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Old 12-05-2008, 11:50 AM   #1
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Days Without Park Tickets

I once saw a list of things to do on property at the resorts, etc. on days that you don't have tickets. I think it was on the Family Board, but it might have been elsewhere. I wish I had saved it.

Can anyone help or does anyone have their own ideas?

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Old 12-05-2008, 12:56 PM   #2
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Some of our ideas are:
Swimming at the hotel pool (we'll be too tired on park days)
Mini-golf
Movie (We're saving Bolt for our January trip)

I'd love to hear more though.
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:41 PM   #3
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Movie (We're saving Bolt for our January trip)
Great idea! Bolt is awesome. I can only imagine watching it at DD!
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Old 12-06-2008, 06:42 AM   #4
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On our off days, my family enjoy the following (mostly for free):
campfire and movie at Fort Wilderness (the schedule is on the camping board)
visiting the animals before the campfire at Fort Wilderness
being on the beach at the Poly for the fireworks at MK
riding the boat around the 7 Seas Lagoon
playing at Downtown Disney
reading a book or magazine in the Florida sunshine
going to Animal Kingdom Lodge to see the animals
swimming at the resort
going to the Boardwalk for the evening activities
Electric Water Pageant on the 7 Seas Lagoon
boat ride at Swan and Dolphin
walk the trails at Wilderness Lodge
and for a fee, go to Character Meals at the resorts

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Old 12-06-2008, 09:47 AM   #5
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We did Downtown Disney. We also tried to do the Camp fire Sing along with Chip n Dale (they show a movie after), but it was cancelled due to bad weather.
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100 THINGS TO DO AT WALT DISNEY WORLD THAT COST LITTLE OR NO
MONEY
There are many free or inexpensive ways to enjoy yourself at
Walt Disney World. You will find wonderful opportunities for
sightseeing, recreating, relaxing and having fun: watch a
parade outside the parks; take in a free movie; sing along
with Disney characters; and enjoy live stage shows. All this
and more are waiting for you at Walt Disney World and this
report will show you where to find them. Keep in mind that
Disney raises its prices often, so be prepared for slight
increases in fees in the future.
We will begin with an exploration of the value and moderately
priced hotels, and then proceed to the other resorts, The
Downtown Disney Marketplace, Pleasure Island and Planet
Hollywood. Along the way we will do some fishing, biking,
horseback riding, canoeing and jogging; play some golf, tennis,
volleyball and basketball; ride pedal boats; and, if that's not
enough, we will work out at Disney's state-of-the-art health
clubs!
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GUESTS AT THE ALL STAR RESORTS AND POP CENTURY CAN ENJOY THE
FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES:
Take a walking tour of All Star Music, All Star Sports, All Star
Movies, and Pop Century. Picture opportunities are EVERYWHERE!
Swim in the pools and relax poolside.
Visit the video game room and play video games.
Watch the large screen TV in the food courts.
Tour the gift shops.
In your room watch cable TV, the Disney Channel and the Walt
Disney World information channel.
Let the children have fun in the playground areas in the
courtyards.
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GUESTS AT PORT ORLEANS RIVERSIDE CAN ENJOY THE FOLLOWING
ACTIVITIES:
Tour the resort. Notice the architectural details. The gardens
are wonderful. Picture opportunities are EVERYWHERE!
Explore Ol' Man Island. On this 3-acre island you will find a
swimming pool, whirlpool and a playground. There is also the Ol'
Fishin' Hole where you can fish daily. You can rent poles.
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30 minute ride in a horse-drawn carriage. $30.
Rent a bike. $8/hour or $22/day.
Rent a pedal boat. $7/half hour or $11/hour.
Go canoeing. $7/half hour or $11/hour.
Tour the main building lobby. See the model steamboat.
Visit the video game room and play video games.
Visit the General Store.
Relax in the food court.
Swim in one of six pools and relax poolside.
Take a swim at Doubloon Lagoon at Port Orleans French Quarter
next door. Guests at Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans
French Quarter may use each other's pools.
Take the Sassagoula River Cruise to the Downtown Disney
Marketplace and back. This is delightful.
In your room watch cable TV, the Disney Channel or the Walt
Disney World information channel.
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GUESTS AT PORT ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER CAN ENJOY THE FOLLOWING
ACTIVITIES:
Tour the resort. Notice the architectural details. Relax in the
gardens. Picture opportunities are EVERYWHERE!
Swim at the Doubloon Lagoon or at Port Orleans Riverside next
door. Guests at Port Orleans French Quarter and Port Orleans
Riverside may use each other's pools. Relax poolside or in the
whirlpool.
Rent a bike. $8/hour or $22/day.
Rent a pedal boat. $7/half hour or $11/hour.
Go canoeing. $7/half hour or $11/hour.
Tour the main building lobby.
Visit the video game room and play video games.
Visit the gift shop.
Relax in the food court.
Take the Sassagoula River Cruise to the Downtown Disney
Marketplace and back. You will enjoy this.
In your room watch cable TV, the Disney Channel or the Walt
Disney World information channel.
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GUESTS AT THE CARIBBEAN BEACH RESORT CAN ENJOY THE FOLLOWING
ACTIVITIES:
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Enjoy the heated outdoor pool and whirlpool. There is a
children's pool and each of the six buildings has its own
private pool.
Walk barefoot on the white sand beach.
Rent a bike. $8/hour or $22/day.
Rent a Sea Raycer (speed boat). $23/half hour
Rent a sailboat. $25 - $33/hour.
Go canoeing. $7/half hour or $11/hour.
Rent a pontoon boat. $35/half hour.
Jog on the jogging path. A map of the route is available at
Guest Services.
Visit Parrot Cay. This small island in the middle of Barefoot
Bay has a fantasy Spanish fort playground, a tropical nature
walk, and an aviary stocked with colorful birds.
Skate around the 1.4-mile promenade circling Barefoot Bay.
In your room watch cable TV, the Disney Channel or the Walt
Disney World information channel.
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THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU LEAVE YOUR RESORT
Take a bus to Downtown Disney Marketplace or the Transportation
and Ticket Center (TTC) and catch a bus to ANY resort.
Visit and tour resorts on the monorail line: Polynesian,
Contemporary and Grand Floridian.
Visit the Downtown Disney Marketplace for a tour of the shops,
free entertainment on stage, a playground area for kids, water
fountains for kids to get soaked in, and an ice skating rink
(during the winter). Skates can be rented for a modest fee.
Photo opportunities are EVERYWHERE! Take pictures of yourselves
next to the Goofy, Mickey and Donald winter sculpture and use
them as your holiday photos.
Walk to Pleasure Island. You can tour for free during the day
and visit all the shops.
Walk to Planet Hollywood. You can go in and look without eating.
Take in a movie. There are 24 screens at the AMC Theaters. The
movies in "THX" sound are incredible!
Ride the bus to Magic Kingdom and catch a boat to Fort
Wilderness Campground:
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TOUR FORT WILDERNESS CAMPGROUND
Visit the Wilderness Swamp Trail. This is a 3/4 mile long
nature walk.
At night go to the Meadows complex for a campfire program.
Here WDW resort guests can visit with Chip and Dale and see
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a Disney film all for free!
At night you can go on a wagon ride. Adult = $8; child
(3-9) = $4; under 3 free.
Visit the Petting Farm. Pony rides are $3.
Visit the Tri-Circle-D-Ranch and see the draft horses that
draw the trolleys on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom.
Take a carriage ride. 30 minutes. $30. Call 407/WDW- PLAY.
See driver for tickets if you don't have a reservation. He
accepts resort ID or cash, but no credit cards. You must
cancel 24 hours in advance or pay full price.
Rent a bike. $8/hour or $22/day.
Rent a Sea Raycer (speed boat). $23/half hour
Rent a sailboat. $25 - $33/hour.
Go canoeing. $7/half hour or $11/hour.
Rent a pedal boat. $7/half hour or $11/hour.
Go on a fishing excursion. A 2-hour excursion costs $180 - $210
for as many as 5 people. $80 for an additional hour. Guide,
fishing gear and refreshments are included. Call WDW-PLAY
(939-7529)
Go fishing in the canals. Cane poles are $4/half hour. Rods and
reels are $6/hour or $10/day. Bait costs $4.
Play tennis, volleyball, tetherball and basketball.
Visit the Blacksmith Shop.
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Tour the Wilderness Lodge Resort. Look for the outside
waterfall, the geyser and the stream that actually runs into the
lobby!
At night watch the Electrical Water Pageant. This is a 10-minute
floating parade of creatures from the sea that are outlined in
tiny lights, complete with music. You can see this for free at
the following locations:
Polynesian - 9:00 PM
Grand Floridian - 9:15 PM
Wilderness Lodge - 9:35 PM
Fort Wilderness - 9:45 PM
Contemporary - 10:05 PM
Magic Kingdom - 10:20 PM (when park hours are extended)
Watch the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom from outside the lounge
on the Contemporary's 15th floor (4th floor for those not
dining).
Enjoy a drink in the lobby of the Grand Floridian while
listening to the orchestra play nearby.
Curb your appetite with tea and scones at afternoon tea at the
Grand Floridian's Garden View Lounge.
Watch the torch-lighting ceremony during the weekend at the
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Polynesian's Great Ceremonial Hall.
Spend a cozy evening relaxing in a rocking chair by the
fireplace in the lobby of Wilderness Lodge. Guests staying at
this resort can enjoy a free tour of the property, including a
search for hidden Mickeys. All visitors can tour the resort on
their own. Look for the outside waterfall, the geyser and the
stream that actually runs into the lobby!
Relax at the gazebo at the Yacht and Beach Club.
Take a free garden tour at the Yacht and Beach Club.
Take the kids to the food court at Caribbean Beach for lunch -
the kids meal comes in a bucket with shovel!
Take the launch from the Polynesian to the Grand Floridian (or
vice versa) and tour the resort.
Take the launch from Fort Wilderness Camp Ground to Wilderness
Lodge (or vice versa) and tour the resort.
Relax in hammocks on the beach at the Swan and Dolphin.
Visit the Wyland Galleries at BoardWalk -- the marine
collectibles are beautiful.
Take a launch from Downtown Disney to Old Key West Resort and
tour the resort.
Check out the office of Sherlock Holmes reconstructed at the
Baskervilles restaurant at the Grosvenor.
Enjoy the fireworks for free from the second floor patio of the
BoardWalk Inn. The white wicker chairs are very comfortable and
sturdy!
Take a stroll late at night on the Ranchos illuminated trail at
Coronado Springs.
Go to the International Gateway Entrance next to France at Epcot
and cast members will let you in as soon as Illuminations is
over. Stroll through the park and visit the shops that remain
open for another hour or so.
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ACTIVITIES FOR SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS
Tour Disney's Wild World of Sports complex. You can take the
bus to MGM and transfer to the bus to the complex. By car,
take I-4 and use exit 65. The complex is located between
Osceola Parkway and U.S. 192. No charge for parking.
Tour the Walt Disney World Speedway (near the Magic Kingdom
parking lot).
Jogging. Paths are 1-3 miles long. Maps are available at
Guest Services at each resort.
Biking. $8/hour or $22/day at the following locations:
Fort Wilderness
Old Key West
Wilderness Lodge
Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter
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Caribbean Beach
BoardWalk (They have a 4-person bike! You have to do this!)
Coronado Springs
Swimming. Most pools at Walt Disney World are open only to
guests registered at each hotel. Pool-hopping is permitted
at the Yacht and Beach Club, Port Orleans Riverside and Port
Orleans French Quarter, All Star Resorts, and the Swan and
Dolphin. Port Orleans Riverside has six pools; there are
seven at Caribbean Beach; each of the All Star Resorts has 2
pools; Coronado Springs and Old Key West have four pools;
Swan and Dolphin share a pool; Animal Kingdom Lodge and Port
Orleans French Quarter have one pool each; Wilderness Lodge,
Fort Wilderness, Polynesian, Contemporary, Grand Floridian
and Pop Century have two pools each; Boardwalk and Saratoga
Springs Resort & Spa have three pools each; Yacht and Beach
Club Resorts have three pools together.
Fishing. Catch and release only. No license required on
Disney property. At the following locations:
Canals at Fort Wilderness
Ol' Fishin' Hole at Port Orleans Riverside
Rent poles at Marketplace, BoardWalk, Port Orleans
Riverside, and the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn.
Boating.
Canoeing. At Fort Wilderness, Caribbean Beach, and Port
Orleans Riverside. $7/half hour or $11/hour.
Pedal Boating. Rent at Swan and Dolphin, Old Key West, Port
Orleans, Caribbean Beach, and Coronado Springs. $7/half hour
or $11/hour.
Sailing. On Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon only. You can
rent sailboats at the Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge, Grand
Floridian, and Contemporary marinas. $25-$33/hour.
Catamarans can be rented at the Contemporary, Grand
Floridian, and Polynesian. Experience with catamarans is
necessary.
Sea Raycers (speed boats). On Crescent Lake, Lake Buena
Vista, Bay Lake, Barefoot Bay, and Seven Seas Lagoon.
$23/half hour. Rent at marinas at the Grand Floridian,
Polynesian, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, Yacht Club and
Beach Club, Coronado Springs, Fort Wilderness, Caribbean
Beach, and Downtown Disney Marketplace.
Tennis_. Normal hours: 7 AM - 7 PM. Courts are lighted.
Bring your own racquets and balls. Call 407/WDW-PLAY for
information. Courts at Walt Disney World:
Dolphin and Swan (4) - open 24 hours
Yacht Club and Beach Club (2)
Fort Wilderness (2)
Old Key West (3)
Grand Floridian (2 clay)
BoardWalk (2)
Contemporary Racquet Club (6 clay)
Horseback riding. Available at Fort Wilderness. $32 per
person. No one under 9 years old (they can ride the ponies
at the Petting Farm) or over 250 pounds allowed on the
horses. Reservations required. Call 407/WDW-PLAY up to 30
days prior to arrival.
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Golf. Available but expensive. There are big discounts at
Eagle Pines, Palm, Osprey Ridge and Magnolia after 3:00 PM.
The cheapest course is nine holes at Oak Trail: adults =
$38; 17 and under = $20. Fees vary according to season.
Miniature Golf. Fantasia Gardens can be found in the
vicinity of the Swan and Dolphin and BoardWalk resorts.
Winter Summerland is located next to Blizzard Beach. Adults
= $10; children 3-9 = $8. Play two games at either location
and the second round is half off.
Volleyball. Courts at Typhoon Lagoon are open to all. All
other courts may be used by WDW guests only. Look for
volleyball courts at Yacht Club and Beach Club,
Contemporary, Old Key West, Fort Wilderness, Coronado
Springs, Grand Floridian, and Swan and Dolphin.
Basketball. Hoops are available at Fort Wilderness,
Contemporary and Old Key West.
Croquet. Available at the Beach Club and BoardWalk.
Exercise. Health clubs can be found at the Contemporary,
Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Coronado Springs,
BoardWalk, Swan, Old Key West, and Yacht and Beach Club.
Look for Spas at the Grand Floridian, Wyndham Palace Resort
& Spa, and Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Registered guests
can use their hotel's fitness center at no charge. The
following fees apply to non-registered guests:
Individual = $15/day; $25-35 per length of stay; family =
$45-50 (as many as 5) for entire stay.
Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club: $18/day; varying rates
for length of stay.
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BOARDWALK, YACHT & BEACH CLUB, AND SWAN & DOLPHIN WALKING
TOUR
Take a bus to Downtown Disney Marketplace and transfer to a
bus to the BoardWalk Resort. Here you can walk the 2 1/2-
mile boardwalk and path around Crescent lake. A walk in the
evening is magical. The pathway leads you to Epcot via the
International Gateway near the France and United Kingdom
Pavilions.
If you want to return to the BoardWalk Resort from Epcot,
you can board a boat near the France Pavilion. You will stop
first at the Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts, and then at
the Swan and Dolphin Resorts. This boat ride gives you a
chance to rest. When you return to BoardWalk, you can also
catch another boat to the Disney-MGM Studios or walk if you
have the energy!
Free Entertainment on Disney's Boardwalk:
Atlantic Dance club on Disney's Boardwalk is open Thursday-
Monday from 8 PM to 2 AM. Guests must be at least 21. There
is no charge for admission.
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