Non-Ride Things to do When Visiting

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Visiting Disney and hoping for a relaxed day adventuring around without rides? Here is 25 things to do around Disney World that aren't rides!

Non-Ride Things to do at Disney

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Disney’s Art of Animation is themed to Disney’s animated movies Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Cars. There is a Nemo playground and this resort is really fun to explore. We love walking around and taking advantage of the fun photo-ops at the resort.

1. Explore the Art of Animation Resort

My kids love spending time at the resort pool. This is a Disney World activity that takes no planning at all! The moment we arrive at a Disney Resort the kids ask to go in the pool. Visiting the pool gives the kids an opportunity to get their energy out. They can play freely and this is really important for most kids.

2. Spend Time at the Resort Pool

Animal Kingdom Lodge is a great resort to explore, even if you are not staying there. It overlooks a Savannah and you may get to see giraffe’s or zebras. They also have a great theme throughout the resort and a small playground for kids.

3. Visit the Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort

The Monorail Resort Loop is a fun way to explore different resorts and ride the monorail. The resort loop goes from the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary Resort, Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), Polynesian Resort, The Grand Floridian, and then back to the Magic Kingdom. This is a free service and you can get on and off as much as you would like.

4. Ride Disney’s Monorail Resort Loop

Typically I don’t like to make dining reservations during park days because I want to maximize my time at the parks. Using a rest day at Walt Disney World is a great time to make reservations to meet your favorite characters.

5. Make Character Dining Reservations at a Resort

Disney has some serious shopping in the parks, at your resort, and at Disney Springs. Check out our article about best things to do at Disney Springs. The Disney Style Store has some unique and fun Disney items and this fun tea cup photo-op. Disney Springs also has a Marvel store, LEGO Store, and the World of Disney store.

6. Enjoy the Day Shopping at Disney Springs

Walt Disney World has two Mini-Golf courses. Disney’s Fantasia Gardens is themed to Fantasia and is located in the Epcot Resort Area. Disney’s Winter Summerland is a fun take on bringing the winter to Florida and is located near Blizzard Beach Waterpark. Both mini-golf courses are open year round and are a fun activity for a rest day at Walt Disney World.

7. Play Mini-Golf

Each resort has activities unique to the resort. During our stay we have done dance contest, trivia games, challenges, and made tie-dyes. It is really fun for the kids and adults to get involved. When you check-in you will receive your Disney World activity schedule for the week at your resort. Use this to guide plan your rest day.

8. Daily Resort Activities

Another activity to look for on your weekly activity schedule is the Movies Under the Stars. At each resort they have a Disney movie playing outside.

9. Watch a Movie Under the Stars

This is one that you don’t have to plan too much if you are in the right place! The parade runs nightly on Seven Seas Lagoon. The best place to see it is outside the Magic Kingdom or at one of the resorts that surround the lake.  It starts at the Polynesian Resort every evening.

10. Electrical Water Pageant Parade

Chip n Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long at The Campsites at Fort Wilderness Lodge is a family fun way to end the evening. Purchase a S’mores kit and roast marshmallows and sing songs with Chip n’ Dale. This free activity is offered to all guests and even visitors to the resort can attend.

11. Chip ‘n’ Dales Campfire Sing-A-Long

This has become our latest favorite quick service place to eat on a day off. Chicken Guy is located at Disney Springs. Everyone likes the chicken fingers and it comes with dozens of sauce options. I am a big fan of the honey mustard and my husband likes the Nashville Hot Honey.

12. Eat at Chicken Guy at Disney Springs

Splittsville is a fun bowling alley located at Disney Springs. It has a restaurant and everything you need for a family afternoon of bowling.

13. Go Bowling at Splittsville

ESPN Sports complex is something you might not think of visiting when it comes to your Disney vacation, but if you have a sports fan in your house it is worth the visit. ESPN hosts many youth sports teams from around the world and is a neat place to visit. Ticket prices vary depending on the event.

14. Visit ESPN Sports Complex

Cirue du Soleil Drawn to Life is a brand new show coming to Disney Springs based on Disney classics. Drawn to Life will be a great family friendly addition to the Disney Springs entertainment.

15. Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort is a beautiful resort to explore. Guests can take the boat or drive to visit this gorgeous property. Eat at Geyser Bar & Grill and watch the Fire Rock Geyser eruption. This resorts nature trails and relax atmosphere make it a great place to visit on a non-park day at Disney.

16. See the Geyser at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

The Coca-Cola store at Disney Springs has a rooftop beverage bar where guests can try different tasting experiences. Guests can try beverages from around the world or create their own tasting experience.

17. Visit the Coca-Cola Store at Disney Springs

If you are afraid of heights you may not like it, but it was a very efficient way to get from the resorts to the parks. It is much faster than the bus transportation. There is also a Disney Skyliner Scavenger Hunt that runs on certain days during the week.

18. Ride Disney Skyliner

Disney Springs has replaced the NBA Experience with a Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge VR Experience. This is a new experience for guests 13 and up.

19. Try a VR Experience

There are many ways to go on a boat ride at Walt Disney World. You can take a boat to the Magic Kingdom resorts from the Magic Kingdom or take the boat from Disney Springs to Port Orleans resort. The boat is open to all guests and is a different way to see Disney World.

20. Take a Ferry Ride

Disney World is surrounded by water. There are lakes all over the area and you can sign up to go fishing at different resorts. Learn more here.

21. Go Fishing

Disney World has a Boardwalk in the Epcot area that has restaurants and is a beautiful place to spend an evening. There are also arcade games and entertainment available.

22. Walk the Boardwalk

A cupcake ATM machine is a pretty unique experience and you can find it at Disney Springs. This is a fun way to pick up an after dinner dessert or a mid-morning snack!

23. Visit Sprinkles for the Cupcake ATM

Guests can go on wagon rides, pony rides, and explore trails at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.  It is great addition to a week at Walt Disney World. Spending a week at the resorts gives you the opportunity to enjoy the theme parks, but also all the things to do at Disney World besides the parks.

24. Tri-Circle D Ranch at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Gideon’s is a unique bake shop that serves huge cookies and cakes that are really good. So good that there is usually a very long wait to get it and guests have to join a virtual que to enter the shop. If you want to stop by I suggest visiting around opening and add your name to the list.

25. Gideon’s Bakehouse at Disney Springs