All in all, Walt Disney World is a place of delight, wonder, and awe, but there are certain things that will never fail to give you the chills. (In a good way of course) As a Disney-obsessed individual, I can vouch for having been to the Disney parks plenty of times, but there are still those moments when I will get chill bumps. Yes, even in that hot and humid Orlando weather. Here are a few of my favorite Disney things that will never get old.
5) The beginning of Soarin’
If you have ever experienced the ride Soarin, brought to Walt Disney World in 2006 from Disneyland, you’ll know where I’m coming from. Soarin’ is a hang gliding simulator that makes you feel as if you are actually flying over various landscapes all around the globe! As the ride begins, every guest feels a sense of weightlessness as their feet are gently lifted off the ground for takeoff. You’ll without a doubt get a chill of excitement.
4) Watching Tinker Bell fly
This is quite possibly the most sought after job in Walt Disney World, as far as entertainment goes. In the beginning of Magic Kingdom’s nighttime fireworks show, Tinker Bell flies from the top of the castle and soars through the sky! For any child or adult, this is a truly magical sight. It’s not every day that you see a cast member dressed up as Tinker Bell zip lining through the sky of a theme park. Walt Disney world takes their magic very, very seriously.
3) Watching your child meet a Disney character
Just imagine what it feels like to see a character become life-size from your favorite movie. There’s no greater joy on a child’s face as when they see a character for the first time. For a girl it might be Cinderella, or a boy who sees Captain Jack Sparrow in action over by the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Magic Kingdom. No matter what their favorite character may be, there’s no doubt that you’ll see their eyes light up upon meeting them. Even I still get chill bumps when I see a princess doing a meet-and-greet. It’s my dream job. If I could experience the pure joy and happiness each child sees when they meet the characters, I wouldn’t want anything more. That kind of reward can’t be bought.
2) Stepping through the gates into Main Street USA
Upon entering through the gates of the Magic Kingdom you’re transported into the magical world that is Main Street USA. Your first response is most likely that of a kid who has just tasted sugar for the first time. The wonders of Main Street USA will definitely bring on the chill bumps. On both sides of the street you’ll see 1920’s store fronts where your inner shopaholic can go absolutely nuts. Cast members, whether taking pictures, entertaining guests, or just taking a stroll down Main Street USA give the atmosphere an extra “oomph” of magic.
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1) Watching Happily Ever After from Main Street
There’s nothing quite like the surge of excitement you get when you hear the start of the soundtrack for the nighttime fireworks show. You’ve scouted out your spot, waited patiently and now the main event is finally beginning! I can feel the goose bumps start to come just from typing this. This is no ordinary fireworks show with song, lights, projections, and fireworks. The magic of Main Street, the smell of popcorn, the shimmering lights, and the elegant, stately castle all set a picturesque backdrop for the fireworks performance to top them all.