Mar 052014

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! – Jiminy Cricket


Q.  I’m trying to plan a weekend trip for my twins’ 8th birthday in June. We are under budget constraints, but their wish is to stay at a Disney hotel and use the pool. We have a reservation at Caribbean Beach. We plan on eating most of our meals in the room or food court. Because of the budget problem, we will not be going into the parks, so I’m asking for suggestions of things we can do that are family friendly and inexpensive. (Submitted by Ana)


Hi Ana!

Wow…what a great challenge.  A trip with no parks!  One thing is for sure…it’s definitely doable!

Here are a few things you could consider:

  • mini golf
  • Characters in Flight
  • Exploring Downtown Disney
  • Yeehaa Bob at Port Orleans Riverside
  • Exploring other resorts
  • Seeing a movie at Downtown Disney AMC
  • Bike Rentals
  • Surrey Bike at Disney’s Boardwalk
  • Chip n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing Along at Ft. Wilderness
  • Movie on the beach at the Beach Club
  • Exploring Disney’s Boardwalk at night with the live entertainment
  • Getting a treat made at Goofy’s Candy Company
  • Go exploring for pressed penny machines
  • Catching the Electrical Water Pageant and Wishes from Disney’s Polynesian Resort’s beach
  • Go on a Hidden Mickey hunt at your Resort

These are just a few ideas!  I hope the twins have a magical birthday trip!

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  6 Responses to “Give a Little Whistle – Tackling Your Disney Dilemmas – 3/6/14”

  1. Ride the monorail from Hotel to Hotel – No Cost

  2. Check out the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex if your kids are into sports. Great quick dining restaurant and a Playstation room (

  3. Just stayed at Carribean Beach and found out they do smores and a movie with the campfire right there.
    It was fun and free

  4. Consider a different resort, Art of Animation or Pop Century to help your budget and maybe enabling you to do a park.

  5. My favorite non-park day at Disney World is to take the Disney bus to Magic Kingdom, then hop on the boat that goes to Wilderness Lodge resort. The grounds and lobby are beautiful and fun to explore — and there’s even a geyser just like Old Faithful at Yellowstone! Inside Wilderness Lodge, search for hidden Mickeys — ask the concierge for details. When you’re ready to move on, take the boat to Wilderness Camp Ground / Contemporary resort. From the Contemporary, you can ride the monorail around to Polynesian and Grand Floridian resorts — get off at each stop and explore these resorts — before returning to the Magic Kingdom and bus transportation back to your hotel.

  6. Why no parks? We pay a monthly fee ( Ez-pay ) and have annual passes. We pack a cooler ( you have to follow Disney rules as to the size and type of cooler ) and spend the days in the park without having to buy any food. That’s where your money really goes. We have five kids and we really have to watch our money. We have a great time and maybe buy the kids one item from the gift stores.

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