We love the parks. We love the hustle and bustle. We love the rides. We really love the food. We don’t love coming home and deciding we need a vacation from our vacation.
You, too, may have experienced the same thing. So, instead of completely wearing yourself out, why don’t you consider a park-less trip? Or at least a few days to rest.
But what will you do? Really? This is a great time to do a split-stay trip so you can enjoy amenities from a few different resorts. Also, Disney has a plethora of free or cheap activities. Here are a few ideas of what we and others have enjoyed:
- Sleeping in late
- Riding every type of transport we can to get somewhere… taking the long way.
- Camp fires at many resorts
- Sing along with Chip n Dale at Fort Wilderness every evening.
- The Electrical Water Pageant each night at the Seven Seas Lagoon. It can be seen from Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, the Contemporary, Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian.
- Exploring each Deluxe resort. There is a culinary tour (Animal Kingdom Lodge), scavenger hunt (Wilderness Lodge, Grand Floridian), watch the monorails go by (Contemporary), listen to a pianist (Grand Floridian), stand out front of the Polynesian and Hula in your nightgown, and so much more.
- Grabbing dinner and a lingering shopping trip at Disney Springs
- Wandering around the grounds of the Value resort, taking pictures of all the giant icons
- Relaxing in a hammock at a moderate.
- Hanging out at the pool. The activity pools have a team that keep music and fun going almost all day long. My kids especially love the crafts. You can find the schedule of activities near the pool.
- Free night time movies at the beach, pool, or wherever your Resort hosts them.
- Checking out the animals at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
- Go mini golfing at Winter Summerland or Fantasia Gardens & Fairways!
- Sit and read a book. While you do that, let your kids color, craft, create. I love rummaging through the Dollar Tree before trips for anything Disney the kids can do. Coloring books, playing cards, bath tub paints, etc…
- Get creative with food. You can make this an inexpensive trip by trying some of my tips from the Cooking on vacation post
Have you ever had a park- free stay? Tell us about it!
If you would like more help planning your Disney vacation, contact our friend Audra, a travel agent with Travelmation LLC, which is an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. She can help you plan the vacation of your dreams at no cost to you!
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