|Our fantastic lunch at Tusker House|
Tip Time: In most situations, I highly recommend taking a mid-afternoon break from the theme parks. The parks are hottest and most crowded in the afternoons; escaping to your hotel for a swim or nap can provide a much-needed opportunity to recuperate and revive before returning to the parks in the evening. The exception to this recommendation is Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom closes earlier than the other parks, so taking an afternoon break does not make sense;by the time you returned to the park, it would be closed.
Tip Time: Even if you are not traveling with "built-in babysitters" on your Disney vacation, you can still enjoy an adults-only evening. Most deluxe resorts at Disney World have intricately-themed childcare centers where your kids can play, do crafts, eat dinner, and engage in group activities...all under the watchful guidance of certified childcare professionals. Best of all, you do not need to be a guest at one of these resorts to take advantage of them, but you DO need to make reservations. Alternatively, you can hire an in-room babysitter through the Disney-sanctioned childcare service, Kid's Nite Out.
|A relaxing "evening-off" can do wonders!|
Tip Time: The World Showcase is home to numerous amazing restaurants, featuring cuisine from eleven different nations. Whether you are visiting on a "date night" or you are enjoying some quality family time, make your dining reservations for World Showcase before your trip (up to 180 days prior to arrival).
Although the World Showcase has many amazing restaurants, we decided to maximize our date night by foregoing dinner in the park. Instead of spending an hour eating, we enjoyed every second that the World Showcase was open, exploring shops and enjoying the fantastic street performers. Then, after Epcot closed, we strolled over to Disney's Boardwalk area for a fabulous dinner at The Flying Fish Cafe.
Tip Time: Near Epcot's World Showcase, Disney's Boardwalk area is completely unique. In the morning, the scent of fresh baked goods wafts through the air from the Boardwalk Bakery. As the day goes on, the Boardwalk becomes lined with street performers, surrey bike rentals, restaurants, and bars (including Jellyrolls, a dueling piano bar). It's a truly romantic way to end an evening in "The World".
Dinner at the Flying Fish Cafe was amazing. The ambiance is casual but elegant, reminiscent of the Atlantic boardwalk. The server was attentive (but not overbearing), and the food was expertly prepared. But most importantly, my husband and I were able to enjoy leisurely, uninterrupted conversation...and that is priceless.
In conclusion, I highly recommend taking at least a few hours for a "date" with your significant other during your Disney World vacation, if at all possible. Many people balk at the idea of leaving their children behind, but they often ultimately discover that, by mid-week, their kids are the ones who are most ready for a break from all of the "family togetherness" you will be experiencing on your trip!! And when you return from your date, you will all be refreshed and ready for some more family fun...if you can drag your kids away from the childcare center, that is!
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