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
Ahhh, the siren scent of fresh popped corn.
- 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
The Journey to Imagination ride stinks. Literally.
Of course any food service area has the potential to emit odors. These are some of the most noticeable.
- 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.