When planning a Disney World trip most people are focused on which parks they want to visit each day. But don’t sleep on one of our favorite Disney World vacay activities: a Resort day!
It’s no secret that staying at a Disney World hotel can cost a pretty penny, and you’ll want to make the most of that investment! Instead of packing every day with a park visit, here’s why we think you should consider spending at least one day at your hotel.
Here’s Why You Should Skip the Parks on Your Next Disney World Trip!
Every Disney World Resort hotel has a pool, and a lot even have multiple pools (check them out here!)! They can range from simple — with a wide-open space to play and swim — to bordering on miniature water parks — with water slides, fountains, and more. While many families either plan to visit the pool as a break during the day or plan to skip it entirely, for some it’s worth spending an entire day poolside!
If you’re thinking about doing a pool day at your hotel, though, you’ll want to factor that into your resort choice! Each Disney pool is unique; Moderate and Deluxe Resort pools have at least one slide while Value Resorts don’t.
…while Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts share a pool (that’s much more than JUST a pool) with a 200+ foot long water slide, a lazy river, and a sandy bottom! (Yeah, Stormalong Bay is the ult.)
If you’re looking for luxury on your pool day, you can even rent cabanas for the day at some Resorts!
Pools aren’t the only thing that can keep you busy at the Disney World Resorts. Disney has a whole team of Cast Members who spend the day doing activities with guests (particularly kids) at the hotels!
Depending on your Resort, you may be able to make a craft, play games at the pool, make s’mores in the evening around a campfire, watch a Disney movie, play video games, and more! Bonus: most of the activities are completely free.
If you want to know what’s going on at the hotel and when, the schedule of activities can normally be found in the lobby or outside near the pool. You can ask the front desk for a paper copy, too.
Restaurants & Lounges
Disney hotels are home to some of the BEST restaurants at Disney World, and you can make a reservation for any Disney restaurant at any time, so you don’t have to be staying there to dine!
All Disney resorts have a Quick Service restaurant option, but resorts in the Moderate and Deluxe category are home to even more places to eat! Plus, many hotels have lounges that are highly themed and feature some great cocktails (like Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and The Enchanted Rose at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa).
Whether you want to explore a new hotel or you’d rather eat your way through the resort you’re staying in, you can find your day occupied by great drinks and fine dining if you plan to just explore the restaurants.
For those who want it, there’s a whole lot of relaxing to do at the Disney World hotels. One of the best ways to do that is to spend a day at the spa!
Both Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa are home to a Senses Spa (though they are currently closed due to COVID-19) where you can get facials, massages, have your nails done, and even get your hair cut! Other Resorts offer spa services as well.
No matter which spa service you purchase, you’ll have all-day access to the spa lounge area that has showers, a whirlpool, snacks, lounge chairs, tea and coffee, and more!
The spas do come at an extra charge, but if you’re looking to plan a highly relaxing day and do something you’ve likely never done at Disney World, the spas are a great option!
Why just spend a day at one resort when you can visit more? Regardless of whether you’re staying at a Disney World Resort, guests can “hop” around and check them all out.
You can explore the restaurants and lounges, try a treat that’s only being served at one location, or even check out all of the holiday displays (including GIANT gingerbread houses) around Christmas time! It’s particularly easy to Resort hop at Disney’s resorts that are connected by the Monorail and Skyliner. Several Resorts are also close enough in proximity that you can walk between them!
Just keep in mind that Disney Resort pools are reserved for those staying at the resort, and you may need a dining reservation or an available Mobile Order to visit with current COVID-19 policies. (Otherwise plan to use Disney transpo to go from one Resort to another.)
There certainly is a lot to keep you busy at your hotel even if you’re not planning to head into the parks for the day. And the Resorts aren’t the only things to explore without a park ticket — check out our video for some of the best things to do outside of the parks!
Join the AllEars.net Newsletter to stay on top of ALL the breaking Disney News! You'll also get access to AllEars tips, reviews, trivia, and MORE! Click here to Subscribe!
Have you ever planned a resort day on your Disney World vacation? Let us know in the comments!