Visiting the Walt Disney World Resort is always something special – whether you’re a local that can visit more than once a week, or a vacationer on the trip of a lifetime, there is always something new and exciting to see and do when you’re in the place where dreams come true!
Although many guests have their own bucket list of attractions to experience, meals to enjoy or shows to see, my personal must-do’s rotate more around the everyday experiences that make each trip special. Sure, I love screaming at the top of my lungs on Space Mountain just as much as choosing a special treat at the Confectionary, but if I had to narrow down what really defines a trip to Walt Disney World, it would be best described by this list:
#7: Conquer The Mountain Range
Big Thunder. Splash. Space. Expedition Everest. Each of these unique thrill rides is captivating and exciting in its own way, and no trip is complete without stepping up to the challenge of at least one of these majestic mountains. The best part about scaling these beauties is that you don’t need hiking boots or gear – just a healthy dose of adventure!
#6: Ride a Boat
It’s a “fact” oft mentioned during Walt Disney World tours and trivia books; that the resort operates enough watercraft (boats, ferries, water attractions) that it boasts the world’s fifth largest navy. Whether that is true or not, it is undeniable that hopping onto a boat while in any of the four theme parks, traveling around the resorts and/or Downtown Disney is inevitable. My personal favorites are definitely Magic Kingdom’s “it’s a small world,” and Pirates of the Caribbean, Epcot’s Maelstrom and Gran Fiesta Tour, and lastly, the Ferry Boats that connect guests from the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Magic Kingdom.
#5: Meet Some Characters
Finding, meeting and snapping photographs with some of the world-famous Disney characters is definitely a must for my trips. Whether it’s with iconic Mickey Mouse or more obscure “Long Lost Friends,” interacting with the characters is an experience not to be missed. If you’re traveling solo or are tired of being the one never in the pictures, do not fear! Whenever you visit a character meet and greet location, you can be sure there will be a PhotoPass photographer to capture the memory. Check out Erin’s recent post about where to find your favorites.
#4: Act Really Silly
Okay, so this one might be directly related to the last “must-do” but honestly, how often do you get to totally let loose and just have a great time? I highly recommend dancing to parade music, playing along with interactive queues and laughing a LOT!
#3: Have a Treat
Although walking around the parks can be quite the workout, Walt Disney World has its share of tempting treats to offset that calorie burn in a jiffy! From the iconic Mickey Premium Bar to the creative cupcake offerings and location-specific treats like the Carrot Cake Cookie, there are enough magical treats to last a lifetime, so in the interest of both your wallet and your sugar high…pace yourself with this one, but enjoy!
#2: Share With Friends
I am so fortunate to be within driving to Walt Disney World that I can hop in the car and be in the magic within hours, but I know that that’s not the case for everyone – so I share! Whether that means Face-timing my family in to watch the Fantasmic with me, or sharing my pictures from the park on Instagram, there is nothing more fun than sharing the magic – besides, it pumps me up for the next time I know that my friends will be right there beside me!
#1: Be a Kid
If you could not already tell, Walt Disney World is 100 percent my “Happy Place” – from the moment I pass under the “Welcome” sign to the last tram to the parking lot of the night, it’s a place where I can forget my adult responsibilities – if just for a few hours.
Even when I am visiting the property for something as serious as a marathon, I can count on having the time of my life and never for a second worrying about how I look or what other people think – a true hallmark of being a kid, if you ask me!
With a plethora of attractions, entertainment offerings, dining locations and more, there’s something sure to fit your family’s preferences – so tell me, what are your Must-do’s?