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The Best Things to Do When Taking Days Off From Disney Parks

Sometimes we need an active break without leaving the Parks. But there are several reasons to take a rest day from the Parks while on your Disney World vacation. First, taking a day or two off will spread out your trip while saving you money on Disney World tickets. Second, Disney Park days are long days, especially if you’ve been taking advantage of Magic Hours, and it’s good to take a break.

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Off days allow you to sleep in and take it easy to recharge before your next Park day. Third, exploring your Disney Resort or other areas of Walt Disney Property can be fun.

Even though taking a break and having a day or two off is good, you don’t necessarily want to sit around all day. While doing nothing is sometimes the best thing, and just what you need, there are ways to spend your day off that add excitement to your trip but are still chill.

Explore your Resort

Each Disney World Resort is an experience in and of itself. On your day off, keep the curtains closed and sleep in. Take your time getting up and mosey over to the restaurant or quick service venue to grab some breakfast, depending on which Walt Disney World Resort you’re staying at. You can eat there or take it back to your room. If it’s a nice day, you can even find a spot outside to sit and enjoy your breakfast.

Again, if it’s a nice day, head to the Resort pool to relax for a few hours – just make sure you have sunscreen! Many of the Walt Disney World Resorts have other outdoor recreational activities to take part in. If yours doesn’t, it’s fun to hop around and explore the other resorts. They all have fun themes to admire and unique things to see and do.

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For example, if you’re staying at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, or Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort – there’s so much to do in that cluster of Resorts!

Besides wandering the quarter-mile promenade, you can take a scenic ride on the Friendship Boats, grab a tasty treat at the bakery, rent a Surrey Bike, or cross the street to Fantasia Gardens for a round of miniature golf. At night, the Disney Boardwalk sparkles with lights, and you can see the fireworks from EPCOT, which is right next door!


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Not staying at the Disney Boardwalk? No worries! You can still drive over or use the Walt Disney World Transportation Services to enjoy the fun over there (or other Resorts on property).

Exploring other Disney Resorts on a rest day is a great way to get a feel for where you may want to stay in the future. They’re also fun to see! We highly recommend looking at some of our favorites: Disneys Fort Wilderness Resort, Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

If you’re more inclined to stay put at your Resort, you can still have a fun and relaxing day. Between the pool, walking around the grounds, and relaxing in your room with some Disney movies, you’ll be recharged in no time!

Visit Disney Springs

Disney Springs is a great place to explore on a rest day. You can spend as much or as little money as you so choose, which is always nice. Parking is free, so you don’t need to worry about that. This is especially nice if you’re staying off Disney Property.

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While Disney Springs is a great place to shop, there are plenty of other things to do. If you’re looking to take a break from the heat or just generally skip out on a ton of walking, catch a movie at the AMC. You can even do a dine-in movie to couple the experience with a sit-down meal.

One of the best things to hit up at Disney Springs, especially if you have kids with you, is the LEGO Store. Kids can play with LEGOs as well as ohh and ahh over the huge LEGO masterpieces around the store. You’ll want to snap some photos here, that’s for sure.


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Those are only a few ideas. But trust us, there is much more to do. If you would rather spend your off day doing less walking, you may not want to spend much time at Disney Springs. However, it’s a great place to pop over to for an hour or two to grab something to eat and get away from your hotel.

Hit up a waterpark

Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach are both great places to take advantage of on a day off from the Parks. While you still have to purchase tickets, they’re much cheaper compared to tickets to Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, or EPCOT.


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Depending on what you do, a day at a waterpark could be tiring or relaxing. You might not be walking as much as you would be in a theme park, but you can certainly still be very active. On the flip side, slow down on the lazy river.

Luckily both of Disney’s waterparks have a lazy river! Typhoon Lagoon has a 0.38-mile lazy river loop while Blizzard Beach has one that is 0.57 miles. They may not sound long, but the slow pace of the water coupled with the relaxing surroundings will make you feel quite zen. And don’t worry, you can hop in and float along for as long as you would like.

Now you have a nice list of things to do when taking days off from Disney Parks. Enjoy your stay at the Walt Disney World Resort and don’t forget to take a breather!

About Amanda Kepshire

Amanda has always had a love for Disney and wishes living in Atlanta didn’t mean being so far from the most magical place on earth. She’s a Disney College Program Alumni (2012) and a former Annual Passholder (living in Florida had its perks), so she’s been to Disney World more times than she could ever count. Amanda enjoys sharing tips with fellow Disney lovers while counting down the days until her next visit!