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Old 05-15-2014, 08:03 AM   #1
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Disney World without any parks

I am thinking about making my next Wdw trip a non-parks trip. I do know about Downtown Disney, but that's a Day of the trip. I don't like regular golf and not a big bar fan. What are some ideas for a Single guy that aren't in the Parks to do?
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:23 AM   #2
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There is also the Boardwalk area and some clubs, although limited, for at night; you've got the resort pools, renting boats, fishing, horseback riding, dining and touring the other resorts, check out the Disney activities links and even the different resort sites and see if they offer a guided tour of the facilities- I know WL does, you can check out classes and animals at AKL.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:53 AM   #3
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I concur with Maria. I have done several trips solo to WDW for marathon races and didn't even visit the parks aside from the race course that will take you through some of the parks. I spent my time at the resort pools, hanging out in Downtown Disney and the Boardwalk. I also like exploring the other resorts so I spend time doing that as well.
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:54 PM   #4
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There is also the Boardwalk area and some clubs, although limited, for at night; you've got the resort pools, renting boats, fishing, horseback riding, dining and touring the other resorts, check out the Disney activities links and even the different resort sites and see if they offer a guided tour of the facilities- I know WL does, you can check out classes and animals at AKL.
For the Official Resort tours, Do you have to stay at that resort to enjoy them? I would find AKL interesting to see on a guided tour due to all of the art there.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:31 PM   #5
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Out of curiosity, why would you want to go to WDW if you aren't visiting the parks? Staying onsite is comparatively expensive (if you consider the luxury you can get at hotels elsewhere for the same price).
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Old 05-16-2014, 04:24 AM   #6
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Why don't you look for a offsite hotel?? You can get better for cheaper if you stay offsite. I don't see any advantages to staying onsite if you are not visiting the parks.
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:50 AM   #7
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Why don't you look for a offsite hotel?? You can get better for cheaper if you stay offsite. I don't see any advantages to staying onsite if you are not visiting the parks.
It's more that I want to try other things On site for a change instead of just running around the parks all day. I will probably spending nearly as much on activities as I would with a Park Ticket. It's to avoid Disney Parks burnout. Another option is that I would do Universal only.
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Old 05-16-2014, 10:08 AM   #8
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You can go on most resort tours without staying there.

You can rent a bike at Ft. Wilderness.

You can rent a small boat.

Also isn't there a car racing experience available in the sports area? Someone else may know more about this.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:58 PM   #9
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If you like sports, you might want to try visiting the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Depending on what time of year you visit, they have the Atlanta Braves playing baseball games, adult soccer teams, and other sporting events (I don't like sports so I don't know what level or designation that would be, sorry).
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:57 PM   #10
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I often say "I've never been to Florida, but I've been to Walt Disney World seven times." That's because when I land in Orlando, it's straight to WDW, and I don't leave until its back to the airport.

That being said, I'd never go to WDW, and not visit the parks. It seems like a huge waste of time and money. In 2012, I spend a week at WDW on the Premium Plan. This plan included all of the deluxe dining plan elements, plus unlimited recreation, tours and La Nouba. Granted, this package is not in everyone's budget, but it was a total blast. I did the parasailing, jet skiing, personal water craft, five tours and more. Plus I spent 7 days in the parks.

If it's in your budget, I recommend something like this.
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Old 05-22-2014, 12:53 PM   #11
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Where does one sign up for "Resort Tours"? Are these offered at all resorts? Cost?
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Old 05-23-2014, 09:26 AM   #12
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While I agree with some of the posts that staying on-site seems like a more expensive option if not going into the parks...that is exactly what I would be doing if traveling solo and wanted some Disney magic with park tickets.

Staying on site gives you access to the transportation system to get around WDW without the need for a rental car.

Plus, Universal is offering shuttle services as well to and from Disney resorts so I would not need a car for that either if I chose to try their park for a day or two.

I enjoy the Disney resorts and the service you get with them. There are so many neat lounges around the resorts you can check out and you can find places at or around resorts to still see the nightly fireworks at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

Just my thoughts.
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Old 05-23-2014, 09:28 AM   #13
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.that is exactly what I would be doing if traveling solo and wanted some Disney magic with park tickets.
Woops,,,Meant to write "Without" park tickets.
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