We all love a Disney Day, but we also have lives that include working, school, and real-life obligations that prevent us from spending as much time as we’d like in Disney World (or even in warm climates sometimes).
Have no fear! We’ve come up with six ways that you can get your Disney fix outside of the parks!
Disclaimer: The first three Disney Fixes are possible from a distance while the last three require you to be a little closer to Orlando without actually entering the parks.
6. Disney Books
Disney books are everywhere, and they aren’t just for kids. You should always have the classic story books on hand, but other books offer the inside scoop on Disney magic and may be more appropriate for the “mature” Disney fan.
Find books on Hidden Mickeys, Disney Imagineers (Imagineering Field Guides), Universal versus Disney, Disney Attractions, and even Disney Magazines like Attractions Magazine and The Source. Books like Disney War by James B. Stewart give readers a glimpse of the not-so-magical part of Disney, but it is fascinating nonetheless.
In this digital age, it seems that we can find anything on YouTube, and Disney fixes are no exception. The best Disney videos on YouTube are from Tim Tracker, Martin’s Videos, and TouringPlans. Get current or historical information, hotel room walkthroughs and reviews, and merchandise and dining reviews right at your house or cubicle.
Although these videos are great for getting a fix, they can also be great planning tools. Did you see a hotel that looked particularly intriguing? Book a room there on your next trip. You can even see details like waterslides, pools, carriage rides, attraction videos, and so much more.
Podcasts are becoming ever more popular as cars are coming equipped with wi-fi and Bluetooth technologies.
Just download a podcast to your iTunes account, hook your phone up to your car’s radio, and soak in the Disney information on your way to work, the gym, or your kid’s soccer game.
The best podcasts, in no particular order, including (shameless plug) World of Walt Podcast, Mighty Men of Mouse, Disney Dish, WDWNews Today, WEDway Radio, Mickey Miles, The Park Blogger, WDW Radio, WDW Today, Disney Hipsters, Radio Harambe, Be Our Guest, Inside the Magic, and the Dis Unplugged which also has a video version.
There are podcasts for Disney photography, eating gluten free in the parks, the creepy side of Disney, and attractions outside of Disney Property in Orlando. You are sure to find something that piques your interest.
3. Mini golf
Disney has some of the best mini-golf courses anywhere.
Fantasia Gardens, near the Boardwalk, offers fairway-style golf on a truly miniature scale. This course isn’t for the faint of heart, but golf aficionados will love this Disney fix!
Winter Summerland is more family friendly in its level of difficulty. Situated near Blizzard Beach, Winter Summerland is the summer home for Santa’s elves.
Although there are a ton of miniature golf places in Orlando, Disney’s mini-golf courses are worth going out of your way a little bit. What’s great about these courses is that they don’t require any Disney admission. Just drive onto property, pay the cost for admission to the golf course, and you’re in!
2. Disney Springs / Disney Springs
Disney Springs has always been a favorite of mine. There’s no admission fee, and you don’t have to purchase anything (although you likely will) to enjoy the day.
This shopping district features restaurants like Morimotos, Earl of Sandwich, Boatwrights, Fulton’s SteamBoat, Cookes of Dublin, and the newly added Food Truck Park to name a few. Stores like Mickey’s Pantry, Disney’s Days of Christmas, Candy Cauldron, and Goofy’s Candy Co. are sure to satisfy your Disney craving without setting a foot in the parks. Be sure to check out the Marketplace Co-op and World of Disney, both of which are truly unique.
There are also great shops not associated with Disney like Sanuk, Art of Shaving, Basin, Curl by Sammy Duvall, The LEGO Store, and many more. You can even catch a circus show or go bowling!
1. Resort Hopping
Disney World has some of the best resorts anywhere in the world. As a resort guest, did you know that you can visit any of the other resorts at no cost? It’s true!
Take advantage of the larger-than-life photo ops at Pop Century and Art of Animation or stroll through Port Orleans’ French Quarter. Ride the monorail from The Polynesian, to the Grand Floridian, to the Contemporary.
Marvel at Mary Blair’s mural at the Contemporary. And visit the Boardwalk near the Beach Club resort. Don’t forget to try a kitchen sink dessert while you’re there! Even better, if you’ve never experienced Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Safari or the Wilderness Lodge, they are must sees!
How do you get your Disney Fix outside of the parks?
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