Where To Head After The Parks Have Closed

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Many people think that once the parks close you have to head back to your resort for the night. But! I am here to tell you that there is so much more to do after hours at Walt Disney World.

Let’s take a look at some of the activities that Disney has to offer after hours!

Disney Springs


So, the most obvious on this list is our first recommendation, Disney Springs. This district has turned into almost a fifth gate at Walt Disney World.

You could easily spend a whole day here and not even scratch the surface! Disney Springs has tons and tons of dining and shopping options. Anyone in your party will be able to find something that they will love.

Some of the dining recommendations are Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar for some unique drinks and snacks. The best sit down is hands down The Boathouse. While on the pricier side of sit downs I have yet to have a bad experience here.

For quick grabs D-Luxe Burger, Blaze Pizza and Chicken Guy! cannot be beat.

Disney Springs is home to some great unique shipping as well as great souvenir shopping, including World of Disney; one of the largest Disney stores anywhere!

For some different vacation experiences you can visit Cirque du Soleil (currently closed), the NBA Experience (opening Summer 2019), Splitsville Luxury Lanes, or see a movie while enjoying a meal at AMC.

There is also tons of great, live entertainment every single night!

Disney’s BoardWalk

Disney's BoardWalk

Almost like a mini Disney Springs, Disney’s BoardWalk offers dining, shopping and live entertainment.

There are great restaurants on the BoardWalk, as well as, great lounges. A great sit down option is Flying Fish. Again, like The Boathouse, is on the pricier side but it’s a great experience.

There are a couple ‘club’ type offerings here in Jellyrolls and The Atlantic City Dance Hall. Jellyrolls is a dueling piano bar which is a fun experience. I will add though that there is typically a cover charge, which is hard to swallow with how expensive the trip is.

At night a lot of live entertainment will come out. You will see various acts such as magic and music.

Another great place to head, especially during any type of playoffs, is ESPN Zone. While not necessarily the best food or dining experience it is a great place to grab a beer and watch a game.

Mini Golf

Depending on the time of year, Disney has two mini golf courses that are usually open late; Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland miniature golf.

Fantasia Gardens, as you guessed, is themed to the Animated Classic Fantasia. This course is located across the street from the Swan and Dolphin Resorts

You get some great backdrops here including the Tower of Terror.

WinterSummerland is located near Blizzard Beach Water Park. There are two different courses offered here, The Summer Course and The Winter Course. 

Both of these courses feature winter/Christmas themes throughout. Including a sleeping Santa in the sand!

Your Resort Lounge

One of my favorite things to do after a long day at the parks is to head my resort lounge. Unfortunately for the Value Resorts this means perhaps only one of the pool lounges that may close early.

But, a lot of the resort lounges offer unique drinks and some of your property favorites. Many also offer some great small plates, which are usually as great change a pace from what you’re eating on the fly during the day.

You can visit any resort lounge you wish across property, too, which is a great way to visit and experience these different locations.

It is a great way to sit, relax, and recap your day.

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