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You’ve probably heard the expression “I needed a vacation from my vacation” from others who have taken a Disney World vacation. Well, we admit that Disney vacations can be very busy and sometimes very overwhelming! With four theme parks, two water parks, over 30 resorts, over 100 restaurants, Disney Springs, and tons more to do, you can run yourself ragged trying to see and do it all.
We highly recommend you plan some downtime in your visit, too. Here are seven ways to relax at the Disney World Resorts. These are our favorites in The Jones Family!
Relax at Disney World Resorts
We can’t think of a better way to melt any stress and relax sore muscles after all that walking and standing at Disney than a few hours at the spa! Massages, couple’s massages, facials, hydrotherapy, body wraps, nail services and so much more are available at the Spas at Walt Disney World.
Beach / Pool Day
Disney resorts have some terrific pools! Some are gigantic, like the Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation. Some have incredible water slides, like at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
As a general “rule of thumb,” moderate and deluxe level resorts will have water slides and other water play features, but all resort hotels have large pools that you don’t want to miss out on. Most offer a “quiet pool” with less kid-friendly features, which tend to be a little more calm and quiet.
Whichever style you prefer, make sure to schedule a day or at least a few hours enjoying your resort pool and amenities. Pool bars offer great food and snacks, and of course, beverages!
Need a haircut? Full color? Maybe some highlights? The full-service salons at Walt Disney World can take care of these services for you! You can also get your hair and makeup done or nail services for a date night at Walt Disney World.
Traditional Barber Shave
The Barber Spa at Art of Shaving at Disney Springs has Master Barbers who are expertly trained to provide a range of men’s services that are sure to leave you well-groomed and relaxed.
Shaves start with a hot towel, a protective shave oil and hot shaving cream. Next comes a traditional straight razor shave followed by essential oils and aftershave. In addition to shaves, they also offer beard and mustache trims, head shaves, haircuts and more. It’s the perfect indulgent grooming experience in a masculine and luxurious environment.
Brunch is growing in popularity and many Walt Disney World restaurants now offer incredible brunches! A very popular (and very fancy) brunch is ‘Brunch at the Top’ at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
With a bird’s-eye view of Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot and Disney’s resort hotels, this Sunday brunch offering opens the beautiful restaurant for daytime dining for the first time ever. Brunch at the Top has everything from charcuterie, sushi, market-inspired salads, house-made breakfast pastries, pan-Fried Buttermilk Organic Chicken Cutlet, Sweet Potato Pancakes, Custard, Frittata, Steak, mini desserts, truffles and so much more. It’s quite an experience!
Many restaurants offer mid-morning brunch menus, but here are a hew highlights: Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs (southern-style Rise ’n Shine Brunch every Sunday); The Rollicking Raglan Brunch at Raglan Road (Irish-inspired fare offered Saturdays and Sundays); and Trail’s End Restaurant at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground (WANTED: A Bountiful Brunch every Saturday and Sunday).
Room Service / Private Dining
Looking for magical room service delivered right to your door? Guests at certain Disney Resorts can order made-to-order meals to enjoy in the privacy of your hotel room! Whether you’re hungry for a late dinner or you just want some breakfast to avoid rushing out in the morning, private dining a great way to have a no-stress meal.
With Disney Resorts Private Dining, you can choose from a variety of American favorites and each resort offers some specialty items particular to that specific Disney Resort hotel. This service is available at the following resorts:
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (Disney Dining Plans not accepted for Private Dining.)
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
BONUS TIP – Don’t Try to Do it All
If you aren’t interested in any of these relaxing activities and you take away nothing else, please remember this – It’s impossible to do it all at WDW!
We are locals and come to Disney ALL THE TIME and yet there are still things we haven’t done yet. Disney is constantly changing and adding new things, so there is always a reason to come back again and again. And we are pretty sure that once you visit, you’ll love it and you will definitely want to come back. So, don’t try to do it all. Save some things for “next time” and you’ll have a much calmer and much more relaxing visit.
What do you think? Do these sound like good ways to relax at Walt Disney World?