Many people associate going to Disney World with visiting the parks, but there is so much to do outside of the parks. In fact, our family has enjoyed a Disney vacation without ever stepping foot inside a park. It’s also great to build in non-park days to get in a little downtime between park days. There are a variety of activities to experience other than the fabulous pools located at your resort.
- Take a stroll around Disney Springs and browse the stores to purchase your souvenirs. One of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations is right in Disney Springs so you can get your little princess ready for one of your princess dining experiences. Or visit Splittsville and enjoy their fun bowling alley and restaurant.
- Take in a round of golf on one of 3 – 18-hole championship courses. If you don’t want to bring your clubs, no problem, clubs and shoes are available to rent with advanced reservations. Or for those that would like to golf with young children, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course is a 9-hole walking course and is an excellent option.
- If taking on a regular golf course isn’t your thing, Disney has a fun, family friendly version of golf with their 2 miniature golf courses.
- Ride the monorail and resort hop. The Grand Floridian, Contemporary and Polynesian each have unique shops and restaurants. Stay after dinner to watch the Electric Water Pageant Parade on the lagoon or watch fireworks from the Polynesian or Grand Floridian Beach.
- The Boardwalk Area - Rent a bike or take a stroll around the Boardwalk/Beach Club area. Disney’s Boardwalk has shops, restaurants, and nightclubs that surround Crescent Lake and the Boardwalk, Beach Club and Yacht Club resorts. It is within walking distance to both Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Spend an evening dining at one of the specialty restaurants then walk the boardwalk to see street performers, food vendors, midway games, or stop in the piano bar for a few tunes.
- If your kids are between the ages of 4 – 12, they can have their own fun while mom and dad have a couple of hours to explore on their own. Disney's Pirate Adventure is a kids only event. You can select from four different resort locations that take place from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. They will set sail exploring for hidden treasure and listening to pirate stories. Mom and dad can have a couple of hours for shopping or having a quiet breakfast together.
Spending time at Disney is so much more than visiting the parks. When you talk with your Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist, they will be able to help you build an itinerary to include some of these fun extra experiences.