It seems lately that crowds at Walt Disney World are more unpredictable than ever, and more importantly that they’re always higher than we expect. This doesn’t have to ruin your vacation though! Luckily, Walt Disney World has plenty to do when the crowd levels are high and we are here to share a few of our favorites! Here are 5 things to do when Disney is Crowded.
When Disney is Crowded
Whether it’s about visiting the parks at different times or different days or finally getting in some of your favorite things to do on busy park weekends. If you’re one to get overwhelmed by the crowds, it’s all about planning to make sure your vacation still feels like a vacation.
Take the Monorail Loop to the Resorts
When the Disney crowd levels in the Parks get a little too bothersome, why not hop on the monorail? And explore some of the resorts on the monorail loop? Whether you love the island vibes of the Polynesian Resort or want to relax in the splendor of the Grand Floridian, the monorail resorts have a lot to offer! Try out Contempo Café at The Contemporary for lunch. You can grab a Dole Whip and relax on the beaches of the Polynesian. Or head to the new Enchanted Rose for a quick bite and a drink at the Grand Floridian.
Check out a show at Walt Disney World to Escape the Crowds
Walt Disney World has plenty of shows scattered throughout the Parks if you need to escape the crowds for a bit. We are big fans of the Frozen Sing-a-Long (don’t worry, it’s super funny!) and The Beauty and The Beast-Live on Stage in Hollywood Studios. The Festival of the Lion King in Animal Kingdom is amazing and perfect for very hot or rainy days. Philharmagic in Magic Kingdom is fun a great reason to do nothing but sit for 15 minutes. There are a variety of shows that can be seen Epcot and are great to take a break from the heat, rain, and yes, even the crowds.
Take the Skyliner to Disney’s Riviera
Walt Disney World recently opened its new Riviera Resort and with it, a variety of new places to grab a coffee, a treat, or even a full meal. With a cute new gift shop, fun new murals, and a life-size chess board, this resort is super fun to explore. And if you’re looking to relax, walk over to Caribbean beach and lounge on the hammocks. Need lunch or dinner? Grab a bite at Sebastian’s Bistro!
Head to the Boardwalk
The Boardwalk continues to be one of the best-kept secrets at Walt Disney World. And we can’t get enough. To get there, take the skyliner to Epcot, and instead of heading to Epcot when you arrive, go the other direction. Or if you’re already in Epcot, exit through the back between the UK pavilion and France, this is the international Gateway. At the Boardwalk, you’ll find beautiful beaches for relaxing, gift shops, a bakery, restaurants, and even a piano bar. The Boardwalk really comes alive at nighttime and it’s the perfect escape from the crowds.
Take a trip to Disney Springs
When the crowd levels at Walt Disney World get too high, why not head over to Disney Springs? Disney Springs has some of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment options you could ask for. Disney Springs has plenty of room to spread out. It’s an easy bus ride from the Parks and most resorts. You can also walk from Saratoga Springs or take a boat ride from Port Orleans.
When the Parks get crowded, there are plenty of things to do that don’t require you to brave them. Be sure to keep your peace of mind in check and enjoy your vacation regardless of crowds! Happy Traveling!
Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .