What are the best things to do at Disney and Universal, other than visiting theme parks?
Published: April 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Whenever I visit Disney World, I love to get a boat and drive around the waterways between Port Orleans and Downtown Disney. Maybe it's the old Tom Sawyer Island raft driver in me, but I could happily spend an entire day doing nothing but riding and driving watercraft around the Walt Disney World Resort.
Other visitors like to supplement their theme park visits with rounds of golf, fine dining at resort hotels, or -- going in the other direction -- gathering around a campfire for a roasted s'mores dessert. Last week, I asked Theme Park Insider's Twitter followers for their recommendations on what to do at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando resorts, other than visiting the parks. Here are some of their responses:
@themepark playing golf at the Magnolia course, mini golf at any of the WDW locations, and hanging out at Pat O'Briens at City Walk.— Brandon Glover (@madh4773r) April 4, 2013
@themepark sitting on thebalcony underneath the monorail entrance at the Contemporary overlooking the Magic Kingdom at sunset.— Dawn Ellis (@driandye) April 4, 2013
@themepark Visiting the Whopper Bar at Universal's City Walk is always enjoyable!— Natalie Johnson (@natjohnson20) April 4, 2013
@themepark Golf of all sizes - from "regular" to miniature. The Magnolia & Fantasia Gardens are my favorites.— Allison Hughes (@iamhughes) April 4, 2013
@themepark Boating on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. Visiting WDW resorts for snacks, eg Beaches & Cream.— One Day Older (@m3nt4lwr3ck) April 4, 2013
@themepark If you have kids, I am a big fan of the nightly campfire and sing-along with Chip 'n Dale at WDW's Fort Wilderness. Fun & free!— Catherine M Williams (@Dis_Catherine) April 4, 2013
@themepark enjoyingStormalongBay at theYachtClub,mini golf at FantasiaGardens,+watching the electrical water pageant from Fort Wilderness— Addy (@Dec1983agirl) April 4, 2013
@themepark Resort hopping! I love to check out the dining & lounge options at Disney.— KJ_PlustheMagic (@plusthemagic) April 4, 2013
@themepark I love hanging around CityWalk or Downtown Disney. Especially when a bunch of my pals don't have passes, it's fun!— Mary Liz Hicks (@xPhantomRed) April 4, 2013
@themepark now that I live here, it's nice to find a spot in a park and just watch everyone experience the magic!— Lisa Rubin Faber (@maleficent4801) April 5, 2013
What's your favorite thing to outside of visiting the parks when you go to Orlando? Please share your secret tips, in the comments.