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Old 07-16-2014, 08:49 AM   #1
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What do you do on your non-park days?

I LOVE non-park days Don't get me wrong, I also love park days, but there is nothing like taking a day off after a few days of park touring to do something relaxing and experience a different side of Disney magic.

The best non-park day we ever had we slept in, went to a breakfast ADR, went shopping/visiting the other WDW resorts, rented a golf cart at FW & explored, went to HDDR for dinner, and went back to our resort to relax & go to sleep early-a fantastic day

What do you like to do on your non-park days?
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:55 AM   #2
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Our kids love to swim, so on our non park days we can usually be found at our resort's pool. This is a nice time for Mommy & Daddy to relax under an umbrella with a couple of drinks too!
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:04 AM   #3
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My husband likes to take our off day to go to DHS and ride Star Tours multiple times and sometimes hop to Epcot to get his full of a Test Track.

I like a real day off. Sleep in as much as my 4 year old will, food court breakfast because we eat in the room before the parks, some laundry, and lots of pool time. We have a reservation at Ohana that night this year which should be great. We've only ever swam at POFQ but I'm thinking we might hop to POR to try out the pool just because we can! Love the days off!
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:13 AM   #4
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For us it is usually pool, DTD and a resort restaurant. Sometimes we do Epcot or HS that morning to do Soarin or TSM. I know that's in a park but I hate to waste a FP!

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Old 07-16-2014, 09:16 AM   #5
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As much as getting there is one of the worst things about WDW, we had a great time at Downtown Disney last trip.

Just spent a few hours wandering, checking out the stores, using CS credits at the (sadly gone) Pollo Campero and then spending a few hours at DisneyQuest. All topped off with an ADR at Raglan Road.

As we went in November, it must have been before the majority of the construction started. We drove over and parked close to the entrance without issue and didn't have to rely on the buses.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:20 AM   #6
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Our favorite kind of non-park day includes tubing and jet skiing on Bay Lake. SOOO fun!
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:22 AM   #7
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:36 AM   #8
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For our upcoming trip I have 3 full rest days built in plus two mornings of rest because we will be doing PM EMH.

For the full rest days I know we sleep in and my kids will sleep until 10 or 11. Do pool time and then I have a general plan of doing.....

1-ADR at Trail End's for dinner and hang at FW that night. Do the sing along, maybe a carriage ride. Watch the electric water pageant while there.

2- DTD and maybe DQ.

3- maybe an ADR on the Boardwalk and spend the evening there. Maybe put the kids back in the room and just SO and myself hanging out. We will play this last rest day by ear.

For the two rest mornings we will sleep in and do pool time. That's it.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:41 AM   #9
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We usually go to the pool or DTD or sometimes we'll go to another resort to eat & look around or we'll do other activities that Disney offers. This year we have two non park days. One day we plan on going horse back riding and doing the segway tour. The other day we plan on going to Sanaa to eat & to tour AKL, I've read it's beautiful. And of course we'll be taking our DD swimming too at our resort, but I think we'll pass on DTD this year because of all the construction mess.
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:06 AM   #10
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My wife likes to go to the Disney store outlet at the Premier Outlet mall near WDW. My daughter and I like to play mini-golf at Fantasia Gardens and hang out at Stormalong Bay (we stay at the Beach Club). We also usually spend some time at Downtown Disney. We are going in November and are kind of hesitant about Downtown Disney with all the construction.
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:11 AM   #11
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Downtown Disney or swimming
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:21 AM   #12
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Sleep in a bit, then a late breakfast ADR (we usually eat quick breakfasts in our room before heading out for rope drop). Resort touring and perhaps DTD fill the rest of the day.

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Old 07-16-2014, 10:22 AM   #13
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Sleep in, go to the pool. Usually a park in the late afternoon/evening, on an evening EMH day. We don't take a whole day usually as we only go for 3-4 days at a time.

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Old 07-16-2014, 10:35 AM   #14
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We still usually end up in a park on our "non-park" day for an ADR or now to do the three fastpasses then head back to the resort. Otherwise we spend time at DTD or at the boardwalk
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:36 AM   #15
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If we're at the parks with a free day and no real compulsion to go anywhere specific, DW and I usually take in a few hours at the resort pool and relax. She'll lay out and read, and I'll just swim around aimlessly or ride the slide repeatedly.

Once we're done with that, head to a dining reservation and/or go pin trading for a couple of hours.

If I get to pick, however, I always choose EPCOT for wandering without any kind of plan and pin trading.

Those are actually my absolute favorite days, and somehow, they feel more fulfilling to me in terms of park experience.
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