Free Activities at Walt Disney World to Keep the Kids Happy

Free Activities Walt Disney World

If you have been to Disney World Resort, it’s no surprise to you that the cost of every little thing sure can add up fast. Walt Disney World does offer some free activities that are available to you and your family. It doesn’t matter what the ages of your children are, there are some free activities that are suitable for everyone.  Have you done any of these freebies?

  1. Become a Wilderness Explorer at Animal Kingdom Park when you collect over 30 badges for completing challenges, all while learning about wildlife and cultures.
  2. Enjoy fireside marshmallows and campfire activities at select Wald Disney World Resort locations. Make sure to check-out the campfire activities at Fort Wilderness for a special meeting with Chip and Dale (you can choose to bring your own marshmallows and sticks or purchase a kit).
  3. Check-out the “Movies Under the Stars” outdoor movies on select nights at Disney Resorts.
  4. Swing by Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street, U.S.A. for a free pixie dust of hair confetti.
  5. Make a pit stop at any Kidcot Fun Stop around World Showcase at Epcot for a kid friendly craft as well as fun interaction with a Cast Member from each country.
  6. Take a monorail tour – One of my favorite things to do with my granddaughter is to ride the monorail and stop of the resorts located along the route for a walk through the lobby and a treat. 
  7. Take a friendship boat tour – go to each of the Epcot area resorts by boat. Explore the lobby and have a treat!
  8. Night vision at Animal Kingdom Lodge is another favorite that all kids love. What an adventure to see all the animals at night and watch what they are doing.
  9. Sampling drinks at Club Cool in Epcot keeps us all laughing too!
  10. Don’t forget to look for hidden Mickeys and see who can find the most!



Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House – Two Bedroom “Lock Off” Villa

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I recently had the opportunity to spend a girl’s weekend with 5 others in a two bedroom unit at Animal Kingdom Lodge. The unit is part of the Disney Vacation Club and was obtained through David’s DVC Rentals. David’s is the way to go if you want to rent DVC points. Great prices, easy streamed-lined process and a great and helpful staff to guide you through the process. 

Reserving this unit through DVC point rental for 3 nights, requires approximately 100 points (depending on time of year) which rent for $14 a point ($1,400). Reserving this unit through Disney’s direct reservation system for 3 nights would start at a cost of $757 per night (cost starting at $2,271+).  

Our unit was considered a two-bedroom “lock off” that sleeps 9. Not being a DVC owner, the term “lock off” initially confused me but once I arrived it became very clear. It was actually a combination of a one bedroom unit with a studio on one side. The studio is usable alone and the one bedroom unit is usable alone. The studio can also be used with the center living area as a one bedroom unit that would sleep 7. The living area sits in the middle of the studio and the one bedroom. For anyone that has ever wondered about the comfort of those chairs that convert into a single bed – wonder no longer – comfortable – roomy and a great spot for someone that isn’t a fan of sharing a bed! The chart below shows how the rooms were situated:

lock off diagram

So Disney Vacation Club actually considers this two separate units. A studio that sleeps 4, and a one bedroom that sleeps 5 – Combine the two via unlocked doors and you have a two bedroom “lock off.”

We all  know that the Animal Kingdom Lodge is a beautiful resort. The lobby and grounds are stunning and the restaurants outstanding. If you have the opportunity to rent DVC points to stay at this resort – I highly recommend it. The only negative I could say would be that the Jacuzzi tub in the master bath is high. This is also the shower. Stepping over the side of the tub to shower can be difficult for someone that is not as flexible and agile as others.

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Studio Kitchenette

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Studio Bathroom

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Studio Sleeper Sofa/Sitting Area

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Full Kitchen

Note: In the photos, the cabinets appear dirty. This is not the case – everything is spotless. The cabinets are “distressed” wood.

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Eating Area in Living Area

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Bath Attached to Large Mstr. Bedroom

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Studio Queen

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Studio Dresser/TV

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Jacuzzi Tub

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Living Area

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Balcony

When staying in a DVC unit, you do not receive daily housekeeping services. Housekeeping only visits the units every 3 days to change towels, empty trash and replenish small items such as shampoo, soap, etc. We used Garden Grocer for our small food, coffee and soft drink supplies.

If you would like to stay at one of Walt Disney World’s Deluxe resorts on a moderate resort budget, think about renting DVC points! I will definitely be staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge again.




Christmas Time at Walt Disney World by Carol Kneece

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I was fortunate this holiday season to be able to spend time with my son at Walt Disney World Christmas week and it was very special. We met several family members but we went a few days early. We had a whirlwind of a vacation! To begin with we stayed a couple of nights at Pop Century and went to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom.
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The party was so much fun filled with excitement and joy! From the snow on Main Street to the magical holiday fireworks, it was just very special. The party makes you feel special and like a VIP since the lines for rides are not very long. It is a special ticketed event so only a certain amount of tickets are sold. We were also able to purchase our one night Memory Maker just for the party. Not many people know about this special treat. For $40 plus tax you can purchase all of your pictures taken by Photo Pass Photographers for the party day and night. I love this and think it is a great bargain. The new decorations on Main Street in Magic Kingdom were just beautiful. Since we were there early in the day we were able to watch the, Festival of Fantasy Parade, from a great view!
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There is so much to do at this party! My son Matthew and I sat down and decided in advance what we wanted to do since the time goes so quickly. I was laughing since Matthew did not want to do the Character Dance Parties or see the Characters anymore. Wow, time goes so quickly! Just yesterday he was four! Now at eleven he is too “old” for that. I am so very glad I have all of the memories from when he was young.
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We watched the early, “Mickey’s One Upon A Christmas Parade” with a great view from Frontier land. It was wonderful! It makes Christmas feel so much like Christmas. What a joy! Next, was the Jingle Cruise. This year it was really decorated and had many different corny jokes! It was so much fun! Of course the Holiday Treats were great with my favorite snicker doodle cookies and hot chocolate so yummy! Everything tastes better at Magic Kingdom and The Walt Disney World® Resort. We ended the night with, “Celebrate The Magic and Holiday Wishes”. It was just wonderful! Oh yes the last thing we did was get our, Sorcerers of the Kingdom card. On the way out there are no lines.
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We changed resorts and moved to Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort. After getting all finished moving to Bonnet Creek Resort we went to see the decorations at, The Boardwalk Resort. After all of the rumors about cars being towed at, The Contemporary Resort, I called to see if we could still park there and they said, “yes and for free”. They were very nice and did not know anything about the rumors. We just love the Boardwalk, and the nighttime entertainment there. My special tip is to park there and go anywhere you want to with the boats and buses. You see Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort is only about three blocks from the Boardwalk. We saw their beautiful Christmas decorations and the big gingerbread house they have out for Christmas. The biggest special gift for us the night we went was when Mickey and Minnie came out for pictures in their holiday fashions! What a big blessing to have our picture made with both of them! We were very excited! (Matthew included, he is a “Disney Geek” too but will not admit it).
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Next, we went to Hollywood Studios to see the Osborn Dancing Lights. We had to go two nights since it poured rain the first night and they turned out the lights. They are one of our favorite things to see. So beautiful timed with the music………how we just love it! It’s glitter, it’s dazzle, the snow, just like a shower of bright colorful pixie dust with music!
We had to go to Magic Kingdom twice this trip it was so beautiful and fun! Christmas day we spent with our family at Animal Kingdom Kidani Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. My cousin was chosen as “Safari of the Day”. I thought it meant we were all going on a VIP Safari……Ha, it was an upgraded room and a family picture! This is something new I learned about. Has anyone else ever been Safari of the day? (Before Christmas Day, the whole family had been staying at Universal Orlando’s Portofino, and we all spent two days there. One at each of Universal Orlando’s two parks. Matthew and I were still staying at the Portofino but, we wanted to spend Christmas with the family so we drove to meet them at Animal Kingdom Kidani Lodge).
Guess what was out at the Lodge lobby for Christmas? My favorite snicker doodle cookies and apple cider. Another big treat! We had a wonderful time at Animal Kingdom, ate at Rainforest Cafe, went to visit in the family’s room and it was already time to say good bye. Matthew and I moved three times. We started at Pop Century, moved to Wyndham Bonnet Creek, then on to Universal Orlando’s Portofino. What a whirlwind, we stayed eight nights and the time just flew by. It was the best Christmas we had in years. When planning for next years Christmas make sure and see the decorations and the special events at the Walt Disney World® Resort. You will be so glad you did and have the special memories for years to come! It was just fabulous!
If you are planning for next years holidays I highly recommend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It gives you that special wondrous and merriment feeling of being a child again!
For more information visit the web at www.WaltDisneyWorld.com



FREE Resort/Restaurant Tours at WDW by Dawn Gosdin

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Wilderness Lodge- “Wonders of the Lodge

  • Offered at 9am Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This tour includes information about the architecture and how the lodge was built, they also school you on the artwork, totem poles and the paintings located at the Wilderness Lodge. If interested call WL-407-824-3200

The Fort Wilderness Campground– “Campfire Program”

  • No admission fee and its open to all WDW resort guests.
  • It begins around 7 p.m. during the Fall/Winter season and 8 p.m. after the time changes in April through the Summer.
  • Held near the Meadow Trading Post in the campfire area.
  • Chip and Dale make an appearance to visit & sign autographs. The program begins with a sing-along led by a Disney Cast Member and a marshmallow roast around campfire rings. You can bring your own marshmallows or buy them at the Chuck Wagon. They also have available for purchase; pizza, hot dogs, candy, nachos, juice, popcorn, sodas, coffee, beer and other refreshments at the Chuck Wagon. The sing-along lasts about 40 minutes. Next, a Disney animated feature or two, depending upon the season, shown on a large outdoor screen. If it rains on your parade, lol~ the sing-along is still held on the porch of the Meadow Trading Post.

Tri-Circle-D Ranch & Farm/Stables– located at the Settlement (the marina).

  • Guests can also watch a blacksmith attach horseshoes to Cindy’s Ponies. All sorts of animals to enjoy at Fort Wilderness, my kids particularly like the pony rides for children from 10 am to 5 pm for $5. If interested call FW- 407-824-2900

Polynesian Village Resort- Island Guides are part of the Lobby Concierge. They are ready and willing to answer your Polynesian and Walt Disney World questions.

  • They also have children’s activities such as; daily lei, bracelet making, and arts and crafts activities.
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has a special “Kukui Nut” tree. The tree was brought here from Hawaii. A time capsule is located at the bottom of the tree. If interested in the POLY- 407-824-2000

Animal Kingdom Lodge- Recent programs offered at the resort;

  • Flamingo feedings at the Flamingo Pond,
  • Music of the Savanna in the Sunset Lounge
  • Animal viewing with Night Vision
  • Adventure Camp~ children ages 6-14 includes ostrich egg painting.
  • Outside, at the Arusha Rock, there is nightly African storytelling next to Ogun’s Fire pit.

At Animal Kingdom Lodge you can also enjoy a Restaurant Tours:

  • Learn “The Meaning Behind the Décor” At Jiko Restaurant
  • Jiko, Boma, and Sanaa offer culinary tours each day! These tours cover some of the decor and meaning behind the architecture of the restaurants and also explain certain menu items. Bread and Dip Tasting at Jiko

Other Freebies to enjoy:

  • Sit and enjoy the Bars, located at most of the Moderate & Deluxe Disney Resorts- they offer entertainment and light snacks at no extra cost~try POR & watch Sideshow Bob.
  • Some other fun freebies~ jump on Disney Transportation: ride the bus, monorail and water taxis. My family enjoys doing this and it can be relaxing after a long park day.
  • Take a stroll at the Boardwalk and enjoy the Street Performers and Jugglers.
  • Head towards Downtown Disney and people watch, always a great time. Play in the water play area or play at the LEGO store. Visit the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop and possibly grab a free treat~ maybe a few, if you’re really SWEET (get it, ha-ha). Listen outside the House of Blues, Raglan Road and Bongos Cuban Café they always have great LIVE entertainment.
  • Resort Hop, not to be confused with pool hopping (that’s a no-no.) My family loves to explore other resorts on off park days.
  • Picture taking is always a blast~ so many great spots for that special photo.
  • Catch a fireworks show from different locations around Walt Disney World Resort property or the “Electrical Water Pageant” from one of the monorail resorts.
  • There is so much to see and do for FREE at Walt Disney World. Buy a dole whip or a favorite souvenir with the money you save. Enjoy Saving!

 

Previously published on http://www.disneygals.com/




Premium Experiences Deliver Fun Options for Walt Disney World Resort Guests

Photo Credit: Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Been there, done that? Maybe, but did you know that inside Walt Disney World Resort lies a whole other Walt Disney World Resort?  One in which you can…

  • “Hang 10″ and learn to surf
  • Set sail on a pirate adventure for buried treasure
  • Get nose to, well, bottlenose with Bottlenose dolphins
  • Be pampered in a “couples massage”
  • Dine with an actual Disney Imagineer or Disney animal care specialist

Beyond traditional theme park-going, these options and more are available to guests booking premium, add-on experiences at Walt Disney World Resort. Among a whole “world” of choices (prices exclude tax except where indicated):

1. Dine with Animal Specialists . . .New “Untamed” Dining Adventure Transports Disney Guests to Africa

An all-new dining experience hosted by a Disney animal specialist is now available to guests at Sanaa at Kidani Village, located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Over lunch, an animal expert reveals facts and myths about wildlife as guests immerse themselves in the culture and flavors of Africa. There’s no more perfect setting, as Sanaa’s windows frame grazing zebra and giraffes, Ankole Cattle and White-Bearded Wildebeest. The experience accommodates up to 12 guests, offering an intimate, fun insider’s view, with plenty of time for questions.

Adding flavor to the experience, a 4-course African-inspired lunch made in Sanaa’s tandoor ovens boasts many delicacies, such as warm naan bread, savory dips, slow-cooked meats, unusual sweets and more. After dessert, diners venture to a savanna lookout, to observe and learn more about the exotic animals grazing the landscape.

The Animal Specialist experience takes place every Wednesday from 12-1:45 p.m. Cost is $49, $29 ages 3 to 9 (special kid’s menu). The price includes the gratuity plus a $5 contribution to Disney’s Worldwide Conservation Fund. To make a reservation, call 407-938-6922, option 3 or stop by Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge concierge. Reservations are also available online at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/ or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463) up to 180 days prior to the experience.

2. Wild Africa Trek

In the newest premium experience, gear up and brace for a safari unlike any other this side of Africa. Guests on Wild Africa Trek crouch along trails, traverse swaying footbridges above crocs and hippos and delve deep into the jungly heart of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Several times daily, expert guides lead small groups of adventurers on excursions across untracked areas of the park. Extended time is spent observing and learning about the animals while on foot or while over-landing in customized safari vehicles. Trekkers close out their experience at a serene overlook above a wildlife-filled savanna while savoring Africa-inspired food and beverage. Reservations for Wild Africa Trek (ages 8 and up) can be arranged by calling 407/WDW-TOUR. The experience starts at $189 per person. Ask about seasonal specials.  More information: Disneyworld.com/disneyafricatrek.

3. Segway Your Way to Fun!

Walt Disney World guests can experience a Segway X2 Personal Transporter  for themselves, firsthand, on Wilderness Back Trail Adventures.  The two-hour Segway tour lets guests explore the natural beauty of the Florida landscape in and around Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Guests can call 407/WDW-TOUR for more information or reservations.

4. Totally Tubular! Learn to Surf

Unschooled in the fine art of surfing? Novices can catch a wave and master the rush of shooting the curls at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. Every 90 seconds, the world’s largest wave machine blasts out walls of surf that can tower up to six feet high. Craig Carroll’s Cocoa Beach Surf School invites guests to learn from professional surfers how to cut, carve and “hang 10.” The 2.5-hour program is available by reservation for $150 on select mornings prior to regular park hours. Guests (ages 8 and older) can call 407/WDW-PLAY for more information.

5. Go “Grand.” Luxury Yacht Sets Sail on Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake

Grand 1, the most luxurious watercraft at Walt Disney World Resort, offers a pampered VIP boating experience on the waters of Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake just outside Magic Kingdom. A personal captain and deckhand launch the 52-foot Sea Ray yacht from the marina at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Morning and afternoon excursions on the Grand 1 offer guests a spectacular view of Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Wedding Pavilion and several Walt Disney World resorts. For an elegant evening voyage, romantic music sets the mood as the sun sets over the gabled roofs of the Grand Floridian. On select nights, cruisers can view “Wishes,” a magnificent fireworks display above Magic Kingdom.  Those on board are treated to synchronized audio from the show.

For the ultimate cruise, the Grand Floridian private-dining staff can prepare anything from an evening snack to a gourmet five-course meal with fine wine pairings. A private-service butler can also cater to guests’ every need.

As many as 18 people can sail for $553 per hour, including charter fee, boat captain and deckhand. Dining service and private butler are available for additional fees.

Reservations for the Grand 1 can be made by calling 407/WDW-TOUR.

6. Take a Sunrise Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Picture the morning sun rising in the Florida sky, illuminating a landscape rich with animals catching the first light of day. And you have a front-row seat. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge invites Kilimanjaro Club Level guests to an amazing two-hour experience. During an approximately 45-minute safari, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about animal care, the grounds of the theme park and the operation. Included in the cost of the tour is a lavish breakfast buffet in the park, at the Pizzafari Restaurant.

The Sunrise Safari is offered Sundays and Thursdays at 7:00 a.m. Cost is $65 adult, $32.50 child (ages 3-9). Call 407/WDW-TOUR.

7. Afternoon Game Drive Paired with Dinner at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Savannas surrounding Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge offer up a panorama of wildlife as creatures large and small roam the grasses, forage for food and play in harmony. The grounds are home to approximately 200 mammals and exotic birds representing a cross-section of the African palette – bongo, greater kudu, zebra, wildebeest, impala, African spoonbills and Eastern white pelicans, to name a few.

Just before sunset, eager adventurers gather outside the lodge with a guide for a thrilling game-viewing safari. Up to 12 persons can board a specially designed vehicle for a bird’s-eye view of a typical North African safari.

Safari-goers are wide-eyed as many animals move within feet of the vehicle.  Cameras and videos are poised to capture the Africa-like wonders.

The second part of the journey leads to the resort’s signature restaurant, Jiko-The Cooking Place, where a savory South African feast awaits safari-goers. Flavors of Africa fill the air in a memorable multi-course meal served family-style and blending regional spices and grains. Popular South African wines are paired with each course, which includes a sweet display of desserts.

The Wanyama Safari is offered to guests (age 8 and up) staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, seven days a week at 4 p.m. For reservations, guests can call 407/938-4755, or visit the concierge desk at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge upon check-in.

8. Dine with an Imagineer

Here’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to dine with a real-life Disney Imagineer and enjoy engaging behind-the-scenes conversation over a delectable lunch at the chic Bamboo Room of the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Up to 10 guests join in stimulating discussion with one of the incredible creative artists who bring the magic to Walt Disney World attractions and resort hotels. Learn from these talented men or women what it’s like working in the most magical place in the world. Guests feast on a four-course meal and will receive a souvenir plate designed exclusively for this experience that can be personalized by the Imagineer. Price is $64.96 per guest ages 10 and older, $37.27 ages 3-9, tax included. Guests can also ask about dinner with an Imagineer at Flying Fish Café at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, which offers the same fascinating peek “under the curtain” at Disney’s creative process while being treated to a tantalizing four-course meal. Cost is $105.83 per guest ages 10 and older, $74.70 ages 3-9, including tax. Call 407/WDW-DINE for more information and reservations.

9. Grand Pirate Adventure: Little buccaneers sail the high seas to exotic “Ports of Call” in search of treasure.

Donning pirate garb, kids venture on foot and by sea in search of buried treasure during Disney’s Pirate Adventure, which departs from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa marina and sails the waters of Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. Young and eager adventurers visit many exotic “ports of call,” following clues to help lead them to the treasure. During the voyage, children (ages 4-12) enjoy a reading of “The Legend of Gasparilla” (a real Florida pirate), lunch and other surprises. The Pirate Adventure happens Mondays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. It is one of four resort-based pirate adventures available for guests.  Cost is $34.00 per child. Call 407/WDW-PLAY.

10. Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage

Ahoy me hearties, ye be setting sail for fun and adventure with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee on this adventure. Departing from Disney’s Contemporary Resort, mateys receive a true buccaneer’s welcome as they chow down on hearty pirate grub and grog before setting sail on an unforgettable moonlight voyage around Seven Seas Lagoon. Play Disney trivia games, sing songs and sea chanteys and savor “Wishes” fireworks lighting the night sky above Cinderella Castle. On the sail home, your pirate hosts enchant you with the tale of Peter Pan, plus more trivia questions and special prizes. Once tied up, the voyage concludes with a visit from a very special guest. Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage is scheduled Fridays through Mondays. Cost is $53.99 adults, $30.99 children ages 3-9. Call 407/WDW-PLAY.

11. High-Speed Adventure Around Walt Disney World Speedway

The Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway is the place of dreams, offering race fans and adventure-seekers the ultimate thrill of riding in or driving a race car around the one-mile tri-oval Walt Disney World Speedway. Guests are offered several ride and drive experiences as they follow their dream of leaving the grandstands and climbing into a racecar, just like The King himself.

  • Ride-Along Program: A 3-lap thrill ride as a passenger at a top speed of 145 mph.
  • Rookie Experience: A 3-hour program that includes eight laps of driving thrills.
  • King’s Experience: Features 18 laps of driving divided into one 8-lap session and one 10-lap session.

Beyond these core options available to Walt Disney World guests, riders with an insatiable “need for speed” can turn up the thrills with these premium experiences:

  • Experience of a Lifetime. Talk about pulse-pumping, thrill-seekers choosing this Petty track will experience 30 laps of white-knuckle, heart-pounding speed in a NASCAR race car. The “Experience” is divided into three 10-lap driving segments and between each session, drivers will receive one-on-one feedback from the Pit Road instructor. Priced from $1,299 per person.
  • Speedway Challenge. Imagine the high-octane rush of this one-of-a-kind driving program. This 50-lap program consists of five 10-lap sessions as well as a Ride-Along, shop tour with tech talk and lunch with the instructor and crew chief. Priced at $2,099 per person.

The sessions at Walt Disney World Speedway run daily. Driving experiences are available for those at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive a vehicle equipped with a standard transmission. Fans at least 14 years of age can participate in the Ride-Along Program with proof of identification.

For information or reservations, visit drivepetty.com or call 800/BE-PETTY.

12. Exotic wheels and high-speed thrills

Starting Jan. 16, 2012, get behind the wheel of a “supercar” by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi or Porsche, and fly down a track specifically designed to experience some of the world’s finest automobiles and their awe-inspiring acceleration, speed and handling. The adrenaline-pumping experience starts at $169 for six laps around the ”Exotics” course; a ride-along experience with a professional driver at the wheel is available for $99. It’s all part of the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway. Phone toll free 1-855-822-0149 or exoticdriving.com

13. The Couple that ‘Spas’ Together…..

What’s more enjoyable or relaxing than a luxurious spa treatment? Imagine sharing it with that special someone. Did you know The Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort features a “couples room” where guests can enjoy specialized spa treatments – such as massages and facials – with the one they love? For information about spa treatments, call 407/827-4455.

14. Commune with Dolphins

Imagine getting up close and personal in the water with Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion invites guests on a three-hour, behind-the-scenes experience aimed at providing a keener understanding and heightened appreciation for these marvelous creatures. The 30-minute dolphin interaction takes place in waist-deep waters (maximum 8 guests per day) so guests don’t need to be SCUBA certified or even know how to swim. Signups for “Disney’s Dolphins in Depth” learn about how Disney cares for the dolphins each day, how researchers study and train them backstage, what issues are affecting marine life worldwide – and what we can do about it.  Cost is $194 per person.

Theme park admission is not required or included in this experience. Call 407/WDW-PLAY.

Want more? Learn to design like a Walt Disney World Resort Florist (Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort)….get made over in full buccaneer regalia at The Pirate’s League (Magic Kingdom)….Tea anyone? Try the Wonderland Tea Party for Children (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort)…..Treat your child to a first haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop (Magic Kingdom) which comes with its own Barber Shop Quartet (never know when they will stop by)….book a trail ride (Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campground) or a romantic horse-drawn carriage excursion (Ft. Wilderness or Disney’s Port Orleans Resort)…

 

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