Top Memorial Day Weekend Trips to Kick Off Summer
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. Start the season off right with one of these 8 top Memorial Day weekend trips.
Disney’s Boulder Ridge Villas’ design was inspired by the nostalgic American West in the mid-1800s. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of the resort’s decor, reminiscent of America’s first national park lodges. Disney’s Boulder Ridge Villas are also just a short boat ride away from Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World’s flagship theme park.
Rooms range from cozy studios with free WiFi service, kitchenettes and soaking tubs to two bedroom villas with full kitchens and washer/dryers. On-site dining includes several fantastic options no matter what you’re craving. For dinner, head to the Artist Point serves remarkable pacific northwest influenced dishes. It you are looking for a more casual breakfast, lunch or dinner option, consider the Whispering Canyon Cafe, Geyser Point Bar and Grill and Roaring Fork. For excellently prepared cocktails, visit the Territory Lounge.
Disney’s Boulder Ridge offers families plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Rent a bike and roll past the evergreen forests on the resort grounds or set sail on a cruise around Bay Lake. Dockside fishing or guided excursions with an experienced angler are also available. At night, relax and enjoy a Movie Under the Stars or join in on the marshmallow roasting fun at one of the on-site campfires.
Nearby, the city of Orlando provides an enormous variety of attractions beyond the theme parks. Head to the Downtown or Winter Park Districts to experience cultural attractions such as the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orlando Science Center and three well-known local theaters, the Mad Cow, the Enzian and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. If you are looking to stay close to the Disney resort complex, check out the I-Drive Area. There you’ll find a plethora of restaurants for all budgets and tastes and fun attractions such WonderWorks and ICON Orlando, a 400 foot tall observation wheel.
If delicious is a deal-breaker for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll find that the Roaring Fork has everything you need. You can begin the day with Mickey inspired pancakes and enjoy mouthwatering burgers for lunch and dinner. The Roaring Fork is a guest favorite, and possibly your new go-to as well. With the option to pre-order online, you won’t miss a minute of the magic with the convenience of this eatery.
Be whisked away into the magic of a great story with StoryBook Dining at Artist Point during your stay at the Boulder Ridge Villas. Your little ones will thank you for a meal well spent with some of Disney’s most beloved characters: Snow White and her Seven Dwarfs. The Enchanted Forest is prepared to welcome you each night as you feast like royalty in the gorgeous and rustic dining room. Additionally, it is highly recommended to reserve your dining table early, as this signature dining experience fills up quickly (and it’s no surprise why!).
Classic comfort food is commonplace at Disney's Geyser Point Bar and Grill. Located in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, you’ll be perfectly situated to visit this fan-favorite restaurant. Adults can enjoy delicious beverages while all can enjoy flavorful pub-style food.
This cozy, lodgelike restaurant is perfect for small plates and desserts along with delicious drinks for the adults. The food, service and atmosphere will give you bang for your buck. The American cuisine is perfect for a meal after a long day of vacationing. Open late, you’ll be able to relax into the evening hours.
Deluxe studios and one- to two-bedroom villas are what you’ll find at Boulder Ridge. Each suite is prepared to comfort you and your family during your stay, with full kitchens, washer and dryers and a private patio or balcony.
The Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge provide guests with exciting amenities to enhance their vacation experience. Similar to other Disney timeshare resorts, the Boulder Ridge Villas offer guests to order in room celebrations for birthdays and other special events, meaning your suite will be transformed for the event of your choosing, all to surprise your loved one. A neat experience found here is the opportunity to cross Boulder Ridge and the Seven Seas Lagoon on a Disney Watercraft. Not to mention, each night you’ll be wowed with the Electrical Water Pageant offering a beautiful light display on the water.
Of course, a trip to Boulder Ridge warrants a trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Just a short walk from the happiest place on earth, you’ll be nearby the action and magic of Disney.
For a trip around the world all in one day, visit Epcot, the hub of world-class and world-wide dining and attractions. The energy at Epcot is second to none and there are exciting events taking place year-round.
The animal lovers in your travel group will love the location of Boulder Ridge since it is nearby Animal Kingdom. Consider taking a safari during your stay at Boulder Ridge.
Take a step into the world of movie magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Star Wars fans and movie fanatics will have a blast exploring this world-famous park.
If your travel plans include shopping, Disney Springs is the perfect nearby attraction to get that checked off your todo list. With hundreds of dining and shopping options decorated for every season, you can spend a serious day at the Springs.
Calling all royals, Cinderella’s Castle is located in the Magic Kingdom, so you can also see this coveted location on your day trip to the park. It makes for the perfect photo-op.