Do Disney Your Way

Special Treats and Little-Known Opportunities

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If you or your children have a special interest, it can be fun to indulge it at Disney.

  • Captain the monorail. If you're near the front of the monorail at a Disney resort and it's not too crowded, ask if you can ride up front with the driver (for parties of four or less) for a great view.
  • If you're a certified scuba diver, you can actually dive in the Living Seas aquarium at Epcot -- and your family can watch you from a table at the Coral Reef restaurant! It's not inexpensive (about $150 for a three-hour tour including a 30-minute dive). For the same price, you can also learn about and interact with dolphins in the aquarium in a 3 1/2-hour tour.
  • At the Grand Floridian, children can go on a treasure-hunt pirate cruise in the Seven Seas Lagoon or make cupcakes and have tea and storytime with Alice in Wonderland at 1900 Park Fare. (Call 407-WDW-DINE to reserve.) Daughters can even tag along with their moms to enjoy a mini manicure or facial at the Spa and Health Club (407-824-2332).
  • Great Adventures in Cooking lets junior chefs make a dessert (themed to a story), then serve it to guests in this two-hour cooking class.
  • Gather round the campfire near the Meadow Trading Post at Fort Wilderness campground and roast marshmallows, sing along with Chip and Dale, and watch a movie.
  • Learn to surf at Typhoon Lagoon before the water park opens. The 2 1/2-hour class is open to Disney guests ages 8 and older for $125 (407-939-SURF).
  • Try parasailing at the Contemporary resort.
  • Go horseback riding (ages 9 and up; younger kids can enjoy a pony ride), or go on a hayride at Fort Wilderness.
  • Play miniature golf at Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland (with Santa and his elves!), or try your football skills at the NFL Experience in Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.
  • If your kids love to know how things work or have a passion, say, for trains or animals, you can sign up for a Backstage Magic Tour (407-939-8687).

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Copyright © 2002. Reprinted with permission from the June/July 2002 issue of Child magazine.

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