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Walt Disney World is for everybody, but not everybody can enjoy the rides. As accessible as Disney strives to be, sometimes it’s not an option to go on rides at the Disney parks. Or maybe, you just need a break from it all in the middle of your vacation. Whatever your reason, if you’re Looking for a ride-free day or two at Walt Disney World I have some suggestions. Here are my top five ideas for a fun way to experience Walt Disney World without rides.
Play a Round of Golf
Golfing is a huge aspect of a Walt Disney World vacation, yet most people completely ignore it. Besides the three championship courses, there is also a 9-hole course and two miniature golf courses. The mini-golf at Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland is the most fun for little kids, but bigger kids will like the real deal at Oak Trail golf course. You can even try out the hybrid sport FootGolf. That’s where you kick a soccer ball around the field and aim it into a modified hole. You know you want to.
You can fish from a dock by the bait shop on Ol’ Man Island at Port Orleans Riverside and see what’s biting, or you can rent a boat for a fishing excursion on the lakes of Walt Disney World. There are lots of fish to catch and the guides know just where to go. It’s catch and release only and it’s a big confidence booster for first-timers. Fishing is just one of the many things you can do on the water in Walt Disney World. you can rent a pontoon or a yacht for a pleasure cruise as well.
Resort hopping is a fun way to explore all that Walt Disney World has to offer. The resorts at Walt Disney World have the country pretty well covered. From Old Key West to The American Northwest, the hotel themes and architecture reflect Saratoga, Cape Cod, Victorian Florida, Hawaii, The Southwest, and New Orleans. You can hop around from hotel to hotel for a hugely condensed road trip. Each of the four parks has a Unique American experience as well. Dinoland USA is a quirky roadside attraction, Hollywood Studios is self-explanatory and there are two different representations of colonial America that you can explore without going on a single ride.
One of the best places you can go at Walt Disney World and not experience rides is Fort Wilderness. It’s on the edge of Bay Lake, just a boat ride from the Magic Kingdom and four other resorts. Despite that, it truly is surrounded by actual wilderness. Get up early and spot the wildlife on a nature walk. You can go to the Tri Circle D Ranch and book a horseback tour or a carriage through the woods. You can also visit the Magic Kingdom horses and see some Disney history. Also at Fort Wilderness is Trails End, one of the best-priced buffets in Disney World. One of the longest-running dinner-shows in America, Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue still delights guests with corny antics and all-you-care-to-enjoy ribs, chicken, cornbread and more. There is still, even more, to do in Fort Wilderness. Take archery lessons and an all-terrain segway tour as well.
If you aren’t going to ride, you at least have to eat. There are so many iconic snacks, fan-favorite treats, Instagramable small bites, and all kinds of flavors from around the world. a culinary tour at Epcot is a great place to start, especially during one of the famous seasonal festivals. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a great option too. Other places with snacking opportunities include Disney Springs, Disney’s Boardwalk, and the free culinary tour of Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
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