Walt Disney World Arrival & Departure Day Activities

Disney Arrival & Departure Day Activities

 Walt Disney World Arrival & Departure Day Activities

Disney World Arrival & Departure Days are often some of the most confusing days to plan.  You may get to the resort and find that your room isn’t ready or you have to check out but it is not time for Magical Express to pick you up.  Check your bags with Bell Services and try one of these ideas to start or end your vacation and still enjoy some of that Disney magic.


Explore your resort:

Many of the resorts at Walt Disney World are quite large.  Take a walk around the resort to get a good feel for where everything is located.  Look for the food court, pools, and bus stops.  Some resorts also feature fitness centers and spas.  You can even find New Balance Running Trails at most resorts if you want to find a good measured path for walking and running.  If you are departing, take one last stroll around and take advantage of those great photo spots.


Take a swim:

There are shower & changing facilities at the main pools of your resort.  Take advantage of these facilities to change into your swimwear to start your vacation or out of your wet suits and into dry clothes for the trip home.


Character Dining:

You may not have a park ticket but there are many resorts that offer character meals.  Here is a list of restaurants that have character interactions without going into a park.

1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Breakfast & Dinner

Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

  • Breakfast

Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Breakfast, Brunch, & Dinner

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

  • Dinner

‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Breakfast


Visiting Disney Springs:

With a plethora of shops & restaurants, the new Disney Springs will have something for everyone in the family.  You can bowl at Splitsville or take in a show at The House of Blues or La Nouba by Cirque Du Soleil.  Is there a movie that you’ve been meaning to watch?  You can head on over to AMC Disney Springs 24 and do just that.


Miniature Golf:

There are 2 miniature golf locations located on Walt Disney World property each featuring 2 18-hole courses.

Fantasia Gardens is located in the Epcot Resort Area
Winter Summerland is located in the Animal Kingdom Resort Area


Take a stroll on the boardwalk promenade:

Located on the lakefront of Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort, this boardwalk is themed after the famed promenades found by the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey complete with games.  You may even have a view of the fireworks from either Epcot or Hollywood Studios.


Head to one of the Theme Parks:

The cost to add on one more day to your park tickets is minimal.  You can take advantage of an extra few hours in the parks by enjoying a half day for your Disney Arrival & Departure Day Activities. If you decide to add on a day to your tickets, make sure you do it before you use the last day of tickets on your current package.

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