Disney “Must-Dos”

Disney World is a great big place with 4 parks covering 47 square miles. That’s a lot to see in the average week-long trip! Obviously, that means that you will have to pick and choose what to see and do. If you asked 10 Disney fanatics what you absolutely must experience on your Disney trip, you will get 10 different answers. So – for all you soon


-to-be Disney fans, here’s my opinion, in no particular order, and I’m sure I will have left some off. Please share yours!

  1. You have to ride on the monorail! Even if you have no reason to get on it, jump on the resort monorail loop at Magic Kingdom, which makes stops at The Contemporary, The Polynesian Village and The Grand Floridian resorts before taking you back to Magic Kingdom.
  2. There are some classic Disney rides that must be ridden because they are icons (even if you can’t stand the “It’s a Small World” song): Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s a Small World, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Jungle Cruise, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Spaceship Earth, Soarin’, Kilimanjaro Safaris and Tower of Terror. Obviously there are loads more rides that I wouldn’t miss, but this isn’t a list of my favorite rides, it’s a list of rides that you really should experience at least once.
  3. Have a Dole Whip! You won’t regret it.
  4. Have at least one meal with the characters. My personal favorite is Chef Mickey’s, where you will see the “Fab Five” – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto.
  5. See the new Happily Ever After fireworks at Magic Kingdom.Wishes Fireworks
  6. Arrive at least 30 minutes before Magic Kingdom opens to see the Good Morning Show.
  7. Press at least one penny to keep as a souvenir.
  8. Trade a few pins. Cast Members will trade collectible pins with you, which is a great way to kill time if you are standing in line. Buy trading pins on eBay before your trip and save yourself a bunch of $$!
  9. See the Fantasmic! show at Hollywood Studios. This is way more than fireworks – you’ve got live actors, animation, fire, water, music – it’s really an amazing way to end a trip!
  10. Have your picture taken in front of Cinderella’s Castle.
  11. See the Festival of the Lion King show at Animal Kingdom. It’s amazing. The Beauty and the Beast production at Hollywood Studios is a close second.
  12. Get some character signatures and pictures. We like to have the characters sign a white picture frame mat in different-colored Sharpies. Then we put one of our favorite pictures from the trip in the frame.
  13. Find at least one Hidden Mickey. What’s a Hidden Mickey? It’s a Mickey shape that appears in a place where Mickey wouldn’t normallyHidden Mickeybe placed. Sometimes it’s a shadow on the ground or the shape a ride makes when you look at it from above. They’re everywhere. Make a game of it and see who can find the most.
  14. Look at the animals carved into Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life. More than 300 animals are carved into the tree and it took more than a year to complete – it’s magnificent.
  15. See Illuminations at Epcot. The telling of the history of the world through music, fire, water and pyrotechnics is pretty cool.illuminations
  16. If you have a huge princess fan, then you won’t want to miss the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, where she can receive a princess makeover.
  17. Walk around the World Showcase at Epcot. Don’t miss the little details like the miniature train set in the Germany pavilion. The set’s decor even changes to match the season.
  18. Buy a pair of mouse ears – even if you aren’t brave enough to wear them.
  19. Try Beverly at Epcot’s Club Cool.
  20. Hear the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse closing theme song on the Magical Express bus ride back to the airport. I always tear up when Mickey says “See ya’ real soon!” (Yes, I’m aware I have a Disney addiction. The first step is admitting it, right?)

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