Disney has SO much to offer in the parks. But people often overlook all the magic that awaits outside the gates! Resorts, shows, restaurants, recreation, just to name a few! Below you’ll find a list we’ve put together of our favorite options outside the parks. They are all just waiting to be explored!
The moment you step onto the grounds of this enchanting resort, you feel like you’re out in the wilderness. This is a perfect place to take a nice walk and get away from the busyness of Disney. You can also park here and take a nice ferry ride over to the Magic Kingdom as an alternative to parking at the MK parking lots.
There are 2 different mini golf courses offered here. The “fairways” course is built to be like a scaled down real golf course, which is really unique and fun! It’s tough…so maybe not best for kids. But it’s a really fun challenge. The fantasia course takes you through Mickey’s famous dream in a way you’ve never experienced it before!
Located right outside of Epcot, the Boardwalk offers just about anything you could want for a evening after the parks. It can be a nice walk enjoyed at sunset, or a fun dinner out with the whole gang! No matter what your plan is, there is white sand beach on the edge of the lake that you have to check out!
There are 4 amazing golf courses on property. They are owned by Arnold Palmer and run by Disney. Does anything more need to be said? Oak Trail is a walking course, and will by far be the cheapest. The other three require a cart and need to be booked pretty far ahead of time, so get your tee times as soon as possible.
There are a number of wonderful places to watch the fireworks spectacular that Magic Kingdom does nightly. But a great hidden gem is from the beach at the Polynesian Resort. You can curl up on a lawn chair and watch the fireworks launch above the castle, reflecting off the beautiful lake in front of you. Half of the experience of the fireworks show is the music that accompanies it, and the Polynesian knows that :). So they put speakers all around the area that sync up with the show so you don’t miss out!
No matter where you wander off to on the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds, you are in for a unique and unforgettable treat. The sprawling resort covers a huge area that you can either explore on foot, or by bus. If you have a chance…rent a campsite for at least one of the nights during your stay! Especially if you are a frequent Disney vacationer, it’s a wonderful way to experience Disney from a whole new perspective!
Click the link to visit the page and view the hours for this one-of-a-kind experience in the lobby of the Grand Floridian Resort. As a reminder, you don’t need a resort reservation to explore any of the resorts on property, and it’s certainly worth it to wander into this iconic location when these guys are playing their ol’ timey tunes :).
Formerly “Downtown Disney”, Disney Springs has gone through a complete transformation in the last few years. Though it’s still under a bit of construction, this amazing place offers a great free option for you to visit and experience the magic of Disney without having to pay to get into a park. There are too many stores and restaurants to go into them all, so just click the image and view the options for yourself! You can also visit their individual website at www.disneysprings.com.
Tucked away in a little corner of the Port Orleans Resort, at the River Roost Lounge, this one man has entertained countless families with his incredible piano skills and witty showmanship. This truly is an experience unlike any other on property. If you’re looking for a fun night time activity and enjoy exploring WDW’s various resorts…look no further!