Guest post: Beyond the [Disney] Parks!

Hello and happy Thursday! Today I have a guest post for you from my friend Heather, from Through Heather’s Looking Glass, who also happens to be my Disney vacation helper-outer! I’m going to be traveling all day today so, she’s written a post about looking at Disney – beyond the Theme Parks –  check it out!
I go to Disney World a lot. During my many visits, I have been fortunate enough to experience the different sides of Disney. Sadly, some families go straight from hotel to theme park and back again, and miss out on some of the most entertaining and exciting parts of Walt Disney World. I want to share some of these tips and activities with you in hopes to make your Disney vacation even more unforgettable! There are so many things (and I won’t even be including them all!) so I am going to break this up into two posts. I will post part two in a few days.
What to do in Walt Disney World Beyond the Parks
Waterparks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are Disney’s two waterparks. If you have an annual pass, you can save $4 on admission. Or, if you purchase a package with your vacation, you can add on the “waterparks and more option” so you can hit up both waterparks! I have been to both more than once, and don’t really prefer one over the other, they are both fun for different reasons….and both have great lazy rivers! They are open from 10-5 seasonally.

Miniature Golf (and regular golf!) I have played mini golf in Disney, but not regular golf. My dad has and had a great time though. Disney has two mini golf courses and four championship golf courses. I think golf is one of those great things to do when the parks are super crowded, and it’s also just plain fun!

Water craft: You can rent watercraft from certain resort marinas throughout WDW. You can rent Sea Raycers, sailboats, SunTRACKER® pontoon boats, Boston Whaler Montauk boats, pedal boats, kayaks and canoes among other things. The marinas you can rent them from are:

Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Downtown Disney Marketplace

Afternoon Tea: Sometimes it’s nice to just relax and unwind after a long morning in the parks. One of my favorite ways to do that is by going to afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian in the Garden View Tea room. Tea is offered from 2-6 pm and reservations are suggested. And, if you have a little girl on your trip ages 3-11, you can take her to the Perfectly Princess Tea Party held at the Tea room. Contact me for more info on this fun outing!

Fitness Centers/Spas: If you will remember my post on the gym shared by the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian, you will know that working out on vacation/hitting up the gym is something I love to do! Not only can you get your sweat on at a lot of the resort’s in the gym, but you can also get pampered at the spa! The Grand Floridian has one (currently being refurbished) as does Saratoga Springs. I have been to both and only have good things to say. Book a massage, it is vacation after all!

Bike and Jogging Paths: I have also done a post already about the jogging path’s between the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian resort. I love running in Disney World, and s lot of the resorts have great places to run. If you stay at the Boardwalk, Beach Club, and Yacht Club, you can run around the Boardwalk and all the way to Hollywood Studios. If you stay at Wilderness Lodge of Fort Wilderness, there are beautiful wooded trails connecting the two…which brings me to my next point, BIKES! There are several places you can rent bikes throughout WDW. I have rented bikes from the Wilderness Lodge before, and it was a really fun activity on a day when the parks were really crowded.
Heather is a Disney Vacation Planner with Travel with The Magic. Her services are FREE for my clients! E-mail me at for a quote. There are some discounts out that you could be taking advantage of!
What are your Disney Travel questions for Heather?

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    June 27, 2013, 12:09 pm

    What fun! I love the variety. The biking sounds really great.

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    June 27, 2013, 12:22 pm

    Oh I MUST do the tea next time!!! And I had no idea you could rent bikes and boats! Disney really has it all!!!

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    June 27, 2013, 1:30 pm

    OMG!!! This post is making me excited! Off to Orlando in July!!! Can’t wait to see DisneyWorld! 🙂 Yay!!! 🙂

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    June 27, 2013, 1:35 pm

    I’ll be there soon!!! I do have a question…will email you soon 🙂

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    June 27, 2013, 7:05 pm

    Love Heather and love Disney! I like to walk around the Boardwalk and ride the paddle boats!

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    June 27, 2013, 8:15 pm

    thanks for letting me guest post!

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