Usually we think about a trip to Disney World as something we do with our families – nuclear or extended that requires much in the advanced planning department. But, there is plenty to do on your trips even if you are visiting with a bunch of friends (or even if you are visiting with your family, but need some time without all your family around). We’ve had a couple of successful guy’s trips to Disney World and were able to have a bunch of fun both inside and outside the parks. Here is our list of five things to do on a guy’s trip to Disney World!
If you are looking to rough it and avoid the large crowds that come with the typical Disney resort, we recommend checking out Fort Wilderness. You group can choose the level of “roughing it” that you’re comfortable with — Fort Wilderness offers primitive camp sites (bring your own tent) to RV sites where you can set up your own rig or have a rental brought and set up at the camp site. Guests wanting the nature experience, but still want the amenities of a hotel room should consider renting a cabin — each cabin can sleep up to 6 (queen bed, a twin bunk bed, and a pull couch) and equipped with a functional kitchen with fridge, dishwasher, and stovetop, as well as some of the biggest bathrooms we have seen on property. In addition to your camping situation, Fort Wilderness has a bevy of additional amenities — you can rent a boat on Bay Lake, go fishing, take a horseback ride around the trails of the resort, relax in one of the campgrounds two pools, or enjoy a refreshing drink at Crockett’s Tavern while enjoying the view.
2. Non-Traditional Bar Crawl
Whenever a conversation about Disney and enjoying adult beverages happens, people generally conjure images of Drinking Around the World at Epcot. While that can be an enjoyable time, we have discovered two other bar crawls that are a little more relaxed and allows you to discover other areas of Disney World that you normally do not get to see: the Resort Loop Bar Crawl and the Crescent Lake Bar Crawl. The Resort Loop Bar Crawl invites guests to enjoy drinks from some of the premiere resorts on property — the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian Village Resort, and the Contemporary Resort — there are plenty of bars are just those three resorts to keep you busy — two of our favorites are the Outer Rim at the Contemporary and the Tambu Lounge at the Polynesian. But, you can also choose to include the Wilderness Lodge and the Territory Lounge, as well as a stop at Fort Wilderness for a delicious moonshine cocktail at Crockett’s Tavern. The Crescent Lake Bar Crawl includes the bars and lounges at the Beach Club, Yacht Club, Swan, Dolphin, and Boardwalk — invariably, you’ll find a place that you truly enjoy and may end up calling it a day early (as was our experience when we discovered the Crew’s Cup at the Yacht Club. Be sure to eat some of the delicious bar bites and appetizers that are on the menu at these locations and stay hydrated with water, as well!
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Disney World is home to four great golf courses if you’re looking for a relaxing excursion — if you don’t own or didn’t bring your clubs, you can always rent clubs at the courses. Be sure to do some research on each of the courses since each have their own challenges, as well as interesting Disney touches. And if swinging the irons doesn’t interest you, Disney has also introduced a new way to golf known as foot golf that has guests kick a ball down the fairways. This can be a great way to sneak in some exercise while also having a blast with your buddies!
4. Disney Springs Food
Disney Springs is still changing its overall character constantly with new restaurants, quick service options, and places to grab a drink. If you are looking for a relaxing non-park day or night, we would suggest strolling around Disney Springs and grabbing some food from any of the quick service locations like Pizza Ponte and enjoying a refreshing drink from places like Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar or the rooftop bar at Paddlefish. You can even end the night with some live music at House of Blues or a game of bowling at Splitsville!
5. Star Wars/Marvel Day
Notwithstanding all of the fun, out-of-park activities at Disney World, some times you just want to have some in-park fun and re-discover some of the highlights from your childhood — what better way than immersing yourself in the world of Star Wars at Hollywood Studios — you can pilot the Millennium Falcon, fight against the Resistance, and enjoy a drink at Oga’s Cantina. If you are more of a Marvel fan, we would recommend checking out some of the stores at Disney Springs to find the perfect Marvel souvenir from your trip!
Have you ever had a guy’s trip to Disney World? What was the most enjoyable part of the trip for you?