Things to do Outside of the Parks at Walt Disney World

When you think of Walt Disney World it is natural that your mind immediately goes to the parks. But there are so many things to do outside of the theme parks you could spend days in WDW without every going to one of the parks. Let’s dive into to some of the options for what to do outside of the theme parks.

Disney Springs – There are so many things to do in Disney Springs you could spend days there alone. You can see a movie, go shopping, watch live entertainment, grab amazing food and drinks, take a balloon ride, play in virtual reality, and so much more. It is a great place to go if you need a break from the parks.

Resort pools – Disney resorts have fantastic pools. If you are a guest at the hotel you should definitely plan at least an afternoon to check out your resort and the pool areas. There are usually resort activities too like pool parties for the kids. The pool bars are also a lot of fun and have great theming. It is a great, and free way to cool off from the Florida sun. Note that you are not allowed to use the pool at resorts that aren’t your own.

Check out other resorts – Disney resorts are beautiful and worth checking out even if you aren’t staying there. Spending the day resort hopping can be a great time and give you an idea of what resorts you like the most.

Water Parks – on top of the four main parks Disney also has two water parks on property. You can spend a day at either Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon. I am not personally a water park person but these are supposed to be amazing water parks. It can be a great way to make a splash on your vacation.

Mini Golfing – Disney has a couple of really fun mini golf courses, Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland. It is a great time and helps kill a couple of hours outside of the parks.

Golfing – WDW is known to having amazing real golf courses as well. I am not an expert on golf but what I can say is that Disney World has four award-winning golf courses and if you are a golf buff than you should definitely check this out.

The Boardwalk – Not everyone is aware but behind Epcot you can find a boardwalk filled with bars, food, and hotels. It has Jellyrolls and awesome dueling piano bar and The Atlantic Dance Hall for people who are into nightlife. It is a really fun place to hang out. If you are staying at one of the resorts like The Boardwalk Resort, or the Yacht and Beach Club you are right there and can even walk to the back entrance of Epcot.

These are some of the many things you can do outside of the theme parks. WDW is filled with places to see and things to do in and outside of the parks. I definitely suggest taking some time out of your trip to explore and discover the wonders outside of the parks. Do you have a favorite outside of park activity? Let me know in the comments!


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Hello! My name is Cori. I am a huge Disney and Harry Potter Fanatic. I travel to Disney multiple times a year, whether it's Disney world, which I go to the most, Disneyland, a Disney Cruise, or one of the many other wonderful Disney Experiences. I also love to travel to new places and visit Universal every once in awhile to see Harry Potter. I spend a large amount of time researching all things Disney, so I thought it was only fitting that I start a blog to share my thoughts and findings, and I could not be more excited.

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