Walt Disney World is so much more than just theme parks. There are tons of amazing resorts and amazing recreation activities. You can do all kinds of sports and activities while you are on vacation, so get ready to cut loose and have a great time. For your next trip, here are some important DO’s and DON’Ts when you are planning your recreation activities at Walt Disney World.
Editor’s Note: We understand that with the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, some of the advice in this article may not apply if you visit while park hours are reduced, capacity limits and physical distancing are in place, and some of our favorite experiences—fireworks, parades, and character greetings—are temporarily suspended. (You can read everything you need to know about the phased reopening by clicking here). We will continue to share articles that give guidance on a “normal” vacation to Walt Disney World, along with any special changes or instructions you may need to be aware of during the phased reopening to provide the best tips we can regardless of when you are visiting. ~ Chad & Cindy
8 – DO make advanced reservations where possible.
There are so many amazing recreation activities on property, and many of them take advanced reservations. You can reserve golf times, fishing charters, boat excursions, evening cruises, spa services, children’s service and so much more. Some of these activities are quite popular and book up fast. There is also currently not a way to reserve them online, so you have to call. These began making reservations 180 days in advance just like dining reservations, so you can plan early and get your activities booked, too.
7 – DON’T forget to write down the reservation confirmation number, just in case.
Since these aren’t booked online, your reservation will not be linked to your account like dining reservations are. You must call and reserve them, and write down the reservation number. Once you have them, you will have to hold onto them as these activities cannot currently be linked as a reservation in My Disney Experience. What I like to do is to create an itinerary item for that day and put the information there so I don’t forget.
6 – DO check the available recreation activities at your resort.
When you check in, you will be given activities information for your resort. You can also research this information ahead of time if you are a planner like me. You will be able to see times for activities and recreation options around the resort. This will help you decide if there is something else that you and your family would like to experience so that you can try to get a reservation or reserve your spot if possible. There is so much to experience that I have no doubt that you will want to do it all.
5 – DON’T think you are limited exclusively to your home resort.
While I definitely recommend that you check out everything that your home resort has to offer, you are not limited to that resort. If you have something else in mind that you want to experience, be sure to check out the availability for the activities at those resorts and head on over. Not all resorts have water recreation, so you have to head over to a resort that does. There is no problem with resort hopping to explore and experience the different activities.
4 – DO rent a bike and explore.
We love renting the surrey bikes and exploring as a family. You can also rent regular bikes, too. This is a great way to explore and get exercise in a different way, while still spending time with your family. It is so relaxing for us, and the kids absolutely love it! You get to see other parts of Disney World and your resort that you would normally miss out on.
3 – DON’T forget about miniature golf.
I feel like the miniature golf courses are often over looked. These are seriously some of the most fun and creative miniature golf courses, especially for Disney junkies. We are in love with Winter Summerland golf course, since we are such huge Christmas fanatics. The other is Fantasia Gardens. They each have 2 courses that are 18 holes. They stay open late, so if you want to wait until it is darker out, it is still a great time to visit!
2 – DO visit Fort Wilderness during your stay.
Fort Wilderness is one of the best areas on property. We always come over and visit. It is beautiful and gives you a nice feeling of being in the wilderness right in the middle of Walt Disney World. Not only that, there are tons of amazing recreation activities. There are tons of sports and outdoor fun, plus you have Tri Circle D Ranch where Cinderella’s horses are kept. You can see the horses and even go on a carriage ride. There are also tractor-pulled wagon rides at the resort, too. The Chip and Dale Campfire is free and an amazing character experience that the kiddos will love. It is just a great place to visit and explore, and still get a lot of Disney magic.
1 – DON’T forget comfortable shoes and clothes.
For all of these recreation activities, you will definitely want to be comfortable. Most of these activities are not activities that you would want to wear your Sunday best for, so be sure to have comfortable clothes that you can be a little more active in, and shoes that are safe and comfortable for the activities. You will be very glad that you packed accordingly.
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