10 Fun Walt Disney World Hobbies To Do In The Parks

10. People watching

People watching is one of the in-park hobbies I really picked up on while I was living near Disney during my college program. Because I was able to go to the parks so often, I had no problems just finding a bench to sit on and relax in the parks. As you’d imagine, Disney really does make for some prime people watching. If you’re looking to relax, don’t feel like you need to go back to your resort. Grab a drink or a snack, and sit on a bench and just enjoy (or well… look at) the sites.

9. Shopping

While Disney Springs might generally be the number one place for shopping, I actually really do enjoy going shopping in the parks. It’s convenient to shop in the parks, because each of the parks contains a large central store on your way out where you can find tons of souvenirs before you head back to your resort or even home. In addition to these large merchandise locations, I’m really into attraction-specific merchandise, which you can really only find if you go shopping in the parks.

8. Photography scavenger hunts

If you’re looking to push your photography abilities, look up some ideas for lists of photos you can take around the parks. Instagram is a great resource for these kinds of list, though I’m sure you can find ideas on many Disney fan sites as well. These lists can be a fun change, compared to the typical photos of the castle that you tend to (unintentionally) take during every trip.

7. Eating around the parks

You may have heard of, or even done, drinking around the world, but have you thought about eating around the world, or the parks in general? Disney has a wide variety of snacks that are specific to the theme parks, meaning you can easily spend a day wandering through the parks eating some of your favorite Disney foodie options.

6. Finding Characters

Another hobby kids and adults alike will love is finding characters! While character meet and greets are currently suspended due to COVID-19, there are still characters to be found around Walt Disney World. You may spot a mini-parade with a single float of Disney characters roll by. Catch Winnie the Pooh trying to catch butterflies in EPCOT. Cinderella’s Step-Sisters on the back side of the Castle looking for a prince charming among the guests. Or Pocahontas float by on the boat. Keep your eyes out as you never know when characters may appear!

5. Drinking around the world

Drinking around the world in Epcot can be a really fun Disney hobby, just make sure you’re safe about it. Have as much water as you do alcohol, and don’t forget to eat! Also know that the best way to drink around the world is to take your time and devote a day to it.

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4. Pressed pennies

Pressed pennies are fun and cheap ways to get some unique Disney souvenirs during your vacations. The machines are located virtually everywhere, and chances are there’s pressed penny designs somewhere on property for your favorite characters or attractions. While you can get a list of their locations from Guest Relations, I think the pressed pennies are more fun to track down on my own.

3. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is the interactive and spell binding card game that, as the name states, takes place in the Magic Kingdom park. This game allows you to use spells to defeat villains trying to take over the park. Just be careful if you’ve never played before, it’s pretty addicting, and before you know it you’ll find yourself trying to track down all of the spell cards.

2. Disney bounding

Disney bounding is the act of dressing in a way that is loosely inspired by your favorite Disney characters. Check out Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram for ideas if you’re new to this hobby. It’s a great way to show your creative side and dress like your favorite characters without getting too costume-y or breaking any park rules.

1. Pin trading

Pin trading is the most addicting Disney hobby of them all, but so worth it when you eventually end up with a Disney pin collection that you’re really proud of. It’s so easy for me to spend a day walking around the parks trading pins, and it’s definitely the most serious collecting I do for any kind of Disney items. I’ve also found that the best places to trade (for me anyway) seem to be pin boards at resorts. While the stock of pins is replenished everywhere occasionally, that’s where I seem to have the best luck.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.