As much as we’d like a trip to Walt Disney World to be all play, sometimes the career gets in the way. After begrudgingly pulling out your laptop or tablet, you realize the last place you want to be is cooped up in your hotel room. Where else can you go to concentrate and get some work done?
Whether it be answering email or working remotely, here are some places to set up your make-shift office and get down to business (“to defeat…the Huns.” Name that film!).
If you know you’re going to be working throughout your trip, here are a few extras to consider bringing along for a more comfortable experience:
- A mouse for your laptop
- A stylus for your tablet/iPad
- A keyboard for your tablet
- Chargers for your devices
- A power strip
- Paper and pen (if you don’t have technology handy)
These centers aren’t just a small room with one computer and printer. They have it all. Need to fax or photocopy something? No problem. Want to create a business card or poster? Go ahead! These centers have postal service capabilities AND you can even notarize official documents.
Here is a list of resorts equipped with a business center:
- Yacht and Beach Club (They share one)
- BoardWalk Inn
- Coronado Springs
- Grand Floridian
- Dolphin Hotel (found in lobby)
- Swan Hotel (lobby)
Each Disney resort has plenty of free space to choose from: It really just depends on how quiet you need your surroundings to be. If you can’t (or don’t want to) work in your room, try the balcony. Not there? The lobbies always have chairs and small coffee tables available. Here are some other places to look out for:
If you’re an early bird, head over to the food courts. Grab the farthest table from the entrance and get straight to work!
- River Roost Lounge*
- Scat Cat’s Club Lounge
- There are benches available outdoors should you want to work in one of the beautiful courtyards.
- Shutters – Sit outside and enjoy an appetizer and drink.
Coronado Springs Resort:
- Laguna Bar – Grab one of the lakeside tables and feel the breeze in your face while you catch up on business.
- Rix Lounge
- The lobby has lots of cozy chairs and lamps.
- Sit on your balcony or one of the public overlooks…although you may be interrupted by African wildlife.
- Tambu Lounge, although when ‘Ohana is open it gets crowded.
- Lobby – It’s open and airy with beautiful piano music in the background.
- Mizner’s Lounge
- Territory Lounge
- The Crew’s Cup Lounge is a personal favorite of mine. The atmosphere is so cozy and the truffle fries are amazing!
- Martha’s Vineyard Lounge
- Right outside the Beach Club Marketplace is outdoor seating. It’s very quiet and has tables and chair to enjoy.
- Solarium: Right across from the Marketplace.
- Belle Vue Lounge
- Right outside of the lobby and the Belle Vue Lounge is a balcony with several chairs. Look up from your work every once in a while to see what’s going on on the BoardWalk.
Out and About
If you absolutely must get work done when you’re away from your resort, Disney offers wireless internet access at all the parks (including the water parks) and at Downtown Disney.
Looking for quiet places to concentrate whilst in the parks? Check out Bob Whitten’s top quiet spots here!
So where do you like to get your work done at WDW? Let me know in the comments!
*Most of the lounges can be used during the day, even if they aren’t open yet.