After you’ve earned that medal, chowed down on some grub and recovered, your family will be begging you to get up and go do something. After a half marathon or a Dopey, you may not have the amount of energy required to spend the rest of the day walking through the parks. So, I’ve put together some ideas for creating memories with your family on the initial recovery day:
Play miniature golf. I don’t know about your family, but my family is quite competitive when it comes to mini golf. Lucky for us, Fantasia Gardens is near the Swan & Dolphin Resorts and accessible by Disney’s free resort transportation.
Go bowling at Splittsville Luxury Lanes at Disney Springs. This is not your grandma’s bowling alley. With 30 lanes, 2 floors, an outdoor patio, upscale food including two sushi bars, this is an experience! Bowling AND sushi, count me in!
See a movie at AMC Disney Springs 24 with Dine-In Theatre. Movie theatres with dining options are now mainstream. You can fuel your recovery, catch a movie and maybe a few winks if you let the kids pick the movie. Shhh, I won’t tell anyone.
Channel your inner gamer while you hang with the family at DisneyQuest. With five floors of interactive gaming, you can find plenty of places to take a load off and immerse yourself into a virtual world.
Lounge around at your resort pool or beach. I highly recommend Beach Club!
Go catch and release fishing. If your family enjoys fishing, you could take a bass tour excursion from several of the Disney properties. You can also try your hand at traditional cane-pole fishing at the Fishin’ Hole at Old Man Island at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—Riverside. Casting-rod fishing gear can be rented from the Bike Barn at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
If it’s basketball season, take in an Orlando Magic game.
Take a horseback trail ride at Fort Wilderness. Guest 9 years old and older can ride horseback. For the younger crowd, try a wagon ride or a parent-supervised pony ride for those at least 2 years old.
With all those calories you burned running your race, take the Kitchen Sink challenge with your family at Beaches and Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. You proved your endurance on the course, not prove it in the parlor! Don’t try this at home. You could go broke buying all the ingredients in this sundae!
Don’t feel like doing any of these things because you’re so brain dead from your race? Then, rest, recover and take a nice long nap. You earned it! Your family can go have some fun without you for a little while.
What’s your favorite Disney activity to do outside the Theme Parks?