Staying at WDW and NOT going to parks-what was your experience?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by tmbacon, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. laura001

    laura001 DIS Veteran<br><font color=red>I had my birthday 2

    Mar 22, 2005
    We do it quite often. DH is not a Disney guy at all and it is great if we can go and not do the parks much.

    We are going again this week for 9 days, we are going to golf for 4 of them which is a first for us. We are going to do 1 park day, maybe a 2nd and we will do a waterpark 1 day. Along with that we will lay around the pool and read etc.

    We also did the DDP and booked 6 of our dinners, will wing the others. Will do the Boardwalk a couple of evenings (ESPN probably for a game and Jellyrolls another evening) and then DTD a couple of evenings.
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  3. verlee

    verlee DIS Veteran

    Aug 20, 2008
    We just did that this spring break! However, We could not justify paying the spring break Disney prices so stayed off site. We were nervous that we would miss the parks but we had a blast! We had a car so we toured all the resorts. We rented bikes at Wilderness Lodge, spent some time on the Poly beach, ate Dole Whips, watched fireworks, ate at T-Rex, pin traded at DTD, saw Yee Haw Bob, played an ESPN bean bag game on the boardwalk, used night vision glasses to look at the savannah at AKL, ate Zebra Domes....ect ect. We were never board. It was one of the most relaxing trips we have had to the world. We finally had a chance to tour all the places we never have had time to see. Plus! we did not have any trouble with sprin break crowds.

    Our kids are young and they still had a great time. Plus they are still young enough to love spending time at the resort playgrounds.
  4. AladdinToMy4YO

    AladdinToMy4YO Earning My Ears

    Jan 20, 2003
    I snuck over to POR for a night after I was at a conference. I had a rental car and drove around the different resorts to eat something special, hang out, and just soak in some Disney magic. I spent time at Downtown Disney. I also spent time around Seven Seas Lagoon, walking the Poly beach, having a drink at GF, gawking at the animals at AKL, watched the fireworks from outside while riding the monorail here and there. Footloose and fancy free for 2 days/1 night (thanks to my DW for letting me have another day). It was great by myself and would be fun with my DW there. If I had a family with younger kids I'm betting it would be much tougher to do. Perhaps when my kids are older they would also like that, including hanging out at the resort pool.
  5. chasgoose

    chasgoose Mouseketeer

    Mar 21, 2007
    Exactly... I guess everyone's idea of an ideal vacation is different, but the only reason I can think of to go to Orlando is the theme parks. There are tons of places in the world with more interesting sights and activities (assuming not going into WDW), better restaurants, and cheaper (and nicer) hotels...
  6. Stitch'sCousin

    Stitch'sCousin DIS Veteran

    May 16, 2007
    This summer, we are doing a 3 night post DCL cruise stay at the Poly with no plans to go into the parks, except possibly one day at Blizzard Beach. :)
  7. anniemck

    anniemck DIS Veteran

    Oct 26, 2012
    I would never do this... for the cost of a Resort at WDW, especially that time of year, I would rather go to an All Inclusive resort in the Caribbean or Mexico for the week.
  8. rmgreenesq

    rmgreenesq Toadi Acceleratio Semper Absurda

    Nov 30, 2008
    My wife and I did a room only no theme park ticket trip for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon last year. I ran the race, and even though my race entry included a ticket to Epcot for the after party, we only transited the park on our way back to our hotel.

    The trip was three nights and not six or seven like the OP is suggesting. My wife and I went and left the kiddo with grandma because we were not going in the parks and I didn't want to hear the whining.

    We stayed at the Beach Club - Club Level, and enjoyed the sand bottom pool. I also gave the Itinerary Planning Office a bit of a challenge: set us up with a romantic dinner without entering a park. The hit the ball out of the park: a table for 2 in the north west corner of the California Grill at the Contemporary Hotel just as the Magic Kingdom's firework show was starting. That dinner (and not the race) was the highlight of the trip.


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