For guests that stay at a resort on Disney World property there is a lot more to do outside of the parks than meets the eye. It is not always possible, but can be quite delightful if you can plan a “down day” while you are visiting Disney World.
Last month my family did just this very thing and actually we took it a step further and stayed on Disney World property without even planning on going to any of the four parks. We planned a pre-cruise stay of 2 days and 2 nights at Pop Century Resort and spent those 2 days taking in some of the activities offered at Disney World outside the parks.
First on our agenda was making use of the beautiful pool at our resort while everyone else was at the parks. My kids enjoyed having the heated pool all to themselves and my husband and I took part in the trivia games being offered poolside by the resort staff. Even though it was hard to break the kids away from the pool, we had to get to our next activity…..mini golf Disney style! Disney World has 2 mini golf courses on property and we decided to try our hand at the Winter Summerland course. As you can see we had a lot of fun “goofing” around while playing mini golf!
Afterwards we decided to head to Disney Springs, a shopping and entertainment district on Disney World property. We shopped at all the great stores like the Lego Store, Basin, Little Mismatched, Ghirardelli and of course the World of Disney. Afterwards, we headed to dinner at the Crossroads at House of Blues for a great meal.
The next day we headed across the bridge between Pop Century and Art of Animation to take a look at the great theming at the Art of Animation resort. We also had lunch at the Landscape of Flavors, which is the quick service option at Art of Animation. Afterwards it was back to the pool for the kids .
We headed to Ft. Wilderness resort in the afternoon via the water taxi from Magic Kingdom. There are many activities offered at Ft. Wilderness Resort from pony rides to dinner shows. We decided to head over to Tri-Circle-D Ranch to see Cinderella’s ponies and the majestic horses of Main Street, USA. We chose to eat a takeout meal of fried chicken at one of the outdoor picnic tables, but there are a couple more options at Ft. Wilderness including the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ.
As soon as we ate, we headed on a wagon ride around the Ft. Wilderness property and then off to Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long. Before the Sing-A-Long we purchased all the goodies needed to make s’mores at the campfire.
The best way to top off any day at Disney World are fireworks and from Ft. Wilderness, on the water taxi, at just the right time you get to see the show in all its glory!
Written by Shannon Brotherton