You have everything planned for your upcoming Disney World vacation, but did you plan for an off day? Going to Disney World can be exhausting for everyone. We have some fun ideas that the entire family can enjoy!
Your Vacation Begins
Your first day starts out great, everyone is so excited and your plans are executed perfectly. On your second day you notice your little one is getting a bit cranky while waiting for the parade to start. Your teenager is “so bored” waiting in line for the one ride you couldn’t get a FastPass for. Your husband is putting on a brave face as you tell him you want to go in yet another gift shop “just to see what they have.”
The third day is the hottest day yet! You make sure everyone slathers on their sunscreen and grabs their hats as you run out the door. You board the bus only to realize no one grabbed the backpack.
Finally, you get to the park and realize you missed your first FastPass. You push on to the next attraction which is all the way across the park.
“I Didn’t Plan On This”
This is when the meltdowns start. First your little one doesn’t want to eat their apples, they want a cupcake, and they make sure everyone in a 10 foot radius can hear their screams.
Your teenager decides they want to ride Space Mountain again alone this time because they can’t take it’s a small world one more time on this trip. Can you blame them? Your husband is on his phone checking the score for the big game.
You are now ready to start day-drinking. Where can I get a glass of wine? This isn’t how you planned your vacation. Everyone is supposed to be having a magical time! You realize your family needs an off day.
So what can you do on an off day at Disney World? Lots of things!
Let’s Go To The Water Parks!
Disney World has two different but equally fun water parks on property. Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.
At Typhoon Lagoon guests can cool off by riding fun family raft rides such as Gangplank Falls or Miss Adventure Falls. Let the little ones cool off at Ketchakiddee Creek or at the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool. Your teenager can get some thrills by riding Humunga Kowabunga or Crush ‘n’ Gusher. The adults can float the day away in Castaway Creek, a lazy river ride, or relax in a lounge chair with a drink in hand and enjoy the sun.
At Blizzard Beach guests can chill out with thrill rides like the Downhill Double Dipper or Summit Plummit. Guests of any age can hang out at the interactive play area Ski Patrol Training Camp or Tike’s Peak. At Melt-Away Bay guests can float the day away in an inner tube at this one acre wave pool!
Separate park admission is required for these two parks and varies depending on the time of year.
Let’s Go To The Movies!
Located at Disney Springs is AMC Dine-In Theater. Here guests can take in a great movie, have a few drinks, and enjoy a meal all without leaving the theater! This is the perfect place for the whole family to visit on a rainy day, a late afternoon, or even for the adults to have a “date night.” Disney Dining Plans are not accepted here so please plan accordingly.
Let’s Go Bowling!
Also located at Disney Springs is Splitsville Luxury Lanes. Here you can do a little bowling or play a game of pool. You can also catch some live entertainment and enjoy some great food and drinks!
Note: Splitsville does accept the Disney Dining Plan and the Deluxe Dining Plan only. Quick Service Dining Plan is not accepted at this location.
Let’s Do Extreme Watersports!
Located at the marina area at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre. Here guests can spend the day waterskiing, tubing, or wakeboarding. There are even personal water crafts available for rent! If you are really daring you can also tour Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon high in the sky parasailing!
For pricing and reservations please visit sammyduvall.com.
Let’s Take A Dip In The Pool!
Every resort in Disney World has multiple pools. Yes I said pools! Usually there is one large main pool with a bar near the center of the resort and other smaller pools located throughout the resort. Some of the main pool areas have separate pools or splash pads for kids, while some are “quiet pools” where guests can go to relax. Disney’s Beach Club Resort even has a sand bottom pool and a separate lazy river on property!
While resort hopping is free and even encouraged at Disney World, pool hopping is not. Guests can only visit pools for the resorts they are staying at. In many resorts a MagicBand is required to enter the pool area.
While there is so much to do and see on a trip to Disney World it is always recommended to schedule a day off from all the excitement and just relax! You are on vacation after all right! Don’t forget to have fun! Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and more (social media links at the top/bottom) and keep coming back for more Disney news!