need fun ideas for 2 off park days!

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  1. Lees3rwe

    Lees3rwe DIS Veteran

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    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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  3. worm761

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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?
     
  4. Lees3rwe

    Lees3rwe DIS Veteran

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    We will have our car.
     
  5. ImpossibleOfMe

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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.
     
  6. claryche

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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.
     
  7. Canooknic

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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
     
  8. World Showcaser

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    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:

    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.
     
  9. HuskerFaninIL

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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 :)

    (If you have a ticker I can't see it on the phone app)
     
  10. deanimal

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    Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!!

    Seriously, we're Disney lovers, but it was the highlight of our last trip!
     
  11. sharadoc

    sharadoc Visiting Disney World since 1986, happily driving

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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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    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.[/QUOTE]

    We love POR - the boats to DTD, pools (there is the activity pool but also 7 quiet pools). We typically have a day where we do DTD and pool. On our next big trip I am thinking like a progressive dinner type thing at the monorail resorts just something new and different and we are talking about Splitsville.
     
  13. pwdebbie

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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. Or how about driving over to the Gulf or the ocean for a day?
     
  14. backpacktwang

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    Take a day trip to Cocoa Beach!
     
  15. Pier60

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    Drive over to Cocoa Beach. Its about an hour.
    Do some surfing!
     
  16. Stinkerbell1973

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    We never leave WDW property when we go, but we wanted to do something different during our trip this September so we are going to do a day at Discovery Cove. Can't wait!!
     
  17. MinnieLovesMickey

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    When we did our non park days, we slept in, had a late character breakfast at Chef Mickey's then we wandered off property and checked out the outlet malls.
     
  18. JanB

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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.
     
  19. deuceswild10

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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.
     
  20. World Showcaser

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    I know nothing about the Disney Wilderness Preserve but really want to. Could you say more?
     
  21. bookgirl

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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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