Things To Do
Aside from the four theme parks, Walt Disney World Resort offers countless other options to keep the whole
family entertained. From dining to recreation and shopping, there's no shortage of things to do on property.
Outside the theme parks, Walt Disney World offers a range of free and paid recreational options. A complete list of recreational activities, along with reservations and pricing, if applicable, is available here.
Among the paid experiences are two miniature golf courses (Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland), fishing excursions, boat rentals, bike rentals, horseback riding, Surrey bike rentals, and more.
Free-of-charge options are primarily found at resort hotels and include sports courts, fitness centers, walking/jogging trails, supervised children's activities, campfires, arcades, community halls, Movies Under the Stars, playgrounds, swimming pools, and more.
This downtown shopping and dining district is home to a range of casual and fine restaurants, Disney and third-party shopping locations, and endless entertainment experiences, making it the hub of activity outside the Parks. Guests may visit using resort bus transportation or by parking free of charge at one of three Disney Springs parking garages – Grapefruit, Lime, and Orange.
There's a lot to do at Disney Springs, but here are a few of the best locations to dine, shop, or play:
From signature service to playfully themed dining locations, Disney Springs is home to a variety of restaurants. Check out some of the most popular dining locations at Disney Springs:
From the world's largest Disney retail store, World of Disney, to well-known brands like Coach, Tommy Bahama, Sephora, and more, Disney Springs has something to satisfy the shopaholic and casual browser alike. There are dozens of options, but here are some Guest favorites:
Disney Springs hosts some of Central Florida's best entertainment. From experiencing the renowned artistic performances of Cirque Du Soleil to bringing out your young one's inner princess with a personal makeover by her Fairy Godmother, there's never a dull moment at Disney Springs. Click any image below to learn more.
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You can read more about all the fun that awaits at Disney Springs here.
Classic Disney Activities
There's no shortage of ways to keep younger Guests entertained throughout their stay, but aside from the Parks and recreational offerings, here are some classic children's activities you can only experience in Disney.
Disney Pin Trading
Pin Trading is a longstanding, favorite tradition for the young and young at heart. This free activity allows Guests to exchange trading pins with Cast Members anywhere across property. Disney Trading Pins and wearable lanyards are available for purchase online or at merchandise locations throughout Walt Disney World.
Once you arrive on property, look for Cast Members wearing Pin Trading lanyards or waist pouches, ask to see what pins they have available, and decide whether or not you want to trade one of your pins for one of theirs. You may also find special Disney Pin Trading boards at select locations, which offer larger collections to choose from. Pick your favorites carefully, as younger Guests may have an opportunity to trade on the wedding day, too! You can learn more about Disney Pin Trading here.
Hidden Mickey Hunting
This scavenger hunt has been around since Walt Disney World opened, and it has become a classic Guest favorite over the years. Disney's Imagineers are known for leaving no detail overlooked, and they have carefully designed Hidden Mickey's throughout Disney property. Three circles resemble the silhouette of Mickey Mouse's iconic head, and these details are hidden everywhere – whether embedded in walkways, designed into building architecture, or even hidden in the landscaping! So look high and low everywhere you go, and challenge yourself to find as many Hidden Mickey's as you can during your visit.
To help you get started, you can find plenty of free resources online or Hidden Mickey guide books available for purchase, like this one, which offers hints and tips to help you find hundreds of Hidden Mickey's during your trip.
Play Disney Parks App
The Play Disney Parks app is an excellent way to keep young ones entertained during downtimes, such as while waiting in an attraction queue. This interactive mobile app connects family and friends to the theme parks with unique experiences and activities that bring surrounding environments to life. The more you explore, the more there is to discover. The app is available for both iOS and Android,
Walt Disney World is home to two one-of-a-kind family dinner shows that offer all-you-care-to-enjoy plated meals included with the cost of show admission. Tickets for each are available on Disney's website, and both shows offer multiple seating categories at different price points. Due to current events, dinner shows may have limited capacity or be unavailable at the time of your stay. Please visit DisneyWorld.com for the most current information.
Spirit of Aloha Luau
Bring your 'Ohana to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and celebrate the spirit of aloha with spellbinding dancers, island drummers, and a show-stopping fire and knife performer! Join Auntie Wini as she hosts a fun-filled luau suitable for all ages, and delight in enthralling traditions from Polynesia, including dances from Tahiti, Tonga, New Zealand, and Hawaii. Learn more and buy your tickets in advance online here.
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
Visit Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground to join the Pioneer Hall Players for two full hours of rousing Wild West dancin', singin', and zany vaudeville comedy. Get ready to clap your hands, stomp your feet, sing along, and have a good ol' time at rustic Pioneer Hall as you chow down on buckets of all-you-care-to-enjoy fixings straight from Ma's kitchen – from fried chicken and smoked BBQ ribs to tossed green salad, baked beans, fresh-baked cornbread, and Grandma's strawberry shortcake. Learn more and buy your tickets in advance online here.