There are many perks to staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel during your runDisney race weekend. Transportation, Extra Magic Hours, parking, and much more – along with the Disney magic throughout your stay. Yet many don’t know about some of the “hidden secrets” that these resorts also offer!
While some of these items may be known to the Walt Disney World veterans, there may be an item or two below that your family wasn’t aware of. Take a look!
YeHaa Bob Jackson
At the River Roost Lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside resides an entertainment fan favorite – YeHaa Bob! He combines his fantastic piano skills with comedy for a skit that the entire family is sure to enjoy. Be sure to ask the front desk for his schedule.
Grand Floridian Orchestra and Piano
Upon entering Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, you can’t help but enjoy the gorgeous lobby area. In the evening, it becomes even more magical as a pianist and orchestra take turns playing music that flows throughout the lobby. From ragtime, Dixie, jazz, and even a few of your Disney favorites, it is a great place to relax and listen to the sounds.
Deluxe Resort Lounges
Looking for a place to get a quick bite to eat or enjoy an evening cocktail? The lounges at the deluxe resorts are a great way to do just that! Reservations are not needed and a spot at the bar is usually available. The menus are actually pretty extensive and offer a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the parks.
Animal Kingdom Lodge Cast Members
There is no question that Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a fantastic place to stay, or even visit. Heading outside to see animals roaming the Savannah is an experience like no other! However, during your visit, be sure to talk with the cast members as they offer incredible information about the animals, culture, art and much more. For another great experience, visit the resort in the evening and take a look at the Savannah through the night vision goggles!
Many are aware of the many tours available in the parks, however there are also tours at a few of the resorts! Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is one resort in particular that offers a tour that explores the history of the original boardwalk in Atlantic City, as well as artifacts, artwork and architecture unique to the resort. (Other resorts with complimentary tours include Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.) Check with your resort’s concierge desk for more information.
Nestled near Fort Wilderness is the Tri-Circle-D Ranch, where your family can not only explore the area, but take horseback trail rides, wagon rides, carriage rides and more! Watch as the blacksmith makes horseshoes and even meet the horses that parade through Main Street USA.
Flag Family of the Day
At Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, a lucky family is chosen to help raise the flags that fly over the resort. This family, known as the Flag Family, accompanies a cast member to the roof of the resort to raise the American flag, Florida State flag, Walt Disney World flag and two Wilderness Lodge flags. While there is no guarantee, be sure to ask to see if there are any openings when you check into the resort.
New to the line up is a special experience at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Every day at 3:30 PM, Cinderella and Prince Charming descend the grand staircase and dance in the lobby, where guests are welcome to join in. This is a great opportunity for the littlest of princesses!
This is only the beginning when it comes to fun you can enjoy at your Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Movies on the beach, Electrical Water Pageant, hula dancing, fan favorite resort greeters, campfires and s’mores – the possibilities are endless! Ask the cast members at the front desk or concierge desk at your resort for more information. On your next runDisney race weekend, be sure to check out a few of these (and many more) to make your vacation even more magical!