Ever wonder what to do outside of spent time at the pool or water parks when you have a park free day? Wonder no more and check out a few of these great options to help pass the time.
During my time working for the Mouse you learn a few things about ways to spend time at Disney without actually being in the parks. This can be due to black out days or just days you know to avoid due to the crowds, so here is a list of things to do with those extra days you have between the parks or want to try something new for part of the day.
Resort & Pool Hopping – This has always been one of my favourite ways to past the day at Disney. It’s a great way to get to see other options for your next stay or even just get a look at a great restaurant you’d like to try. Plus as many of you know Disney doesn’t just do hotels, they’re themed resorts and no two are the same, so with more than 25 resorts there is plenty to see and do. It can be hard sometimes if you don’t have a vehicle for during your trip but worry not, there are ways around it. I find it easier to either stick to a bus route that does multiple resorts or to pick ones that are classified the same resort area, ie: Downtown Disney Resorts, Magic Kingdom Resorts or the Boardwalk Resorts.
The other option for resort hopping that I love to partake in is pool hopping. As mention during your stay at Disney you have access to all of the resorts to visit and explore and I always loved to bring my suit and towel with me when I go. Just like the resorts all the pools are differently themed and executed. When you go to the Polynesian the slide is down the side of a volcano, or when you go to Port Orleans the French Quarter its all Mardi Gras themed with the pool having over sized alligators with beads and a crown.
Tea at the Floridan – I’ve now done this twice with friends and its always a blast. Its an excuse for us to bring heels and dress up as that’s not something you’ll typically wear to the parks, and for most people high tea isn’t in your normal daily routine. Located in the Grand Floridian the Garden View Tea Room over looks the pathways and have a nice view of the lagoon and has that fancy sort of feel that you expect when having high tea. With plenty of options for both the little ones and adults it’s a great way to spend the afternoon.
Mini Golf – If you didn’t know, Disney has two miniature golf on property. One, Fantasia Fairway, is located over by the Swan and Dolphin and you guessed it, themed after Disney’s award winning film Fantasia. While the other, Winter Summerland, is located next to Blizzard Beach is themed just like the water park next door as winter in the summer time. I’ve been to the Fantasia Fairway multiple times and it was always full of laughs.
Downtown Disney – Although I do classify this almost as a park as there is so much to see and do, it truly isn’t. Over the years the options have changed from when I first when down there to work, back then they had the Comedy Warehouse and Adventurer’s Club in what used to be known as Pleasure Island, there are now options like bowling at Splitsville, movies at the AMC Theater, shows like La Nouba and musicians at House of Blues. Some other great options for the foodie in you is to check out all the great new restaurants and food trucks that Disney has popping up. If you get a chance and are a seafood person defiantly check out Fulton’s Crab House.
Every time I heard the Indian Jones theme song I heard/sing along with this (from the Adventurer’s Club)
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