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Beyond the Theme Parks: Enjoying the world around Disney

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Don’t feel like doing a “park day” today? Is there anything else Disney has to offer that doesn’t require a park admission? Lots of folks find  great activities to do around Walt Disney World other than the parks. Some become a custom to do every trip... it helps to get away from the hustle and bustle some of the parks may bring on, and still enjoy the Disney Magic that we all know and love.

Why not take a stroll along an 1800 New Jersey Boardwalk. Enjoy music, street performers (you may even be asked to join in!), or take a Surrey Bike ride. Go to ESPN zone for dinner and then take a slow stroll around the lake to the Beach Club, then - if you are lucky enough to find a swing on the Beach - sway to the sights and sounds of the Boardwalk from across the lake. Some can’t decide whether they like it better at night or during the day so they visit twice to have it both ways; >)  You can then head over to Jellyrolls which is a dueling piano bar or the Atlantic Dance Hall for some Swing and Latin Rhythms dancing.

Downtown Disney
Looking for that perfect Disney gift to bring home? Downtown Disney's Marketplace has all sorts of Disney themed stores like Team Mickey’s for sporting apparel, Disney’s Days of Christmas for all your Christmas decorating needs, Disney at Home with Disney themed items . These are just a few of the many stores that Downtown Disney has to offer. Insiders Tip: If you have the pleasure of staying at one of the Port Orleans resort, don’t miss the romantic boat ride to Downtown Disney
And after an afternoon of shopping, why not have dinner at one of the many restaurants Downtown Disney and the West End has to offer. Check out our restaurant reviews in the Dining Destinations section. After dinner you can enjoy the night life at Pleasure Island. Tickets run $21.00 for Adults or $19.00 for Children. Make sure to stay past midnight so you can celebrate New Years Eve each night. If you don’t feel like dancing the night away, you can take in a move at AMC 24 Theatres Complex.

Exploring Other Resorts
There is so much to do at Disney other than the theme parks! It’s so nice to just take a stroll around the grounds at your resort or do some resort hopping. One favorite is hop the monorail at a Magic Kingdom resort and stop in and explore the grounds at the Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and the Polynesian and just soak in the magic of it all
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