This question comes from Heather A.
Is there a list of places and what snacks they offer for the quick service dining plan? Can you go to hotels and swim in there pools or are you just allowed to walk around, we are staying at Pop Century and wanted to check out other resorts but weren’t sure if we were allowed. Is the Chip and Dale sing along movie thing worth it? I think that is it for now, we leave August 10th and are staying longer than we normally do so I am trying to find things that we can do besides the usual parks. Thanks!
Heather. Thanks for reading the site and for your question. Let me answer these in order.
1. There’s no official list for snacks. You’ll recognize what’s available by the dining plan sign next to the item, however. Most drinks, bakery items, some candy items, and small servings of fries and even chili are included. You can read more about maximizing your snack credits here.
2. You can’t pool hop. You can visit other resorts, but you can’t use their pools. Feel free to grab a drink from the pool bar while you visit another resort or have lunch or shop. You can even just sit in the lobby and enjoy the beautiful theming. “Resort hopping,” as it’s called, is a popular activity in Disney World and a nice way to spend a non-park day.
Chip has a whole series of Resort Hopping articles located here.
3. Chip and Dale are a lot of fun and the sing-a-long gets rave reviews for the character interaction. I recommend it, especially if you’re looking for activities to do outside of the parks.
There are lots of fun activities to do that cost very little and don’t require theme park admission. A movie and some shopping at Downtown Disney is a nice way to spend the day. There are entertainers at night on the Boardwalk and it costs nothing to watch and walk around. Resort hopping, as mentioned above, is totally free and gives you an opportunity to see all the extraordinary theming that goes into the resorts. Take the kids over to Ft. Wilderness and ride horses or visit the petting zoo. If you have a car, the Mall of Millenia is only about a 15-minute drive and has lots of great shopping. Attractions like Gatorland are inexpensive and fun for the kids. And if you like thrill rides and Harry Potter, consider a day trip over to Universal Studios Orlando. Finally, I love the town of Celebration, just a few miles off property. Grab some food and explore all the wonderful little architectural details of this planned community.
Also check out this article where we share free things to do at Walt Disney World. It might help too.
Have a wonderful trip!