You are going to Disney and not even going in the park? What are you? Crazy?!?: How to actually relax and enjoy WDW

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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