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Moms Panel: Top 5 Unique Experiences at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 18th, 2010 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

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Walt Disney World Moms Panelist Diane L from Connecticut loves Disney theme parks. But she also loves the amazing attractions that are on property and outside of the theme parks too. Here are Diane’s top five unique ways to have fun on property.

  1. Rent a pontoon boat at one of the resort’s marinas. My favorite place to rent from is Disney’s Contemporary Resort. You don’t have to be staying at a Disney resort to rent. There is nothing more magical then puttering along the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake and viewing the beautiful resorts of the Magic Kingdom area!
  2. At Richard Petty Driving Experience you can participate in one of the thrilling Driving Experiences.
  3. Ever dream of flying like Tinker Bell? Consider parasailing at Disney’s Contemporary marina. You’ll have excellent birds-eye views overlooking Magic Kingdom and the Bay Lake area.
  4. Take time to visit the different resorts, especially during the holidays. My two must-see resorts to visit during the holiday season are Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The lobbies are decorated in high style! Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has an amazing tree during that time of year and is a good spot to visit anytime of the year!
  5. Go on a shopping spree! Each gift shop is unique. And while you shop, give your family some quarters and send them to some of the fun arcades on property.

Are these experiences on your top five list? Tell us your favorites in the comments below.

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Paul on August 18th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Hi Laura,
I just want to correct your post. The link that you gave is for Sea Raycers, not pontoon boats.


Monterey from CA on August 18th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Ooohhhhh… the Grand Floridian Resort and Spaaaaa *sighs*


Jane from Cornwall on August 18th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

When we visit in May 2011 we’re going to take a turn on Downtown Disney’s ‘Characters in flight’ tethered balloon ride – which will be a unique experience for us for sure!!


Margaret from TX on August 18th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

What a fun post! I also LOVE Wilderness Lodge at holiday-time. So cozy and beautiful! Thanks for the reminder, too, on parasailing!


Juliette from IL on August 18th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I love hunting down the pressed penny machines around the “world”. I have a jar at home filled with the pressed change we’ve collected on our trips, and it always makes me smile.


Bryan on August 18th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

@Juliette. We love to search out the pennt machines too. My daughter has about 100 of them. Each of the resorts have their own too. Which is great. We bought a pennt saver book that you slide each of them in and she can look at them anytime she wants without having to touch them. she justs flips thru the book. Didn’t know if yiou knew they had those.


Bryan on August 18th, 2010 at 3:08 pm



Linda on August 18th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I like the Behind the Scenes tours as a special treat! A great one is the Keys to the Kingdom tour. So much insider information and a trip to the first floor of Magic Kingdom to the Utilidors! Saratoga Springs has a fantastic spa also (in addition to Grand Floridian.)


Amy from PA on August 18th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Bryan where did you get the penny saver book?


Maureen from NH on August 18th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Hoop De Doo at Fort Wilderness and the Magic Kingdom Dessert Party – both make a visit to Disney even more amazing and memorable!


Olivier on August 18th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I have rent a boat at the Polynesian and we (my wife, the kids and I) did a “Disney cruise” around the seven seas lagoon and Bay Lake. Simply, one of the best moments I had in a Disney park.


Frances on August 18th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

VisitedDisney World in December 2008, and made it a point to stop in as many of the resorts as we could. It was amazing to see the many unique holiday themes and how they reflected the individual resorts.


Chris on August 18th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Have done most of those things and YA – they are fun! But wow, you sure picked out some of the most expensive things to do on property, Laura! :-)


Lauren on August 18th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

@ Juliette & Amy. My boyfriend collects the Disney pressed pennies and also has the penny saver book. I’ve seen it sold in some resort gift shops such as Disney’s Pop Century but they also sell them in some of the attraction gift shops in the parks. We got his at The Rock’n’Roller Coaster gift shop in Hollywood Studios. They currently carry two versions of the book. One is Mickey Mouse & the other is Tinkerbell. Keep an eye out for them next time you go.


Deborah from IN on August 18th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Has anyone gone on the Pirates and Pals fireworks cruise? My husband and I are looking for something new to do at WDW this year, and it sounds really fun.


Guy from IL on August 18th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Hi, my wife and I stayed at Port Orleans the third week of July.The longest line we waited on in stand by was 10 minutes. On the 22nd I took the three lap Petty ride along it was Fantabulous it is a ride of a life time and worth the $$.


Mary from KY on August 18th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Try the Segway tour at Epcot, and snorkeling in the big tank at The Seas! The two most unique WDW experiences I’ve had (so far)!


Rodney on August 19th, 2010 at 4:20 am

Our favorite is drawing very personalized, free souvenirs at the DHS Animation Academy. We have quite a portfolio of all our favorite Disney characters many of which we have gotten a signature at a meet and greet.


Tiffany from FL on August 19th, 2010 at 11:27 am

I did number 4 several times!


BARB from IL on August 20th, 2010 at 9:31 am

My group was down there in late June, and we did the tethered balloon ride at the Marketplace — great fun! Would definitely recommend and do it again. Very smooth ascent and descent and not scary at all.


Kathy from MA on August 23rd, 2010 at 7:16 am

Two other unique things that DH and I have enjoyed: the all-terrain Segway tour at Ft. Wilderness campground and the behind-the-scenes Christmas decorations tour during the holidays. The Segway tour takes you all over Ft. Wilderness and through the woods to Wilderness Lodge. The Christmas decorations tour was really special. You see the warehouse where all the decorations are created and stored and learn about how the decorations and lights in resorts and parks are designed. It will really put you in the holiday spirit!


Matthew from CT on August 23rd, 2010 at 10:45 am

The penny press has been a favorite for years. Stop by guest services before you enter the park and pick a a current list of the machines/imprints. Hidden mickeys are also a favorite, so is waiting up front at the monorail station to ride in the front car with the conductor. Also use the sit-down dinner of the standard dining plan to explore new restaurants at the resorts. Every hotel is an amazing adventure. Favorites are O’Hana’s and then watching Wishes from the lagoon beach or Fort Wilderness and going to Mikey’s BBQ. At holiday time a visit to the resorts is a wonderful break from the parks, the Grand Floridian gingerbread house and the chocolate amusement park at the Boardwalk are our favorites.


Christine from TX on August 23rd, 2010 at 12:05 pm

For some inexpensive added fun try the Camp Fire s’mores and Chip and Dale sing – a – long at Fort Wilderness. Christmas at Disney’s Fort Wilderness resort is especailly fun with all the unique decorations from the regulars to this resort each December. We are looking forward to experiencing the Segway tour at Epcot being the first time we have old enough kids to be left alone long enough for mom and dad to participate in this event. Dinner at Ohana’s for fireworks viewing is a “must do” every year for our family, too. Yum!


Kristine on August 28th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

@Deborah The Pirate and Pals Fireworks cruise was really fun. An awesome view of the MK fireworks.