There is so much to do outside of the 4 theme parks at Walt Disney World – and it’s a good thing too, because the theme park tickets are one of the more pricey vacation package items! Personally, I like to spend at least one full day (if not more) away from the parks during my WDW vacation – and these are my top five things to do:
1. Go “Resort hopping” – start at the Transportation and Ticket Center, or at the Magic Kingdom, and travel via monorail to the Deluxe Resorts (Grand Floridian, Contemporary, Polynesian), and just walk around and see the hotels (which are all beautiful) and maybe grab a snack or check out the gift shops, or take a stroll around the grounds…its a really fun way to spend an afternoon
2. Downtown Disney – what can I say, I love to shop, and luckily Downtown Disney has me covered – I can shop until I drop and then grab some food at one of their amazing restaurants (like Raglan Road Irish Pub or House of Blues), and then shop some more!
3. Enjoy the outdoors – On a beautiful sunny Orlando day, I like to head not for the theme parks, but for Fort Wilderness – Disney’s campground. I can rent a bike or take a walk on the nature trails, or go horseback riding, or rent a canoe or a peddle boat – its a great way to spend some quiet, peaceful time at WDW
4. Try a new restaurant – some of the best restaurants are located outside the theme parks at the resorts, and it’s worth trying 1 (or more!) out. Some of my faves are Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary, 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian, and the Luau dinner show at the Polynesian – amazing food, characters, entertainment, what more could you want?
5. Pamper myself – There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than getting the royal treatment – a massage and manicure and pedicure at one of Disney’s 3 spas will really get you in that “vacation relaxation” mode!
No matter what you decide to do, you will have an amazing time both in the theme parks, and in the vast world outside of them too!