Disney Parks may be the happiest places on Earth, but even the biggest Disney fan can tire of visiting the parks over and over and over…and over. However, though little known to the public, there are many more aspects of Disney to see and explore! Check out this list of things to do on your Disney vacation that doesn’t include strolling the Magic Kingdom.
Located in both Florida and California, this massive outdoor mall themed entirely on Disney is sure to entertain every member of your family for a full day or longer. Whether you’re just window shopping or earnestly browsing for the perfect Disney souvenir, Downtown Disney is the place for you. Pick up the Disney memorabilia that first catches your eye at one of the 40+ stores. Stop to watch and listen to the fun bands and stunning performers that showcase their trades on the stages in the streets. Please your palette at one of the many dining experiences. And definitely don’t miss the World of Disney- an enormous, department-store-sized version of the Disney Store you have back home, which is sure to have anything you could possibly imagine to serve as a reminder of your Disney vacation!
Disney Water Parks:
Walking around the Epcot Center all day in the sweltering Floridian heat with worn-out, over-stimulated children in tow can be less than pleasant as the day wears on. Why not cool off at one of Disney’s water parks? Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, the two Disney parks that go far more unnoticed than their older, more popular cousins, with slides, wave pools, and relaxation galore, are sure to be the perfect contrast to the rest of your Disney vacation. Featuring thrilling slides and rides, family-style raft rides, chairlifts, and plenty of kiddie areas for the littlest ones who can’t yet swim, Disney water parks can be just as fun, if not more so, then the Animal Kingdom or any of the other popular parks. (Disney pools and water parks also provide free life vests for your non-swimmers which gives parents a little peace of mind!)
This part of Walt Disney World is by far the most unknown aspect of the Disney experience because of its relative newness. Established in 1996, this quarter mile promenade along the waterfront is more geared towards older kids due to the extensive walking involved and what is laid out at the attraction. However, don’t let this deter you. If you get the chance, you won’t want to miss out on the exquisite dining, the timeless shops, and the exciting nightlife that the boardwalk has to offer. You can dance the evening away like Belle and her Beast at the Atlantic Dance Hall, or sing along to uproarious piano duels at Jelly Rolls like your family is part of your very own Disney movie! Simply meander along and view the classic, timeless shops to get a full Boardwalk experience, and be sure to grab a bite to eat while you’re at it.
Though many think only of the Magic Kingdom and its counterparts when someone suggests a Disney vacation, there are many other things Walt Disney thought up to please every one of his guests, whether aged 2 months or 102 years. Do yourself a favor; the next time your kids beg you for a trip to Disney World, try any of these alternatives instead for a happy family.