There are six ‘the happiest place on Earth’ to date but the ultimate joy is found at the one and only Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. With four theme parks, two water parks, an array of hotels plus Disney Springs, there is an endless amount of things to fill your time with at the land of Mickey and Minnie. From meeting characters to flying down water slides to shooting around on exhilarating rides, there is plenty to do, but what about things a bit more unusual? In September 2014, I spent two weeks at Walt Disney World and although I did all the typical things, I was super excited to experience Disney in a way that not many people usually think about. Most of the things on this list I actually had the pleasure of getting involved with, others are on the bucket list for next time but all are awesome and unconventional Disney.
HAMMOCKING AROUND AT THE POLYNESIAN RESORT
Whilst staying on the property and having access to the Walt Disney World Transportation, there is plenty of opportunity to check out other resorts and hotels. One of my favourite evenings was heading over the Polynesian Resort. A man-made beach on the edge of the lake complete with sunbeds and hammocks to lounge around in whilst watching the Electric Water Pageant cruise by followed by watching the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle. Top the night off with a Dole Whip on-site (a less busy option than grabbing one from Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom) and the Polynesian Resort makes for the ultimate relaxing night.
CAMP FIRE SINGING
Fort Wilderness Lodge is the ultimate family campground right in the heart of Disney. With woods to explore and horses to ride, it is a great all American family experience. When night falls, the camp fire gets lit, s’more making supplies are sold and a musician takes to the stage. With Chip and Dale helping out, the campground participates in a darn old fashioned country singalong whilst roasting marshmallows. Once the main entertainment is over, the film begins* and is a calming comedown from the exciting hootnanny!
*Movie With The Stars happens every evening at every hotel on the Disney World property. Movies vary by day and hotel.
EAT THE KITCHEN SINK
Enter the 1950’s by stepping foot into Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This vintage cafe is the perfect place for a bit of nostalgia and a spot of indulgence. As well as the diner menu, the really treat is desserts. With a large variety of deliciousness, the ultimate is The Kitchen Sink. Eight beautiful scoops of ice cream with a variety of toppings… served in a sink.
WISHES FIREWORK DESSERT PARTY
Following on with the dessert theme, the ultimate luxury in firework watching is at the dessert party. With prime viewing location whilst devouring tasty treats, what more could you ask for? This event does come with a bit of a price tag but is worthy.
Unfortunately, not available to all visitors but only those with a diving license, Epcot’s Dive Quest is the perfect opportunity to get familiar with Nemo and friends in the deep blue sea. With calm conditions, spectacular visibility and beautiful marine life, this makes an unforgettable experience.
Typhoon Lagoon is famous for its incredible wave pool. I have the scars to prove how much I enjoyed my time there. If you have ever been interested in surfing, why not at Disney? With man-made waves, it is always perfect conditions to learn. Available before and after opening hours of the park
DINE IN THEATRE
We all love a snack with a movie, popcorn and sweets being the typical choice for many. On a few occasions, I have snuck McDonald’s into the theatre and loved enjoying a meal with the big screen. Fork and Screen at Disney Springs does just that. A dine in movie theatre, enjoy dinner and a blockbuster AT THE SAME TIME!
THE WILD AFRICA TREK
A VIP tour taking you behind the scenes at Animal Kingdom, offering you close encounters with African wildlife on the Disney property. The experience provides an in depth experience and more personal version of Kilimanjaro Safaris. The opportunity has a hefty price tag but if a great way to discover the African jungle from the other side of the Atlantic.
THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM TOUR
Taking you behind the scenes at the Magic Kingdom and showing you how the magic happens, this is THE ultimate Disney tour. Exploring Walt’s creation, the parks journey and the backstage secrets, this is an absolute must for a big Disney fan.
Have you been to Walt Disney World? Did you do anything out of the box?
*All opinions are my own and just that: opinions
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