With over 25 resorts at Walt Disney World there are a ton of fabulous experiences to be had at each and every one them. Here are just 20 of the top experiences at Walt Disney World Resorts.
20. Yehaa Bob
Yehaa Bob is a lively cabaret performer at the River Roost at Port Orleans Riverside. This is a family friendly lounge where Yehaa Bob is sure to keep everyone entertained with his piano playing, comedy and audience participation.
19. Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
The Beach Club resort has an old-fashioned soda shop full of nostalgia of the 1950’s. Their signature item is The Kitchen Sink, which you may want to tackle with the whole family since it’s 8 scoops of ice cream, brownies, cookies, peanut butter, sprinkles, bananas, 3 sauces and a whole can of whipped cream!
Many of the deluxe and moderate resorts at Disney World have campfires at sunset for guests. This is a great, relaxing activity for the whole family at the end of a busy day at the park. You can even roast marshmallows!
17. Movies Under the Stars
All resorts screen a Disney movie each night under the stars on a big screen. Depending on the resort, some screen the movies next to the pool, or on the beach. No matter which resort you call home, or where the movie is screened, there’s nothing like capping off your day at Disney with a classic movie under the stars.
16. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
The horse drawn carriage rides at Port Orleans – Riverside, or Fort Wilderness are a unique resort experience. The carriages can seat up to four adults, and you can pick from two different routes. One route takes guests along the Sassagoula River of Port Orleans, and the second route takes guests through the tree- lined paths of Fort Wilderness.
15. 1900 Park Fare
The parks aren’t the only place to find a terrific character meet and greet dining experience. 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian has a number of character dining experiences. During the breakfast buffet, guests may meet Mary Poppins, Tigger, Winnie the Pooh, and Alice. In the evening 1900 Park Fare hosts Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner, where guests can dine and meet princesses, and sometimes even Prince Charming.
14. Disney Transportation
Whether it’s by bus, boat, Monorail or Skyliner, taking Disney transportation to and from the resorts is a fabulous experience. It’s enjoyable, stress-free and it drops you off within a few steps of the front gates at the parks. Taking advantage of the transportation is a must-do resort experience.
13. Electrical Water Pageant
The Electrical Water Pageant lights up the night sky as it floats across the lagoon by Magic Kingdom. The resorts near Magic Kingdom have a great view of the parade so consider heading over to one of the resorts to view the water pageant.
12. Hoop-Dee Doo Musical Revue
At the campsites at Fort Wilderness is the Hoop-Dee Doo Musical Revue. This is dinner and a show. The menu features American favorites like BBQ ribs, fried chicken and strawberry shortcake, and the show is a high-energy, vaudeville comedy.
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Each resort has at least one amazing pool, with distinct theming to match the resort. The pool at the All Stars Movie resorts features Sorcerer Mickey, and the Silver Creek Springs pool at Wilderness Lodge is surrounded by the natural beauty of pine trees and boulders. These are just two of the resorts pools that are available to guests throughout the day and into the evening. Some even have slides!
10. Fine Dining
The deluxe resorts offer spectacular fine dining experiences, unlike anything in the parks. The best example being Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian, which has won multiple awards. The atmosphere and menu at Victoria & Albert’s really is exquisite. Other fine dining experiences can be found at Jiko – The Cooking Place, The Yachtsman Steakhouse and the Flying Fish Café. There is a resort fine dining experience to suit every palette.
9. Package Pick-Up
It may sound surprising, but it’s fun to pick-up your park purchases from the store at your resort. As a resort guest, you can have your purchases sent to your hotel so you don’t have to carry them around the park with you. Part of the resort experience is collecting your purchases and going through them back in your room!
8. Starlight Safari
The Animal Kingdom Lodge has an evening tour experience, the Starlight Safari. Guests board and open-air vehicle and can view the animals at night with the use of night vision goggles.
If golf is your game, the resorts at Disney have got you covered. At the Grand Floridian there is the Magnolia Golf Course and Disney’s Palm Golf Course, to name just a couple. But if miniature golf is more your speed, head over to the Swan Hotel to the Fantasia Gardens and Fairway Miniature Golf courses. They’re a little challenging, but guaranteed a good time.
6. Tonga Toast
Yes, Tonga Toast is a menu item, but it truly is an experience that must be had when visiting the Polynesian. Tonga Toast is served at breakfast at Kona Café and Capt. Cook’s. It is banana stuffed sourdough bread, with cinnamon and sugar and strawberry compote. Definitely forego the Mickey waffle one morning and opt for the Tonga Toast instead.
5. The Christmas Season
The deluxe resorts go all out during the holiday season. Make a point of visiting as many deluxe resorts as you can during this time of year. You can do some resort hopping and check out the spectacular trees, decorations, and see the life size gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian.
The moderate and deluxe resorts have lounges, each with signature drinks and appetizers. The lounges range in style and atmosphere, from sophisticated and modern like Citricos or the California Grill lounge, to fun and kitschy, like Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.
3. Spirit of Aloha Show
The Spirit of Aloha is dinner and a show at The Polynesian. Not only is there a delicious feast, but there’s hula-dancing, a fire-knife performer, and drumming. This lively show is full of excitement and color, and is unlike any other show on Disney property.
2. Fireworks at California Grill
The California Grill on the 15the floor of the Contemporary has a spectacular view of the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. Guests can have a late dinner, or return to the restaurant if they had an earlier dinner reservation, to watch the fireworks. The music is also played in the restaurant so guests can have the full experience.
1. Waking Up at Disney
The absolute best experience to have at a resort may also be one of the simplest, and it is waking up in the morning at Disney World. This is an experience guests can have no mater which resort they are staying at. It really is a magical feeling to wake up and know that the wonderful world of Disney is right where you are and a fantastic day at the parks awaits you.