Resort Pool, Water Park, or Disney Springs: What to do with Your Extra Day at Walt Disney World

When planning a Walt Disney World vacation, you want to make the most of your precious time spent at the Most Magical Place on Earth. So when you give yourself a “day off” from the Parks, you want to make the most of that time, too!

Perhaps you designated one day to each of the four theme parks, but there’s a fifth day in your itinerary that needs attention? Or perhaps you realize you can extend your vacation for one additional day? Or what if, because of weather or flight cancellations, you find yourself ‘stuck’ in Disney World for an additional 24 hours?


There are countless options for you and your party when planning an extra day at Disney World, and here are a few of our top suggestions.

Lounge at your Resort Pool

A Disney World vacation can drain your energy, so on your bonus Disney day, instead of spending more time in the parks, consider spending your extra day at your Resort. If you are staying at one of the Disney World Resort hotels, you will find a plethora of amenities at your disposal.

Stormalong Bay

Every Resort hotel has at least one pool that you can lounge by, sip a refreshing beverage, and provide the rest and relaxation you may need after a few days in the parks. For those with extra energy to burn, many pools come with slides and fun activities throughout the day, too.

Some Resorts have spas, gyms, fantastic dining options, and, of course, shops for those last-minute souvenirs.

Check out One of the Water Parks

If you’ve never been to one of Disney World’s two water parks, an extra day may be the perfect opportunity to check one out! Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach both offer a fun day of exciting pools and slides as well as relaxing places to lounge and sip on a cool beverage.

During the summer months, a water park may be the best way to beat the Florida heat. And during the ‘off-season’, you may find smaller crowds. Just keep in mind that the water parks tend to close seasonally, so check the calendar before you leave!

Blizzard Beach ©Disney

Shop til you drop at Disney Springs

Much like spending time at your Resort hotel, using your extra day to explore Disney Springs offers a more laid back vibe that allows you to explore at your own pace.

Disney Springs

There are some excellent dining options at Disney Springs, with the presence of world-renowned chefs at restaurants such as Morimoto Asia and Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’.

Morimoto Asia at Disney Spring

You can also sip on delectable drinks at Wine Bar George, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, and The Edison.

Wine Bar George at Disney Springs

Disney Springs offers a lively nighttime atmosphere for adults as well as kids, with live entertainment, a movie theatre, and a new Cirque du Soleil show coming in 2020! And if you’re in the mood to shop, Disney Springs has an astounding number of shops, stores, and kiosks for you to browse!

How do you like to spend your extra day at Disney World? Let us know in the comments!

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One Reply to “Resort Pool, Water Park, or Disney Springs: What to do with Your Extra Day at Walt Disney World”

  1. We do all three. Resort pool on our arrival day, since we arrive in the am, water park half-way through our vacation, and Disney Springs on the last day, as our flight is in the evening.