If you ever get to the point where you think you have nothing new left to do at Walt Disney World Resort, think again. Disney is constantly adding to the amount of activities for guests to enjoy. Listed here are a few of my favorite, lesser-known attractions that many guests don’t know about yet.
7. Hotel hopping
Walt Disney World transportation makes this Disney experience easier than ever. If you ever want a low-key afternoon away from the parks, hop on the resort monorail. Catch a tune listening to the Jazz band or shop the fine stores the grand Floridian has to offer, and then take a quick trip over to the Polynesian to walk the grounds and sink your toes in the sand of the beach area on Bay Lake. Finally, head over to Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where you can dine on the resort’s fifteenth floor at California Grill, and end the night watching Happily Ever After with the best view Disney has to offer. Sounds like an amazing day right? I might even have to add this to my itinerary for my next trip!
6. Bob Jackson
For a fun experience the whole family can enjoy, head over to see Bob Jackson at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. Most nights of the week you can find Bob rocking the house with his piano, microphone, and goofy personality. With his three acts running from 8pm-12am, you’ll be sure to find a perfect time to go watch. I can guarantee you’ll have your kids, (and your spouse), begging you to stay. Bob’s witty songs, including the classics and originals, audience participation, and generally fun show will have you putting Bob Jackson’s act at the river roost on your Disney to-do list every time you visit.
5. Water Sports on Bay Lake
Attention adrenaline junkies, this one’s for you. If you’re feeling the need for speed, check out the Sammy Duvall Water Sports Centre at the Contemporary Resort’s marina, where you can rent everything from a jet ski to a speed boat for tubing or skiing on Bay Lake. Rates and extra information can be found online at http://sammyduvall.com. What a great way to make you vacation extra special!
4. House of Blues
The House of Blues, located at Disney Springs, is home to good grub, a dance hall, and concerts starring both legendary and up-and-coming names in the music business. To enhance your vacation experience, why not go dance the night away or sing along with your favorite artist here at the House of Blues?
At Walt Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Lodge, campgrounds are available for rent during your stay. If you want a little more adventure and want to save money on resort costs, camping here is perfect! The campsite options range from tents and pop-ups to premium campsites that have full hookups for RVs to electric and water. Extra amenities also include bathroom areas, campfires, and transportation to the parks at the Wilderness Lodge bus stop.
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2. Resort fire pits
One of my favorite nighttime activities, no matter what time of year it is, is a nice bonfire. Give me some friends, family, and some marshmallows, and I’ll be set for the night. Most resorts hold a nightly fire around sunset. My personal favorite resorts for roasting “mallows,” (as I call them), are Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Polynesian Resort, because of the unique atmospheres both resorts have. What’s the best part of these bonfires? You get unlimited marshmallows. Yes, you heard me right: unlimited. As long as you keep going back to the Cast Member for another mallow, she or he will keep the supply going. And seriously, who can resist a perfectly-roasted marshmallow?
1. Movie-nights at resorts
The first time I realized that Disney offered this, I came upon it on accident. I was walking with a friend to the beach club resort to get some ice cream at Beaches and Cream, and we passed a large projection screen showing Lady and the Tramp. It was awesome. On the lawn of the resort, guests had laid out blankets and everyone was watching the movie. Finding a relaxing activity like this on a Walt Disney World vacation is rare, and what a great find it is. More and more resorts are adding this nighttime treat, and my personal favorite place to watch them is on the beach area of the Polynesian Resort.