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Top Reasons To Plan a Non-Park Day at Disney

We love spending time in the four Disney Parks during our Walt Disney World vacations. The magic of Disney comes alive through the shows, rides, restaurants, and atmosphere. Although we love spending time in the Disney Parks, we have also learned that taking breaks from the Parks is also essential.

We recommend planning a non-park day during your next Walt Disney World vacation. Having a non-park day planned during your break can help you rest, reset, and be ready for magic in the remaining days of your trip.

We will share the top reasons you should plan a non-park day during your next trip to Walt Disney World.

Yacht Club Resort
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Pool Days Are the Best

Our number one reason for planning a non-park day revolves around swimming. The pools at the Walt Disney World Resorts are fantastic. So often, we are rushing to and from Disney Parks that we don’t truly take time to enjoy them.

Everyone can relax and enjoy the pool by planning a whole day there. If you are staying at a Disney Moderate Resort or Deluxe Resort, the whole family can repeatedly spend time heading down the slide.

Let the little ones explore the splash pad areas at many Disney Resorts. These are perfect for allowing those little ones a little freedom to explore independently.

Take time to have a quick snack or bite to eat at the pool as well. Adults can find refreshments at the pool bars, and kids can always find snacks that they will enjoy.

The Disney feature pools are also fantastic because of the entertainment. Outstanding Cast Members will arrive in the afternoon and bring fun for the whole family. From trivia to games, everyone can have a great time participating in these fun activities during the afternoon.

A day at the pool is a fantastic reason for having a non-park day during your Disney trip.

Related: Top Pools at Disney

Disney's Yacht Club Guest Rooms
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Because Your Body Needs to Rest

Another big reason for planning a non-park day is that your body needs rest. A trip to Walt Disney World is magical, but it also takes a lot out of you. Most Guests walk eight to ten miles per day. Doing this is typically hard, but adding in the Florida heat and humidity takes a lot out of you.

Having a non-park day where you can take it easy is a huge game-changer. Allow everyone to sleep in and take a leisurely start to the day. When you have a non-park day scheduled, it forces you to allow your body to rest. This can be hard for Disney fans to do, but it is important. Resting during a non-park day can let everyone relax, reset, and prepare for the remaining days in the Park.

Surrey Bike Hire, Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort
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Other Resort Activities

We already mentioned that having a non-park day plan allows you to take advantage of the activities at the feature pool. You can also use your non-park day to enjoy and explore the other Walt Disney World Resort activities.

Check out what activities are available at your Resort and use your non-park day to explore. See if there is a play area that your little ones could explore. Some Disney Resorts offer bike and watercraft rentals if your family wants recreational options.

Ask at the front desk to see if there is a Hidden Mickey challenge at your Resort or even a separate scavenger hunt. This can be a fun way to explore different parts of your Resort that you haven’t seen yet.

Don’t forget to wrap up your non-park day with movies under the stars. Weather permitting, Guests can enjoy a Disney or Pixar movie outside under the stars each evening. Grab a snack and cozy up for a relaxing end to your non-park day.

Related: 10 Things We Love Doing at Our Disney Resort

Citricos Steak

Enjoy a Good Meal

A lot of time, when we are visiting Disney Parks, we don’t like to slow down and enjoy those longer meals. During a non-park day, consider scheduling a nice sit-down meal. There are many outstanding options at Disney Springs and other Disney Resorts.

If you book an evening meal at California Grill, Narcoossee’s, O’hana, or Citricous, you could enjoy a nice view of the fireworks from these beautiful monorail Resorts.

Disney Springs offers fantastic dining options, from quick meals at Polite Pig to high-end dining at Wine Bar George and everything in between.

Enjoy a nice meal during your non-park day. Doing it during this part of your trip will make you feel less rushed and more relaxed.

Disney's Enchanted Rose
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Visit Other Resorts

We love having a non-park day to visit other Walt Disney World Resorts. Disney Resorts are a massive part of the magic at Disney, and we enjoy exploring different ones during our trips.

As we mentioned before, take time to schedule a meal at a Disney Resort during your non-park day. Use that time to explore that Resort and other nearby ones. Our favorite is having a drink a Enchanted Rose at Disney’s Grand Floridian before heading over to Steakhouse 71 on the monorail for a meal in Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, you can explore the many view areas of the animals before and after your meal at one of this Resort’s fantastic dining locations.

Don’t skip out on visiting Disney Resorts. It is a pleasant but relaxing way to see more of the magic at Walt Disney World.

During your next Walt Disney World vacation, schedule a non-park day. Having time away from the Parks planned will allow you to take advantage of your Disney Resort and a lot of the other magical experiences Disney has to offer outside of the four Disney Parks.


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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