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8 Things I MUST Do At Walt Disney World Every Trip

We all have those Disney traditions that make us keep going back to Walt Disney World for vacation. Whether it’s your first vacation, or you go annually, here are few must-do things that you just have to try when visiting the most magical place on earth!

8) See Bob Jackson perform

If you want to be a part of one of the biggest parties on Walt Disney World property, go see Bob Jackson. Most nights you’ll find him rocking, (literally), and rolling the river roost bar at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort. Bob Jackson is a one-of-a-kind entertainer, sure to please kids and adults alike with his silly songs and personality. He is a top priority of my must-do Disney list!

7) Take a selfie with a Disney hat on

Yes, I did use the word “selfie.” (We all do it, so there’s no need to feel ashamed.) I love this tradition because everyone can participate in it, no matter how young or old! The Walt Disney Company even sells infant-sized Mickey ears for little ones. Everyone in your party can wear a hat made after their favorite character, for a picture that’s sure to make a memory.

6) Eat at my favorite restaurant(s)

For me, this is between two restaurants: Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian resort, and tusker house at the Animal Kingdom Park. Even if I am taking a short trip to Walt Disney World, I will do my best to hit up Kona Cafe, since it does not require park admission to go to the resort. On family vacations, we will most definitely hit up Tusker House, my favorite buffet in all of Walt Disney World. The best vacation of all is when I am able to dine at both of these wonderful restaurants. So, put it on your must-do list to make reservations for your favorite dining options the Walt Disney World parks and resorts have to offer.

5) Eat my favorite “Disney treat”

My personal favorite Disney treat is the Banana-Chocolate Crème Brûlée from Kona Café at the Polynesian Resort. I MUST get my rich, creamy, banana-chocolately delight before heading home. It’s a tradition that my mom and I always share one while we are on vacation in Disney. Be it a churro, Mickey ice cream, or Dole-whip, you must indulge in your favorite sweet treat each vacation!

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4) Meet and greet with my favorite characters

How can you go on a Disney vacation and skip out on seeing your favorite Disney characters? Each time I visit Walt Disney World, I absolutely must say hello to Cinderella and her hilariously dramatic stepsisters. Aside from just being immersed in the Disney magic by riding attractions and watching the entertainment, meeting the characters yourself brings the magic to a whole new level.

3) Take a picture in front of Cinderella Castle

Of all my friends and family that have visited Walt Disney World, they all have one thing in common: a picture in front of the castle. It’s a must-do Disney tradition! The best part is that there are Disney Photo-Pass photographers in multiple locations in front of the castle, so you can be sure to get your whole family in the picture!

2) Watch A Fireworks Performance

For a fireworks performance that is sure to be a jaw-dropper, check out Happily Ever After, Illuminations, and/or Star Wars Galactic Spectacular. These shows are held nightly in Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios, respectively. Happily Ever After takes place in back of Cinderella Castle for the perfect, picturesque backdrop. Illuminations is set on the World Showcase Lagoon, where lasers, fireworks, and music come together in a single performance. Star Wars Galactic Spectacular features fireworks, music, lasers, and awesome projection to love whether you are or are not a Star Wars fan. You won’t want to miss these spectacular firework shows on your next trip to Walt Disney World!

1) Ride the monorail

I love the monorail. It’s a casual, low-key, aerial tour around Walt Disney World Resort that I have to take every time I visit. The best time to do this is at sunset, so grab a window seat and your camera to capture some of the best views Disney World has to offer!

About Rick Killingsworth

Rick visited the Magic Kingdom in 1971 for the first Christmas parade in their history. At nine years old, he was bitten by the Disney Bug. He can still remember the sights, the smells, and the sounds. It truly was magical. It would be twenty years before he could afford to take his young family back to “The World.” It was the vacation of a lifetime, and they have been fortunate to go hundreds of times since. His daughters, now grown, still tear up when they see the castle (as does he).