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10 Amazing Disney Activities Every Guest Must Try

  1. Kilimanjaro Safaris

How many chances are you really going to get to go on an African safari? If you’re like most people, meaning you’ll probably never be able to go to Africa and experience a real, authentic, safari, the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is going to be the next best thing. The amount of detail that was put into this attraction to transport guests directly to Africa is awe inspiring. And the best part about this attraction is that you can ride it multiple times and always have different experiences depending on what animals you see each trip.

 

  1. Eat or Drink Around the World

Epcot is my favorite place to go if I’m feeling like trying out some authentic food or drinks from different cultures. While Epcot is often known for drinking around the world, I’d recommend eating around the world as well. It is so easy to leisurely walk through the countries of World Showcase sampling different foods from all over the world. Drinking around the world is a fun way to experience other cultures as well, although if you choose this route you’ll want to make sure you set aside a whole day, and drink lots of water and eat in between every couple of countries.

  1. The Kiss Goodnight

The Kiss Goodnight is a special moment when guests are thanked for visiting the Magic Kingdom as the park closes at night. During this short presentation, Cinderella Castle glows, and guests are treated to a touching farewell message. If you’re in the park at closing time, it is definitely worth sticking around for the Kiss Goodnight, as it serves as a nice end to a day in the park.

  1. Resort Hop

Just like the theme parks, the amount of detail that has gone into each of the Disney resorts is amazing. If you’ve never been to all of the Disney resorts, it is definitely worth spending a day resort hopping. All of the resorts are beautiful in their own way, and have different things that make each of them unique. I would definitely recommend spending a day checking out the resorts, and maybe grabbing a bite to eat and doing some shopping while you’re there.

  1. Disney Springs

Disney Springs is something that every Disney guest must do. There is so much entertainment, dining, and shopping options available here, that it is definitely worth doing at least once per trip. I’d recommend planning Disney Springs into your schedule for possibly a resort/rest day. Spend the morning or late night – or both – and enjoy your time at Disney Springs.

  1. Classic Attractions

No trip to Walt Disney World would be complete without enjoying some of the classic attractions. This means you’ll definitely need to head to the Magic Kingdom and make sure you get on It’s A Small World, Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight, Dumbo, The Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Space Mountain.

  1. Ride the Monorail

Even if the monorail isn’t quite necessary to get to where you’re going, go for a spin on it at least once per trip. There’s something truly special about riding on the form of transportation that Walt Disney envisioned becoming more prominent as he designed Epcot (as in the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.)

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  1. Animal Kingdom’s Evening Hours

You don’t want to skip out early from Animal Kingdom! Now coming to life at night, guest have the opportunity to enjoy an amphitheater style show called Rivers of Light where nature is celebrated in an incredibly beautiful way! And who’s ready to dance? The Discovery Island Carnivale is a fun event to dance with colorfully costumed dancers, stilt walkers and musicians. The Tree of Life Awakenings is a perfect way to cap off the evening with its projections and music lighting up the iconic Animal Kingdom symbol. And finally, the perfect evening experience is a visit to Pandora – World of Avatar to see this beautiful land glow at night! Truly remarkable.

  1. Meet Mickey Mouse

As Walt Disney once said, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing: that it was all started by a mouse,” Mickey Mouse is clearly a very important aspect of a trip to Walt Disney World. Meeting Mickey is a sort of rite of passage when visiting Walt Disney World, that each guest should do at least once, if not at least once per trip.

  1. Happily Ever After Fireworks

Fireworks have always been the perfect way to wrap up a day at Magic Kingdom! Happily Ever After Fireworks has replaced Wishes, but has thankfully lived up to the beautiful display of fireworks, lasers, projection, music, and storytelling Magic Kingdom is known for. With 18-minutes of “heart, heroism, and humor”, Happily Ever After will send you on your way with your own “happily ever after” ending to an unforgettable Magic Kingdom day!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany DiCologero Bio Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.