You can celebrate 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in person, without ever entering Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios.
There is a lot of Ways to Enjoy Florida Beach Resort without park ticket. Here are 10 of the best.
Enjoy the stations
Disney resorts are unlike any other resort. With elaborate pools, top-notch restaurants, and amazing activities, they have plenty to keep your family busy.
Fort Wilderness Lodge is probably the most unique accommodation option on the property. You can spend a few hundred dollars (the cost depends on the time of year) to stay in a cabin, or you can bring your own motorhome or just a tent – the more affordable option to stay at the Mouse House.
The property is absolutely stunning, with tall trees, walking trails, and wildlife like deer, rabbits and even peacocks scattered around. This resort is something of a cult with fans who go to great lengths to decorate their campsites and cabins.
You can rent a golf cart during your stay to easily navigate the 700+ acre grounds or park in a rocking chair with a good book and peaceful scenery.
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Imagine fishing on a private boat with Cinderella’s Castle in the background. It can happen.
You can book a two or four hour fishing trip, complete with boat captain, fishing rods and bait. Relaunch tours depart from one of the eight Disney resorts.
Most excursions catch between 5 and 10 fish. The lakes are populated with largemouth bass and bluegill, among other species. It is also possible to fish from the dock at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.
Take a bite
There are literally hundreds of dining experiences on the Walt Disney World property, ranging from delicious on-the-go desserts like the Peanut Blast to Everglazes Donuts & Cold Brew at Disney Springs – at world-class restaurants, such as at Topolino’s terrace atop Disney’s Rivera Resort, where you can enjoy stunning views while dining on snails or a lobster tail.
You can easily start with drinks at one place, like Trader Sam’s Grog Cave, a tiki-themed bar in the Polynesian Resort, then head to Californian grills at the top of the contemporary complex or Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian for dinner and a view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks. End your evening with a treat of Beaches and cream soda shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
Play mini golf
There are two mini-golf options on the property, and in typical Disney fashion both have a whimsical theme, great options for family fun.
The Fantasia Gardens and Fairways miniature golf course has two 18-hole courses. As the name suggests, it is based on the classic Disney animated film “Fantasia”.
If you’re looking for a little Christmas cheer, whatever the time of year, head to Winter Summerland Miniature Golf. It also offers two 18-hole courses.
Take a ride
There are a lot of people who think that a ride on the monorail is an attraction in itself. The best part is that the ride is free and you don’t need a park ticket to board. The same goes for Disney Skyliner and the boats that transport guests from various resorts to the parks. Take the time to use these different modes of transportation to explore parts of the property that you have never seen before.
Have a ball
The luxury lanes of Splitsville located at Disney Springs is a top level bowling alley. The tracks are scattered over a large two-story space, which also has large TV screens throughout. Your group has its own way with a waiter bringing you food and drink.
If you don’t like bowling, just grab a table and enjoy a feast. This place doesn’t have your typical bowling alley food. There is delicious sushi, pizza, burgers and drinks. Splitsville is also a great place to celebrate a birthday or other celebration.
Get a bird’s-eye view
It is called “the ball”, but it is in fact called the Aerophile. This hand painted balloon at Disney Springs contains 210,000 cubic feet of helium and can take you up to 400 feet. The journey takes about 8 minutes, and on a clear day you can see up to 10 miles away.
The balloon is operated by a certified Aerophile pilot and will not fly in storms or winds above 22 mph. The cost is $ 25 for adults (10 years and over) and $ 20 for children 3 to 9 years old.
Hit the water
Is it a car? Is it a boat? It’s a vintage amphicar! These rare vehicles – less than 400 in the world – travel on land and then enter the water like a boat.
A qualified driver takes you on your approximately 20-minute tour over the waters of Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs. Each car can hold three or four guests. Tickets can be purchased at the Boathouse Boatique at Disney Springs for $ 125 per car.
Shopping until exhaustion
Between the station’s gift shops, the shops of the Walk and Disney sources, you can buy just about any Disney item you can imagine. Whether it’s classic Mickey ears, a Minnie Mouse apron, or a Tinkerbell picture frame, you can find the perfect keepsake.
Besides all the Disney merchandise, there are many other top notch stores in Disney Springs including clothing stores like Anthropologie, UNIQLO, and Zara. You will also find accessories at Kate Spade, Vera Bradley and Pandora. There is even a store for left-handers, the Left-Hand Store.
Make your own DIY magic
Disney Springs offers many DIY experiences that allow you to come away with unique memories.
To the brand new M&M store, you can create your own personalized candy coated chocolate. Pick the color and add whatever you want – words, pictures, even your own face – to the M&M. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the M & Ms Wall, which includes every possible flavor you can think of.
Disney Springs is the only place in the world where you can make your own custom LEGO minifigure. This unique experience at Lego store lets you choose everything from hairstyle to accessories. You can even design your character’s shirt.
More than Iconic Bowes Candles in the Co-Op Marketplace, you can create your own candle. The process walks you through all the steps from choosing the color and scent to pouring the wax and decorating the glass container.
You could easily spend a whole day at Disney Springs.
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