If “a dream is a wish your heart makes” we all have things we dream about happening at Walt Disney World. Here are some that have been expressed by several guests. Are any of these your dreams?
10. Waking up to Mickey Waffles Each Morning
Mmm that would be a great start to a busy morning before school or work, right? It could bring up memories of Mickey waffles in the past, and looking forward to the ones in the future during your next trip to Walt Disney World. Since none of us live at a Disney resort, the only way to have these at home would be to purchase a Mickey waffle maker from Amazon, who amazingly has over 2500 items pop up when searching for Mickey waffle makers!
9. Experience a Special Magical Moment
This is something we all appreciate when it happens to us, and some of us are happy to just witness it happening to someone else. Unfortunately there are those who see it, or hear about it, and then use it to demand the same thing for themselves. It could be something as simple as a Mickey sticker given to our child, or being pulled out of a standby line to be taken in the back door to experience the ride right away, or the ultimate- a night in Cinderella Castle. Leave it to chance. Don’t expect it, don’t demand it, but it is ok to dream about it!
8. Eating a Favorite Disney World Snack
Whether it be Premium Mickey Ice Cream Bars or smoked Jumbo Turkey Legs. Dole Whip Pineapple Floats enter my thoughts often. Who can forget those Mickey Pretzels, Churros, and Beaches and Cream Sundaes? What is your favorite Disney snack you dream about?
7. Participating in a Disney Attraction (such as Indiana Jones or Star Wars Jedi Training)
It is appropriate that these participatory shows are in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Indiana Jone’s Stunt Spectacular casts adults from the audience to role play a series of scenes in the show. It is fun to watch, but some dream about being selected for the roles. Star Wars Jedi Training selects from a list of names submitted early in the day for each of their shows. You need to be a child for this one. But what kid doesn’t dream about being trained as a Jedi, and then finish the class with a fight against Darth Vader!
6. Meeting a Favorite Princess or Prince
The royal Disney Princesses and Princes, including Queen Elsa, are among the most sought after meet and greet experiences at Walt Disney World. Some of these are very difficult to see. If you want to see the Princesses with their Prince, you may have to do that during a hard ticket event such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Valentine’s Day is another opportunity that we have had, historically, to meet the royal pairs together. Festival of Fantasy Parade has a few of the couples in it so you can see them as they go by. Fantasmic! At Hollywood Studios has some of the Princesses with their Prince. You will rarely see a Prince out by himself. (I believe Prince Caspian, who was out during the premier of the Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian film is the only time I have personally seen a Prince out by himself.)
You can meet Princesses in Princess Fairy Tale Hall, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom; Cinderella’s Royal Table, Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom; Ariel in her Grotto, New Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom; Merida in Fairytale Garden, Magic Kingdom; Belle is at Enchanted Tales with Belle, New Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom; Princess Tiana is in Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom; Anna & Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus in Norway, Epcot. As well as several others who are around World Showcase, Epcot. You may want to make a reservation for Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Banquet Hall in Norway, Epcot’s World Showcase to meet several princesses. Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno on the Boardwalk features Ariel, Eric, Rapunzel, and Flynn Rider. Cinderella’s Royal Table (Magic Kingdom) and 1900 Park Fare (Grand Floridian resort) are the other two Princess dining experiences. There are two live shows at Hollywood Studios, Beauty and the Beast and Voyage of the Little Mermaid where you can watch Belle and Ariel perform on stage. Animal Kingdom has but one princess, Pocahontas, available to meet guests. Is there someone your little girl or boy wants to meet?
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5. Meeting all the Favorite Disney Villains
The Disney Villains are extremely popular and very hard to meet! You will know where they are because the line will go on forever. You will find them at special hard ticket events such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The Villain’s merchandise for these events, usually sell out in a very short time. It is possible to see some of them in action at Disney’s Hollywood Studios each evening during Fantasmic! Lady Tremain will pop up in Fantasyland with Anastasia and Drizella, Gaston is out daily next to his Tavern in New Fantasyland. Darth Vader is in the Jedi Training experience in Hollywood Studios, and Kylo Ren is located in the Star Wars Launch Bay.
4. Finding that “Special” Pin on a Cast Member’s Lanyard
My kids love to do pin trading! I enjoy it also but they are like little spies carefully checking out the lanyards on Cast Members from custodial to Imagineers. Since there are people from all over the world here, you can sometimes find some rare and beautiful pins from other Disney parks. For a while my daughter was searching for any pin with Zurg on it. One trip we found an exceptional Zurg pin from Hong Kong Disneyland where he is more popular than at Walt Disney World. These pins are few and far between, but when you find one, and the wearer is ready to trade it, it can be a dream come true. It is much more magical than buying it on eBay!
3. Being the First Rider on a New Attraction or the Last Rider on a Closing Attraction
I was happy being one of the first couple hundred guests who got to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and also one of the last riders on Maelstrom before it closed forever. Both experiences were important to me, Seven Dwarfs being an exhilarating one after waiting for sooo long for it to open. It was a nostalgic experience on Maelstrom. It had been an attraction I loved when I experienced it close to its opening, when I was much younger, and then bringing my own children to experience it as they were growing up. We are sad to see it go. Perhaps there is a favorite ride you dream about, one that is being built, one that you are looking forward to it opening. Maybe you saw it in its testing phase and did not get to experience it, yet you are thinking about it for a future trip? Or maybe there is one that has had special meaning to you that is closing soon?
2. Having Free Disney Dining on Every Trip!
This one is possible, providing your timing is right. Free Dining, with a Magic Your Way package is usually available twice a year. You can book your dining reservations 180 days prior to your arrival, so you may have to do this sometimes even before the announcement for the Free DD offer is made. If you look at historical dates for the offer, you can often make an educated guess on when it will be offered again. Who would not want to have free Dining? Just think of all the food you could try! Make sure to inquire about what the latest standard DD package offers when you make your reservation.
1. Staying in the Castle Suite in Cinderella Castle
The beautiful suite sleeps four and is used these days by celebrities who ask for it, sometimes for charities, occasionally given as a contest reward, and it is one suite on property that you cannot make a room reservation for. The photos of it only make you long for it all the more. The bathroom in there is nothing short of amazing! When you are looking at the Castle from the back you can see a trio of windows with stained glass decorations, this is the suite. If you see the light on, someone is in there!