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Must-Dos for the Sports Fan at Walt Disney World

Are you ready for some Disney?!? Not everyone is into game day, but for the dedicated sports fan, it’s crucial. Well, you can still experience and enjoy your daily sports even while on a Walt Disney World vacation. Here are our 9 must-dos for the sports fan at Disney:

 

1. ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

If you call yourself a sports fan, you have to get down to the ESPN Wide World of Sports as soon as humanly possible. Disney calls this space “next level play” and we have to agree. It boasts a whopping 230 acres of fields, courts, facilities, hosting over 60 sports and events throughout the year! From baseball spring training to special training opportunities, the Wide World of Sports is amazing. Make a day of it and grab some food at the concession stands!

2. ESPN Club

Located on the BoardWalk, the ESPN Club is the place to be for sports fans. The best thing about this club is that you don’t have to be a member to get in! The ESPN Club is a first-come first-served place, however they do take lunch reservations. Come by the Club for some wings and a game – one of thirty! That’s right, there are 100 monitors and 30 programs playing at all times! You could easily spend hours in the ESPN Club, but it’s also really handy for stopping in to check the score on your way to Epcot!

3. NBA Experience

The NBA Experience is unlike any other at Walt Disney World. For $34 a day, you can have total access to this experience in Disney Springs West Side. The interior is designed to look like an authentic, modern day basketball arena, complete with courts, games, and unique NBA experiences. You can even do certain activities that allow you on the court to show off your skill! Make sure to check out the NBA Store right next door to bring the experience home!

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4. Golf

Did you know that several of the Walt Disney World Resorts have their own golf courses? Yes! The Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is located at Saratoga Springs and Magnolia, Palm, and Oak Trail Golf Courses are at the Polynesian. This isn’t just play time, this is the real deal. Every golfing team gets a cart, there’s an enforced dress code, and food stops along the way. You can elect to take some golf lessons before you begin, too. All of the courses are unique, adding challenge and intrigue to each time you play!

5. Mini Golf

For the less serious, there’s the Fantasia Gardens and Fairways, and Winter Summerland Miniature Golf courses! Fantasia Gardens and Fairways is located at the Swan Hotel. This course is themed after the beloved Disney film Fantasia! It is a bit more mature in that skill really does help. But the views of the Tower of Terror are super cool! The Winter Summerland course is technically at Blizzard Beach. We love this one for how silly it is: the theme is Santa’s time off spot! You’ll love the Mickey and friends statues!

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6. Sportsman’s Shoppe in UK

Calling all football lovers! Well, English football, that is. We’d call it soccer. This super fun shop in the United Kingdom pavilion in Epcot is all about professional soccer! They sell quite a bit of memorabilia, like jerseys, soccer balls, and other souvenirs. But the decor of the shop is really cool too. Whether you’re a Manchester United fan or you bleed red for Liverpool, you’ll find something awesome in here.

7. runDisney

runDisney’s motto is “Run with Magic,” and that’s absolutely what they do. For the sports fans who want to get in on the action, you have to try one of these incredible events. Whether it’s the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, or the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, or one of the other themed runs, you’ll love watching or cheering. This is a great opportunity for a unique experience in the parks!

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8. Casey’s Corner

Any baseball fans out there? You will die for this old-fashioned baseball themed quick serve restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. Right on the corner of Main Street sits this classic joint. They feature mostly foods you’d really find at a baseball game, like hot dogs, chili dogs, and our personal favorite, the mini corn dogs!

9. Fishing

Disney offers special fishing experiences for those sports lovers who want a more relaxed pace. Many of the resorts that sit on water include these experiences for a fee. With these you’ll be taken on a guided tour to get the best fishing available. Port Orleans Riverside also offers dockside fishing, for an even more leisurely afternoon.

About Molly Elias

Molly Elias has been a dedicated Disney fan since she was 18-months old. She has grown up with and learned from Disney her whole life. As her family's main vacation spot, Disney World is a place of love and laughter and magic for her. Her family also prides themselves on their Disney Cruise Line knowledge and would rather be on the high seas with Mickey than anywhere else in the world. Molly plans to keep Disney in her life forever, while also pursuing a writing career. She recently completed a master's program in creative writing in the hopes that someday she will be able to be a writer for the Happiest Company on Earth. Molly keeps Walt's famous quote at the forefront of her life: "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."