After you’ve been to Walt Disney World a few times and have gotten a hang of how things work, there’s this new sense of freedom.
You don’t have to spend ALL day in the parks. Or wake up early morning to be the FIRST in the parks either. And sometimes, if your heart desires, you can leave the park in the middle of the day and go on a little adventure.
My adoration for Hollywood Studios and Epcot is pretty much tripled because of their close vicinity to the BoardWalk Resort, and the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Even when I’m not lucky enough to have a room in that corner of the World, I love to stop and visit. It reminds me so much of our summers at the Jersey Shore and it’s a nice break away from all the mayhem that’s happening in the parks.
During our one day in Hollywood Studios a few weeks ago, we had an early start and somewhere after our 2 drinks at the Tune-In Lounge (tell bartender Julie we said hi!), we decided we should make the most of the weather (this was the last warm day) and take a small jaunt over to the BoardWalk (for more drinking, er, the sights!). We had a later dinner reservation at Mama Melrose’s and would be back later to tackle the rest of our to-do list in DHS.
I love when there are two ways to get to one place. Options! If you walk out of Hollywood Studios and turn left, you can take the Friendship Boats over to BoardWalk, Swan + Dolphin, or Yacht Club Resorts. If you want to stay the whole ride, you can even make it all the way to Epcot. But if there is a long line at the boats, you can turn right when you exit, follow the signs, and walk along the lagoon to your final destination.
This is exactly what we did. A beautiful day in the sun, a beep “hello” from the passing Friendship boat, and gorgeous views of one of my favorite spots on property. (It takes about 10 minutes to walk there.)
Our first stop was a lovely beer sampler at Big River Grille.
And then a nap on these lounge chairs at the Yacht Club Beach. This is the momentous occasion where we got the only sun of our trip.
And then it was back to our hotel before returning to Hollywood Studios for dinner and a little Fantasmic.
This little pause from our regular park plans was a welcome moment in our vacation. It was totally unplanned, completely spontaneous and gave us a chance to truly soak in the weather and enjoy a quiet moment or two together. I’m so glad we had a chance to make it happen.
Do you have any favorite escape spots in the Disney parks?