Narrowing down a list of 10 things to see, do, explore and eat in all of Walt Disney World is extremely difficult, but we’re going to try. We’re going to look at things to do in the park, but also outside the parks to highlight some of the wonderful things you can see, do explore and eat across Walt Disney World property.
10. Miniature Golf
Miniature golf is enjoyable for families and groups of all ages and there are a few options that Disney has to offer. At the Swan Hotel there is the Fantasia Garden and Fairways Miniature Golf. Fantasia Garden is great during the day or at night, featuring beautiful whimsical statues that bring your favorite characters and scenes from the movie to life – and beware, there are few surprises along the way! There are also the Winter Summerland Miniature Golf courses, located at Blizzard Beach. There is one course for those who love the Florida sun and another course for those that love the snow of the North Pole.
9. World of Disney
Explore multiple rooms bursting with the most magical Disney merchandise in every department. This place is difficult to miss in Disney Springs due to the giant Stitch over one of the entrances, or Cinderella’s carriage over another entrance. The crowds tend to be heavier in the evenings, so for more leisurely shopping try to visit during the day.
8. Chef Mickey’s
Join Mickey and his friends for a wonderful character dining experience at Chef Mickey’s located in the Contemporary Resort. This fun and casual restaurant is the perfect place to make memories while mingling with characters such as Mickey, Minnie and Pluto, and there may even be singing and dancing too! Chef Mickey’s serves breakfast, brunch and dinner, featuring American fare so there is sure to be something for everyone in your party. You may even see a Monorail or two pass by through the resort!
7. Happily Ever After
No one does fireworks better than Disney, and Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom is an absolute must. There are a number of fantastic places to view the fireworks display. You could stand right in the action along Main Street U.S.A., but there is also a dessert party at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant, or why not catch a different view and watch from behind the castle? Happily Ever After is truly the most magical nighttime spectacular show on property and it should not to be missed.
The list is endless of the things to see, do, explore and eat at the many resorts of Walt Disney World, so why not explore one or two on your next visit? Check out Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at the Polynesian for delicious drinks, or head over to Fort Wilderness and Campgrounds for the Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Revue. Watch the Wild West revue show while feasting on fried chicken and strawberry shortcake. It’s also fun to just wander through the lobbies of different resorts, the theming is unique and the attention to detail in each resort is definitely worth exploring.
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5. The Mountains
This one might be cheating a bit, because it’s not just one thing to see, do or explore, but the mountains in the parks should be on your list of things to do at Disney. There are number of mountain attractions in Magic Kingdom, such as Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and even the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train goes through and around a mountain. Over at Animal Kingdom there is the legendary Expedition Everest. Although waiting in the queue may not be the preference, if you do find yourself waiting in line, explore the queues and what they have to offer. Some are interactive, and some offer details that inform guests of the story that the Imagineers have weaved into each attraction.
4. Dole Whips
Dole Whips are a huge Disney fan favorite, they even have a line of t-shirts dedicated to this delicious Disney treat! Most people flock to Aloha Isle located in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom to indulge in the pineapple soft-serve, but it is also available at the Polynesian Resort and Pop Century Resort. There are a few variations available, like the adult version at Animal Kingdom with rum, swirled with vanilla, or the Dole Whip Float which is soft-serve and pineapple juice. No matter how you like your Dole Whip or where you get it, it always hits the spot and is one of the most refreshing snacks at Disney.
3. Mickey Shaped Food
It’s too difficult to pick just one Mickey shaped snack to eat while at Disney, so try them all! The Mickey waffle (the perfect breakfast food) is available at Chef Mickey’s as well as the restaurants and quick-service counters in resorts. Mickey ice cream bars are another favorite, as well as cookies, coconut patties and of course Mickey pretzels, to name just a few. Eating a snack shaped like Mickey should be a tradition to experience every time you visit Walt Disney World.
2. Ride the Monorail
The monorail is a great way to get from point A to point B, but it’s also an enjoyable ride around Disney property and a great way to sit back, relax, and explore parts of Disney such as the Grand Floridian, the Contemporary and the Polynesian resorts. There are three monorail lines, so pick one and explore! It is the very definition of Disney transportation, and something everyone visiting Disney should experience.
1. Meet Your Favorite Character
Make plans to meet your favorite Disney character, whether it’s Mickey, the ever-popular Anna and Elsa, Marie or even Rafiki! Do a little research and find out where and when you can meet each character and if necessary, grab a Fastpass+ so you know you won’t miss out on making this memory and grabbing a few photos! Disney character meet and greets are such a big part of the Disney experience for guests of all ages. They offer an immersive and personal experience and it’s something you can’t do anywhere else!
There are so many things to see, do, explore and eat at Walt Disney World, we’ve only just scratched the surface. What are some of your favorite things to do when visiting Disney?