Visiting a Disney Resort & Skipping the Parks, Brilliant or Boring?

A Disney Resort Stay Skipping Parks, Brilliant or Boring? Disney-Grand-Floridian-45

When you think about a stay at Walt Disney World, you are likely picturing a few days at the different Disney theme parks on offer. Last week, I sat down with a friend of mine who was describing a brand new approach to Disney that I had heard of but never considered as an option for myself until now. My friend has taken to visiting Walt Disney World, staying in a Disney Resort, and enjoying Disney activities, but with one major difference; they skip the parks!

At first, I thought, wow, clearly we can’t be friends anymore, but the longer she described their last experience, the more I started to see the allure of such a thing. First of all, they slept in. Umm… okay, sure, no pressure of rope drop or missing out on the first run of Genie+ passes for the day; I can see that. Then she tells me about leisurely exploring Disney Springs, seeing Cirque Du Soleil’s Drawn to Life, playing a few rounds of golf, and romantic walks around the Boardwalk after dark. All of a sudden, that doesn’t sound like the worst time. Not something you would make the trip all the way there for from Australia, but as an add-on to an existing trip, I can see how this could be a really fun and less stressful few days.

Of course, it made me want to throw the topic over to our DIS community to see what you think. Have you ever been on a resort-only Disney vacation? What did your itinerary look like?

Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.

Join Zoë as she lets you in on all the tips, tricks, anecdotes, and embarrassments that arise from her family adventures.


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