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On your Walt Disney World travel day, there’s no need to immediately rush to a theme park. If you would like to slow down and give yourself a break before or after traveling, here are some great outside the park things to do Disney ideas for you.

There are several reasons for not visiting Disney World parks on your travel days. You may want to save your park tickets for days you can spend the whole day enjoying everything. Maybe your travel group prefers to enjoy vacation instead of heading home exhausted. After several days of non-stop fun running from Space Mountain to Big Thunder Mountain, you need to slow down.

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These ideas around the Disney World Resort will help you enjoy something outside of Toy Story Land or Star Wars Land. Let’s get started and plan some things to do outside the parks!

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Take a ride to Disney Springs

Disney Springs is a fabulous first experience to have at Walt Disney World. First of all, it’s a great place to spend time. You can entertain yourself with all kinds of food, shopping, and other fun experiences.

It’s a good introduction to Disney World as a whole. It’s also an important visit to make because you may want to return there later on your trip. If you have time, consider taking a water taxi to Port Orleans for a change of scenery and some fun recreational activities.

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Take a Stroll on the Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is a beautiful Victorian-era seaside promenade with games, dining, activities, and lots of unique shops. It’s the only destination of its kind that is exclusively part of a hotel.

This is a great place to visit and have dinner, but it’s also walking distance from two resort hotels, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. Located right by a Skyliner Station, take a ride on Disney World’s newest transportation option.

If you get to Disney early enough, you can even enjoy the Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno, one of the best character dining experiences at right now.

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Lounge Hop on the Monorail

The Boardwalk is a beautiful Victorian-era seaside promenade with games, dining, and lots of unique shops. It’s the only destination of its kind that is exclusively part of a Disney hotel.

This is a great place to visit and have dinner, but it’s also walking distance from two Disney resort hotels, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. Located right by a Skyliner Station, take a ride on Disney World’s newest transportation option.

If you get to Disney early enough, you can even enjoy the Bon Voyage Breakfast, one of the best character dining experiences at Disney World right now.

Enjoy a meal at the Top of the World

An emerging trend at Walt Disney World is rooftop restaurants. The California Grill is one of Disney’s most famed restaurants for the food served there. It also has a stunning view that overlooks the Magic Kingdom and the Seven Seas Lagoon.

Disney’s two newest hotel towers have table service restaurants just like the California Grill at the Contemporary. At the Riviera, Topolino’s offers a French Italian dining experience inspired by the cliffside dining in Italy. At Coronado Springs, Toledo rests atop the Gran Destino Tower, offering Spanish Tapas and an architectural design inspired by Antoni Gaudi.

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Visit Tri Circle D

Tri Circle D is near the action but feels remote if you’re looking for a small retreat on your first day at Disney. Disney’s horses are kept at Tri Circle D Ranch, and it’s just a short walk from Fort Wilderness. There is plenty for visitors to do here, including taking a pony ride on the trails and walking around and enjoying the animals.

As you can see, there are plenty of things to do that don’t involve purchasing park tickets. So plan a little downtime to enjoy time outside the parks on your next vacation. I think you’ll find that Disney magic will exceed your expectations every time.

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