Out of the Park

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Even in the wonderful world of Disney, there may be times that you might want to do something out of the parks. Or, you may want an activity to do because you don’t have a park ticket for that first or last day of your Disney World vacation. In any case I thought we would explore some of the activities to be done out of the parks. If it’s just adults, it’s simple. You could explore the lounges around Disney World, in moderation. You don’t want to be the one to ruin anyone’s vacation, or your own. Check out Jelly Rolls or the Atlantic Dance Hall at the Boardwalk. Downtown Disney has a lot of entertainment options at night as well. Enjoy the live music at the House of Blues or at Raglan Road. You could also watch Cirqur Du Soleil La Nouba after dinner. Test your golf game at one of the four golf courses, Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course, Disney’s Palm Golf Course, Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course and Disney’s Oak Trail, which is a nine hole course. If you have more thirst for sports, head over to ESPN Wide World of Sports where the Atlanta Braves train during the off season, check the schedule for other activities as well. Relax at one of the Spas offered at Saratoga Springs Resort or at the Grand Floridian. For the adventurous types, ask about the Richard Petty Driving Experience. If you are looking for something a little romantic, a fireworks cruise maybe just the thing.

As a family, you can explore the resorts or even dine at one of them. There are more than enough options to satisfy any palate. During the holidays is one of the best times to resort hop, they are all decorated. Some of the resorts have displays made out of gingerbread, more notably the Beach Club with a gingerbread carrousel and the Grand Floridian with a store made out of gingerbread, it made for a great Christmas card for our family. There are plenty of places to dine and shop in Downtown Disney that will keep you and your kids busy for hours. On the West Side of Downtown Disney explore the games at Disney Quest, go bowling at Splitsville or take in a movie at the AMC Theater. For your little golfers hit the mini golf courses at Fantasia Mini Golf and Winter Summerland Mini Golf. Looking for dinner and a show? Over at Fort Wilderness Camp Ground have dinner at the Hoop Dee Doo Review. At the Polynesian Resort the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show may peak your interest, although it is weather dependent. At the Fort Wilderness Camp Ground there is horse back riding, archery, hiking trails, Segway tours and horse drawn carriage rides.

If you want to stay at your resort, check out the resort activities. Most of the resorts have areas to roast marshmallows and they play movies in the evenings for all to enjoy. For resorts like Animal Kingdom and Kidani Village you can enjoy looking at the animals and take part in the cultural activities they offer. At these resorts, the activities offered could easily fill a day. Don’t forget to enjoy your resort’s pool, they are all unique and tied into the overall theme of the resort.

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