What to do on Disney World Arrival & Departure Days

Arrival & Departure daysOften Disney World guests find themselves with an extra half day or so before or after their trip. You may not want to use a full day’s park admission on a partial day, but what else is there to do? Plenty!

Here are my top suggestions for those partial days:

1) Visit Disney’s BoardWalk – Disney’s BoardWalk is located near Epcot and Hollywood Studios and is often overlooked during a busy park touring schedule. You can get there via street taxi, water taxi, the Magic Express bus, or even walking if you are staying in that area. On the BoardWalk, you’ll find a dueling pianos venue, carnival midway games, up-scale dining, and street performers. The location along the lagoon reminds me of a beach town like Atlantic City or Coney Island.

2) Relax at your hotel pool – This can be a low-key day spending time exploring your resort. You can swim, shop, or eat a meal.

3) See Downtown Disney – Seeing everything at Downtown Disney won’t take a full day. It’s perfect for a bit of shopping and having a meal. There is also an evening show called Cirque du Soleil La Nouba, which is a unique acrobatics show the whole family will enjoy. There is also a really nice AMC movie theater that serves dinner.

4) Go to CityWalk – CityWalk is at Universal Studios, and is similar to Downtown Disney, in that they offer a variety of themed shopping, entertainment, and dining.

5) Visit a local water park – Wet ‘n Wild Orlando is very near Disney World on International Drive. It is less expensive than Disney water parks and usually less crowded. This is a good option if you arrive in the early afternoon.

6) Just opt for a partial day in one of the parks– Sometimes the incremental cost of admission is small if you are visiting for 4-5 days anyway, so adding another day to your park admission ticket isn’t very costly. However, if you are just there for a couple days, this is probably not worth your money.


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