If you’ve read our previous Beyond Neverland posts, you will know that we enjoy going to Walt Disney World even when our passes are blacked out. We love to explore everything The World has to offer outside of the theme parks. We call this leisurely exploration “Beyond Neverland.” A while back, Emily was deciding whether to book or not to book a trip New Year’s weekend, and it came as no surprise that she decided to book! Arriving on January 1st meant that we would have a Beyond Neverland day, since our seasonal passes started up again on January 2nd. As all of the Disney resorts were extremely expensive this weekend, she was able to get a more reasonable rate at the Dolphin Resort.
When we checked in on New Year’s Day our room wasn’t ready yet, so we ate lunch at the Dolphin’s quick service restaurant, Picabu, and set off to tour the all the resorts in the area. We were happy that the Christmas decorations were still up at the Boardwalk, and Yacht & Beach Club. We strolled around all the resorts, taking in all the festive touches.
We happened upon a really nice spot at the Beach Club called the Solarium. It is a lovely, quiet light-filled room where you can sit in a comfy chair and read a book or play games that are sometimes scheduled there. There is also a flat screen TV, which had a football game on at the time, although the volume was either low or off entirely. The architecture and decor reminded me of being at a Cape Cod beach house.
Walking down the hallway which led to the Solarium, we enjoyed viewing the paintings that lined the walls and found hidden Mickeys in each of them.
It’s these type of activities that we really love to do, to slow down and explore the details and incredible theming that surrounds you. This experience definitely fit in with our philosophy-that there is always something new to experience at Walt Disney World, no matter how many times you go. And when you slow down, there is so much more to enjoy.