It’s been a busy week in our house, we’ve had Jubilee celebrations at school and a rather damp street party today, but the highlight of our week was sports day. The kids did us proud and had lots of fun taking part in all of the day’s activities.
My son and I are not particularly sporty but he gave sports day his best shot and did very well, however my husband and daughter are very sporty and don’t tend to sit still for very long. Now while a visit to Walt Disney World is very active for all of us due to the amount of walking that takes place around the parks, there are times that the sportier members of the family would like to do a little more exercise. Quite often the sports activities available at Walt Disney World get overlooked in favour of the rollercoasters and parades, so I thought after last week’s relaxing post that this week would focus on the sportier side of a trip to the House of Mouse.
I think it is fairly safe to assume that most people are aware of the golf courses available on site at Walt Disney World – I’m sure we’ve all seen at least one advert with a Mickey shaped bunker on the golf course haven’t we? Well to be precise, there are four 18 hole golf courses for guests to use. You can rent golf equipment if you’d prefer not to take your own and you can also book lessons too. You can find out more information at www.disneygolf.com
Personally, I’m rubbish at golf and prefer to play mini golf (or crazy golf as we call it!) There are two mini golf venues in WDW; Fantasia Gardens near the Boardwalk and Swan and Dolphin resorts this is themed on Disney’s Fantasia movie. The other is Winter Summerland located just outside Blizzard Beach, the theme for this course is Santa’s holiday retreat.
Anyone for Tennis? There are courts available at The Grand Floridian, Saratoga Springs, The Yacht and Beach Club, Bay Lake Tower, Kidani Village, The Boardwalk, Old Key West and at The Swan and Dolphin – who knew there were that many tennis courts at Disney? I didn’t! Use of the courts is free at all resorts except The Grand Floridian and like the golf courses, you can borrow equipment and book lessons.
All of the resorts have swimming pools and many of them have more than one. We will be staying at Old Key West which has four pools. Pools are open to resort guests only and you cannot visit the pools of other resorts while staying onsite, with the exception of certain resorts that share their pools such as Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter. The pools are heated in winter and there are life jackets available for those that need them. If you want something a little more exciting than just a pool then you can head to one of the water parks but I’ll talk about them more another time.
Other sports available include; cycling – bikes can be rented at a number of resorts on an hourly basis.J ogging – there are jogging routes around several resorts and they are roughly a mile long. Volleyball and basketball is available at some of the resorts including The Grand Floridian, Fort Wilderness, Old Key West and Coronado Springs, however the resorts may not offer both sports. Fort Wilderness also offers horse riding for an additional fee and this can be booked 180 days before your trip.
For those of you who are big sports enthusiasts you can head on over to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex where more than 60 sports can be experienced.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m not very sporty at all but I’m planning on using the pools and the mini golf and I think that’s about my limit – especially in the August heat!
Do you have a favourite sport/sporting activity that you like to do in WDW? Have you played on the mini golf courses and do you have a favourite?
See ya real soon!