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Members Enjoy Leisurely (and Discounted) Magic Beyond the Parks

Ryan March

by , Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine

Part of the magic of Disney Vacation Club Membership has long been the slower pace with which Member families are able to experience a Walt Disney World vacation. Comforted by the knowledge that their next Disney vacation is always on the horizon, Members know they don’t have to “do it all” each day, allowing them to take a more leisurely approach.

And, as many of the vacation kingdom’s most laid-back experiences are ideally suited to physical distancing, more Members than ever are seeking magic off the beaten path. Here are just a few of the many experiences beyond the parks that may help inspire your next Walt Disney World vacation plans.

Horseback Riding: Just off the shores of Bay Lake lies Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, where Walt Disney World horses call “home” and where Members enjoy a discount on scenic horseback rides through pristine Florida forests. 

Tennis Lessons: – Members enjoy discounts on tennis lessons and clinics taught by a staff of USPTA-certified professionals at participating resort tennis courts.

Surrey Bikes: From Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa to Disney’s Old Key West Resort, several resorts around the neighborhood rent 2- and 4-person Surrey bikes for casual rides along scenic pathways, with Members enjoying a discount.

Pool Cabanas: Balancing the Florida sun with personal shade, private pool cabanas at select Walt Disney World Resort pools pamper Members (who receive a discount) and guests with a variety of creature comforts.  

Golf: Member discounts offer a range of opportunities for Members to save while hitting the links, from mini golf to PGA-style golf to the increasingly popular “FootGolf,” a sport that combines the patient precision of golf with the athletic coordination of soccer.

Boat Rentals: Whether canoeing through Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground or motoring across the Seven Seas Lagoon, renting a boat is a great way to see the vacation kingdom from a different perspective. As many marinas have yet to resume their usual operations, be sure to inquire about offerings available during your vacation. 

TRIP TIP: Many Walt Disney World recreation experiences offer special discounts to Members with blue Disney Vacation Club Membership Cards (held by those who purchased directly from Disney), so be sure to ask about discounts when booking. 

Please note: Cabanas at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa are available to Members and guests staying at any Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Cabanas shared by Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort are available exclusively to Members and guests staying at those resorts.

Important information about Disney Vacation Club Membership Extras: As a part of Membership Extras, an incidental benefit, these Member benefits are subject to change, availability or termination and may require a fee. Membership Extras are available with eligible ownership interests. Visit for more information.