Many of the guests who visit Walt Disney World each year are massive Disney fans who find themselves returning time and time again for a magical vacation. With four theme parks, two water parks, a shopping district, and tons of dining options to explore, there is certainly something new to experience on each Disney vacation. With so many things to do and see, each guest can have a completely unique trip depending on what they would like to experience. No matter what a guest wants to enjoy on each trip, there are certain Disney experiences that must be had by the biggest fans. Here are seven experiences for the “die hard” Walt Disney World fan.
7. Meeting Mickey
For guests at Walt Disney World, meeting Mickey Mouse is the quintessential experience on each trip. Mickey can be found throughout the parks offering up hugs, posing for pictures, and signing autographs. One of the best places to meet Mickey is at the Town Square Theater on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. There Mickey is dressed in his magician’s costume and ready to interact in real time with guests while talking with them! Every huge Disney fan will love meeting Mickey! Talking Mickey is going silent however mid-May, so be sure to see him if possible before then.
6. Experiencing the Classics
“Die hard” Disney fans love learning about the history of Walt Disney and the parks. In Walt Disney World, there are tons of classic attractions which are as rich in history as they are in story. Some of the favorite classic attractions that guests love to enjoy are Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Country Bear Jamboree, and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.
5. Conquer the Mountains
One of the most fun and thrilling experiences that Disney fans can have on a Walt Disney World vacation is conquering the mountains! On Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland, guests can join Br’er Rabbit on a soaking quest for more adventure. Next door is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which takes guests on the wildest ride in the wilderness on a runaway mine train. In Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom, guests can rocket into orbit at high speeds on Space Mountain. Guests can also visit the seven dwarfs at work in the mines on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. The final mountain can be found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the Asia section of the park. Guests who are brave enough to conquer Expedition Everest will find themselves deep in the forbidden mountain on a thrilling journey to escape the fabled Yeti!
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4. Walt Disney Presents
One of the most historical and beloved attractions in Walt Disney World can be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Walt Disney Presents (formerly Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream) is part walk through exhibit and part film and the attraction shares the life and legacy of Walt Disney. Guests can enjoy learning about the childhood and early success of Walt Disney, observing models from Disney Parks around the world, and watching a short film narrated by Julie Andrews. Plus, the new renovation added models of Toy Story and Star Wars lands to come to Hollywood Studios!
3. Main Street Windows
“Die hard” Disney fans can find one of the most enjoyable history lessons of the Magic Kingdom simply by wandering down Main Street! Each building on Main Street features windows advertising local townsfolk and businesses. What many guests might not realize is that these windows are actually paying homage to individuals who were instrumental in the development of Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom. Guests can spot windows honoring Walt Disney, Roy O. Disney, Yale Gracey, and Frank Wells.
2. Go Backstage
Many guests who visit Walt Disney World might not realize that there are plenty of opportunities to go backstage and learn about the magic on special behind the scenes tours. “Die hard” Disney fans can opt to pay extra to take tours like the Wild Africa Trek which takes them backstage on Kilimanjaro Safaris for an awesome adventure. One of the most historical and enjoyable tours for Disney fans is the Keys to the Kingdom Tour in the Magic Kingdom which takes guests on a behind the scenes tour of the park including a glimpse at the famous Utilidors.
1. Interact with Cast Members
Huge Disney fans find themselves in the parks pretty frequently, but many don’t do a simple thing that can lead to some of the most amazing experiences. Taking a few minutes to stop and chat with Cast Members throughout Walt Disney World is always a great experience that allows guests to appreciate all that happens in the parks. Cast Members are always friendly, willing to share stories and help in any way possible, and often love chatting with guests just as much as guests love talking to them! “Die hard” Disney fans should definitely take a few moments on each day in the parks and spend some time talking to and thanking Cast Members for all that they do!