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The things outside of the parks you shouldn’t be skipping

With four theme parks, two water parks, entertainment and shopping areas, and a ton of resort hotels, Walt Disney World has loads to do. It’s tough to see it all on one trip, so if you’re focused on just the theme parks you might miss some of the best that Disney has to offer in Central Florida.

Disney’s BoardWalk

Anyone familiar with Disney Springs will feel right at home with the BoardWalk, a collection of dining, entertainment, and recreation set along the water. It’s gorgeous on its own, and add in the live entertainment, bars, and incredible food options like Flying Fish and you’ve got one of Disney’s cannot-miss locations. It’s often less crowded than the popular Disney Springs, so if you need a way to escape the crowd of the parks you can catch a boat at Epcot®or Disney’s Hollywood Studios®and ride it until you get there.

Resort Hop

Don’t mistake the hotels in Disney as no more than that. Each hotel offers a unique atmosphere with carefully curated designs, gorgeous lobbies, and enormous pools. If that doesn’t convince you to check them out, then it’s worth it for the unique gift shops, lounges, restaurants, and events that happen there. The best resort hopping routes involve taking the monorail and Magic Kingdom®Park or Epcot®and getting off at each stop along the way.

Miniature Golf

Frequent Disney’s Blizzard BeachWater Park guests might be aware of the Winter Summerland Miniature Golf courses there, but what about Fantasia Gardens and Fairways? Located at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, the two 18-hole courses offer different difficulties made for different types of families. There’s a family-friendly one that’s set through five different scenes from Fantasia, including the ever-famous Sorcerer’s Apprentice. It’s perfect for those who want a traditional mini-golf experience with a few extra twists and some great theming. There’s a more intense course that emulates a standard golf course, just on a smaller scale. It leaves the theming of the family course behind in favor of a skill-based challenge for golfers who want something a little tougher from mini-golf.

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