• On Apr 26, 2019
    Alyssa from RI 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.

    Hi! This is our very first trip to Disney world for the kids and I staying at all star music.We are not going to the parks the first and last day of our trip which give us 2 full days to explore. Does anyone have any suggestions? The kids are 15,9,5 and 3

    Hello, Alyssa! Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. 

    I actually love planning a few days during my vacations to Walt Disney World that are not at the Theme Parks. There is so much to see and do. I always kick off our first day of vacation by lounging poolside for a few hours. Even if your room isn't ready when you arrive at Disney's All-Star Music Resort you can use all of the amenities including the pool. Typically starting in the late morning going through the afternoon, your resort will be having a pool party! You can expect poolside games, activities and music. My daughter is 12 now but the pool party has appealed to her at all the stages of her life so far. You'll be able to see a schedule of events for the day posted typically near the lifeguard stand. After an afternoon of swimming, if your family is anything like mine, I'm sure they'll have worked up an appetite. I suggest heading over to Disney's BoardWalk area for the evening. This area is a beautiful promenade to walk around offering some shopping, dining and entertainment. I actually love grabbing a slice of pizza from the Pizza Window and a margarita from BoardWalk Joe's Marvelous Margaritas and enjoying the entertainment like stilt walkers, jugglers and magicians that might be performing throughout the night. I'm sure all of your kids will love the ice cream at Ample Hills Creamery and checking out the arcade. A fun way to burn off some energy would be to rent surrey bikes to pedal around the lake. We've done this a number of times and I can't tell you how many laughs we've had over the years! After you've spent some time enjoying the BoardWalk, I suggest heading back to your resort for the nightly movie under the stars. The nightly movies are complimentary to you and a great way to end the day. When you check in, you can ask for the movie schedule so you know what's playing when. 

    On your last day, I also suggest you start out by the pool. Mickey waffles by the pool seems to me like the only way to end your vacation. If you plan to leave later than the check-out time, bell services is more than happy to store your luggage for you at no charge. After swimming, I think a trip to Disney Springs would be great for your whole crew. This is another dining, shopping and entertainment area but much larger than the BoardWalk! No trip to Walt Disney World is complete for my family without stopping here. You can grab all those last minute souvenirs at the largest Disney store in the world. I'm not kidding when I say you can spend hours at Disney Springs. Whether you want a grab and go option or a fancy sit down meal they've got all of it and everything in between. This area will appeal to your whole family, I'm sure of it! 

    I hope you like the ideas I've given you. If you have any other questions or need more suggestions, please come back and ask me. I am happy to help! Enjoy your vacation. 
thumbnail image for Jackie

Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please log in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.