Beauty and the Beast Topiary at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  • On Feb 14, 2021
    Stacie from GA Asked

    I have a HS Senior this year who has chosen Disney as her grad trip with just the two of us. With complicated COVID restrictions, any suggestions must do's, dining or other special things I can plan to help make her trip as special as possible?

    Hi, Stacie! It sounds like you're planning an exciting celebration to close out what I'm sure has been a unique senior year for your soon-to-be graduate. When she graduated high school, my oldest daughter, too, selected a Disney destination for our mother-daughter celebration trip. I'm happy to offer some tips to help you plan a special trip with your daughter, taking all of the pandemic-related updates into consideration.

    For starters, I'm excited to tell you that you'll be visiting during the Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. It's such a great festival. The creative topiary displays make for great material to share on Instagram, if your daughter enjoys that sort of thing. Many of the bites and sips (including the non-alcoholic variety) from the festival's Outdoor Kitchens are also especially picturesque. 

    How about treating your girl to a Segway tour during your time away? The Wilderness Back Trail Adventure allows guests to explore Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort on two wheels. Even if you've never experienced a Segway, this tour is a lot of fun. There is a brief instructional period at the beginning of the tour to allow participants the chance to familiarize themselves with the vehicle. 

    When it comes to dining, there are so many restaurants at Walt Disney World that are perfect for celebrating special occasions. Might I suggest dinner with a beautiful view of Cinderella Castle? Check availability for California Grill. Or maybe you'd rather enjoy brunch. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Disney Springs hosts a brilliant one on Sundays. In Disney's Hollywood Studios, you might stop in at the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge (reservations not required) for appetizers on their delightful patio. Or venture over to Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village for a meal with a wild view at Sanaa; I highly recommend their Indian-style Bread Service with all the dipping sauces. 

    I sure hope these recommendations have given you some inspiration, Stacie. As you begin narrowing your choices, don't hesitate to ask another question if we can be of further assistance!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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