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Grandparents Will Love These Magical Experiences at Disney

What makes Walt Disney World a unique vacation destination for families is that everyone from Grandma and Grandpa to the baby in the family can enjoy the magic together. Walt Disney wanted to create a place for adults and kids to enjoy. This is what Walt Disney World is all about.

Grandparents will enjoy some top experiences visiting Walt Disney World with their grandchildren.


Riding the Rides

Something unique about Walt Disney World is that there are rides everyone can enjoy together. When visiting with grandchildren, grandparents will enjoy being able to experience some of the best rides at Walt Disney World.

Enjoying rides such as it’s a small world, Haunted Mansion, Na’vi River Journey, or Living with the Land together is something that grandparents will remember forever.

Nothing is better than being a kid again as you fly high with Dumbo or Peter Pan. This is one of the main reasons Walt Disney World is a multigeneration destination.

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Watching the Shows

Grandparents will love watching some of the top shows at Walt Disney World with their grandchildren. Disney has numerous shows throughout the Parks, perfect for the whole family to enjoy together.

Grandparents will love seeing their grandchildren sing along with their favorite Frozen songs or dance at the Festival of the Lion Kingdom. These shows are fun and entertaining for everyone to enjoy together.

Even if grandparents don’t care to ride any rides, the Disney shows are fantastic and will be a wonderful experience to share with their grandchildren.

Mickey Mouse Epcot
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Meeting the Characters

There is something incredibly magical about little ones meeting their favorite characters. Grandparents will love seeing their little ones light up when they hug Mickey Mouse or their favorite princess at Walt Disney World.

Seeing their faces get so excited when a character they have only seen on TV or in a book is something grandparents will cherish.

Ice Cream Bar

Getting Messy With Snacks

Most parents don’t appreciate their kids getting messy, but grandparents will enjoy the joy a messy Mickey ice cream sandwich, funnel cake, or Dole Whip will bring their grandchildren.

Grandparents will get excited to see the smiling, messy faces after a delicious treat in of the Disney Parks.

Disney Skyliner; Disney Monorail
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Riding Disney Transportation

Sometimes the small moments can lead to the most significant memories. Grandparents will love enjoying Disney transportation with their grandchildren. They will enjoy the bus, trams, boats, monorail, and skyliner that take them around the Walt Disney World Resort Property.

The pure joy that so many kids have on these modes of transportation is something that Grandparents will remember. Transportation isn’t as exciting when we get older, but the excitement it brings to little ones who aren’t used to being so free can be just as thrilling as a ride.

Grandparents will like being able to chat about the day or cuddle in as they are sleepy from the Parks.

Disney's Polynesian Resort View 2
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Hanging Out at a Disney Resort

Grandparents will appreciate the details and fun that are provided at Disney Resorts. A great time for grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy together while at Walt Disney World are the amenities offered at a Disney Resort.

Start by taking time to enjoy the pool. Disney has some fantastic pools that everyone can enjoy together. Spend the afternoon watching their grandchildren splash around, participate in the pool games, and have a great time.

You can also take time to enjoy the many arcades and crafts that are offered at Disney Resorts. Make some tie-dyed t-shirts, do some pottery, or even roast marshmallows together over a campfire.

Watching their grandchildren swim, do crafts, or watch a movie under the stars is an excellent time, allowing everyone to slow down and enjoy the moment at Disney Resorts.

Mickey Mouse with Kids
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Spoiling Them

Another big part of a Walt Disney World trip that grandparents will love is being able to spoil them in the gift shops. Disney has gift stores everywhere, meaning little ones will find something they want around every corner.

Grandparents will love letting their grandchildren pick out their favorite souvenirs. Maybe it will be a giant plush, a new set of ears, or an adorable new shirt- giving their grandkids a choice to pick out whatever they want is so much fun.

This new souvenir can be something that the grandparents and grandkids can enjoy together after leaving Walt Disney World and returning home.

Enjoying Nighttime Shows

There is something special about sharing an evening watching one of the fantastic nighttime spectaculars together. Watching the amazement and wonder that their grandchildren experience during these nighttime shows is memories that will last forever.

Enjoy Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, or EPCOT Forever when traveling with your family.

Hoop Dee DOo
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Dining at a Restaurant

Walt Disney World offers many top dining restaurants throughout the Parks and Resorts. Grandparents will take time to have a good, fun, and entertaining meal together as a family.

Fun options can be Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge. This offers a lot of food and a great show. Whispering Canyon, Chef Mickey’s, and Biergarten are other fun options for large groups to enjoy together.

Grandparents will love having the whole family together enjoying a meal.

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Pictures that Will Last Forever

Finally, grandparents will love having family photos that will last forever. Take time during your vacation to gather the whole family in front of the different Park icons for an entire group picture. These photos will become cherished memory.

Make sure you purchase the Memory Maker that will give you access to all the photos that Disney photographers take throughout Walt Disney World. We love these talented Cast Members that are fantastic at capturing magical moments.

These are the top experiences that Grandparents will love experiencing with their grandchildren while at Walt Disney World. A Disney vacation is a fantastic place for the whole family to enjoy together.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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