Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 11, 2014
    Sheila from TX 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.

    While staying at WDW my family, 2 adults & 2 kids 4 and 2, will be joined by the grandparents that do not have tickets to the park, will there be enough things for us to do? like what?

    Oh, Shelia. Where do I start?

    There is SO much to do at Disney outside the parks. In fact, our family has been on so many trips and NOT visited the parks, I've lost count!

    My first recommendation is to spend a day at your resort. You didn't mention at which resort you'd be staying but all of them provide much to do from their pools to surrounding amenities. Make sure to click on the Recreation or Amenities tab under your resort at the Disney website

    Just to give you a few examples of all a resort can offer, the Boardwalk resorts allow you to enjoy magicians along the Boardwalk as well as other entertainers, not to mention old-fashioned Surrey Bikes for up to 6 people. Fort Wilderness sports the opportunity to canoe, bike, relish a pony ride, or even take archery lessons. Many resorts offer campfires and movies at night. My favorite is Chip 'n' Dale's Campfire Sing-a-long at Fort Wilderness, and you don't have to stay at the resort to attend.

    Another more obvious choice is Downtown Disney. Let the grandparents take the kids to the Lego store and make something together at their large Lego table or just enjoy all of the statues around the sidewalks. Take its boat down to Port Orleans for its campfire or carriage rides and then return to DTD for window shopping and ice cream at Ghirardelli. Here, you'll also find the new upscale bowling alley, Splitsville and the AMC movie theater.

    End the evenings with fireworks. You don't have to be in the parks. Head to the Boardwalk and catch Illuminations at Epcot near the bridge to the Dolphin or visit the Polynesian's beach or the ferry entrance at the Ticket & Transportation Center to see Wishes at the Magic Kingdom.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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