Disney Springs
  • On Sep 27, 2022
    Wendy from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello - we are staying that the Movies resort and are planning a 5 day hopper. We will be at the resort for 7 days. Are there things to do outside the parks while staying on resort?

    Hiya Wendy! Welcome to planDisney!

    Oh boy! A week-long stay at the Most Magical Place on Earth is bound to be a fantastic time. While the theme parks are entertaining on their own, there is nothing quite like staying at a Disney Resorts Hotel during your stay! In fact, my family has visited multiple times over the years for a resort-only stay where we enjoyed the recreation and amenities offered at each of the resorts along with the various other activities that can be found at Walt Disney World. 

    Disney's All-Star Movies Resort offers a ton to keep you busy when not visiting the parks. There are multiple pools around the resort, including the main pool area that will have activities in the afternoon for your little ones to enjoy. They'll also be happy to know that there is an arcade in the main lobby and a playground onsite. Each night, there will be a campfire setup where you can roast marshmallows followed by Movie Under the Stars, which shows a classic Disney movie for the family to enjoy.

    Outside of your resort, you can head over to one of the two miniature golf courses on Walt Disney World property. The Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course and Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf Course are both incredibly themed and a ton of fun. You can't go wrong with either one and you'll be able to navigate your way to each using complimentary Disney Transportation. Disney also has traditional golf courses, if you and your traveling party are interested in hitting the links on a non-park day.

    On rest days from the parks, my family loves to explore some of the other resorts on property. I suggest taking a bus from All-Star Movies over to Disney's Hollywood Studios, then hopping on the Disney Skyliner to explore the resorts along this line. You can even take it over to the back entrance of EPCOT and walk around Disney's Boardwalk. Here you'll find games and entertainment while strolling around Crescent Lake. You can turn this into a great resort hopping day!

    No trip is complete without a visit to Disney Springs. Unlike the theme parks, there is no admission cost for entry. There is a host of dining and shopping options, along with a variety of entertainment offerings at select times. There are some delicious dining locations, including Chef Art Smith's Homecomin', which my family has visited countless times over the last few years. Make sure to get an order of the deviled eggs if you dine here. Before heading out, make a stop at Gideon's Bakehouse for their selection of cookies and cakes! Believe me, you will not find any cookie like it around!

    Wendy, I hope this helps you plan for the days you are not visiting the parks! You are going to have a magical time during your visit! Stop back and see us again at planDisney!

    Happy planning!
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, South Carolina

Hello friends! Greg here from Charleston, SC. I am a Disney-loving husband and dad to two wonderful daughters. Walt Disney World Resort offers everything you want in a vacation and touches all the senses. From the sights to sounds and even the smells, there is something for everyone to enjoy! When our family is not riding "it’s a small world" or going on a Journey Into Imagination With Figment, we are readily planning our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Learn More About Greg

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