Well, I guess that title is a little misleading: these attractions aren’t necessarily secret, but people do tend to overlook them in favor of the big parks and attractions. If you’re looking for something different for your next visit to Walt Disney World Resort, these activities will definitely fit the bill.
Some are more crowded than others and, like everything at Disney World, it depends on when you go. This list is meant as an overview of attractions; I will discuss attractions more in-depth with future articles!
Water parks. Walt Disney World resort offers two water parks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Blizzard Beach is perfect for families and Typhoon Lagoon is more appropriate for teens. I’m not a water park fan, but Blizzard Beach won me over. The themeing is over the top (winter in summer) and it’s just so cool. The kids love it.
Miniature golf. Walt Disney World Resort offers two miniature golf courses: Winter Summerland and Fantastia Gardens. Winter Summerland is located at Blizzard Beach and Fantasia Gardens is located behind the Dolphin Hotel (on The Boardwalk). Both have a Disney flair and are totally fun! My family will be trying these courses again in May and I’ll report back with pictures and a full review.
Monorail. The monorail is just fun to ride! If you can swing it, try to sit up front with the conductor. The conductor’s cabin is limited to four people and it’s first come, first served. When you line up for the monorail, ask the Cast Member in charge if you can sit with the conductor; he/she will accommodate you if possible. It may be that another group has already requested the privilege, but you can always ask to wait for the next opportunity. After you’ve ridden up front with the conductor, you’ll be given a small card that shows you’re an honorary conductor (very cool for the kid crowd).
If you’re looking for a break from the parks, you can ride the monorail around the loop and stop to look around the different hotels it visits: Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and the Contemporary. This is especially fun around Thanksgiving and Christmas when the hotels are decked out in their holiday finery. As a bonus, try to memorize the Spanish warning. My son and I find this hilarious, but then, we are easily amused.I’ll have more “secret” Disney World attractions for you next week!