'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. (Psst ... want to spoil mom with a vacation without breaking the bank? Be sure to check out our Hot Deals!)
Toadally Special 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. Many places will offer special treats over Mother's Day weekend, and some will even have treats up to a week before! This year's offerings include a variety of cupcakes and cocktails. For a full list, check out the Mother's Day Foodie Guide to find out where and when you can find them. In the meantime, you can find the pictured goodies at:
Gasparilla Island Grill, Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (mobile order available)
- Mother’s Day Mimosa Miniature Gâteau – Champagne-infused sponge cake with orange-scented mousse topped with white chocolate slipper (available April 23-May 9)
Barefoot Pool Bar, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Tambu Lounge, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail – A refreshing blend of vodka and flavors of raspberry and lemon (available May 7-9)
Capt. Cooks, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Mother’s Day Butterfly Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake with raspberry mousse filling and buttercream icing (available May 7-9)
Pineapple Lanai, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Key Lime Pie Sundae – Lime soft serve, graham cracker crust, blood orange mango jam, and topped with a macaron (available May 7-9)
On the actual day (Mother’s Day lands on Sunday, May 9 this year), many Disney Resort hotels and restaurants offer exclusive Mother’s Day dining experiences, which are typically brunch buffets. In 2021, Mother's Day brunch will be offered at Olivia's Cafe (Disney's Old Key West Resort), Ale & Compass Restaurant (Disney's Yacht Club Resort) and Whispering Canyon Cafe (Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort). Be sure to make a reservation ASAP, as they fill up quickly!
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! Note that this year, character interactions will be modified, and some of the character dining experiences are not available. Breakfast à la Art with Mickey & Friends at Topolino's Terrace is our top pick for a Mother's Day celebration in 2021!
For the Green Thumb
For moms who love to garden (like our own greenie, Mommy Frog), plan to stop by EPCOT’s International Flower and Garden Festival. This annual event features Disney character topiaries, themed gardens, hoppin' concerts and fresh food at Outdoor Kitchens.
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.
Pony Rides are currently available at the new Tri-Circle-D Ranch on a walk-in basis only. Trail Rides can be booked by calling (407) WDW-PLAY (939-7529) and are available on a walk-in basis pending availability at the Trail Ride check-in building at the front of Fort Wilderness. Reservations are highly recommended. The Fort Wilderness Archery Experience is also available and must be booked by calling (407) WDW-PLAY. Carriage rides, wagon rides and sleigh rides are currently unavailable.
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 the Movie Buff
A trip to Tinseltown via Hollywood Studios is the perfect ticket for movie-lovers! Let mom confront Kylo Ren and his Stormtroopers or pilot the Millennium Falcon. The whole fam can become part of a classic Mickey Mouse cartoon on Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway. 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! How about a mountain ski retreat at Disney's Blizzard Beach water park? This Disney water park provides 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!). For an extra perk, rent out a private shaded area — Polar Patio — which includes cushioned seating, towels, a cooler with water and ice, refillable drink mugs and a locker for up to six people. Currently, Typhoon Lagoon is closed, but Blizzard Beach is ready for Mom to hit the slopes!
Of course, there’s always the option to lounge around your resort’s pool (and it's hard to beat 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!