Outside the 4 main parks.
As part of my 101 tasks in 1,001 days I set a task to share my thoughts and knowledge about Walt Disney World through my blog. This is the first of those blogs. All of the things on this list are things that we have done, and will continue to do, on our trips to WDW. We may even try some of them on our next trip to Disneyland Paris.
A lot of these can be done for free or little cost, while others will cost money. I can’t take credit for all of these ideas as many of them I found in Passporter’s Free-book. The e-book is a great resource giving ideas of things to do at WDW that are free, or cost very little.
Here’s my top 10 things to do at Walt Disney World outside of the 4 main parks:
1. Resort hopping – if you have a spare afternoon or evening why not hop on the first Disney bus going to a resort which isn’t your own and go and have a nosey? We did this a lot during our trip in December 2009 and seeing the different Christmas decorations in each of the resorts was brilliant as each resort has its own theme.
2. Miniature Golf – this will cost you (I’m not sure how much, I think it was around $15 each when we went last year) but it is a great way to while away a couple of hours and have a great laugh. Both times we’ve been to play mini golf it has been in the dark. We really must try to play in the daylight next time 😉
3. Goofy’s Candy Co in Downtown Disney is a must see. If you can avoid all the sweets you are doing well. Maybe treat yourself to a decorated Mickey Mouse rice crispy treat. My son spent a good 15 minutes in front of the funny mirrors while waiting for his M&M covered gingerbread Mickey.
4. Shopping in Downtown Disney – so much to see and so little time.
5. Water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Beware of Summit Plummet – your swimsuit *will* go up your bum!
6. Dining at the resorts – a great way to get the feel of the different resorts is to eat at the different restaurants with their many different themes. You can dine with Mickey, Goofy, Donald and Pluto at Cafe Mickey’s in the Contemporary Resort or attend the Mad Hatter’s tea party at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian Resort. For more dining ideas why not visit http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/
7. Walk around the Seven Seas Lagoon – the Seven Seas Lagoon is the big lake outside the Magic Kingdom between the Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian Resorts. We walked round it when we were resort hopping and looking at the Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian. You can also sit on the beach at the Polynesian and watch the floating night time parade, if it’s on.
8. Take a Disney Vacation Club tour. Even if you aren’t interested in joining DVC, take the tour. The cast members will try to sell you the idea of buying into it but they won’t put the hard sell on you if you say you aren’t interested. When you have finished the tour you can go and get an ice cream on your way out. They’ll also take a complimentary family photo for you to keep.
9. Cirque du Soleil – OK, it isn’t cheap but I promise you it is well worth going to see if you can afford it. We’ve only been once and that was because it was our wedding anniversary and my sister looked after our son while my husband and I went to see it. I’d love to take my son to see it one day though because he’d love it.
10. Pressed pennies – OK, not strictly an out of the parks thing to do as there are some pressed pennies machines in the parks but it is something which we associate with the resorts rather than the parks. It costs 51c for each pressed penny – 50c plus the penny which is pressed.