Best Ways To Have A Sweet Daddy/Daughter Day At Walt Disney World

Mickey Ice Cream Bar
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While family trips to Disney are always special, there is something extra special about a one-on-one visit with a parent and child.  We have 8 suggestions for a Daddy/Daughter Disney Day.  (And we’re pretty sure that any grown up/kid combo would have a blast with these too!)


1. Harmony Barber Shop

If Magic Kingdom is the park of choice, making a stop at Harmony Barber Shop is a great way to start the day.  Haircuts here come complete with pixie dust, and dad can get a shave at the same time! NOTE: Harmony Barber Shop is currently closed during Disney’s phased reopening. We hope to see it reopen soon!

2. Mickey Ice Cream

There is nothing more classic than a Mickey Ice Cream bar at Disney, so it’s the perfect treat to share on this special day.  It’s definitely big enough for two, and on a hot day you need two people to get it eaten before it melts all over!

3. Let her pick the rides!

Giving your kiddo a choice of what to do will add to the sweetness of the day.  Let her pick the rides she is most excited to take YOU on! 


4. Fishing at Fort Wilderness

If you are looking to spend some time outside of the parks, a day at Fort Wilderness is the perfect bonding experience.  Rent a canoe and fishing equipment and enjoy the peaceful surroundings together.

5. Themed dining for dinner

Having a meal out alone with a parent always feels like a special occasion, and you can make it even more memorable by choosing one of Disney’s themed restaurants.  Make sure to choose the dining experience that your daughter will be most excited about – whether it’s the fanciness of Cinderella’s Royal Table, the chance to dine in the Beast’s castle at Be our Guest, or watching old science fiction flicks at Sci-Fi Dine-In! 

6. Wear a button

Every occasion feels more exciting when you wear one of Disney’s celebration buttons.  Swing by guest services near the park entrance and ask for a general “I’m celebrating” button and write in “Daddy-Daughter Day.”  My favorite thing about buttons is how many people will read them and help you celebrate, and you’re sure to get a lot of attention for such a sweet event!

7. Take lots of pictures

Especially if you’re used to being at the parks with a big family, taking photos with only two people is so much less work!  Take advantage of the photographers Disney has stationed around the parks, and make sure to let them know about your special day and ask if they have any fun magic to add to your pictures! 

8. Commemorate the day with a souvenir

Having a physical reminder of the day you’ve spent together will help you both keep the magic alive!  Choose something that represents your time together, like a splash mountain souvenir if you got massively soaked!  You could also get something personalized, like an ornament at Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers on Main Street at Magic Kingdom!   

About Katie D

I grew up in New Jersey in a family where the word “vacation” was synonymous with “Disney World.” After a few years of visiting regularly, my family became Disney Vacation Club members which meant we visited even more! Going to Disney always felt kind of like going home, and some of my best childhood and teenage memories occurred there. Now that I live in Jacksonville, FL I am excited to be a short drive from this magical place and look forward to making new memories for years to come.