Do you ever go to a resort to hang out when not a guest?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by Cayaco, Dec 8, 2017.

  1. LoveToGoToDisneyWorld

    LoveToGoToDisneyWorld Earning My Ears

    Feb 12, 2017
    We absolutely love to go to the Poly and sit on the terrace next to the pool in the evenings. We get quick service, a Dole whip, and then we move over to Trader Sam's patio and drink until after the fireworks. We take the boat back to wherever we're staying (WL or CR, usually). It's so much fun! We love to mono hop on our down days. We just ride the mono and get off at every stop. Explore the grounds and shops, grab some quick service, desserts and/or drinks, and then move on to the next stop. We've never seen the value resorts and my kids would really like to see AoA, so next week we'll be touring a few resorts whose decor we've been wanting to see. The resorts are half the fun!
  2. buzznina

    buzznina DIS Veteran

    Oct 18, 2007
    We like to resort hop during our longer trips, since we like to take a day or 2 away from the parks. We usually just have a meal and walk around, but the only one we found to really hang out at was AKL. We did some shading on the lobby floor, our DDs did a craft, they had a couple of CM's from Africa at a display of animal skulls and we talked with them, we did the night vision which was neat and finished with our DDs doing the kids parade around the lobby playing instruments that the CMs give then to use. We had a great time.
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  4. DisneyWishes14

    DisneyWishes14 DIS Veteran

    Nov 21, 2011
    We do go to other resorts, but really with the express purpose of doing or seeing something there. For example, on our upcoming trip, we are staying at CCV, but on our EP night, we will exit out of IG to go to the Boardwalk to get Ample Hills ice cream and play the carnival games. We might also pop into ESPN to catch some basketball. On other nights we will go to Ft. W to do HDDR and a holiday sleigh ride and go to CR and go to Cali Grill. We will also, at some point, go to GF specifically to see the tree and the gingerbread house. On other trips, we've popped into BC to see the carousel (at Christmas time) and have gone to Poly to go to Trader Sam's and go to the gift shop. We've never spent more than the time it takes to do our specific activities at these resorts. We don't just go to a resort and sit in the lobby for instance.
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  5. si-am

    si-am DIS Veteran

    Apr 16, 2006
    I love visiting other resorts, but we will always stop for a drink or meal there to make it worth the time.

    Our favorite stops:

    Poly: gift store + Tambu Lounge, Ohana, or Trader Sams
    Contemporary: gift shops + The Wave lounge
    Fort Wilderness: horse stables + Trails End
    Wilderness Lodge : (only for holidays) decorations + Geyser Point
    AKL : gift shop, atmosphere, animals, Boma
  6. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

    Mar 20, 2000
    We regularly go to Kidani Village at AKL when we aren't staying there to sit on the porches and watch the animals.
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  7. mel&me

    mel&me DIS Veteran DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Nov 15, 2003
    Have resort hopped many times. Lots to see on the non park days
  8. Regan117

    Regan117 DIS Veteran

    Jan 7, 2016
    There's a few shops in some of the resorts I like to go to, even if we aren't staying there this time. Like Basin, at GF. So occasionally, yes. Otherwise we just go for dining reservations.
  9. Wood Nymph

    Wood Nymph DIS Veteran

    Sep 19, 2012
    We usually visit the Wilderness Lodge during every trip if we are not staying there. We spend some time at Geyser Point and then walk over to Fort Wilderness. We love the break from the craziness of the parks.
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  10. Pooh2

    Pooh2 Dis Veteran

    Jan 2, 2011
    We just did a weekend to go see the Christmas tree and gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian.
  11. karen4546

    karen4546 Mouseketeer

    Jun 3, 2012
    If we go at Christmas then we take a day to go visit the deluxe resorts to take pics.

    In September we we're staying at Yacht club club level to be close to EPCOT and decided to visit AKL Jambo (that is our favorite resort) - we were there 20 minutes and I went to the front desk and asked if They had any rooms available and so we switched to AKL (no club level available though).

    I like to visit Riverside and POFQ if I am going to Disney Springs.

    Having Disney withdrawals.... we are usually in WDW September and DEcember but we did a Disney cruise (1st cruise ever! And ahhmmaazzing !- we snagged 12000 on the Dream ) and WDW vacation in September so no December trip :(

    If you have a day or half day - I say take the time to check out the other resorts.
  12. SharonZ

    SharonZ DIS Veteran

    Jan 2, 2002
    Nope, only if I have ADRs at a certain resort.
  13. Shellyb84

    Shellyb84 DIS Veteran

    Sep 14, 2015
    Usually we only visit resorts when we have an ADR there. We did stop by POFQ on our way home last trip to wander around a bit, we had been talking about staying there sometime and we wanted to get a feel for the resort in person and see if we liked it. We also wandered around at BWI once on the way back to BC from HS. Oh and I will make a special trip to Poly just for a drink at Trader Sam's.
  14. StageTek

    StageTek It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

    Apr 20, 2007
    Like many others posting, I love to resort hop. I'll "hang out" at the bar at French Quarter, walk around Grand Floridian and Animal Kingdom Lodge (Victoria Falls Lounge) but I have never just hung out for longer.
  15. mdmbfly

    mdmbfly Mouseketeer

    Aug 2, 2000
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to resort hop! We choose somewhere to visit and grab a snack, walk around, just take it all in! AKL is also one of our favorites and love the boat ride to POR from Disney Springs.
  16. Bowen Family

    Bowen Family Earning My Ears

    Feb 4, 2017

    Our latest resort excursion: we visited Volcano Bay (which was excellent, BTW!) over the Christmas holidays, then drove to Poly for dinner (Kona Cafe), had dole whips on the beach and watched HEA!

    We also did breakfast at WL (Whispering Canyon) at the end of a POP stay last Spring, and from there did a boat and monorail tour of all the MK resorts.

    It's a great way to extend the 'magic' of your trip while doing research for future resort stays!
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  17. Summer2018

    Summer2018 DIS Veteran

    Jun 29, 2017
    Always. The restaurants at the deluxe resorts are awesome. There’s great shops. The lobbies are beautiful for photo ops. Our favorite trip was at Christmas and New Years. The Grand Floridian was spectacular. The giant gingerbread house was something to see. We bought gingerbread there.
    All of those visits fed our dreams for the days we could finally afford to stay deluxe. I could go on and on, but you get the picture.
  18. KenHutch

    KenHutch DIS Veteran

    Jul 7, 2005
    Every trip I take one day to resort hop while the girls shop in town. We are staying at AKL this coming June in part to the way the CM's there treated me on our last trip. As I have posted before they gave me a tour of the pool area, talked up the restaurants and even gave me a tour of a room. That kind of treatment works.
  19. prprincess

    prprincess DIS Veteran

    Jan 31, 2006
    Yes. On our most recent trip we did a little "tour" of the hotels of the monorail line since my boys had never been. They loved it!
  20. vinotinto

    vinotinto Just Keep Swimming

    Sep 20, 2009
    We don't "hang out" as we are not interested in shopping, but we always eat at at least one resort restaurant and in getting to the restaurant, you can usually see the resort and get the feel for it. We also enjoy having a drink at the resort bars.
  21. OKW Lover

    OKW Lover Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle. DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Apr 29, 2004
    Yes, we sometimes do that. Its nice to check out the lobbies and other facilities of the different resorts. Especially like the Poly, GF, WL and AKL.
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