I went to Disney World.... Almost
My daughter Sue, who lives in Huntington Beach, CA was in Orlando last weekend for sales meetings and I took the opportunity to go to Orlando and spend some time with her.
We went to Disney World a couple of times for several hours but did not actually enter any of the theme parks. So you think that’s nuts?
Our first encounter was at the booth where they were collecting $14.95 to park for the day at the Magic Kingdom. Sue told the lady we were just going to check out the resorts so the lady directed us to the Contemporary Resort where the entry guard looked at my driver license and showed us where to park free
The Monorail rides were fun and there was lots to see along the route. Back at the Contemporary Resort there were free boat rides to Fort Wilderness and a resort where we could have gone in the pool but didn’t, we just watched the geyser and took another boat ride.
Along the way there were lots of places to eat and drink.
Our first day ended at the Polynesian Resort where we ate and grabbed a couple of chairs at the beach to get a good view of the 8 PM fireworks from Epcot. The movie “Cars” was playing (free) on the beach also.
Our second day trip was to The Animal Kingdom Resort, again free parking. We took a seat in rocking chairs off the lobby and watched the Zebras, Wilder-beast, Giraffes, Ostriches and other animals eat and play. It was kinda like a free trip to the zoo.
During our 2 trips we took about a dozen free boat rides and visited Downtown Disney, The Yacht Club Resort, The Boardwalk, The Beach Resort and a couple of others I can’t remember in addition to those already mentioned.
So if you want to spend some time at Disney without paying for going into the theme parks, you now have the way to do it. You can ride the boats and the monorail, eat, drink, and oh yeah, lots of places to buy Disney merchandise too. From the Boardwalk we took a boat ride to the back entrance to Epcot but we did not get off the boat.