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Old 02-15-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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need fun ideas for 2 off park days!

Hey folks... heading back for our 4th triip to Disney!
We are going to tack 2 nonpark days on to the end of our trip, possibly switching from POP to one of the Downtown Disney hotels.

What are some must do's???

We have never explored Boardwalk or any resorts other than the Value ones that we have stayed at. I'm sure there is plenty to keep us busy (in addition to some pool time).

We have always spent every second in the parks, so we would like to have a little down time this trip.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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Explore Boardwalk definitely. This is on my to do list! You can explore Downtown Disney or maybe play some mini golf. Do you have a car or do you need to stay onsite?
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:04 PM   #3
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We will have our car.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:07 PM   #4
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I have been pondering the same thing and think we may do a monorail tour at least part of the day, being sure to check out the Contemporary arcade and ending at the Poly for wishes on the beach.
We also hope to do mini-golf and the biggest off-day thing on our list is Goofy's Candy make your own treat. But we have an off day in the middle of the week as well has half of arrival and departure days.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #5
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Campfire at Ft. Wilderness. Outlet shopping is one of our favs, or even going to Target, because they have some good prices on Disney World t-shirts. Visiting AKL, watching the animals.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:28 PM   #6
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One of my boy's favorite things on our off day was building and racing cars at the Lego store in DTD. I grabbed a drink and Wetzel pretzel and sat and watched them play for over an hour then we went for lunch at T-Rex before shopping in the Disney store and wandering around the other stores.
It was a lovely day
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:28 AM   #7
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Explore Boardwalk definitely. This is on my to do list! You can explore Downtown Disney or maybe play some mini golf. Do you have a car or do you need to stay onsite?
I echo visiting Downtown Disney, even if it's just for a little while. If you are going to visit the Boardwalk, be careful when you go. First of all, the evening there seems a lot more interesting. And be sure to pick evenings when the entertainers are out. Otherwise, it's kind of boring. According to Steve Soares' site:

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The Buskers have been replaced by a rotating group of performers that only appear Thursday-Saturday, at least at present. The only musician still performing is "Musicale Mark;" the others include a cowgirl doing rope tricks, a juggler, a balancing act, and a presentation from one of the former Buskers.
We are staying at Port Orleans Riverside on our upcoming trip and they seem to have a lot of activities. You can take a boat to DTD. They offer carriage rides and surrey bike rentals and fishing and boat rentals. As well, Yee Haw Bob performs in their lounge in the evenings. So, if you are considering changing hotels, I might suggest this one. They also have an interesting looking pool called Ol' Man's Island.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:15 AM   #8
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I'm not sure when your going, but we are going in mid-November and plan to resort hop to see all the Christmas decor and gingerbread houses

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Old 02-16-2013, 09:20 AM   #9
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Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!!

Seriously, we're Disney lovers, but it was the highlight of our last trip!
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:22 AM   #10
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I just wanted to mention that you can sprinkle your down days in between park days, just because you check out doesn't mean you still can't use your tickets that you bought on your Pop room key.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:28 PM   #11
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One year we did a wildlife sightseeing tour on an airboat on Lake Kissimmee. Seems like the place we went was about a one hour drive from Disney. We saw lots of gators, birds, particularly bald eagles. We loved the tour and particularly loved that it was so close to Disney, yet it was so different. No crowds. Nothing man made, except for the boat. It was a small boat, with just our family and the driver. You are very close to the water, and you see lots of things close-up. We each had a radio headset with a microphone so that the tour guide could talk to us and so that we could ask questions. We enjoyed it a lot.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:34 AM   #12
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When you say no park days, does that also include wateparks? I would hit Typhoon Lagoon and lay by the tidal pool all day.
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Something I would like to do one day would be to drive south to the Disney Wilderness Preserve. I believe it is about a 45-minute drive.
I know nothing about the Disney Wilderness Preserve but really want to. Could you say more?
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:05 PM   #15
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Last trip I didn't get a ticket for my first day since I was planning on doing some shopping off site.

Well I was there and checked in by mid afternoon, so I took a bus over to MK and then proceeded to take all the different monorails and boats around WDW. It was actually a lot of fun. YOu can hop on the resort rail and visit different hotels and look around and play at the playgrounds at the different resorts take buses to places you want to try the food courts at. Go to DTD and wonder around. Take a boat to DTD or back from there to one of the boat resorts.

Go see the fireworks from the bridge bwtween BC and Boardwalk. Watch them from the POLY beach or the Electrical Water Parade from the FW beach.
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