Successful Walt Disney World Vacations can largely be dependent on proper planning.
With endless options when it comes to dining, FastPass+ Reservations, and more, you can be left totally overwhelmed by it all (not quite ideal for a vacation). On the other end of the spectrum, when trips are overplanned, that can lead to exhaustion, burnouts, and unneeded stress — and missed opportunities for spontaneous fun!
But since you’ve spent your hard earned money to get here and stay at a Walt Disney World resort, is planning downtime at your resort really worth it? Or is it just one more thing you’ve gotta do?
Disney does an excellent job of providing a slew of resort activities all day long at all properties, from their Value resorts to their Deluxe resorts. Whether you plan a day to enjoy those activities largely depends on multiple factors and personal preferences.
Let’s look at a few questions that arise when exploring this question.
Which level of resort did you spend your money on?
If you paid top dollar to stay at a Deluxe Resort, like Disney’s Grand Floridian, you may want to squeeze all the possible value out of that and spend some time at the resort.
While on the other end of things, if you’re staying at a Value Resort, like Disney’s Pop Century, that may leave more money to splurge on time exploring the parks and other activities, like shopping at Disney Springs.
What does your home resort offer?
The activities range largely based on the level of resort. Guests staying at an All-Star property can enjoy poolside activities throughout the day that include games, dance parties, Movies Under the Stars, and more, plus they’ve all got playgrounds for the kiddos. Meanwhile, guests staying at Deluxe Disney’s Boardwalk can regularly enjoy the main pool complete with an amazing slide, group fitness activities, instructor-led art classes, and the boardwalk promenade at their doorstep with a plethora of entertainment, bars, and dining.
Additionally, other amenities like top-notch lounges, bars, and restaurants may make staying at your home much more entertaining. Disney’s Polynesian Resort, for example, offers in addition to a stunning pool and slide, multiple dining options and themed lounges, like the tropical inspired Tambu Lounge and interactive tiki bar Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.
Even with top notch amenities at your fingertips, it comes down to how you value your hard earned time and money. If you’re in need of some major R&R, then by all means relax; the parks will be there when you’re ready! On the other hand, if this is a once in a lifetime trip, you may want to run the risk of burning yourself out to see all that the Walt Disney World theme parks have to offer.