Hidden Gem From Each Walt Disney World Resort


You could easily have a ticketless Disney World vacation by staying outside the parks and visiting various resorts. There are many fun activities guests can participate in, as well as fun things to discover. Here is a hidden gem from each of the Resorts of Walt Disney property! Which Disney Resort is your favorite?

Did you know any guest can dine at a Resorts food court, even if not staying there? Next time to head to Disney’s All-Star Movies, be sure to ask for the secret menu! Simply ask a Cast Member for the secret menu and a briefcase with viewfinders will be presented!

Pose with Ariel, Sebastian and Flounder near the Piano Pool of Disney’s All Star Music Resort. Children are naturally drawn to this statue for a photo!

Sports fans will be in heaven with larger than life sport replicas around Disney’s All Star Sports. One particular staircase features a giant tennis ball can. To give you an idea of size, it would take almost 9.5 MILLION tennis balls to fill this larger than life tennis ball container!

Hop over to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, based on your favorite animated Disney movies, for a Teach to Draw Class. Not only is it free, you leave with your own artwork!

Over at Disney’s Pop Century Resort is a super unique and fun photo opportunity! Find the year you were born, read the fact and pose for a photo.

Head to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort for a serene afternoon. Find a hammock to relax on and overlook the water with sand beneath your feet.

Each Disney World resort has a playground for kids to burn off energy. Discover the archaeologically themed playground at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, near the Dig Site complex.

From Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter (or Riverside) guests can take a relaxing and complimentary boat ride to Disney Springs!

Get our toes tappin’ at Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside with Yehaa Bob Jack at the River Roost Lounge. This local legend will impress you with his piano skills!

A little known fact about Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort are the pony rides! Little ones will love seeing and taking a Pony Ride. Parents will love that it is an affordable extra!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is most known for its animals. In fact this resort has an impressive 11-acre of savannas with over 200 animals and birds that call it home. However, did you know this resort offers free culinary tours?! Consider the Sanaa Cultural Tour or this Culinary Tour.

Step inside the Winner’s Circle for a fun photo opportunity at the beautiful Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. This resort is also home to the Treehouse Villas.

Tennis at Disney? Many Disney Resorts offer recreation opportunities that may surprise you. Such as these tennis courts found at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. Disney asks that you limit your game to 1 hour for waiting guests.

Visit Disney’s Beach Club Resort and bring your appetite for the Kitchen Sink Dessert from Beaches & Cream Soda Shop on site. The Kitchen Sink serves 4, coming with Scoops of Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Cookies and Cream, and Mint Chocolate Chips smothered every topping they have! It is also served in a replica kitchen sink!

For the love of Princesses and Princes, head to Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and visit Trattoria al Forno. Guests can enjoy a character dining experience with the Bon Voyage Breakfast.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of the Disney Resorts with unexpected fireworks views above Magic Kingdom.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has a must visit shop on site,  Basin White. Shop luxury bath and body products while taking in the aromas.

Enjoy a guests favorite treat, with no park ticket at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Grab a Dole Whip on site from Pineapple Lanai, or go for a Dole whip float!

Head to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge for Fire Rock Geyser, erupting daily from 7am-10pm. See it shoot up to an impressive 120-feet! This gem is not so hidden, however many do not know about it.

For one of the best steaks on property head to Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Any fan of steaks should eat here at least once in their lifetime.

Disney Deluxe Villas not included on this list. 

Learn more about the Walt Disney World Resorts and contact Destinations in Florida to help you book your perfect resort.

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