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Can I Go to WDW Without the Rides?

by Donna

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Don’t care about the rides/attractions but would be interested in staying inside a few nights & be able to walk around some of it after our Caribbean cruise. What are our options?

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Dad’s Something for Everyone Answer

Donna, thanks for much for the great question. A lot of folks love to experience the magic of Disney even if rides and theme parks aren’t their “thing.” Dad’s got a bunch of great ideas for you. Let’s jump right in!

I know you said you’re not interested in attractions, but if you do want to see any of the theme parks, you’ll have to pay admission like everyone else – there’s no “no ride” tickets. But you can still have a great time here without going on rides. Animal Kingdom and EPCOT offer the best “ride free” experiences.

Think of Animal Kingdom like the best zoo ever. There are lots of animals to see, trails to explore where you’ll see gorillas, tigers, birds, and lots of other critters. There are amazing musical shows, and several opportunities to see animals and their trainers. It’s a very gentle park with only a handful of “rides” – and something like Kilimanjaro Safari is more like taking a bus trip than a rollercoaster!.

For more on Animal Kingdom, check out the October 2015 issue of WDW Magazine!

EPCOT has educational displays and very gentle attractions about sealife, agriculture, and history on one side, and the other side has movies, shopping and dining, and performances from cultures around the world. It’s a great choice if you’re looking to explore without rides.

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Animal Kingdom is a low key choice – Photo by Judd Helms

If you’re not interested in going to a park at all there is still plenty to do. You can explore the resorts (the Deluxe resorts are particularly impressive and many of them include a walk/boat/monorail to neighboring hotels. They have restaurants, shopping, and beautiful landscaping you can see.
There are also several golf courses, 2 spas (at Saratoga Springs and Grand Floridian), mini golf, and fishing excursions you can take. Disney’s BoardWalk has a lovely marina to rent a boat and you can walk all around the lake. And Disney Springs can provide hours of entertainment with shopping, dining, performances, movies, and Cirque du Soleil.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Donna, whatever you like to do, I can almost guarantee that Disney will have something you’ll enjoy. Do your research before you go to ensure you have reservations for restaurants, tee times, and spa appointments – other than that show up and have a marvelous time!

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