Tips for Having a Beachy Keen Time at Disney World

Goofy on the Beach
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Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, and for many that signals that it is time to hit the beach. But what if you are one of the lucky ones who just happens to be visiting Walt Disney World Resort right now? While being at the most magical place on Earth should be more than enough to rejoice in, perhaps you too are looking to get in on a little beach fun while on location at Disney World.

Well then, you are in luck because there are numerous ways that you can accomplish just that. Here we are presenting you with seven satisfying suggestions for how to have a beachy keen time while on vacation at Walt Disney World Resort.

7. Visit Beaches & Cream Soda Shop

Get into the swing of the beach theme with a visit to a place that literally has beach in its name. Designed around a motif inspired by the vintage beachside soda and malt shoppes of yesteryear, you can bask in the good old times while making new memories that will also someday be remembered fondly.

Located right onsite at Disney’s very beach-centric Beach Club Resort, Beaches & Cream is perhaps most renowned for being the ultimate go-to sweet spot for fanciful ice cream sundaes and other decadent delights. But they are also widely known for their traditional beach eat favorites, all of which scream classic Americana.

beaches and cream
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6. Unwind with a Tropical Drink

For some folks, a day at the beach wouldn’t be complete without a tropical drink in hand. So perhaps one of the best ways to bask in instant beaching is by sipping your way into a beach-minded state of happiness. Fortunately, there are many sensational drinking spots where you can find a delightful array of beachy keen concoctions all around Disney World.

From spirited selections to virgin specialties, there’s an ocean of options to pick and choose from, whether you are enjoying one of the many poolside bars at a Resort, visiting a unique lounge spot in one of the Parks, or happen to be making the rounds through Disney Springs.

Tropical Drinks in Hand
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Related: Top Three Drinks In Each Walt Disney World Park

5. Shop for Beach Goods

If your intentions are to go beaching then you may want to make sure you’re up to date with all your beach gear. Thankfully, you can pick up all the essentials by heading to Disney Springs and their various shops known for beach goods. Everything But Water, for instance, has a name and reputation that’s pretty self-explanatory. They have literally everything you need for a day at the beach, from designer swimwear to accessories and other must-have extras in addition.

Then there is Ron John Surf Shop—a renowned coast collective laden with boards, equipment, swimwear, and so much more. You can also be sure of your decision to stop in at Shore for all your beach apparel needs and wants. Tommy Bahama also has a notable location here with all the above as well as beachy home accents to expand the sea level into what you’re looking for in everyday living.

Shopping at Ron John's
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Related: Our 20 Favorite Stores At Disney Springs

4. Head to Typhoon Lagoon

Another excellent way to take to the Disney World beach scene is by heading to Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. While Disney’s other watery wonder, Blizzard Beach, remains closed for refurbishment at this time, Typhoon Lagoon is open and ready to deliver all the good times.

Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
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Not only is Typhoon Lagoon an excellent place to enjoy conventional swimming in addition to taking the plunge with some extreme sliding attractions, but it makes for the perfect day-at-the-beach setup as well. You can even float along in an inner tube via Castaway Creek—the Park’s own lazy river. And for a low-key chilling out, there are plenty of umbrellas and areas for sunbathing also. Also, be sure to check out the many concessions onsite to satisfy whatever cravings you desire during your extended stay.

Typhoon Lagoon Surf Lesson
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Another unique feature to take to in regards to beach follies is the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool with its manufactured waves and offers to enjoy plenty of thrilling delights as a result. They even offer up special private surfing experiences led by a professional, which Guests can sign up for at an additional cost.

Related: Typhoon Lagoon Has Officially Reopened

3. Get in Some Resort Beach Time

Did you know that some of your favorite Walt Disney World Resorts are actually hosting their very own sandy beaches? That means beaching on location is even easier than you probably realized. It goes without saying that such locations as Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts would be site to their own beaches, but some other awesome options also include Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the Grand Floridian, Disney’s BoardWalk, the Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Fort Wilderness, and several notable others.

Do take note, however, that none of Disney’s beaches have open access to any of the main connecting bodies of water at any given Resort, as all are off-limits to swimmers and beachgoers. All the same, there’s just something especially magical about basking in the warm white sands.

Polynesian Resort
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Related: Caribbean Beach – Why We Love This Laid-Back Disney Resort

2. Stormalong Bay

In fully embracing the idea of beaching at your Resort, it’s also worth noting that if you happen to be a Guest staying at either Disney’s Beach or Yacht Club Resorts you have exclusive access to what is perhaps the most exotic swimming experience at any Disney accommodation. We are, of course, referring to that magnificent marvel better known as Stormalong Bay. Comprising a lazy river, three whirlpool spas, slides, and a shipwreck replica, Stormalong Bay spans an impressive three acres of riparian revelry and even features a sandy bottom to boot!

Stormalong Bay
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Related: Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts- Why You Should Stay Here At Least Once!

1. Take a Detour to Nearby Beaches

While we long to avoid encouraging people to venture off Disney Property as much as possible, some awesome experiences just can’t be missed, particularly those to be found within the greater Florida beach scene. In truth, the state of Florida on a whole is set up in such a way that you are never more than 60-some miles away or so from a beach at any given time. So, it goes without saying that for those vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort, who happen to have their own means of transportation, it’s very easy to plan an outing to one of several conveniently located beaches.

Some of the best beaches near Disney World include Daytona Beach, Vero Beach, Cocoa Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Clearwater Beach, and Canaveral National Seashore. Depending on just how far you’re willing to travel, there are many other options in addition to these select examples.

Daytona Beach
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The beauty about beaching at Disney World is that there are just so many options for what you can do for creating your own beachy obsession on location. While every Disney experience is magical, when you combine the enchantment of beach time with time at Disney it makes for the ultimate dream come true.

About Laura

Laura Catherine aka “LC” is a writer who resides in Maryland with her family and several pets. She visits Walt Disney World whenever she can. Additionally, she is a published author of three novels, a children’s book, and has a passion for gardening.

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