8 Ways To Enjoy Walt Disney World Without Going Into The Parks

While there is nothing quite like entering one of the four Disney Parks at Walt Disney World, there are many ways to enjoy the Disney Magic while never using your magic band to enter a park…

8. Head to Disney Springs

Disney Springs is one of our favorite places to go when we know it may be an extremely busy day in the parks. There are seemingly endless restaurants to choose from. Even if you aren’t hungry for a meal you could grab an appetizer or enjoy one of the bars or lounges. You and your family can also roll your way to some fun at Splitsville bowling alley, catch a new movie at the AMC theater, or experience virtual reality at The VOID! There are also an abundant array of stores to choose from even if you are only window shopping. These are just a few things you can do at Disney Springs!

7. Disney Transportation

Ever want to experience some Disney and relax at the same time? One way to do so is by using Disney Transportation. It can get you where you want to go but be fun and magical at the same time. You can hop on the Monorail and ride the track along Epcot and you can also see Cinderella Castle from the Monorail. You can ride a boat from outside of Magic Kingdom to Wilderness Lodge, or ride a smaller boat from one side of Disney Springs to the other! You could also do a monorail crawl through the resorts. The Disney Skyliner is another form of transportation that will connect you to several Disney Resorts as well as Epcot and Hollywood Studios. There are many ways to utilize Disney Transportation…these are just a few examples.

6. Resort Movies

Most resorts play Disney movies at dusk! These are typically done outside on a big screen and you do not have to stay at the resort to enjoy this experience. To find out which movie is playing at which resort, you can call 407-939-2273.

5. Resort Hopping

Every resort is themed with a unique flair. This theming can make for awesome family photos. Each resort also has a gift shop with merchandise themed for their specific resort. The resorts are fully decked out and decorated for the holidays. During Christmas, you can find a huge edible gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian. You can also find a gingerbread carousel at the Beach Club Resort.

4. Disney’s Boardwalk

Disney’s Boardwalk is a great place to do some shopping, eating, and get some free entertainment. There are restaurants such as the ESPN Club and the Flying Fish Café. If you want something quick there are food booths where you can get hotdogs, corndogs, fries, etc. just as if you were at a boardwalk on the beach. You may also be able to catch an impromptu magician act or a street juggler! In addition to the street entertainment, there are carnival games that you can play and win your sweetie a prize. There are also plenty of shops to grab some souvenirs or window shop.

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3. Campfire at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds

Every night starting at 7pm the festivities begin! You will be able to sing along with a guitar playing cowboy, make s’mores with the campfire, and take pictures with Chip and Dale. If that’s not enough, stick around for a movie under the stars! There is a booth where you can buy your s’mores kits but feel free to bring your own supplies to save some money!

2. Dining

Some of the best food at Disney World can be found in the resorts! Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is one of our favorite quick service meals. You can also enjoy character meals outside of the parks. At Chef Mickeys in the Contemporary, you can enjoy a great meal and meet Mickey and Friends! At Ohana in the Polynesian Resort, you can enjoy breakfast with Lilo and Stitch! At 1900 Park Fare, you can enjoy characters throughout the day.  Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland and many others usually appear for breakfast. You can eat dinner with Cinderella and Prince Charming. If you would like a lighter fare, you can enjoy an afternoon tea party with the Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland!

1. Fireworks

It is extremely hard not to think of fireworks when you think of Disney World. There are many places you can watch the fireworks outside of the park. There is a viewing deck on the 4th floor of the Contemporary Resort. The Grand Floridian boat dock allows you to see a stunning view of The Magic Kingdom fireworks.  While enjoying the campfire at the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds, if you choose not to watch the movie, head over to the beach area! There you will have an amazing view and the music is piped in!

What are your favorite things to do outside of the parks at Walt Disney World?

About Brandon Blanchard

Brandon Blanchard has been married for 14 years and has 5 children. All 7 Blanchards are infatuated with Disney World! Their Disney Infatuation started after his wife, Esme, convinced him to take their then four children (7 and under) to Disney in December of 2010. She had grown up going to Disney and wanted her own children to experience the magic! He told her that they could go once, but he didn't know why on earth he needed to use a whole week of his vacation time. There were only 4 parks! After walking down Main Street for the first time, Brandon looked at his wife and he started the next sentence with the most magical four words: “When we come back…” Disney World has become their happy place and can make everything right! After a series of corporate relocations, Brandon jumped on one that would move his family to Central Florida permanently in 2015. Professionally, Brandon is a manager for a Technical Support Company. Esme homeschools their 5 children who think it is SO COOL that they have the freedom and flexibility to visit theme parks weekly!