The start of a Walt Disney World vacation is something special. Whether you drive into Orlando on a long road trip or land in MCO and take the Magical Express, once you make it to your Disney resort hotel it’s time to celebrate! After getting settled into your room, start your vacation off with some fun -- even if you don’t have park tickets for your arrival day. Looking for some activity inspiration? Today we’re sharing five fun things to do on your arrival day at Walt Disney World!

Window Shopping at Disney Springs
Disney’s shopping and dining district is a vacation hot spot for everyone in your family. Take a walk-through World of Disney to find the perfect souvenir or swing by Sprinkles to grab a cupcake or two! With complimentary bus and ferry boat service to Disney Springs from your Disney resort, this could be a fun and easy outing to start the excitement of your Disney vacation.

Kick Back By the Pool
Each Disney resort hotel has its own poolside getaways featuring slides, floats, and tons of water-based fun! After unpacking in your room, have everyone change into their suits and hang by the pool for a bit. Taking a quick dip or sitting poolside in a lounge chair is the best way to relax and unwind before an action-packed week in the parks!

Dinner at a Disney Resort Hotel
Walt Disney World resort is known for its outstanding array of dining options, and this will come in handy on arrival day. Whether you decide to eat in at your resort or venture off to another resort on property, the very first meal of your Disney vacation is sure to be a magical one. If the option is available, go for a character dining experience! Your whole party will enjoy the fun interactions with Disney characters before you even hit the theme parks.

Play A Round of Miniature Golf
The Most Magical Place on Earth is home to two different miniature golf courses, Fantasy Gardens and Winter Summerland. Fantasy Gardens is located near the Walt Disney World Swan Resort and features two 18-hole courses. Winter Summerland is right by Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and also features two 18-hole courses for guests to try. Both locations can be reached by bus service and stay open until 10 PM which makes for plenty of time for mini golf fun! 

Catch the Fireworks at a Nearby Resort
You don’t have to be inside of the parks to experience the magic of their fireworks shows. Magic Kingdom’s nearby resorts like Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa offer amazing views of all the works. In the case of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, guests can gather at the Epcot Area Resort hotels like Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Disney’s Yacht Club, and Disney’s Beach Club. Whether you’re grabbing dessert or hanging by the pool, these resorts offer breathtaking views of the fireworks without stepping foot inside of the parks.

If you’re looking to make your Disney vacation magical from start to finish, you’ve got to start off with a fun arrival day activity! From miniature golf courses to amazing meals and beautiful pool views, any of these arrival day activities are sure to start your trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth on the right note.