I love spending my holidays at Walt Disney World, but spending day after day after day wandering round Disney parks can really knock it out of you! That’s why I tend to build some down days into my Disney vacations. Days where I can relax and take things a bit more slowly. Even if your staying on site and don’t have a car and can’t get off property, there are still plenty of great ways you can take a ‘down day’ at Disney. Here are some of my suggestions:
Explore your resort:
Disney hotels are awesome, but sometimes we are so busy spending all our time at the parks that we barely spend any time at the hotel. At a non-disney hotel I would say this was totally fine, but Disney hotels are awesome things to explore and enjoy in their own right. Most have amazing theming, with lots of little (or big) details for you to enjoy. All Disney resorts have great swimming pools. Some even have multiple pools. When you fancy a day off to rest your weary legs there is nothing better than grabbing a lounger, taking a dip and then relaxing by the pool with a good book! There are great eateries at most resorts, there are games rooms and some have tennis courts, gyms, boat rentals and horse and carriage rides! Take the time to see whats on offer and consider enjoying some down time at your Disney hotel!
Go resort hopping:
You don’t have to be staying at a Disney resort to enjoy it! Whilst you can’t swim in the pools unless you are a guest staying at the resort, you can still go enjoy the awesome theming, grounds, restaurants and bars! We like to spend a day resort hopping, where we go from resort to resort to check out the awesome theming and enjoy some of the amenities. Some resorts are easier to ‘hop’ to than others. For example, you can do a tour of all the resorts that have access to the monorail fairly easily starting from Magic Kingdom. And it’s easy to do a walking tour of the boardwalk area resorts such as Boardwalk, Yacht and Beach club and Swan and Dolphin from EPCOT! It’s fun to wander round and explore the different hotels!
Go to a water park:
Disney has two water parks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Both offer a nice break from the regular parks. They still have plenty of awesome water rides to keep you entertained, but also give you space to relax by pulling up a lounger on the beach, taking a swim in the main pool, or floating around the lazy river!
Play some mini-golf:
Disney has two mini-golf areas: Winter-Summerland which is located near blizzard beach and Fantasia Gardens near the Swan and Dolphin resorts. Both are a super fun way to kill a couple of hours when you’re not in the mood for the parks. Get competitive again as you try to beat your fellow participants!
Stroll the boardwalk:
The boardwalk is a lovely area which anyone can enjoy located just outside the international gateway entrance to EPCOT. There are some cute shops and restaurants as well as a sports bar if you want to catch a game, a dance hall for some evening fun and a duelling piano bar! Street performers also regularly frequent the boardwalk which can provide awesome entertainment!
Disney World has its own dedicated shopping area called Disney Springs which (though now largely completed) is in the middle of a large expansion! Take the afternoon and go shopping! There is also an AMC Cinema where you can catch the latest movies, and a bowling alley called Splitsville! Disney Springs is also home to the cirque du soleil which makes for a great night out!
Go for a run:
We all know I like running (hence name of blog). Most Disney resorts have awesome run trail’s that are usually a couple of miles. Running a trail is an awesome way to see some of the cool disney resorts whilst keeping fit! You can even add some together to make them stretch to 4-5 miles, such as the trails between EPCOT and Hollywood Studios that also cover the Boardwalk, Yacht and Beach Club resorts!
What do you do on your Disney down days? Let us know in the comments!