So, you’ve booked a trip to Walt Disney World and excitement is kicking in – I hear ya! The Happiest Place on Earth also happens to be my favourite place on earth, and after seven trips to Florida my love for the resort and parks just gets stronger.
This is not the first time I’ve shared some of my tips for Disney adventures (you can find a guide to Magic Kingdom – and a short video – here!), but after my most recent visit, I couldn’t resist compiling a little to-do list to cover 10 things to do at Walt Disney World. These are a few of my must-do activities and if you’re thinking of going to the parks soon, feel free to use this to kick-start your plans…
1. Tour the whole world (or at least 11 countries of it!) at Epcot. Walt Disney World has four theme parks (and two water parks to boot!), and Epcot is one of our favourite places to spend the day. A big part of the park is the World Showcase Pavilion, which features the sights, sounds and even tastes of eleven countries around the globe. Eat authentic sushi in Japan, take a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower in France and catch a mariachi band in Mexico! And in true Disney style, every inch of the experience has been created with perfect detail. This park is a must-do for anyone with major wanderlust.
2. Meet a character (or two!). Fancy getting a photo with Goofy for your photo album (or let’s be honest, Instagram!)? No problem! In each Walt DIsney World park there are lots of opportunities to say hi to your favourite characters, and the wait time isn’t as long as you’d think! Pick up a times guide (they’re free!) on your way into the park and it’ll let you know where and when they’ll be around to meet people. Easy! Cameras at the ready…
3. Take a spin in a teacup! At Magic Kingdom you’ll find so many iconic Disney rides and attractions, and one of my favourites is Mad Tea Party – inspired by Alice In Wonderland. Even if you have never set foot in a Disney park, it’s likely you’ve heard of this pastel-coloured classic. As far as big thrill rides go, this one is more fun factor than fear factor, but it’s timeless, charming AND I guarantee it will make you smile!
4. Dress in theme. Well, what did you expect? Whether you decide to go full-on DisneyBound as your favourite character, or a subtle nod to Mickey in your socks is more your style, theming your ensemble is a surefire way to get into the spirit of things. This year, as well as my Minnie-themed outfit, I also DisneyBounded as Snow White and rocked a cute Disney-inspired manicure from Swoon Nails.
5. Eat Dole Whip! Disney park snacks are all part of the experience, be it a Mickey-shaped ice cream, freshly-made popcorn, or my personal favourite, Dole Whip! Grabbing a cup of this delicious pineapple soft serve over at Adventureland has become something of a Disney tradition and it’s super refreshing on a warm day at the park!
6. Walk through Cinderella’s Castle. Ah, the castle…there’s nothing like getting that first glimpse of the famous 189-foot beauty to make you feel like you’ve truly arrived in Walt Disney World. Walking through the castle itself isn’t just a good shortcut, it’s another way to see it close-up. You’ll see colourful murals within the main corridor, and if you want to spend even more time in there you can even make a reservation to dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table. BYO tiara!
7. Check for special events. Yup, Walt Disney World is so enormous that there are often fun events within the resort taking place – and usually at no extra cost. A few examples include Epcot’s International Food & WIne Festival, exclusive tours, live music, sporting events and more. It’s always worth checking the Walt Disney World website (or download the app!) for upcoming schedules so you can make sure you make the most of your visit.
8. Step into the movies at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Inspired by Hollywood’s Golden Age, this Disney park is heaven on earth for anyone that has a passion for films. My favourite area of the park is Sunset Boulevard, which not only looks incredible, but is also where one of my favourite rides – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – is located. You can also find attractions based on franchises like Star Wars and Toy Story in this park.
9. Visit Disney Springs. Formally known as Downtown Disney, Disney Springs is THE destination for amazing shopping, dining and entertainment. With an incredible range of restaurants (who won’t judge you if you fancy ordering dessert first!), cafes and kiosks offering everything from snacks to swanky meals, you won’t go hungry here! A few of our favourites at Disney Springs include bowling at Splitsville, ice cream cookie sandwiches at Sprinkles and shopping at Sephora (OK that last one is probably just one of my favourites!).
10. End your night with Wishes. When the sun sets at Magic Kingdom, the evening entertainment begins and the most exciting spectacle of all is the Wishes fireworks show. I’ve never been a huge fan of fireworks and it wasn’t until I attended a Disney fireworks display that I realised that when done right, I can really enjoy them. And believe me, Disney does it RIGHT.
Well, that about wraps up my top 10 things to do at Walt Disney World! If you’ve been, are any of your favourite activities on there? And if you’re planning a trip soon, I hope this helps or inspires you to check out something new.
With much magic,
All photos from my Instagram page