Let’s face it, Disney is a smelly place.
In an effort to give you a fully immersive, all-five-senses experience, the Disney Imagineers have infused many of the attractions and environments with aromatics designed to enhance your park experience. Most guests find these scents enchanting or evocative, enhancing the park experience, while others, especially those with asthma or allergies to airborne particulates, may find them to problematic. So whether you’re scent sensitive or want to take a whiff of something wonderful, here’s a guidemap to the smells of Walt Disney World.
Rides/Attractions With Purposely Piped In Scents
- Stitch’s Great Escape, Magic Kingdom. That wacky alien Stitch belches chili dog, in your face.
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Magic Kingdom. Mmmmm, pie.
- Soarin’, Epcot. Smell the pine forests and orange groves of California.
- Spaceship Earth, Epcot. Rome burns, with burning scent.
- Journey into Imagination, Epcot. I think that scent spinner thing is rigged, I get the skunk every time.
- Test Track, Epcot. Acidic, chemical smell in the Corrosion Testing room. Not sure if this will remain in the current ride rehab.
- It’s Tough to Be a Bug, Animal Kingdom. There’s an accurately described stink bug on the program.
- Kali River Rapids, Animal Kingdom. Burning logs have burning scent.
Rides/Attractions That Have a Scent Due to the Nature of the Experience
- Walt Disney World Railroad, Magic Kingdom. Possible fuel or steam scents.
- Main Street Horse-Drawn Trolley, Magic Kingdom. The horses may have some odiferous output.
- Tomorrowland Speedway, Magic Kingdom. Fuel and smoke odors.
- Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Fuel and smoke odors.
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Fuel and smoke odors.
- Water rides, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, water parks. Rides/attractions which have an water component may have a damp or chemical scent. These include: Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, it’s a small world, Living with the Land, Maelstrom, Gran Fiesta Tour, Studio Backlot Tour, anything at the water parks.
- Fireworks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- Live animal areas, Animal Kingdom. They do what they can to keep odors to a minimum, but these are live animals.
- Campfires, Fort Wilderness and others. Possible smoke odors.
Of course any food service area has the potential to emit odors. These are some of the most noticeable.
- Popcorn carts, located throughout the parks. The strongest scent is at the cart on the left, immediately after you enter the Magic Kingdom.
- Candy shops, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Downtown Disney, Boardwalk. The Main Street Confectionery and its sister sweets purveyors emit a decidedly sweet aroma.
- Funnel cake/donut stands, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, water parks. The scent of fried dough wafting through the air. Nuff said.
- Karamell-Küche, Epcot. This is what heaven smells like.
- Bakeries, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Boardwalk. The Main Street Bakery and the entire France pavilion are permeated with the smell of butter and sugar.
- Flame Tree Barbecue, Animal Kingdom. Strong scent of fire and roast meats.
- Gingerbread House, Grand Floridian. During the holiday season, the giant gingerbread house periodically puffs gingerbread scent out of its chimney.
- Flower & Garden Festival, Epcot. There are extra plantings at Epcot during this time. Many are scent heavy.
- Perfume shops, Epcot. The England, France, and Norway pavilions all have perfume counters in their shops, with guests spritzing and sampling the various concoctions.
- Incense sales areas, Epcot. Incense is sold and sometimes burned in the shops in the Mexico and China pavilions.
- Basin bath shops, Grand Floridian, Downtown Disney. Sales area for scented soaps, lotions, etc.
- Fuego by Sosa Cigars, Downtown Disney. It’s a smoking bar.
- Spas. Scented products may be used.
So fellow sniffers, what have your scent experiences been at Walt Disney World? Do the smells enrich your theme park experience or have you had any adverse reactions to scented areas? Are there smelly spots that I’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below.