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As much as there is to do inside the Walt Disney World theme parks, there’s even more to do outside the Magic Kingdom turnstiles. On days when you’re not in the parks, look to adult-centered activities like wine tastings and a dueling piano bar, as well as family-friendly fun like mini golf and stage shows. Beyond the gates of Disney, there’s truly something for everyone.

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Test your Disney trivia knowledge

Photo courtesy of Megan duBois

Each Tuesday afternoon at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter, a Disney hotel, there is a hosted Disney trivia game. The games can get pretty competitive and some of the questions are expert level, but it’s a fun activity for families to take part in before dinner. From the resort you can jump on a free boat that will take you to Disney Springs for lots of dining options. Don’t forget to grab a basket of fresh beignets from Scat Cat’s Club Cafe before heading back to your room for your next adventure!

Stump a piano player

Adults will love Jellyrolls, a dueling piano bar at Disney’s Boardwalk. Disney’s Boardwalk can be thought of as a smaller, more intimate version of Disney Springs. The show goes on each night and features two talented piano players singing and playing just about any song you can think of. Good luck trying to stump these two with a song.

Enjoy nighttime fireworks and a lagoon parade

From three of Disney’s resorts, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, you’ll be able to see Magic Kingdom’s nighttime firework spectacular, Happily Ever After. To be guaranteed to watch the show from the resort’s beaches or viewing decks, you’ll want to make a dining reservation at one of the resort restaurants. We highly recommend California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, O’Hana at Disney’s Polynesian Village or Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Shortly after the fireworks, a water pageant parade will go by along the beaches of the resorts. This is a great way to have a relaxing evening at Walt Disney World.

Hover 400 feet above the ground

At Disney Springs, you and your family can hover 400 feet above the ground on the Aerophile, a tethered helium ballon that was custom built for Disney in Paris. While on the Aerophile, guests will be able to see out over the entire Walt Disney World Resort and about ten miles out on a clear day. This experience is weather permitting so be sure to plan accordingly.

Enjoy high flying circus arts

Take in the new Cirque de Soleil show at Disney Springs Starting in March 2020. The unnamed show combines the talents of Cirque de Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering to create an experience unlike anything else and, it’s sure to be a great way to beat the Florida heat and enjoy a night out with your family.

Experience a personalized wine tasting

For adults looking for a unique dining experience, Wine Bar George is the place to be. Not only is the food outstanding, they also have personalized wine tastings. The restaurant offers more than 140 wines by the glass, bottle and ounce, which can be mixed and matched for a truly customizable wine tasting led by one of the restaurant’s sommeliers who are extremely knowledgable about each and every wine on their extensive list. If you still need more convincing, Wine Bar George recently won quite a few awards including the Best Micro Wine List in the World for 2019 and was designated to have a three-star wine list—the highest designation.

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Take in the magic of a starlight safari

Night Safari | Photo courtesy of Monica Pedraja

Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests can hop aboard an open-air safari truck to experience a nighttime safari with more than 30 African animals. Since the experience takes place at night, each person will be given a set of night vision goggles to better see the animals. The safari is only for guests 8 and over, and you do not have to be staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to book it.

Hit a hole in one

At Walt Disney World there are two mini golf courses that the whole family can enjoy, Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland. Both are relatively easy courses, and beautifully themed. Fantasia Gardens is a more traditional mini golf course themed after the Walt Disney animated classic Fantasia, and Winter Summerland has two courses themed after Christmas. Both mini golf locations are open seven days a week, but operating times do vary throughout the year so be sure to check times before arriving to Walt Disney World.

Learn to surf

Did you know you can learn to surf at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park? If you’ve ever wanted to hang ten, but don’t live near an ocean or have a fear of sharks, Typhoon Lagoon is the place to be. Their Learn Surf Like a Pro classes are offered to guests of all skill level. The class takes place before the park opens for regular day guests and you’re almost guaranteed to be standing on a surf board before the morning ends. And don’t worry about getting your camera wet: The class comes with a photographer and downloads of all of your pictures. Advanced reservations are required.

Take part in a monorail crawl

The Disney monorail runs to three resorts near Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Doing a monorail crawl of some kind through all three of these resorts is a fun way to spend the afternoon. Monorail crawls can be done with themes like a bar crawl for adults, a cupcake crawl for families, or even a progressive dinner for groups of friends. This activity definitely takes a little bit of planning, but it’s a lot of fun.

Indulge in the Kitchen Sink ice cream sundae

At Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club there is a retro-inspired restaurant and ice cream shop called Beaches and Cream. The main reason people go here is for their massive ice cream sundaes, and there’s one that tops every other sundae you’ve ever had, the Kitchen Sink. The sundae comes served in an actual sink, features every topping in the restaurant, half a cup of cherries, a whole can of whipped cream and eight scoops of ice cream! This is not a challenge for the faint of heart, but one for the group that has a major sweet tooth.

Feel like royalty at afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea | Photo courtesy of Megan duBois

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa hosts an afternoon tea most days inside the Garden View Tea Room. The experience can be as short or as long as you like and everyone gets their own pot of tea with beautiful tea cups to match. Light snacks, finger sandwiches, and desserts are also served. This is a fun activity for super hot days or for days where rain is in the forecast.

Relax by the pool

There’s nothing better than sitting by the pool with a drink in your hand while your kids or other family members swim and enjoy the day. Each Walt Disney World resort comes with a beautiful pool, and sometimes even two or three. We love that at each resort there is usually one family pool with games and activities happening all day, and one quiet pool without all of the loud music and screaming people. Some of the most highly regarded Disney pools are the ones at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Polynesian Village and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

See America’s longest running dinner show

At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds, the whole family can enjoy America’s longest running dinner show, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue. The show is filled with zany fun and the audience is encouraged to get involved. Dinner is all you care to enjoy and includes fried chicken, corn bread and quite a few sides. For adults there’s even all-you-can-drink sangria and beer! This dinner show fills up quickly so it’s best to get a reservation before heading to Walt Disney World for vacation.

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Megan duBois

Megan duBois

Megan is a Florida native with a love for all things Disney, travel, food and running. You can follow Megan on Twitter @megand513 and on Instagram @minglingwithmickey where she dishes out the most recent Disney news and tips for the perfect park day!
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