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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.