Walt Disney World is home to some of the most incredibly detailed theming, landscapes and architecture in any theme park. Countless Disney Imagineers meticulously design each element to tell a story, evoke a feeling and create a lasting memory from the experience.
Everyone has a different favorite when it comes to beautiful sights at Walt Disney World because it’s not only the fact that the view is great, it’s the emotions you feel when you see it. Every Disney fan can pinpoint the moment when they reach Disney property and feel like they’ve come home.
While everyone has a different experience, we have put together a list of the 7 most beautiful sights at Walt Disney World that Disney fans love the most.
7. World Showcase Lagoon
Once guests have walked through Future World, they reach the World Showcase – a 1.2 mile path featuring pavilions from 11 countries. When you reach the Showcase Plaza, you look out over the World Showcase Lagoon and take in the incredible wonder of the “Permanent World’s Fair”. Each pavilion is unique and offers a host of incredible experiences, but it’s the fact that they all look like they belong together that makes the World Showcase so special. At any point around the World Showcase Lagoon, you can look out and see the beautiful architecture of each country working in tandem with the others.
6. Magic Kingdom Entrance
Each guest gets the feeling of being home at different points along the journey towards the Magic Kingdom. For some, it can be as early as the welcome sign for cars and busses before entering the parking area. The bright colors instantly get you excited as you near the entrance and you feel as though you’ve finally made it. For other guests, the entrance to the Magic Kingdom is what immediately jumps out as the ultimate “I’ve made it” moment. From the face of Mickey Mouse creatively landscaped into the foliage to the sight of the Walt Disney World Railroad Main Street Station, you know you are about to enter a place of magic and wonder.
5. Sunset Boulevard at Hollywood Studios
Throughout the evolution of Hollywood studios, one attraction has remained consistently at the forefront. After walking down Hollywood Boulevard, you can’t help but immediately turn right to stare down Sunset Boulevard, where the Hollywood Tower Hotel dominates the horizon. The Tower of Terror sits at the end of what appears to be a meticulously kept street with palm trees lining the road. But the tower itself appears to be run down and guests can’t help but feel an ominous chill of foreboding as they walk towards it, hearing the screams of the riders inside. Whether it’s a bright and sunny day, or a darkened night, the Tower of Terror is an incredible sight to see.
4. Tree of Life
In the center of Discovery Island, at the heart of Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life is the iconic sight to see within the park. Standing at 145 feet tall, the tree supports over 8,000 branches and over 100,000 individual leaves. Over 300 animals are carved into its incredibly massive trunk, which reaches 50-feet at its widest. The true beauty of the Tree of Life is the fact that from afar, it looks like a luscious and healthy bonsai-like tree (though much, much larger than a bonsai), but it’s when you move closer that you start to realize every little detail that has been placed there by the sculptors and Imagineers.
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3. Spaceship Earth
As another park icon, Spaceship Earth really stems from Walt Disney’s original innovation in creating an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. While his original plan was never seen through to fruition, the Disney Imagineers took many of the concepts and turned them into Future World at Epcot, with Spaceship Earth being the centerpiece of it all. This enormous geosphere is covered in over 11,000 panels made of two sheets of aluminum with a polyethylene plastic core, called Alucobond. While the science of the panels isn’t important, what is important is the reflection of sunlight, allowing Spaceship Earth to appear bright and pristine. This is particularly effective at night when colors are projected onto it, creating a warm glow that is a perfect match for the night sky.
When it comes to fireworks, there is no better place to experience them than at Walt Disney World. The Fireworks displays are all incredibly designed to leave guests in awe as they fill the sky with brilliant colors. Disney Imagineers developed air-powered launch technology to eliminate the bright tail of the burning black powder from regular fireworks and allowing for a more precise explosion. Each fireworks display can cost between $15,000 and $30,000 and for guests, it’s definitely worth every penny.
IllumiNations at Epcot is a brilliant blend of music, story and color as the World Showcase Lagoon lights up. Star Wars themed fireworks have also started at Hollywood Studios, opening the door to even more creative storytelling and incredible fireworks. Of course, the most amazing fireworks display takes place at the Magic Kingdom, where Wishes – Nighttime Spectacular surrounds the castle in a halo of enormous fireworks every night, giving guests a perfect end to their evening in the park.
1. Cinderella Castle
Cinderella Castle is likely the most iconic symbol in all of Walt Disney World. Walking down Main Street U.S.A., the castle sits in all its magnificence and gives guests the feeling that they truly are in the most magical place on earth. The blue and gold on top of each spire matches perfectly with the white castle walls and would put a smile on anyone’s face. There is a reason why so many Disney PhotoPass Photographers are stationed along Main Street and the Castle Courtyards – every guest should have their picture taken with the castle in the background. Whether it’s your first time visiting, or you are an annual passholder, Cinderella Castle will continue to give guests an incredible memory of their visit to the most magical place on earth.