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Old 11-14-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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Am I Crazy to Even Consider This Option???

We are booked for 7 nights Club Level at AKL. Here is the crazy part: we don't want to do any parks, at all, for the whole week.

We are a couple in our 30's traveling without our teenager.

We've done the theme parks a lot in the past year, plus a 7 night cruise on the Fantasy. We had APs but they recently expired, and we don't want to purchase park tickets, as we are trying to keep the costs down. We booked the room using DVC so there was no cost to us OOP.

I just worry that when I get there I'm going to get the itch to go to the parks! I'm almost to our 180 days so we are getting ready to contact IPO and I am looking for suggestions of things to do that would be fun, relatively inexpensive, and maybe something we don't normally do since we are usually in the parks. For example, we've never seen La Nouba, but I have a feeling the ticket prices will eliminate that from our itinerary.

Am I crazy to think that I can last a week in The World without theme parks??
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:10 PM   #2
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Checking out other resorts? Watching fireworks from the Poly? The boardwalk at night? Fishing? Go to Fort Wilderness and rent bikes? Ride the boat from Hollywood Studios? Tea at the grand Floridian?

I couldn't do it. I would need to go to the parks some!

Bus roulette? Get on the first bus that shows up at the resort, get on it and go to that theme park and then get on the next bus that shows up and explore there?
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:51 PM   #3
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Checking out other resorts? Watching fireworks from the Poly? The boardwalk at night? Fishing? Go to Fort Wilderness and rent bikes? Ride the boat from Hollywood Studios? Tea at the grand Floridian?

I couldn't do it. I would need to go to the parks some!

Bus roulette? Get on the first bus that shows up at the resort, get on it and go to that theme park and then get on the next bus that shows up and explore there?
We've been to most of the resorts, but DBF hasn't seen a few Values and Moderates so I may have to take him there to explore! We love the Poly, so watching fireworks from the beach there sounds beautiful! I love the boardwalk, we always go there. We're not the fishing type, so I think we'll skip that one I didn't realize they did tea at GF. I will have to look into that. Thanks for the tips!
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:54 PM   #4
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Bus roulette? Get on the first bus that shows up at the resort, get on it and go to that theme park and then get on the next bus that shows up and explore there?
Wow. Bus roulette? Mind = blown. Why have I not done this yet!?
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:14 PM   #5
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Definitely not crazy! DH and I are going on a kids-free trip in Feb for 6 nights and this has crossed my mind as well. We really are just going to eat at the signature restaurants at the deluxe hotels. Staying at the BWI, so we'd have plenty to do in close proximity. Looking forward to Jellyrolls (although my stick in the mud husband isn't as excited LOL)...

I may be dreaming, but didn't there used to be a way to get into Epcot late in the afternoon/evening at a discount?
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:44 PM   #6
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Definitely not crazy! DH and I are going on a kids-free trip in Feb for 6 nights and this has crossed my mind as well. We really are just going to eat at the signature restaurants at the deluxe hotels. Staying at the BWI, so we'd have plenty to do in close proximity. Looking forward to Jellyrolls (although my stick in the mud husband isn't as excited LOL)...

I may be dreaming, but didn't there used to be a way to get into Epcot late in the afternoon/evening at a discount?
Yes there is/was a twilight admission for people wanting into EP primarily to eat dinner, I think it still exists too!
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:00 PM   #7
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Definitely not crazy! DH and I are going on a kids-free trip in Feb for 6 nights and this has crossed my mind as well. We really are just going to eat at the signature restaurants at the deluxe hotels. Staying at the BWI, so we'd have plenty to do in close proximity. Looking forward to Jellyrolls (although my stick in the mud husband isn't as excited LOL)...

I may be dreaming, but didn't there used to be a way to get into Epcot late in the afternoon/evening at a discount?
I love Jellyrolls! I forced Mike to go with me, even though he is not quite the fan of hearing me sing that I am and we had a blast!
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:23 PM   #8
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I could do it if we had a car...but I don't know if we cold keep it all that cheap. We do a lot of non parks things, but many cost money.

*check out Celebration or other neighboring towns
*gatorland
*rent a boat at yacht club ,the poly or DTD (we rent a pontoon nearly every trip.)
*Winter Summerland mini golf
*Disney Quest
* Regal Boat Plant tour (DBF is dying to do this.)
*beach day
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:55 PM   #9
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I could do it if we had a car...but I don't know if we cold keep it all that cheap. We do a lot of non parks things, but many cost money.

*check out Celebration or other neighboring towns
*gatorland
*rent a boat at yacht club ,the poly or DTD (we rent a pontoon nearly every trip.)
*Winter Summerland mini golf
*Disney Quest
* Regal Boat Plant tour (DBF is dying to do this.)
*beach day
We have talked about renting a car, so that is probably going to happen. We don't mind spending money, just trying to keep down to less than we would spend on park admission, which I'm not sure we can do

We have never been to Celebration and I've always wanted to go there, so I think we will do that! Idk what Gatorland is, so I will have to Google it. Renting a boat sounds nice too. Mike hates putt-putt even though I love it, so I think we'll pass on the mini-golf. Disney Quest is a no-go. We went there last time (part of our PAPs so it was free) and Mike really didn't enjoy it much. I've been there several times over the year. Definitely am down for a beach day though! What is the Regal Boat Plant Tour?
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:24 PM   #10
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For sure you can go to WDW and not go to the Parks and have a very magical time! AKL is a great resort to just enjoy being - kick back relax and enjoy! Especially since you are booked club level - should be very nice! Since I am in the area I often go to WDW and not hit the Parks - some things I enjoy -

-riding the boat transportation - go to Ft. Wilderness, watch the ponies eating their dinner, sit on the dock watch the sunset over Bay Lake - Hoop de Doo or Mickey's BBQ and Trail End is good value for a buffet IMO.
-POR - go see Yee Haw Bob, carriage ride, boat to DTD
-SSR - play a game of pool in the Turf Club lounge - have a drink, sit in the rocking chair at High Rock Springs
-GF - listen to the jazz band - walk around the grounds, sit as Gasparillas watching the world go by, tea at the Garden View Tea Room
-CSR - love the gift shop - have a drink or bite to eat sitting outside by the lake, hammock
- DTD of course - I love the concerts in the evenings
- icecream at the Boardwalk - Yacht Club, Beach Club, Boardwalk

And if you are really itching for a park but don't want to dish out for the AP just yet - Seaword is a fairly good bargain IMO.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:48 PM   #11
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We have talked about renting a car, so that is probably going to happen. We don't mind spending money, just trying to keep down to less than we would spend on park admission, which I'm not sure we can do

We have never been to Celebration and I've always wanted to go there, so I think we will do that! Idk what Gatorland is, so I will have to Google it. Renting a boat sounds nice too. Mike hates putt-putt even though I love it, so I think we'll pass on the mini-golf. Disney Quest is a no-go. We went there last time (part of our PAPs so it was free) and Mike really didn't enjoy it much. I've been there several times over the year. Definitely am down for a beach day though! What is the Regal Boat Plant Tour?

We had a lovely breakfast in Celebration last trip, the downtown is cute but small. We enjoyed driving around and discussing our favorite houses. Grab the town newspaper...it's an interesting read!

Regal is a boat manufacturer...by DBF loves to see how things are made.

Gatorland is enough to fill an afternoon or morning.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:28 PM   #12
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Wow - lucky you and no you are not crazy!!! I've always wanted to just go and hang out at AKL without doing the parks since I love, love, love that place. I've stayed for 2 days w/o visiting a theme park, but not a week! You will have a great time. Here are my suggestions - you can pool hop between the two pools, although I love the slide best at Kidani! Plan to spend at day at DTD. If you can swing La nouba tickets, go for it, but they are about as expensive as buying a one day park ticket ! My dd and I love to go to the big mall near Universal Studios, it's a great way to spend a day, but we always rent a car so that we can get around. There is also the Lululemon outlet at the outlet malls that we always visit, but it's more for my dd then for myself. You could plan to visit some of those "other" theme parks. Spend a day at the boardwalk, just walkiing around. Tour all the other resorts - if you have a car it will take a bit of time just driving from one resort to another but you could do it using Disney transportation; this may sound weird, but for me is really fun to do. Plan an evening to watch the fireworks from the beach at the Poly! Are you going to purchase the DDP - if yes, then plan some key meals at some of the other resorts. Sleep late, watch movies, order room service. Do the high tea at the Grand Floridian. Buy those bath fizzies (sold at GR and DTD) and soak in the tub!
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:02 AM   #13
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Singinglizzie and figment814 have some great ideas. We are going to Waikiki and Aulani tomorrow and our trip plans aren't much different than what Singinglizzie set out for a week long AKV stay.

I don't know if I could resist the urge to go to the parks, but I think that you should be able to have a great vacation w/o the parks. We just enjoy the Disney experience in or out of the parks. We have spent a lot of time in the last four years at DLR and WDW and our family enjoys our time outside the parks at least as much as in. We might be the wrong people to answer though because we loved our 5-day Disney Dream cruise and we were so lazy that we realize we didn't even bother to have lunch on the ship and DW and I did hardly any activities (DD12 had met friends on this board and was doing something at all times). DW and I made two trips together before we had DD12 (one in our 20s and one in our 30s) and we made a lot of great memories most of them outside of the parks. AKL and AKV are beautiful resorts with good restaurants, pool areas and staff. As others have said, there is DTD, the Boardwalk, other resorts. My wife and I could make a great vacation out of just those options. Remember sleeping in was one of the original E-ticket rides.

If you are going to have a car, as Figment814 wrote, there is plenty to do in the Orlando area. We actually like Ripley's, Gatorland, trying out a local restaurant or two. We are taking some friends and their DS there this summer and will miss the insane amount of time we spend away from the parks.

Bus roulette? Might have to try that.
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I did a solo, 8 day, all resorts, no parks trip at POR a few years ago and loved, loved, loved it. I usually go the week after Thanksgiving.

As a matter of fact, I went to restaurants and did things at the resorts I didn't even know existed.

I finally got to see all the resort Xmas decorations.

I spent a lot of time by the pooling reading (I read 4 books that week). I got dressed up, went to dinner, and then spent the evening in the lounge to see Yee-hah Bob.

One day, I put the DND sign on my door and didn't get up until almost dinnertime. Something I seem to never be able to do at home.

I never once missed being in the parks.
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