Escaping the Disney Madness, while at Disney World

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It can be done. The Miami Herald has an article with 10 places to escape the Disney vacation madness, if just for a few minutes, while still on vacation at Walt Disney World. Here are the places they list:

Afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian, the fire pit at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Tomorrowland Transit Authority at the Magic Kingdom, the petting zoo/stables at Fort Wilderness Resort, frozen margaritas at EPCOT’s Cantina de San Angel, the ‘Villains’ Room” (aka the watch department) in Downtown Disney’s World of Disney, the fishing hole at Port Orleans Resort, the boat ride from EPCOT to Boardwalk, the Writers’ Stop at Disney-MGM Studios, and Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club.

I’m not sure Beaches and Cream qualifies as an escape. But it’s a must visit for the Kitchen Sink dessert. To their list I would add:

  • Pontoon Boat Ride: Rent a pontoon boat at Old Key West, Downtown Disney, or the Contemporary and enjoy an hour of leisure time exploring the lakes and water ways around the Walt Disney World resort.
  • Polynesian Beach for Magic Kingdom Fireworks and the Electric Lights Water Pagent: they pump the music in, so you won’t miss a thing… except the crowds.
  • Pathway between Wilderness Lodge and the Fort Wilderness campground. Walk it or rent a bike, but enjoy this calming trip through the forest.
  • Fort Wilderness Movie and Marshmellow roast: one of the true hidden gems of the Walt Disney World vacation.

Anybody want to share their favorite escapes? The comments are open.