Top 5 Things to do on a Non-Park Day

Sometimes your arrival or departure day in Orlando are short enough that it isn’t worth using a park day. Or maybe you are trying to save some money or save your feet while you are visiting Walt Disney World. Here are some ideas for things to do!

5. Water Park, yes this will cost extra but it might be cheaper than a park ticket.


4. Spa, there are plenty of spas at various Disney resorts. What a way to end a great vacation by relaxing a bit.

3. Golfing, regular or mini golfing, Disney has them both! And this is a lot of fun of adults and kids.

2. Downtown Disney, Splitsville, Disney Quest, shopping, dining, entertainment, La Nouba, Characters in Flight, and a movie theater. Some things are free and others are paid but it is a great way to fill time without having to visit a park.

1. Resort Hopping, this one is free and it gives you a chance to check out other resorts that you might want to stay at for your next vacation. You can catch activities, a movie, campfire, or some entertainment if you time it just right. Just know that there is no resort to resort transportation so you will have to drive or take a bus to the nearest park then take another form of transportation to get to the resort.


August 2014 Disney World Refurbishments

Disney is always working on something in the parks. Here is the up to date list of refurbishments and closing at Walt Disney World.

Magic Kingdom:
Astro Orbiter June 2 – September 27, 2014

The Yankee Trader July 28 – September 30, 2014

Mickey’s PhilharMagic September 8 – 27, 2014

Carousel of Progress September 22 – 27, 2014

Walt Disney World Railroad September 29 – November 7, 2014

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin November 10 – 21, 2014

Cinderella’s Royal Table January 5 – March 6, 2015

Monorail – Monorail service will be adjusted on the Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot beams. Monorail service will run from: June 22, 2014 – TBD (through full summer)

8:30am — midnight on the Magic Kingdom Resort beam

9:30am- 11:30pm on the Magic Kingdom Express beam

9am -11pm on the Epcot beam

Hollywood Studios:
American Idol Experience closing permanently August 30, 2014
Fantasmic! November 19 – 21, 2014

Animal Kingdom:
Wild by Design Tour – Discontinuation of Tour September 26, 2014

Typhoon Lagoon:
Closed for Annual Refurbishment October 26, 2014 – January 3, 2015

Blizzard Beach:
Closed for Annual Refurbishment January 4 – March 14, 2015

Downtown Disney:
There is a lot of construction work going on at Downtown Disney and roadwork done. Expect delays when driving.

Boardwalk Inn:
Room Refurbishments- through September 5, 2014

Kouzzina by Cat Cora Location Closing -September 30, 2014 

Grand Floridian Resort:
Garden View Tea Room, Perfectly Princess Tea Party will take place at Cítricos -June 30 – August 29, 2014

Polynesian Village Resort:
General Construction-The east portion of the beach (near the Transportation and Ticket Center) and Sunset Point are being refurbished and are unavailable. Guests may see or hear work in progress. December 2013 – March 2015

Great Ceremonial House – Lobby The atrium is being reimagined to highlight the cultural elements of Polynesia and provide more expansive views. At certain times of day, there may be some noise and alternative paths of travel may be needed throughout the Great Ceremonial House. March – December 2014

Capt. Cook’s will be relocated to a temporary location in the Great Ceremonial House with modified operating hours and menu items. April 9 – August 2014

Trader Jacks Merchandise Location Closure June 16, 2014 – TBD

Nanea Volcano Pool and Slide The main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements. Guests who stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort while the main pool is closed will receive one complimentary ticket for each member of their party to visit Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park during their stay. July 28, 2014 – early 2015

Kona Island August 8 – September 30, 2014

Samoa Snack Merchandise Location Closure August 25, 2014 – TBD 

Wilderness Lodge:
Silver Creek Springs Pool-The main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements. During this time, the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will remain open. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit either the Main Pool at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Complimentary transportation will be provided to both of these neighboring resorts. September 3- November 27, 2014

Trout Pass Pool Bar- September 3 – November 27, 2014

Caribbean Beach Resort:
Fuentes del Morro Water Play Area (Fuentes del Morro Feature Pool not affected) September 2 – 26, 2014

All Star Music Resort:
Intermission Food Court -Note’able Games Arcade will serve as a temporary location for grab-and-go meals such as sandwiches, salads, and bakery items. Transportation will be provided for Guests who wish to dine at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort or Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. Pizza and other items available for in-room delivery daily from 3pm to 1am. –August 1 – December 20, 2014

Note’able Games Arcade- July 26 – December 20, 2014

Golf Courses:
Oak Trail Aug. 11 – 13, 2014

Lake Buena Vista Aug. 11 – 15, 2014

Palm Aug. 18 – 22, 2014

Magnolia Oct. 20 – 26, 2014

Lake Buena Vista Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, 2014

Oak Trail Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, 2014

Palm Nov. 3 – 9, 2014

As always these are subject to change at any moment without notice.