Ever since your kids have started watching the Disney Channel with a vengeance, the questions about visiting Disney World have increased exponentially in the past few years. With business slowing down in the lead up to summer and with your business on pace for a record year in revenues, the time has never been better to take off to the House of Mouse in Orlando, Florida.
One part of the process has been completed, as you have booked flights to Orlando from a trusted source such as Thomas Cook for your entire family. The only thing left to do now is to figure out what to do with your free time in Orlando. While you will spend some time with the kids as they meet Mickey Mouse and ride the teacups, the other members of your family have readily agreed to watch them as you and your lovely spouse are also eager to explore the best that Orlando has to offer well-heeled individuals such as yourself.
In order to make the most of the few nights you’ll have together in each others company, make note of the tips below, as they represent the finest establishments and activities that Orlando has up its sleeve.
Where To Stay
Before you hit the town, you’ll have to figure out where you’re going to base your party for the time that you are here in Orlando. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is your best option of the grounds of Walt Disney World, as it has a highly touted spa on the premises, and they offer a bewildering variety of activities (golf, sailing, volleyball, and much more) to keep everybody occupied on the down days you’ll have during your holiday.
Off the premises of Disney, but close by nonetheless is the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, which also offers a championship golf course, but they also have a well-regarded kid’s club and private cabanas by the pool, making those days away from the attractions of Disney truly luxurious.
What To Do
If the visual arts is a personal passion of yours, then you will simply adore the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. This institution houses the world’s best collection of authentic Tiffany pieces (including painted glass, jewelry, and paintings), as well as a formidable holding of pieces made by American artists.
When you do spend time at Disney World, don’t stand in line like a chump with your impatient children (especially in the Florida summer sun). Disney VIP Tours allows you an experience that gets you past these annoying queues, and it comes with knowledgable guides that will heighten your Disney experience in many ways.
At the end of the day, take in an inspired and humane 21st century circus by attending La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil. This display of human athleticism will inspire all members of your travel party, adult and child alike.
Where To Eat & Drink
All that activity in the humid July sun will work up quite the appetite, so quiet it in the best fashion possible at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, a restaurant that takes its cues not from the food of New Orleans, but from the traditions of French Polynesia.
Those who are staying on Disney property will love Todd English’s Bluezoo, a highly regarded seafood restaurant that also boasts excellent turf options in addition to its surf offerings.
When you head out on the town on a date night during your trip, the Bösendorfer Lounge is your best bet for a nightcap, as this elevated lounge mixes hip elements (velvet couches, modern art on the walls) with cocktails that stretch the frontier of inventiveness in present-day mixology.