Planning what to do each day during your Walt Disney World Vacation is so much fun. You find yourself daydreaming about the magical memories you’ll create, including seeing the smiles on your children’s faces as they meet their favorite characters, ride their favorite attractions, and more. And your best day ever is topped off with a dazzling theme park fireworks display.
But, running from ride to ride at Walt Disney World can be exhausting. Have you ever considered taking a day off to explore the possibilities beyond the theme parks? Walt Disney World encompasses 47 square miles of magic including lakes, wilderness, shopping, dining, recreation, entertainment, spas, and even a wedding chapel!
Our good friends at Small World Vacations have come up with some suggestions for what to do on your day off from the theme parks. They’ve been to Walt Disney World countless times and can be your best resource when planning a Walt Disney World Vacation. Their goal is to get the Magic started for you!
These are just a few ideas for how to spend a non-park day during your Disney World vacation! They would make a great addition to your plans for the first or last day of your vacation or when you just need a break from the parks.
There is SO much to do at Disney Springs including activities like Star Wars™: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID, bowling and dinner at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, AMC Dine-In Theater, Characters in Flight, and a makeover for the kiddos at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Dining in Disney Springs is always an adventure when you can choose from locations including Food Trucks, Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, Paddlefish, Planet Hollywood, The Boathouse, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, STK Orlando, Frontera Cocina, The Polite Pig, Morimoto Asia, The Edison, Maria and Enzo’s, and more!
Another fun way to spend your time in Disney Springs is shopping! You’ll find all kinds of great merchandise at shops including World of Disney, Zara, Anthropologie, Free People, Tumi, Harley Davidson, Pandora Jewelry, LEGO, Basin, and more!
And don’t forget about the live entertainment and other activities like the Amphicar at The Boathouse!
If you’re looking for grownup fun, check out Jellyrolls or the Atlantic Dance Hall!
Fun at the Hotels and Beyond
There’s so much to do at the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels that you could spend your entire non-park day hanging out by the pool, riding bikes, enjoying the running trails, enjoying a fishing excursion, and more!
Other fun activities include golf, mini golf (at Winter Summerland or Fantasia Garden), watersports at select hotels, carriage rides at either Port Orleans Riverside or Fort Wilderness, and more.
Speaking of Fort Wilderness, you could spend a day hanging out at this hotel enjoying some good, old fashioned fun including horseback riding, pony rides, a petting farm, archery, canoes, kayaks, bike rentals, tennis, the super fun Chip and Dale Campfire Sing-A-Long, and even the Hoop Dee Doo Revue!
For even MORE tips on how to spend a day off from the theme parks check out this page!
There are so many unique and magical ways to create memories at Walt Disney World without going through a turnstile!
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