Most Walt Disney World fan sites and guidebooks recommend that you take a mid-day break and leave the theme parks, return to your Disney hotel, and RELAX. If taking a nap is not on your agenda, get ready to party, because there is music and dancing at the main pool every afternoon!
Discover a world of entertaining family activities including Bingo, karaoke, hula hoop contests, relay races, scavenger hunts, trivia challenges, chalk art, pin trading, and poolside challenges.
The fun doesn’t stop when the sun sets at the Disney Resort hotels! On select nights, the Resort hotels offer a campfire and a Disney Movie Under the Stars. S’mores kits and sticks are available for purchase.
Recently, we visited Fort Wilderness for a finger licking, down home, all-you-can eat BBQ buffet at Trails End Restaurant. After dinner, we enjoyed a dessert of S’mores made from marshmallows we toasted over an open fire at Chip and Dale’s Sing-A-Long. Our evening was capped off with a Disney movie in the great outdoors. (All activities are subject to change.)
To find out what’s happening at your Disney Resort Hotel, stop by the front desk for the monthly Recreation Activities Schedule. Enjoy games and crafts for a few hours before a DJ gets the pool party started in the afternoon. (If you prefer more sedate sunbathing, ask a Disney Cast Member for advice on a quiet spot to lounge.)
If you are staying at select Disney Vacation Club Resorts (Old Key West, Animal Kingdom Villas, BoardWalk Villas, Saratoga Springs, or Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary), stop by the Community Hall.
The Community Hall is where you will find an array of activities including Wii, table games, DVD and sport equipment rentals, books, and kid-friendly crafts. The majority of things to do are free, but there may be a nominal charge for certain art projects.
You don’t have to be a DVC member to participate, but it is expected that you’ll be staying at that resort. (I personally have stayed at several DVC resorts as a non-DVC member and made use of the community hall). It’s a great way to spend a rainy afternoon and make new friends too!
There is so much to do you may need to plan a separate itinerary just for your Disney Resort Hotel!
Here is a list of some unique recreational activities at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels (note that some require a fee for participation):
- Fort Wilderness: Archery, Horseback Riding, Segway Tour, Petting Zoo, Wagon or Carriage Ride
- Wilderness Lodge: Mickey Tie-Dye, Architecture Tour, Sunrise Yoga, Bike and Boat Rentals
- Contemporary: Cabana Rental, Pirates and Pals Fireworks Cruise, Parasailing, Water Aerobics
- Animal Kingdom Lodge: Nighttime Animal Viewing, Specialty Safaris, Storytelling, Cultural tours and crafts
- Port Orleans Resort Riverside: Fishing Hole, Bikes, Carriage Rides, Selfie Scavenger Hunt, Ferry to Disney Springs, Glow with the Flow Pool Party
- Beach & Yacht Club: Volleyball, Tennis, Fireworks Cruises, Activities in the Solarium (Ceramics, Design Your Own Tumbler, Wine Glass or Vacation Pillow), Pirate Adventure
- Polynesian: Hula Lessons, Pool Cabanas, Ceremonial Torch Lighting, Electric Water Parade
- Grand Floridian: Lawn Games, Wonderland Tea Party, Make Your Own Ice Cream, Sunrise Yoga, Fireworks Cruises