“Free” things to Do Outside the Parks at Disney World

Yes, Disney® World is known for its theme parks and water parks.  But, did you know that there are many things to do beyond the parks?  If you find yourself looking for something to do to fill a little bit of extra time, here are a few things to check out.  Best of all, many are free.

Take a bus to the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  The lodge is surrounded by a savannah with several different viewing points.  You can spend many hours just gazing out onto the savannah.  And, if you have any questions, savannah guides are positioned at each of the viewing points.  Be sure to ask them about their home country.  It is amazing the stories that they can tell.

At Animal Kingdom Lodge enjoy nightly story time at the fire pit. Or use night vision goggles to watch the animals on the savannah.  Check with the concierge for exact times.

Take part in a ragtime sing along at Port Orleans Riverside River Roust Lounge/Bar.  And, yes, the kids can enjoy the entertainment right alongside parents and grandparents.  Since 1997, Bob Jackson has performed a piano sing-along comedy show with tons of audience participation Wednesday – Sunday evenings starting at 8:30pm.  Over the years it has become quite popular so it is highly recommended you get there a bit early.

Take a boat from the Magic Kingdom over to Wilderness Lodge to watch the Geyser go off or to just sit on the beach and relax.

Take a boat from the Magic Kingdom over to Wilderness Lodge to watch the Geyser go off or to just sit on the beach and relax.

Each resort has its own unique theme, gift shop, restaurants and pool.  If you haven’t taken the time, be sure to check them out.  You can catch the monorail around the loop to the Polynesian, Grand Floridian and Contemporary.  Or, grab a boat over to the Wilderness and Fort Wilderness from Magic Kingdom.  If you find yourself over by Epcot or Hollywood Studios, you can hop a boat that will take you from Epcot to the Yacht/Beach Club, Boardwalk, Swan/Dolphin Hotels and then over to Hollywood Studios.  Or you can catch the same boat at Hollywood Studios and enjoy a roundtrip from Hollywood Studios to Epcot and back.  Don’t forget the moderate hotels: Port Orleans French Quarter, Port Orleans Riverside, Caribbean Beach, and Coronado Springs all have their own unique themes.

You will find campfire activities at 14 of Disney® World’s resorts.  Be sure to check with the concierge at each hotel for the exact time and activities. Photo copyright Disney.

You will find campfire activities at 14 of Disney® World’s resorts. Be sure to check with the concierge at each hotel for the exact time and activities. Photo copyright Disney.

Check out the campfire activities at 14 of Walt Disney® World’s resorts. Lively storytelling, sing-along and just plain ole’ fun around the campfire abound.  Blankets or something to sit on are always welcome.  Check with the concierge staff at your resort and they can fill you in on the details.

Sound like fun?  Be sure to get started on planning your next Walt Disney World trip by contacting a travel agent that specializes in Disney  travel.

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