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Old 10-06-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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Best "free" WDW activities for non-park day? (staying offsite)

We will be there the first week of december with my parents and 2daughters, 2.5 and 4.5 yrs old. We're staying at emerald island and taking one day off from the parks to relax, but I still want to have something fun to in the afternoon/evening
We decided against MVMCP due to cost and my girls ages, but what's something else we can do? I just make a 6:05 ADR at Boma , thinking we can get there early and walk around, look at animals, etc I also thought of going to the Disney boardwalk, walking around and probably eating somewhere there.
Are either of those good choices, if so which one and is there something else I didn't think of?
Dinner isn't a requirement since we'll have the condo but since we'd be out at that time I figured I should plan on it

Thanks for any help!
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:04 PM   #2
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There's not much to see and do at the Boardwalk during the day. The entertainment is pretty much at night.

A lot of people plan Dec. vacations so they can tour the deluxe resorts to look at all of the Christmas Decorations. In particular GF and WL. It might be fun to spend the afternoon visiting the monorail resorts and WL to do this, sip a little hot chocolate and eat a few Christmas cookies while doing so.

AKL also has some great Christmas decorations in the lobby- plan on taking some time to look at them on your way to and from Boma.

Downtown Disney is always a good way to kill a couple of hours. Not sure if Santa will be there for your dates, though.
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Have you thought about Downtown Disney?

I say Boma would be nice. Great resort to tour, see animals, artifacts, etc. Some kids activities at times. Boardwalk is dead in the day, a bit better at night. Not as active though as Downtown Disney.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:57 PM   #4
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This isn't free, but there are 2 mini golf courses on property. I have friends who have taken young kids to Mickey's Winter Summerland and loved it - it's a very easy course. Riding the monorail and checking out resort decorations is a great idea, and your plan for Boma is a good one too. DTD has plenty to see during the day. Your kids might also enjoy checking out the new AoA resort. Lots of fun character theming.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:04 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=richsm5;46367819]We will be there the first week of december with my parents and 2daughters, 2.5 and 4.5 yrs old. We're staying at emerald island and taking one day off from the parks to relax, but I still want to have something fun to in the afternoon/evening
We decided against MVMCP due to cost and my girls ages, but what's something else we can do? I just make a 6:05 ADR at Boma , thinking we can get there early and walk around, look at animals, etc I also thought of going to the Disney boardwalk, walking around and probably eating somewhere there.
Are either of those good choices, if so which one and is there something else I didn't think of?
Dinner isn't a requirement since we'll have the condo but since we'd be out at that time I figured I should plan on it

Thanks for any help![/QUOTE

Since we're staying off site, how do we access the monorail resorts?
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:20 PM   #6
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My family does a lot of nothing. MY DH suggested the boat ride from DTD to PO. While at POR, Bob Jackson in the lounge is a very good show. He really involves the audience. His show usually starts around 8-8:30 pm. Also, ask in the gift shop for some beads at POR. The front desk at POFQ has the beads. Viewing the animals at AKL is something my family does. There may be activities (ie dance party, karaoke, scavenger hunt) going on by the pool, before your Boma ADR. You could view the EPCOT fireworks from DHS, near the boat dock. The MK fireworks can be viewed from the Poly beach, including the music. While there, ask for a lei. Also, the Electric Water Pagent starts at 9pm at Poly. I watched it from the boat dock there. In my opinion, the Boardwalk entertainment is not that good.
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Since we're staying off site, how do we access the monorail resorts?
You can drive to/park at any of them. Now, I have never done this without having a specific reason to give to the guard - i.e. "We're going to X restaurant" or "We're going to watch the fireworks from the beach." However, I imagine you can just tell the guard that you are there to walk around and see the decorations. I'd be surprised if he didn't let you in with that explanation. If you're concerned, though, you could start with a resort where you know you'd like to stop for some refreshments and tell him you're going to that restaurant. (Can anyone else say for sure whether they'd be able to park by just saying they're going to see the decorations?) Once you're in, you can take the resort monorail loop around to the other resorts.

An alternative would be to park at The Boardwalk or DTD and take a bus to the resort of your choice. However, this would definitely take longer.
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Since we're staying off site, how do we access the monorail resorts?[/QUOTE]

To access the monorail, park your car at the Transportation and Ticketing Center, otherwise know as the TTC. Once there, you can choose between the resort loop, express to MK and the EPCOT monorail. My family, also enjoys riding the monorails, as well as the other modes of transportation (boats). Talking about boats, there is a horse barn just off the boat dock at the Fort Wilderness Campground. Pony rides are offered. A boat from MK can take you there. This will be my last idea, the geyser at Wilderness Lodge. It goes off at the top of the hour. I lied. Looking at my pictures, Art of Animation may be fun to tour. Seeing Nemo, Cars, Lion King and Little Mermaid. On the other hand, your kids may be sad, because you are not staying there.

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Does anyone know if they still do the free hula lessons at the poly in the afternoons? We have a dinner reservation at Ohana and thought we'd go early and let the kids do the hula lessons if they still do them.
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To access the monorail, park your car at the Transportation and Ticketing Center, otherwise know as the TTC.
The only problem with this is that they would have to pay $14 for parking since they are staying offsite I know I wouldn't want to do that!
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:45 PM   #11
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Does anyone know if they still do the free hula lessons at the poly in the afternoons? We have a dinner reservation at Ohana and thought we'd go early and let the kids do the hula lessons if they still do them.
We were at the Poly and dont recall hula lessons by the pool. They had lots of other activities but I dont recall seeing that. Could be wrong though and just missed it - I have googled and it seems to occur but we were there by the pool 3 days out of 7 and didnt see any going on.

My suggestion would also be to explore the Monorail resorts and grab some small snacks while you are there. Also, Downtown Disney but that would definately not end up being free lol.
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We were at the Poly and dont recall hula lessons by the pool. They had lots of other activities but I dont recall seeing that. Could be wrong though and just missed it - I have googled and it seems to occur but we were there by the pool 3 days out of 7 and didnt see any going on.

My suggestion would also be to explore the Monorail resorts and grab some small snacks while you are there. Also, Downtown Disney but that would definately not end up being free lol.
Hula lessons are in the lobby, not at the pool. Although I believe it was on,y a few days a week last time we stayed there.
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We will be there the first week of december with my parents and 2daughters, 2.5 and 4.5 yrs old. We're staying at emerald island and taking one day off from the parks to relax, but I still want to have something fun to in the afternoon/evening
We decided against MVMCP due to cost and my girls ages, but what's something else we can do? I just make a 6:05 ADR at Boma , thinking we can get there early and walk around, look at animals, etc I also thought of going to the Disney boardwalk, walking around and probably eating somewhere there.
Are either of those good choices, if so which one and is there something else I didn't think of?
Dinner isn't a requirement since we'll have the condo but since we'd be out at that time I figured I should plan on it

Thanks for any help!
I think you'd really enjoy dinner at Boma and in addition to looking around and seeing the animals you may check into the activity schedule. There are frequently crafts and such for kids (usually a small fee applies) and there is often a storyteller out by the firepit. You can also borrow night vision goggles for after dinner to see what animals you can spot. It's a great way to get a taste of the resort. Hopefully the Christmas decor will be up too..the lobby of the AKL is breathtaking.
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Steve Soares usually has the schedule for the Boardwalk performers up:

http://wdwent.com/

We enjoyed the two guys we saw when we were there and your little ones might as well, however I don't know that it's the same people still.

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We park at Wilderness Lodge (which is totally worth touring as well, IMHO) and take the boat over to the Contemporary or to the MK, and get on the monorail there. I have heard that they may limit access to the monorail resorts at busy times of the year; never heard of that happening at the Wilderness Lodge. We just tell them at the gate that we're touring the resorts, and the driver needs to show photo ID.

The Wilderness Lodge has a stream that starts in the lodge and then goes down to the "geyser" -- get a treat and sit on the chairs in the back behind the lobby or on one of the big porches above and maybe the treats will keep your little ones happy long enough for them to see it go off (every hour on the hour, I think it is, but I'm sure if you asked at the front desk they'd tell you). Kids that age often think the boat ride is pretty cool, as well.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:55 PM   #15
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Wow, these are such great ideas! I'm so glad I asked, now I'm making a list of really cool things to do
Thanks and keep 'em coming!
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