother’s Day weekend this year, here’s a list of ideas on how you can show appreciation for your own frog mom.
Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day at Disney World
With so much to see and do, Disney World has something unique for every personality! You’re bound to come up with the perfect Mother’s Day plan that’s tailored toward your mom’s preferences.
For the Foodie
If your mother looooves good food, a celebratory treat or meal is obviously a must. With hundreds of eateries on Disney property to choose from, you can go with something simple like a Mother’s Day dessert or go all out with a fancy dinner experience. Just be sure to make any reservations far in advance.
On the actual day (Mother’s Day lands on Sunday, May 12, this year), many Disney Resort hotels and restaurants offer exclusive Mother’s Day dining experiences, which are typically brunch buffets. However, these often are not announced until days before, so we advise you to make other reservations beforehand. If you later decide on a brunch buffet following an announcement, make the new reservation and then cancel the original one. Backup plan for the win!
Make it Extra Special with her favorite characters
Devour a delicious meal while you greet a group of your favorite characters. We know it’s tough to choose which one, but it really comes down to your mom’s wishes! Does she want to dine with Disney Princesses, the Fab Five or others? Here’s our ranking of character dining locations if you need some suggestions! Mommy Frog's personal faves are Trattoria al Forno or Storybook Dining at Artist Point, which both have a more adult foodie feel to their entrees (as well as delicious cocktails). Character interactions are top-notch here, too (especially The Queen ... she has a better "mom glare" than Mommy Frog!).
For the Green Thumb
For moms who love to garden (like our own greenie, Mommy Frog), plan to stop by Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. This annual event features Disney character topiaries, themed gardens, Garden Rocks concerts and fresh food at Outdoor Kitchens. If you’re looking for a unique experience, consider booking the Behind the Seeds Tour. This hour-long backstage tour takes you through the fish farm and four greenhouses in the Land Pavilion. You’ll learn the latest hydroponic growing methods and take home practical applications for your own garden.
For the Fashionista
Disney Springs is the shopping hop spot if you’re just looking to pick up the perfect gift or if you want your mom to select something for herself. Disney Springs offers a wide variety of brand-name stores, as well as shops that are entirely one-of-a-kind to Disney Springs. If your mom likes to accessorize with bling, you wouldn’t want to miss the jewelry collections at Ever After Jewelry Co., Pandora or Alex and Ani. Be sure to drop by the Marketplace Co-Op, where there are several shops offering specialty items, including accessories, home products and artwork. On Mother’s Day at Disney World, be on the lookout, as some stores may have featured items for the special occasion.
For the Outdoor Adventurer
Is your mom always ready for any adventure that comes her way? Bring your camping gear to The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort for a night under the stars. There are many outdoor recreational activities hoppening at the campsites. Take your pick: canoeing, kayaking, archery, horse-drawn wagon rides or horseback riding (Tri-Circle-D Ranch is where Cinderella's ponies stay!). Top off the night by singing songs and sharing s’mores around the campfire with Chip 'n' Dale.
For the Spa Enthusiast
If you want your mom to have the ultimate pampering experience, consider gifting a spa day at one of the Disney World resorts. Senses - A Disney Spa has two locations: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. With a wide range of facials, massages, body wraps, aromatherapy and more, your mom will be feeling and looking her best. Or make it a shared experience with a “Mom & Me” day, and schedule a pair of manicures that will turn your nails into works of Disney art! Book an appointment by calling 1-407-WDW-SPAS.
For the Animal Lover
A trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom is the obvious choice. It’s where you’ll find lions, tigers, rhinos — oh my. Take a Kilimanjaro Safari ride or trek through the numerous trails to spot as many animals as you can. For VIP treatment, book a private safari tour. There are several options, and some may include close encounters with the animals.
For some less conventional ideas, giddy up for a horseback riding session through the wooded trails of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, or snorkel with sea creatures in the Caribbean Coral Reef at Epcot.
For the Movie Buff
A trip to Tinseltown via Hollywood Studios is the perfect ticket for movie-lovers! Let mom watch Captain Phasma and the Stormtroopers march down Hollywood Boulevard, or check out the special effects galore at Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! You can also treat mom to a movie at AMC Movies at Disney Springs.
For the Pool Lounger
This is perhaps our personal favorite break from our regular Frog Pond! Let your mom pick from a mountain ski retreat at Disney's Blizzard Beach or a tropical paradise at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon. Each of these Disney water parks provide prime relaxation by the poolside or a ride down a lazy river. For the thrill-seeking mom, the water parks have more than enough rides to increase her heart rate (looking at you, Summit Plummet and Crush ‘N’ Gusher!). For an extra perk, rent out a private shaded area — Polar Patio (Blizzard Beach) or Beachcomber Shack (Typhoon Lagoon) — which includes cushioned seating, towels, a cooler with water and ice, refillable drink mugs and a locker for up to six people.
Of course, there’s always the option to lounge around your resort’s pool (and there's not better than Stormalong Bay at Disney's Beach and Yacht Club Resorts! If you need any help choosing the right Disney hotel pool, check out some of our top favorites.
Hoppy Mother's Day!
Will you be spending Mother’s Day at Disney World? Don't froget to tag us @ThemeParkFrog so we can celebrate along with you and Mom!