Spectro's Ultimate Guide to Activities Outside of the Parks

Updated: Jul 11, 2020

With daily park attendance limited, and AP park reservations limited to three days at a time due to Covid-19, this seems the perfect time to explore all the fun and exciting activities you can do at the Disney Resorts without every even going through the park turnstiles!


This list looks at some of the more unique and lesser known activities and is divided into four categories: Activities, Entertainment, Nightlife, and Unique Dining and Drinking.


Enjoy and please comment with YOUR favorite activities outside of the Disney Parks.


The Annual Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic
The Annual Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

Activities

1. Go Fishing! Fishing poles are available for rent at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Disney's Port Orleans Resort. Also guided fishing excursions on boats out on Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon are available at the marinas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Old Key West Resort, and more!


2. Do a Monorail Bar Crawl! Start at any one of the resorts located on Disney World's Monorail System and hit their bars and lounges!

Disney's Contemporary Resort

The Wave of American Flavors

Outer Rim

California Grill Lounge

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Tambu Lounge

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Enchanted Rose

Citrico's Lounge


3. Enjoy a ride around your resort on a Surrey Bike.


4. Play a relaxing round of Miniature Golf. Walt Disney World has two mini golf courses, Winter Summerland at Blizzard Beach, and Fantasia Gardens at the Swan and Dolphin Hotels.


5. You can visit the horses the pull Cinderella's Carriage! These white horses reside at the Tri Circle D Ranch at Disney's Fort Wilderness Lodge. While you’re at the Fort Wilderness Campground you can actually ride ponies, take a carriage ride, and also learn archery among other activities.


6. Enjoy the culinary delights of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Here you can take a cookie decorating class, do a wine tasting at Jiko Restaurant, or take a culinary tour of Boma.


7. Take a break from the resorts for some value retail therapy at nearby outlet malls just a quick drive or uber ride away. These can be found in both Orlando, FL and Anaheim, CA.


8. Head to the Lego Store. The open play area will keep the kids occupied for hours! There's one at both Disney Springs in Florida, and Downtown Disney in Anaheim!


Entertainment

9. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge. A hilarious, high-spirited hootenanny with unlimited beer, wine, and sangria as well as amazing ribs, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and strawberry shortcake!


10. Visit YeHaa Bob! Head over to the River Roost Lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort for some late night drinks and be entertained by Yehaa Bob’s piano and singing for a repertoire that includes Disney Standards and songbook classics.


11. Listen to Gijs Van Winkelhof. If you happen to find yourself at Disneyland Paris looking for something to do outside of that park, head to their beautiful Cafe Fantasia for a cocktail and on select nights you will hear the piano stylings of Gijs Van Winkelhof (Gijs is pronounced 'Hice'). He’s an amazingly talented pianist from The Netherlands. He knows a seemingly endless number of contemporary and Disney music and he’s able to play it all by ear. He doesn’t use any music. For those of you who aren’t going to find yourself in Paris any time soon, he’s been quite active on social media entertaining fans during Covid 19. Follow him on instagram @gijsvwinkelhof.