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Exciting Ways to Mix Up your Walt Disney World Vacation

For those that have been able to visit Walt Disney World many times, you might find yourself doing the same thing repeatedly. You have your favorites and tend to stick to them. Consider these suggestions if you want to mix up your Disney vacations.

Use these suggestions to experience new magic during your Walt Disney World vacation. There is so much to share at Walt Disney World that you won’t want to miss out on it by doing the same thing each time you visit.

Coronado Springs Pool Area
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Try a New Resort

Do you have a favorite Walt Disney World Resort that you tend to book each vacation? For us, that is Disney’s Coronado Springs. We love this Resort and often find ourselves booking our stay here repeatedly.

Mix it up by booking a different Disney Resort for your next vacation. Even if you aren’t ready to book the trip at a new Resort, consider a split stay. This allows you to enjoy a new Resort while staying at your favorite.

Try out a new category of resorts as well. Consider booking a deluxe if you typically book a value or moderate Resort. Staying at a different Resort can allow you to enjoy different amenities such as pools and dining.

Staying at a new Disney Resort can be a great way to experience new magic during your Walt Disney World vacation.

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Try a New Dining Experience

Walt Disney World is constantly opening new dining locations, adding new items, and providing Guests with so many great options when it comes to meals. Break out of your dining routine at Walt Disney World by trying out something new during your next vacation.

Try out one of the newer dining locations, such as Space 220, Steakhouse 71, or Roundup Rodeo BBQ. If you don’t want to book a sit-down meal, excellent quick-service locations can still be enjoyed.

Connections Cafe and Eatry in EPCOT is a new quick-service location with excellent entrees. Also, consider visiting a quick service location at a nearby Disney Resort. Not only do these locations have fantastic food, but they can be a great way to escape the Parks and allow you to enjoy some downtime.

Don’t stick only to your favorite dining location. Instead, take time to enjoy some new dining experiences. You might be surprised at what you discover and want to keep visiting in the future.

Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf
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Take a Non-Park Day

If your typical Walt Disney World vacation includes visiting the Parks every day of the vacation, mix it up by having a non-park day. Consider doing something outside of the Park during your break to see all the magical experiences Disney offers. Being Park focused is typical for a Walt Disney World vacation, but we encourage you to mix up your plans by trying out experiences that don’t require a Park ticket.

Disney Springs is a vast shopping and dining district that Guests can visit the whole day. From having excellent meals to seeing all the unique shops, Disney Springs is a fun way to spend a non-park day. Another fun way to spend a non-park day is to visit Disney Resorts. This could be the Resort you are staying at or visiting different Disney Resorts.

Enjoy Disney transportation as part of your non-park day. Take the monorail and skyline around to see different Disney Resorts. You can also enjoy fun experiences such as mini-golf, bowling, and even movies while enjoying a day outside the Parks.

It can be hard at Disney not to go into a Park each day, but try mixing it up to experience all the fantastic opportunities Disney offers Guests.

Mickey Mouse with Kids
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Mix Up Your Routine

If you are a Disney veteran, you probably have a set routine for your Disney trip. Do you always visit Magic Kingdom first? Do you rope drop every day? Consider mixing up your way to try something different.

Sleep in one day instead of rope-dropping. Stay out late to enjoy the Parks at night. Instead of always eating at table service locations, try some quick service meals. Think about how you tour the Parks as well. Do you consistently hit up Pirates of the Caribbean first? In EPCOT, do you head to Mexico instead of Canada? Mix it up and try something new in these situations. It might not seem like a significant change, but you can experience the Park in a new, exciting way.

cartoon mickey relaxing at disney resort

Slow Down

It can be extremely easy to get wrapped up in the fast-paced schedule at Walt Disney World. Mix it up by allowing yourself to slow down. Try not to plan out everything but focus on the big experiences like dining reservations and then allow the magic to happen in between. Slow down and smell the roses, or delicious popcorn and treats, throughout the Theme Parks.

People-watching is fantastic in Disney World, so grab a snack, find a bench, and relax. We understand that planning is essential to a Disney vacation; however, schedule some downtime as you are planning. This could be sleeping in or unplanned time to hang out at the Theme Parks. Slow down; you can breathe and enjoy the magic around the Theme Parks.

If you have been lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World multiple times, consider mixing up your next vacation. Try something new such as a fresh meal, Disney Resort, or an overall plan. Doing this lets you experience some Disney magic you might not have before on previous trips.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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