The Disney Parks are some of the coolest, most exciting places to visit in the world, but its okay to admit that sometimes a Park day can be exhausting. One of the best ways to give yourself (and your family!) a break is exploring what the Walt Disney World Resorts have to offer! So the next time you’re not feeling the Florida heat, or you’re just feeling a little over-stimulated, take a park break and hop on a bus to a resort to check out one of these 5 free things to do at the Disney Resorts!
Drawing class at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is themed around the artistry and magic of – you guessed it – Disney animation. Staying true to its theme, this resort offers a drawing class with a Disney artist, where you can learn how to draw one of your favorite characters. It’s a similar experience to the Animation Academy classes that formerly held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Sessions are about half an hour long, and are held periodically throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grand Floridian Resort musicians and the Princess Promenade
The Grand Floridian lobby is one of the most relaxing places on Disney property, and the best part is that it’s just a quick monorail ride away from the hustle and bustle of Magic Kingdom! The Grand hosts live musicians every afternoon starting at 3:00 p.m. and extending into the evening, alternating between a pianist on a grand piano on the first floor, and an orchestra that plays from the second. They mix classical music with your favorite Disney tunes, and sometimes even take requests if you ask very nicely! If you’re hanging around the lobby for the pianist’s set at 3:30 p.m., you might even catch a glimpse of Cinderella coming down the grand staircase with her Prince Charming for a dreamy waltz!
Fireworks from the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
The best way to end any Disney Day is always with fireworks, but sometimes the crowd that gathers for Happily Ever After in Magic Kingdom can just feel like a little much. The good news is that you can still catch a view of this impressive show, without having to worry about the long line to catch the ferry afterwards. The beach at the Polynesian Resort offers a good view of the fireworks across the Seven Seas Lagoon, and you won’t have to worry about not getting to sing along to your favorite parts of the music, because they pump the soundtrack in through speakers along the whole beach!
Tours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the more elaborately themed Resorts on Disney Property, and because there is so much culture and history to be explored, they actually offer a few complimentary tours and guides! There are several savannas to view, which are home to over 30 species of African wildlife, including zebras, gazelles and even giraffes, with guides along the viewing path of the savannah to answer any questions and offer fun facts about the animals. If food, as opposed to wildlife, is more of your passion, there are two separate tours held daily for both Jiko and Sanaa. They are guided by Cultural Representatives, and sometimes include free samples of some tasty treats! Both tours are held daily, with the Cultural tour of Sanaa starting at 4:00 p.m., and the tour of Jiko starting at 4:15 p.m.
Chip 'n' Dale's Campfire Sing-A-Long at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Every resort offers some version of playing a Disney movie around sundown, but if you’re looking for an above-and-beyond, “rootinest, tootinest” experience, Chip and Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long at Disney’s Fort Wilderness is for you! The night begins with a sing-a-long of campfire songs led by a Cowboy on his guitar, and while this is going on, Chip and Dale wander through the crowd for meet and greets (and maybe to steal a bite of your s’more, if you aren’t watching them closely enough!). The sing-long portion starts at 7 p.m. during the Fall/Winter season, and 8 p.m. during the summer. It lasts approximately 30-40 minutes, and is immediately followed by a Disney movie on a big screen.