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Disney Activities for DVC Resort Only Stays

It’s no surprise that without the sale of new annual passes, many DVC members are looking for ways to enjoy Disney with fewer or no park days at all. “Resort Only” DVC stays are becoming more and more common. Just because you’re not entering a park, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the other experiences and Disney activities available. I thought it would be fun to explore ways you can get your Disney fix at the most magical place on earth without going into the parks.

Special Note: While parking can be tricky at some of these resorts if driving, we recommend either parking at Disney Springs or a theme park (free with a resort stay) and taking free Disney transportation when partaking in activities without a reservation component.

Disney Springs

Everyone is familiar with Disney Springs. However, there is much more to do there aside from shopping and dining. Here are some of our favorites.

The resorts are full of paths and walking trails to explore.

Disney Resorts

Even if you’re not staying at a Disney resort, you can still take advantage of many experiences. While accessibility to the resorts has changed, there are still ways to visit. You can visit any resort on property with an advanced dining reservation. Another option is to take Disney transportation. You can park for free at Disney Springs, then take a bus to your resort destination. Some non-dining experiences, like those you book in advance, will allow you to park at the resort. Let’s dive into some exciting adventures you can have at the resorts.

Discover Tri-Circle-D Ranch to visit with the horses and their caretakers.

Other Experiences

Outside of Disney Springs and the Resorts, there are still more experiences to be had.

  • Challenge your family or friends at a Disney-themed game of miniature golf at Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland.
  • There are no shortages of real golf courses around Disney either. Check out Disney’s Palm Golf Course, Magnolia Golf Course, Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, and Oak Trail Golf Course.
  • Go Fishing! Disney offers fishing excursions at a variety of locations.
  • Get in touch with nature, Disney style. About 40 minutes from Disney World, you will find the Disney Wilderness Preserve. Here, you can hike, bird watch, and enjoy Florida’s native plants and animals.

Let us know in the comments what your favorite Disney experiences are outside the parks. As always, stay tuned to for the latest information on all things Disney Vacation Club!

Amy Krieger

Amy loves all things Disney from the theme parks and resorts to the beloved films. She and her husband, Paul, are originally from Wheeling, West Virginia. They now live in Central Florida with their two fur kids, Odie the greyhound and Hermes the Spanish galgo. As Disney Vacation Club members and Disney World Annual Passholders, they visit Disney World and other Disney properties as often as possible. Full time, Amy is the Manager of Loan Origination for Monera Financial, a World of DVC company where she helps buyers finance DVC contracts. Amy and Paul own DVC at some of their favorite resorts: BoardWalk, Grand Floridian, Animal Kingdom, Polynesian, and Grand Californian.

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  • Absolutely and that’s what we’re doing the end of this year. Beach Club members since 2003. Might do Mickey’s Very Merry. It’s been a few years. Thanks for all you guys do!

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