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21 things you can do at Disney without a park ticket

November 30, 2018

{ url: "", caption: "Splitsville<\/a> is a two-story bowling center at Disney Springs. Not only does this retro-themed venue have plenty of bowling alleys for you to play in, it also has an extensive menu filled with sushi, pizza, sandwiches, and classic bowling snacks (like loaded fries). Splitsville is open till 1 a.m., so it\u2019s the perfect late night activity after a day of exploring Walt Disney World. (Chad A.\/Yelp<\/a>) ", credit: "", authorsHtml: "", sourceId: "109809331", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Bowl", },

{ url: "", caption: "Epcot is particularly known for its dining options<\/a>, but a lot of Disney World\u2019s best dining exists outside of the theme parks. Head to Disney Springs to check out new eateries like Maria & Enzo\u2019s and The Edison. You can also eat at any of the Disney resorts. We recommend The California Grill<\/a> at the Contemporary Resort for a classy night out on the town, Boma<\/a> at Animal Kingdom Lodge for an African-themed buffet that will fill you to the brim, and Capt. Cook\u2019s or Trader Sam\u2019s<\/a> at the Polynesian for a quick bite with a view. (Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney World News)", credit: "(Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney World News)", authorsHtml: "By Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney World News ", sourceId: "109809332", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Eat and Drink", },

{ url: "", caption: "Disney's Fort Wilderness opened shortly after Magic Kingdom, and this 750-acre resort and campground has plenty of activities for the whole family. Rent a golf cart and explore the grounds \u2014 you never know what you just might find! This activity is particularly great during Halloween<\/a> or Christmas at Disney<\/a> World. Campers will decorate their campsites with elaborate decorations for the holidays. (Neil P.\/Yelp<\/a>) ", credit: "", authorsHtml: "", sourceId: "109809333", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Explore Fort Wilderness in a Golf Cart", },

{ url: "", caption: "While you\u2019re at Fort Wilderness, visit the Tri-Circle-D Ranch. There, you can explore the stables and meet \u201CCinderella\u2019s horses\u201D and the horses of Main Street, U.S.A. After that, guests age 9 and up can go on a horseback ride through the resort grounds. A 45-minute horseback trail ride is $55 per person. Younger guests aren\u2019t left out! There are relaxing and guided pony rides at the ranch for the little ones for just $8. (Walt Disney World)", credit: "(Walt Disney World)", authorsHtml: "By Walt Disney World ", sourceId: "109809334", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Go Horseback Riding", },

{ url: "", caption: "If you want some of the most stunning views of Walt Disney World, head over to Disney Springs to go up 400 feet in the air in the Aerophile hot air balloon. It costs $20 per adult and $15 per child up to age 9 to get a great panoramic view of Epcot<\/a>, Hollywood Studios<\/a>, Animal Kingdom<\/a>, and Disney Springs for 10 minutes. It\u2019s a bit of a thrill, so if you\u2019re scared of heights, this is not the activity for you. (Todd Anderson/Walt Disney World)", credit: "(Todd Anderson/Walt Disney World)", authorsHtml: "By Todd Anderson/Walt Disney World ", sourceId: "109809335", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Go Up in a Hot Air Balloon", },

{ url: "", caption: "There\u2019s no way around it: Orlando can get hot, especially in the summer. Take some time to cool down and go swimming at your resort pool. If taking a day out to relax and swim is important to you, we recommend staying at Disney's Beach and Yacht Club Resorts for Stormalong Bay, Coronado Springs for the Lost City of Cibolo Pool, or Art of Animation for the Big Blue Pool. Disney resort pools often have activities like name that tune, dance parties, and other games to keep kids entertained all day long. (Tom I\/Yelp<\/a>) ", credit: "", authorsHtml: "", sourceId: "109809336", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Go Swimming", },

{ url: "", caption: "Dubbed \u201CThe Happiest Place on TURF,\u201D Walt Disney World\u2019s four golf courses \u2014 The Palm, Magnolia, Buena Vista, and Oak Trail Golf Courses \u2014 offer a great opportunity for guests to tee off. Looking to improve your game? Disney offers PGA professionals for 1-hour golf lessons and half- or full-day golf schools. Want something a little less intense? Disney World also has two miniature golf courses, Winter Summerland and Fantasia Gardens. (Walt Disney World)", credit: "(Walt Disney World)", authorsHtml: "By Walt Disney World ", sourceId: "109809337", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Golf", },

{ url: "", caption: "A Disney World vacation can be a little stressful. Yes, you\u2019re in the Most Magical Place on Earth, but there\u2019s also tens of thousands of other people around. It\u2019s a lot to deal with. Take a day out and relax at one of Disney\u2019s spas, located at Coronado Springs, the Dolphin Hotel, the Grand Floridian, Saratoga Springs, and the Yacht Club. You can get a massage, facial, body treatment, manicure, or pedicure to relax in the middle of your getaway. (Walt Disney World)", credit: "(Walt Disney World)", authorsHtml: "By Walt Disney World ", sourceId: "109809338", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Have a Spa Day", },

{ url: "", caption: "You don\u2019t have to go to a theme park to meet your favorite Disney characters! Book a meal at 1900 Park Fare<\/a>, Cape May Caf\u00E9<\/a>, Chef Mickey\u2019s<\/a>, 'Ohana<\/a>, Mickey\u2019s Backyard BBQ, or Trattoria al Forno<\/a> at a resort to meet Disney favorites like Stitch, Mickey Mouse, or the princesses. Also, you never know what magic may happen! Prince Charming and Cinderella have been known to parade around the Grand Floridian (try to spot them around 3:30), and sometimes big-time Disney favorites like Minnie Mouse will pop up and meet guests at Disney Springs. (Larry C.\/Yelp<\/a>) ", credit: "", authorsHtml: "", sourceId: "109809339", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Meet Your Favorite Characters", },

{ url: "", caption: "Disney Quest and its many floors of games may be closed for good, but each of the Disney resorts still have great arcades where you can play classic games like air hockey, skeeball, racing games, and pinball. Want the absolute best arcades? Head to the All-Star Resorts and Pop Century. Those value resorts have far and away the biggest arcades with the most games. (Amy S.\/Yelp<\/a>) ", credit: "", authorsHtml: "", sourceId: "109809340", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Play Arcade Games", },

{ url: "", caption: "If there\u2019s one thing Walt Disney World is known for (beyond being all happy and magical), it\u2019s incredible theming. Disney\u2019s attention to detail goes beyond the theme parks; there\u2019s a lot to see at the various resorts. Spend a day on the monorail loop and walk around the Polynesian, Contemporary, and Grand Floridian. These iconic resorts are so gorgeous, massive, and different, you\u2019ll have fun just taking a stroll through their grounds. (Walt Disney World)", credit: "(Walt Disney World)", authorsHtml: "By Walt Disney World ", sourceId: "109809341", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Resort Hop", },

{ url: "", caption: "Wait, don\u2019t you have to be at Magic Kingdom to see the Happily Ever After fireworks show? Nope! Make a dinner reservation at the California Grill<\/a> to see great views of the Magic Kingdom spectacular. If you want to watch them for free, head to the beach at the Polynesian. They even pipe in the music from the show so you get (most of) the same experience. (Walt Disney World)", credit: "(Walt Disney World)", authorsHtml: "By Walt Disney World ", sourceId: "109809347", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "See the Fireworks", },

{ url: "", caption: "If you want it, they have it at Disney Springs. And it\u2019s probably Mickey shaped. Disney Springs has over 100 stores to fulfill all wants and needs, including World of Disney, the world\u2019s largest Disney character store. If you\u2019re looking for something beyond the Mouse, this shopping and dining district also has a variety of clothing, goods, and housewares shops. (Todd Anderson/ Walt Disney World)", credit: "(Todd Anderson/ Walt Disney World)", authorsHtml: "By Todd Anderson/ Walt Disney World ", sourceId: "109809348", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Shop \u2018Til You Drop", },

{ url: "", caption: "Who doesn\u2019t love sitting by the fire and eating s\u2019mores<\/a>? Disney resorts know this is a classic family activity, and most of the moderate and deluxe resorts have campfires at night. Of course, Fort Wilderness has a very special campfire. Chip 'n' Dale's Campfire Sing-A-Long is a nightly gathering with roasted marshmallows, guitar singalongs, and of course, two of your favorite mischievous chipmunks. (Walt Disney World)", credit: "(Walt Disney World)", authorsHtml: "By Walt Disney World ", sourceId: "109809349", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Sit Around a Campfire", },

{ url: "", caption: "Right across the water from Epcot is Disney\u2019s BoardWalk. Not only is the BoardWalk Inn<\/a> there and worth a quick resort tour, there\u2019s a lot to explore. There are classic boardwalk games, shopping, and fantastically themed bars like the magician\u2019s getaway AbracadaBar<\/a>. The highlight of Disney\u2019s BoardWalk is Jellyrolls<\/a>, a festive piano bar with dueling pianos, singalongs, and plenty of cocktails nightly from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Tyler G.\/Yelp<\/a>) ", credit: "", authorsHtml: "", sourceId: "109809350", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Stroll the BoardWalk", },

{ url: "", caption: "Is there anything more Disney than a horse-drawn carriage ride? We didn\u2019t think so. Port Orleans \u2013 Riverside and Fort Wilderness both offer 25-minute carriage rides throughout their scenic grounds. It\u2019s $55 for a 25-minute ride for up to 4 adults (or 2 adults and 3 small children). Throughout the month of December, there are holiday-themed sleigh rides for $84. (Kent Phillips/Walt Disney World)", credit: "(Kent Phillips/Walt Disney World)", authorsHtml: "By Kent Phillips/Walt Disney World ", sourceId: "109809351", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Take a Carriage Ride", },

{ url: "", caption: "The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness is America\u2019s longest-running dinner show. This country-western-themed hootenanny has classical American entertainment the whole family can enjoy. Of course, no dinner show would be complete without a meal, and for $64 and up, you can have an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet of fried chicken, ribs, baked bean, cornbread, soda, beer, wine, and sangria. If country music isn\u2019t your thing, consider the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Polynesian for a tropical feast and a luau. (Disney/Walt Disney World)", credit: "(Disney/Walt Disney World)", authorsHtml: "By Disney/Walt Disney World ", sourceId: "109809352", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Take in a Dinner Show", },

{ url: "", caption: "Who doesn\u2019t love to collect souvenirs? And you don\u2019t have to go to a Disney park to get them! Pins at Disney World have become massive over the years, and Disney's Pin Traders at Disney Springs is exactly what it sounds like \u2014 a mecca for these tokens. Head there anytime and bring your own pin collection and trade with others. You never know what treasure you may stumble across! (Flickr<\/a>\/Sam Howzit\/CC BY4.0<\/a>) ", credit: "", authorsHtml: "", sourceId: "109809354", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Trade Pins", },

{ url: "", caption: "What trip to Walt Disney World would be complete without a Disney movie? If there\u2019s a new film in theaters, head to the AMC at Disney Springs to take in a new release. If you\u2019re looking for a classic Disney movie, the resorts will play favorites like Frozen, Zootopia, Cinderella, and Aladdin nightly by the pool, beach, or lawn. (Cliff C.\/Yelp<\/a>) ", credit: "", authorsHtml: "", sourceId: "109809355", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Watch a Movie", },

{ url: "", caption: "You don\u2019t have to be at a Disney park to see a parade \u2014 just head to one of the Magic Kingdom area resorts (the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, and Contemporary Resort) to see the Electrical Water Pageant. Starting at 9 p.m. nightly, giant sea creatures twinkle and float across the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. The best part is the Electrical Water Pageant is completely free for all, so taking in this sight is a great way to save money at Walt Disney World. But it\u2019s nothing compared to these 35 budget-savvy Disney trip tips<\/a>. (Sarah S.\/Yelp<\/a>) ", credit: "", authorsHtml: "", sourceId: "109809356", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Watch the Electrical Water Pageant", },


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The magic and fun extends way past the theme parks. (This story originally appeared on TThe Daily Meal.)
(Carolyn Menyes, The Daily Meal)

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