Mornings aren’t always pretty, unless you are going to Disney World for a daytime date! A day spent exploring the waterways around the Magic Kingdom, after fueling up with Mickey waffles (and maybe a few mimosas), could be a unique and fun way to spend time together.
Here are 5 ideas to get your waffles-and-mimosas lakeside date off to a great magical start!
1. Getting There
Make a reservation! I suggest aiming for some time between 7-8 am. This is vital, especially in the hotter months, because it will ensure you have a seat and still enjoy a relaxing morning on the lake before the heat of the day. Also–and this is vital!–you will only be allowed to park at the Contemporary if you have made a reservation. Book your table either through My Disney Experience app or by calling the Walt Disney World dining hotline at 407-WDW-DINE.
2. How Big is Your Appetite?
The Wave gives you the option to indulge in their breakfast buffet, featuring classic breakfast favorites including Mickey waffles, plus eggs Benedict, sausage, and fruit. You also have the option to order entree items like the Wave’s Signature Sweet Potato Pancakes, Florida Rock Shrimp Omelet, or an American breakfast. Even better: if you enjoy mimosas, you can now have an unlimited supply! That’s right, the Wave…of American Flavors at the Contemporary Resort is now offering bottomless mimosas for $16! That’s a great deal for your Disney dollars.
3. How Will You Spend Your Morning on the Lake?
One great thing about the Disney resorts is all of the options for recreational activities they offer. It’s a bit of a well-kept secret that you can explore the two bodies of water surrounding the Magic Kingdom, the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. The Disney resort on the lake all offer motorized boats, canoes, kayaks, specialty cruises, and other water sport rentals for your leisure.
4. Cruise Around the World
If you opted for the mimosas with your breakfast, the safest option would be to take a specialty cruise around the world. The cruise departs from the Yacht and Beach Club Resort and takes place on a Pontoon boat operated by a captain (about $149 plus tax). The easiest way to get to the resort from the Contemporary is to take a Minnie Van for $20. If you’d rather save the money, just take the 5-minute walk over to the Disney bus stop at the Magic Kingdom entrance.
The cruise adventure does lean on the more expensive side, but it includes snacks and soft drinks. You’ll travel all the way to the World Showcase at Epcot. The cruise seats 10 people, so it’s a great idea to invite a few other couples with you to split the cost. To reserve a specialty cruise, call 407-939-3160.
5. Kayaks & Canoes
For a less expensive way to spend your morning, the canoe or kayak rentals at Fort Wilderness are a great option! Reservations are not required, and getting to the resort is easy: walk or take the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom and hop onto one of the Fort Wilderness boats to start the adventure. The rental location is in the Bike Barn at the Meadow Recreation Area, and it operates from 9-5 pm daily. To rent a canoe or kayak, you must be 18 years or older, present a valid ID, and wear the provided life jackets. Canoes and kayaks are $13 per hour. If you have any further questions, you can call the Bike Barn at 407-824-2932.
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