Trip Advisor Series:
2016 WDW–Parkless, Is it Possible?
April 6, 2016–Walt Disney World is wonderful, but expensive. I was on my first trip to WDW for a medical conference and money was too tight for me to go into any of the Theme Parks.
This did not slow me down whatsoever! There is so much to do and explore for inexpensive (or free) that I never felt like I was cheated. In fact, I ran out of time with things still on my “To-Do List” for my next trip!
The transportation system (monorails, shuttle buses, water taxis) is clean, easy to catch–and free! Explore a resort. Each resort is unique and offers their own “magic”. And you can easily spend hours just at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) with all the window shopping and free entertainment there.
Here is my second “free” thing I did at Disney (the first was to take the free airport transportation to my hotel): Fireworks on a “remote tropical beach”!
I arrived at my hotel after 7 PM and, after a long day of travel, I just wanted to relax. But, I also didn’t want to waste any time enjoying my first visit to Walt Disney World!
I took the shuttle to Magic Kingdom, then took the Monorail to the Polynesian Resort. I had heard that you can view the Fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle from one of their beaches.
By now it was dusk, the way was dimly lit and chaise lounge chairs dotted the beach. I chose one and positioned it with a perfect front-seat view of Cinderella’s Castle, then proceeded to eat my little dinner (a Lunchable with chocolate milk that I had purchased from the gift shop inside the Polynesian Resort lobby).
What a beautiful setting! The water was lapping gently against the beach. Soft breezes were blowing. The sounds of island music from the Luau Show off to my left took me away to distant tropical locations.
Around 9 PM the Electric Light Parade started. It went around to the different resorts on the Seven Seas Lagoon so it took an entire hour for it to finish. After 10 PM the Fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle finally started. Although it was in the distance, it was a beautiful display. After about 15 minutes, it was over and I was ready for bed!
A beautiful, relaxing, fantastic, and free way (minus my $6 dinner) to celebrate my first day at WDW!
PS: Two months after my post an alligator killed a 2-year-old playing with his father in knee-deep water not far from this location. Rest in peace, Little One! This beach now has a rope fence around it that mildly takes away from the view. Just because you are on Disney property doesn’t make you safe. This is natural habitat for many wild creatures. Please be observant and aware of your surroundings!
TIP: Break out of the box and explore Walt Disney World beyond the Theme Parks. You’ll be glad that you did!