• On Aug 30, 2017
    Scott from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I've been an AP for a few years now, I've always focused on the parks itself. I'll be staying over in Orlando in a few weeks. I'll be stopping at WDW for an afternoon, what are some good non-park ideas? Can you explore hotels?

    Hi Scott,

    Thank you so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. I find that there is so much to do at Walt Disney World, even outside of the theme parks. Let me share with you some of my favorite ways to spend a non-theme park day at Walt Disney World.

    As you mention, you can check out some of the Walt Disney World resort hotels. Many have beautiful lobbies, great places to stop for a bite to eat, and excellent merchandise locations. One option would be to check out the resorts on the monorail loop: Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. These resorts are different in theme but close enough to take the monorail from one to the next.

    Another area where you could explore resorts and a bit more is Disney's BoardWalk. The BoardWalk area itself is vibrant with shops, restaurants, and fun. You can even rent a surrey bike to ride around! Disney's BoardWalk is located on Crescent Lake, which also has along its borders Disney's Beach and Yacht Club Resorts, as well as the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels.

    Finally, you could consider spending some time at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World's newly re-imagined shopping, dining and entertainment district. There is great shopping here, even if you are only browsing. I also find many of the new dining locations to be great. One of my favorites is Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'. The Florida-inspired fare there is delicious!

    Please do let us know if you have any further questions, Scott!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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