Need a Break from the Parks?

Do you need a break from the theme parks? Do you want to just relax and not run around catching ride after ride, or chase the crowds around? Well, here are a few other things you can do.

  • Water parks: yes, they are still considered parks, but they may not be as crowded as the four major theme parks. During the summer it is possible, though. The two water parks in Disney World are Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.
  • Disney Springs: Take a load off and grab a bite to eat. There is also bowling, shops, mini golf, movies, and more!  You can arrive by ferry boat from the Port Orleans, Old Key West Resort, and Saratoga Springs Resort. Every other resort and park you can either drive or take a bus.
  • Hang out at your resort.
    • Most resorts will have movies under the stars at night. Where they will show a movie either by the resort pool or by the woodlands. You can call the resort for the schedule.
    • Go swimming or hang out by the pool’s bar and grill. All resorts will have a bar and grill located by the pool. You can watch your family swim while having a cocktail and a snack.
    • Most resorts have an outdoor playground area for the kids to go run off some energy (if they aren’t tired enough from being in the park all day).
    •  There is also a baby sitting service for you parents who need a night out. Some parks have an in-room sitter service, some have a group service, and some have both. So, make sure you call before you book your sitter service.
    • There is usually some type of recreational sports such as basketball, tennis, golf, pony rides, bike rentals, fishing etc. along with a workout room and a walking track.
    • Most, usually all, of the resorts have more than one arcade. As long as your child is 3 or 4 they can probably play at least one game in their. My 4-year-old had a blast in there, and of course there are a lot of games geared towards the older kids too. The deluxe resorts have really nice arcades too.
    • Most of the deluxe resorts and some moderate resorts offer Campfires and afterwards stay for movies under the stars.
      • Animal Kingdom Lodge
      • Bay Lake Tower – at the Contemporary Resort
      • Boulder Ridge
      • Beach Club
      • Boardwalk Inn
      • Caribbean Beach Resort
      • Contemporary Resort
      • Coronado Springs
      • Grand Floridian
      • Old Key West Resort
      • Polynesian
      • Port Orleans
      • Saratoga Springs
      • Wilderness Lodge
      • Yacht Club
      • Cabins at Fort Wilderness
      • Villas at Grand Floridian
      • Campsites at Fort Wilderness
  • Go tour another resort. If you have an extra day, or a day that you are just tired of being at the parks, I suggest you spend that day touring another resort. Go have a meal somewhere else. Get in your car, or hop on a bus and head on over to the Polynesian or Grand Floridian or Animal Kingdom Lodge (can you tell I have favorites?). Go somewhere that you are not staying, or have never stayed, but maybe you are interested in and just want to look around. You don’t have to have dinner there, but hey, if you want to, go for it. If they don’t have any reservations, then eat at their quick service restaurant if you are hungry. Make it fun and spontaneous! Just remember, you cannot use the pools in other resorts, those are reserved for the guests only. Last time we were in WDW we tried to get into the gate at the Beach Club pool just to look  around, and our magic band would not even open the gate because we were not staying there. FYI, if you are going to go resort hopping, the Contemporary Resort is one of the best spots to catch the Magic Kingdom fireworks show.
  • Go hang out on the Boardwalk. The Boardwalk is usually not too crowded during the day, although it gets popping at night. That’s when the “clubs” open up and people start to migrate over from the parks. When the parks close, people head on over to the Boardwalk and Disney Springs, so if you are a night owl, I would say to go on over to the Boardwalk at night. It is a big party. If you are not a night owl, I would go to the Boardwalk during the day when just a few shops and restaurants are open and it is not very crowded at all. If you want a good spot to catch Epcot fireworks, I would choose a spot on the Boardwalk and cozy up there!

Until Next Time,

-M

Published by themadmousekabean

I am a mom to two little girls and one furry little girl, a loving wife to an amazing and supportive husband to my Disney addiction, a Disney Vacation Club member, and a lover of anything Halloween!

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