8 Ideas For A Fun Father-Son Day At Walt Disney World

8. Character dining experience

Who doesn’t love a good character meal? Disney’s character dining restaurants allow guests to dine with everyone from their favorite Disney Jr. pals to Mickey and Minnie, and the princesses. A character breakfast is a magical start to any day in Disney and dinner with the characters can be the perfect way to cap off a day in the parks.


7. Fishing

Go cane pole fishing at Port Orleans Resort – Riverside or charter a boat and enjoy a guided fishing excursion around one of the lakes on property. However you like to fish, Disney offers a variety of ways to do some (catch and release) fishing that are sure to add to a father/son day at the resort. Check the official Disney site for operating hours and pricing or to make a reservation.

6. Star Wars Favorites

First up, visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here you can catch a ride on the Millennium Falcon! While you’re at Hollywood Studios, kids can take take part in the Jedi Training Academy. Be sure to sign up early in the morning to secure a spot! You can also meet favorite characters from Star Wars, or end the day with the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular. Want even more Star Wars? Check out the The Void the next time you visit Disney Springs.

5. Amphicar at The Boathouse

Visit Disney Springs for the ultimate nautical father/son experience and see the whole area from the water via an Amphicar. These classic vintage amphibious vehicles take guests on tours of Disney Springs, and The Boathouse is the only place that offers public tours aboard the Amphicars. Finish off the experience with lunch and check out some of the shopping and entertainment available at Disney Springs.


4. Splitsville Luxury Lanes

While at Disney Springs, head over to Splitsville for some bowling and live music. Splitsville offers a luxury bowling experience alongside a menu that features something for everyone (from sushi to hamburgers and everything in between!) Splitsville can be a fun way to take a break from the theme parks or to get out and do something fun on arrival/departure days when you don’t want to use a park ticket.

3. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Back in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, take in one of the best theme park stunt shows around. The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular puts guests right in the middle of the movie set showing them how all of the stunts in the film are performed. The show is filled with exciting explosions and stunt work, a bit of comedy, and audience participation. Want to participate in the show? Arrive early and try to grab seats towards the front of the theatre on any side. And be sure to catch up on Raiders of the Lost Ark if it’s been some time or if you’ve never seen it before your trip!

2. Pirates League

Transform into a pirate at the Pirates League in the Magic Kingdom! Adults can partake in the makeup and accessories, but kids get the full effect of dressing like a pirate as well. Childrens’ makeup can even include a full face of stubble or mermaid scales! Once you’re outfitted in your new pirate gear set off to explore Adventureland and the rest of the Magic Kingdom. The Pirates League is also an easy and creative way to get in a last-minute Halloween costume if you find yourself heading to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

1. runDisney Events

If you happen to plan a trip around a runDisney event, each race includes a smaller kids’ event so the whole family can get involved. For older kids, these races can be the best father/son day out at Disney as you’ll be able to run the race together while meeting rare characters and enjoying special entertainment exclusive to participants. Plus training for a race together is a great way to countdown to your next Disney trip! Can’t get to the parks? runDisney now offers virtual races throughout the year that you can complete on your own course and time at home (while still earning a medal!)

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."