Author: Kendall Foreman
What makes mothers all that they are, might as well ask, “What makes a star?” Ask your heart to tell you her worth, your heart will say, “Heaven on earth.”
These sweet lyrics are from the lullaby “Your Mother and Mine” which is sung by Wendy to the Lost Boys as she tries to remind them of the mothers they have been away from for so long while living in Neverland. Whether you see your mother (or mother-figure) every week or if distance keeps you apart, Mother’s Day is always a great time to celebrate the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters, etc. in our lives. And if you are reading the WDW Radio Blog, there is a good possibility that your mother enjoys Walt Disney World just as much as you do. With that in mind, we would like to provide you with ten ways to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day.
While some of you may be lucky enough to spend Mother’s Day in Walt Disney World with you mother, most of us will be celebrating somewhere else. But, that doesn’t mean your shared love of Disney can’t play a role in the day’s festivities! Taking that into account, we are offering up five ideas for honoring Mom and each of those five suggestions will have two options for how to carry it out – one at Walt Disney World and one at home.
A Special Keepsake
Crystal Arts on Main Street, U.S.A in Magic Kingdom Park is filled with all sorts of beautiful – and expensive – pieces of glasswork. However, there is one item within the store that is incredibly affordable and customizable. Toward the back of the retail location, guests can watch glassblowers at work, and these talented artisans create made-to-order blown-glass ornaments. Guests get to choose what colors of glass will be featured in the piece and then watch as the delicate ornament is brought to life. A trip to Crystal Arts with Mom affords you the opportunity purchase a tangible gift with a wonderful memory attached to it.
If you cannot make it to Walt Disney World, shopDisney.com has a number of Disney ornaments available all year round. You could choose to go literal with the “Minnie Mouse ‘Best Disney Mom’ Figural Ornament” or get a little more creative with a Disney Sketchbook ornament from her favorite Disney movie. With so many choices, there is sure to be one that will have special meaning for you and your mother.
Capture Your Memories
What better way to commemorate a Mother’s Day spent in Walt Disney World than with a family portrait taken right in the middle of the magic? Now, you can reserve a 20-minute photo session in Magic Kingdom Park with a Disney PhotoPass photographer. After the Capture Your Moment mini-photo shoot, photos can be downloaded if you have purchased Memory Maker or they can be purchased individually at Town Square Theater or via the Disney PhotoPass website. Sessions can be reserved online or a small number of same-day sessions are available. It is important to note that the sessions cost $79 and are limited to a maximum party size of eight.
If you are celebrating Mother’s Day away from the parks, you can still relive your magical memories by purchasing a Disney Parks themed photo album or by making a scrapbook filled with photos of you and your mother on your Walt Disney World vacations. Such a gift is sure to spark wonderful conversations and recollections!
Moms work hard and sometimes the best gift can just be the opportunity to relax, and Walt Disney World has a wide range of spa and salon options for letting mom indulge in a bit of self-care. Whether that is a Balinese massage at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel’s full-service, luxury Mandara Spa or a custom facial at Zahanati Massage and Fitness Center at Disney’s Animal Kindgom Lodge, Mom is sure to enjoy the respite. To book a treatment at Mandara Spa call (866) 678-1322, or to reserve a time at any of the other resort spas on property call (407) WDW-SPAS.
Treating Mom to some Disney-inspired, refreshing alone-time can most certainly be done at home. Bring back all those wonderful vacation scent-associated memories by purchasing some of the H2O+ bath and body products for her from shopDisney.com. There are a number of options which will take her right back to her last Walt Disney World vacation. With scents right from the resorts such as Grapefruit Bergamot and the classic Bath Aquatics line in a number of products such as shampoos, body butters, foot rubs, hand cream, and more, there is sure to be something Mom will love in any price range ($4.99-$103.96).
Dining options at Walt Disney World are practically endless, so why not plan to take Mom out for Mother’s Day brunch (or brunch on a day very close to Mother’s Day, if you cannot snag a reservation). Some great table dining options for brunch include locations both in and out of the parks: Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, Kona Café, Crystal Palace, Boma Flavors of Africa, Garden Grill, Trattoria al Forno, Topolino Terrace, ‘Ohana, or Ale and Compass. If your Mom enjoys something a little more casual (or if you are unable to find an open table), travel over to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s quick service restaurant, Capt. Cook’s. There, you can purchase the very same Tonga Toast that is served at Kona Café (sans strawberry compote). Pick up your order and find a table outside to enjoy a relaxing morning together.
With enumerable Disney Parks cookbooks, not to mention online recipes, it is very simple to recreate a Walt Disney World brunch at home. Or, you could take the easy route and purchase some Carbon’s Golden Malted Waffle Mix to make homemade Mickey waffles.
The various resort hotels of Walt Disney World offer a number of crafting activities that would afford you and your mother the opportunity to make something together. Whether your mom is a skilled crafter or is more prone to Pintrest-fails, the experience alone is sure to create memories you both will cherish. Activity offerings are constantly changing, but options in the past have included Seaside Ceramics and Sea Salt Scrubs at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts; Kukui Nut Leis and Paint a Tiki Mask at Disney’s Polynesian Resort Village Resort; and “Paint Your Disney Story” at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. These events come with a nominal fee and are open to guests of the respective resort. Since they are constantly changing, be sure to check your resort’s activities guide or speak with a Cast Member at your resort’s guest services.
It does not take a long journey across the internet to discover that Disney Parks-inspired craft ideas abound. There are several options that you and your mom can make together, including many that have been featured right here on the WDW Radio Blog! Pick up some crystals and craft a pair of Mickey earrings. Whip up a Walt Disney World scent-inspired sugar scrub. Fashion a necklace with beads made from park maps! Create a matching set of EPCOT t-shirts to wear on your next Walt Disney World vacation. No matter which idea you choose, just be ready for fun, conversation, and memory-making!
How will you be celebrating your mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, friend or special woman in your life this Mother’s Day? Share your ideas on the WDW Radio Clubhouse page on Facebook!
(Spa photo copyright Disney. Homecomin’ doughnuts photo from the personal collection of Lou Mongello. Lead image and all other photos from the author’s personal collection. )
Kendall has been a member of the WDW Radio Team since 2013. Today, you can read her work on the WDW Radio Blog or hear her join Lou for a number of WDW Radio podcast episodes. Kendall’s affection for Walt Disney World began with her very first family visit in the 1990s and has continued with each magical vacation since. Follow her on Twitter @kl_foreman.