To find out more about the treatments on offer, check out http://www.relaxedyet.com and if you're an Annual Pass holder or a Disney Vacation Club member, keep an eye out for special offers. Although offers can never be guaranteed, there have been a number over the past year.
The spas do offer couples relaxation packages, but more often than not, it tends to be only women who are seen at the spa. So what can the men do while the women are busy relaxing and indulging themselves? Mini-golf is one option, with four courses available -- two at Fantasia Gardens by the Swan and Dolphin hotels and the other two at Winter Summerland, next door to Blizzard Beach. All courses have superb Disney detail on them, although my personal favorite is at Fantasia Gardens. There's something very fun (and very surreal!) about trying to score a hole in one in amongst dancing hippos! And it's located conveniently close to some excellent restaurants and entertainment along Disney's BoardWalk.
Evoking memories of a bygone coastal town, the BoardWalk boasts restaurants, night-time entertainment in the shape of the ESPN Club and the dueling piano bar Jellyrolls, along with shops and street entertainers, including a fire breather and a cowgirl. On a warm evening, it's a lovely place to stroll round and we've spent many a magical time just browsing in the shops, enjoying the wonderful aromas from the restaurants as we wandered past, and taking in the sights. If you're lucky, you may even catch some of the highest fireworks from Illuminations and Fantasmic! from one of the bridges.
If you're feeling energetic, you could grab some help from your fellow travelers and take a ride round past the Yacht and Beach Club on one of the surrey bikes available for hire. They are a popular choice, but be aware -- those hills up to the bridges around Crescent Lake are steeper than they look and have been the undoing of many families. Be very sure that you've got enough pedal power to get up them!
But if it's nightlife you're really after, you'd best be heading for Downtown Disney, where everything is on your doorstep -- albeit a rather large doorstep! With three intertwined areas - the West Side, Pleasure Island and the Marketplace - you can see one of the most unique shows in the world in Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba, take a trip into a virtual reality world in DisneyQuest, dance the night away at one of the clubs or shop until you drop at a range of stores.
Our personal favorites at Downtown Disney include La Nouba, which we rate as "not to be missed" -- a show that's almost impossible to describe and is certainly unforgettable. And now, having discovered the unique Adventurers Club on Pleasure Island, a trip wouldn't be the same without an exploration of the Mask Room and the Library and a meeting with the Club President and the French Maid! Like La Nouba, this is another show that's impossible to describe. The best way is to experience it for yourself!
Something that many people somehow manage to overlook is the massive 24 screen cinema at Downtown Disney. It may sound like an unusual idea to take time out of your precious Disney vacation to watch a movie, but if the latest blockbuster opens while you're away, as happened to us one year when the new James Bond movie came out, then it's an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours, especially if the weather is less than perfect.
But for many, an even more enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours is dropping dollars at the many shops at the Marketplace. World of Disney is the starting point for most -- and for some, that's where the shopping ends as well. That's fair enough, as it is the world's largest Disney Store, but our other favorites include Disney's Days of Christmas, especially magical in the holiday season, but worth a visit at any time of the year, particularly if you've always fancied having your own Disney-inspired Christmas tree. The Wonderful World of Memories is paradise for scrapbookers like myself and Pooh Corner is always somewhere we have to go into, just to see the latest Eeyore merchandise!
And away from the Marketplace, if you want a CD or DVD, the chances are it's in stock at the Virgin Megastore on the West Side. Although we can never afford to buy any of the collectibles in Starabilias, it's great fun browsing around the shop and dreaming of what a lottery win could buy you. More affordable is Magnetron, home to the biggest selection of refrigerator magnets I've ever seen -- a number of which now adorn our fridge, helping to keep various Disney postcards in place! With so many places to choose from, it's easy to see how you could spend a whole day (and a lot of money!) simply shopping at Downtown Disney!
For our final Disney stop outside of the parks, it's time to head off property to a little slice of Walt's dream just along the 417. Although the town of Celebration has been in existence for a little over a decade, as you drive into it you can't help but think that this is exactly the sort of turn of the century close-knit community that Walt wanted to create. It's obviously a town that's been carefully created, with plenty of landscaping and some lovely designs to the houses.
It's a treat to drive round and see, what was to us, a dream place to live. But beware -- there are no traffic lights on many of the crossroads and there are low speed limits, mainly to try and give priority to pedestrians. You can easily spend a couple of hours in Celebration, browsing the variety of shops in Market Street and enjoying a meal at one of the many restaurants and cafés to be found there. If you happen to be at Disney in the run-up to Christmas, don't forget that magic comes to Celebration as well, with snow on the hour every hour between 6:00 and 9:00 in the evening.
As you can see, magic can be found everywhere on Disney property -- and even off property. It doesn't just exist at the theme parks. There's a lot more to explore at Walt Disney World and for us, a vacation there simply isn't complete without some time enjoying the resorts, the recreation and relaxation that's also on offer.
|About the Author: Cheryl and husband Mark live in England and love to travel, particularly to Disney, and they have made numerous visits to destinations across America and Europe. They recently completed their tour of every Disney theme park around the world, which culminated in their visit to Japan, including the Tokyo Disney Resort. Click here to view more of Cheryl's articles!|
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