Go Off the Beaten Path with a former Disney Cast Member

There is so much to see and at Walt Disney World. After spending nearly five years as a Cast Member, I today can still say I haven’t done it all. However, one thing about working for Walt Disney World is you have the opportunity to visit at your leisure and see things without being in a rush. My wife and I would often take a trip to the Magic Kingdom at night just to grab an ice cream cone and a churro and stroll the park. We would visit parts of the parks that are quieter and less busy and enjoy strolls through resorts. I’ve decided to list some of the destinations that as a Cast Member I enjoyed visiting. Enjoy these suggestions that feel a little off the beaten path.

Tom Sawyer Island

Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom at times can feel a bit busy but a trip to Tom Sawyer’s Island is like a trip to a different park almost. It is quiet and offers a good amount of trails and fun caves. Plus, you can get fun views of The Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Railroad.


Animal Kingdom

There are so many places at Animal Kingdom that are off the beaten path. I enjoy strolling through Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. Here you can walk through a peaceful setting with trees, animals and nature around. Pangani Forest Exploration Trail


Polynesian Resort

Many people travel through the Polynesian Resort to get to the laua but don’t stop and enjoy it’s beauty. The newly renovated lobby is beautiful and walking past the main swimming pool to the shore will get you great views of the Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon. Plus, it’s home to pineapple Dole Whips! 

Wilderness Lodge Resort

Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness

Both of these locations feel like they are an oasis within Disney World. Both feel like you are in a beautiful mountain area and offer incredible views Bay Lake. The lobby of Wilderness Lodge is impressive and a stop at the geyser is always fun. Plus, both locations offer some good ol home cooking food!

Ryan Gross

Travel Specialist