10 Experiences You Might Not Have Tried Around Walt Disney World Resorts

Some guests think they have done it all: every resort, park, and restaurant. But, have you really? I love an old favorite tradition, but with all of the new additions Walt Disney World has added lately, there are many fun things guests have yet to find out about! Here is my list of uncommonly known experiences around the Walt Disney world resorts.

10. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto – Polynesian Resort

Unless you have been to Trader Sam’s yourself, you won’t know how awesome it is. A sheer description just doesn’t give the experience the justice it deserve. As one of the newest additions to the newly-renovated Polynesian Resort, Trader Sam’s can usually be found with a line out the door due to its instant popularity! This full-service bar is full of character, bringing the classic Jungle Cruise ride to life with every order. With drinks like the HippopotoMai-Tai, Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum, and the Uh Oa!, you’ll be sure to find something to fit your fancy!

9. Resort movie nights

Each night, each Walt Disney World resorts hosts a movie night. These fun, outdoor events are even open to those without a park ticket, which make them great for a day off from the parks or for your arrival day itinerary. Be sure to catch one of your favorite Disney/Pixar movies during your stay! (PS. This also makes for a great date night!)

8. Firework watching

While many guests do not know about this, there are more places to watch Walt Disney World fireworks besides feel inside the parks. Other viewing areas include the beach areas of the Polynesian and Grand Floridian for the Happily Ever After, and the Boardwalk area resorts or Riviera Resort for EPCOT and Hollywood Studios fireworks. Not only will these locations allow you to see the shows from a new perspective, they will also be much less crowded!

7. Roasting marshmallows

Another nightly event that takes place at all of the Walt Disney World resorts is a marshmallow roast. This free and fun event is open to everyone, and allows you to eat as many marshmallows as your heart desires.

6. Bob Jackson

Warning- if you are looking for a relaxing night out, this is not it. This crowd pleasing entertainer will have you out of your seat and singing along for a night of music and fun for the whole family! Showtimes change each week, but the shows run from 8-midnight at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside resort. You’ll be sure to find Bob in the River Roost!

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5. Christmas trees

Every holiday season, the Walt Disney World resorts are decorated for Christmas. This includes a large tree in each resort lobby, which is decorated following the theme of the resort. These beautiful trees make for great Christmas card photo-ops!

4. Try a new restaurant

Disney resorts are home to some of the finest restaurants Walt Disney World has to offer. Various cuisines, price ranges, and locations allow each dining party to choose the perfect meal experience for them. So, next time you go to make a dining reservation, why not try something new?

3. Horseback riding

Fort Wilderness Resort: For a different kind of resort experience, head on over to the Tri-Circle-D Ranch. There you can ride horseback or even take a horse-drawn wagon ride! Call (407) WDW-PLAY for more information.

2. Golfing

At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, guests may reserve a tee time to try their swing on a world-class course. You may also book training sessions for kids or adults there, which will be taught by a PGA professional! For rates and tee times, call 407-WDW-GOLF.

1. Camping

For those seeking the most adventure out of your Walt Disney World Vacation, head over to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. There, you and your party can book a campsite ranging from a simple tent to a full RV hookup.

About Alexandra Blazevich

Hello, my name is Alexandra Blazevich and I am a 22 year old journalist. Put quite simply, I am a Disney addict. I am originally from Cary, North Carolina, a small town just outside of Raleigh. In 2013, I moved to Orlando, Florida to dance with The Orlando Ballet, pursuing my childhood dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer- but I spent all my free time either in Disney World or thinking about it. Now, I am a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill and write for a various publications, but Disney will always be my favorite subject to write about.