It is always fun to make resolutions for the New Year, though sometimes they are a chore to keep. When thinking about Disney resolutions there are a couple of ways you could go. The practical path where you say you are going to save money and eliminate extra expenses to afford a big blowout trip; or saying you are going to start running and participate in one of the RunDisney Events; or maybe you are going to create a tighter family bond and host a reunion at Walt Disney World. I decided to take the more whimsical path and come up with 10 things I would like to accomplish or experience at Walt Disney World in the coming year.
10. Late Nights
One of the events that Walt Disney World hosts in the Magic Kingdom gets great reviews for the availability of rides and attractions with little to no wait. Disney After Hours is a separate ticketed event held on select nights in the Magic Kingdom. A limited number of tickets are sold to keep the crowds low and the wait times short. I would love to attend one of these late night events—spend a day resting up at the resort then head over to the Magic Kingdom for dinner, fireworks and some after hours fun! The Magic Kingdom glows at night with all of the beautiful lights and makes it even a little more magical!
9. Backstage Magic Tour
The extensive, day long Backstage Magic tour has been on my Disney Bucket List for years . . . so I am going to resolve to make it happen this year. This 7 hour experience takes you behind the scenes of the American Adventure at Epcot, down in the Utilidors in Magic Kingdom, and backstage to see Creative Costuming, Central Shops and Textile services. It also includes a lunch stop at Whispering Canyon Café at Wilderness Lodge. I have always been interested in the inner workings of Walt Disney World and would be so excited to see how it all comes together to create the onstage magic we all enjoy. The highlight would definitely be the look at American Adventure.
8. Dinner at Victoria & Albert’s
If you are a foodie and love fine dining experiences Victoria & Albert at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort would be a goal to set. Whether you just eat in the main dining room or try to score a night at the coveted Chef’s Table the seasonal and unique cuisine is sure the make it an experience you’ll never forget. Adding this one to my list of resolutions now so I can plan ahead to make that reservation in plenty of time.
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7. Stay at a New Resort
We all fall into this rut—we find a resort we just love for whatever reason (location, amenities, theme, nostalgia) and it is hard to branch out and try a new one for fear we won’t have as magical of a time. My goal is to stay at every Disney resort (& I am just 1 short) so my resolution is to stay at a new resort this year. Last year we stayed at Old Key West for the first time . . .and guess what? We loved it!
6. Four Parks One Day
This would not be a new thing for me, but something I would love to repeat. And if you haven’t tried it, I recommend you add it to your WDW New Years Resolutions for this year. You can set up your own “rules” of how to work your day, or you can find a lot of suggestions online for the goals to set at each park. It is a challenge . . . and a fun one! For our 4 Parks in 1 Day last year we required ourselves to experience 1 major attraction, 1 minor attraction, have a signature food item, take a photo with the park icon, meet Mickey at least once and see a nighttime spectacular. It was so much fun, I think I need to add it to my resolutions and do it again this year.
5. Visit Toy Story Land
The newest land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is set to open in 2018, so a trip to Walt Disney World to see it is one of my resolutions. I don’t know if I want to go as far as to say I want to get there for the Grand Opening, but within the first months it is open I want to see and experience everything that is new!
4. Go to BOTH Magic Kingdom Parties
There are few things I love as much as the parties at Magic Kingdom: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I think there was one year where I was lucky enough to experience both. So my resolution for this year is to do both parties. They do come at a premium price but as much as I debate it I never ever regret the ticket price. Between the special fireworks and parade, the premium entertainment, and the festive atmosphere (did I mention special food) . . . the parties should be on everyone’s resolution list.
3. VIP Tour
Talk about a splurge! You may need to employ some of the more traditional New Years resolutions like saving up to be able to add this one on your list. It is my resolution to have a day where I experience the parks with a Disney VIP guide. I think it would be a great way to celebrate a special occasion or just experience the parks in a whole new way. And everyone deserves to feel like a VIP every now & then.
2. Holiday Fireworks
While the fireworks at the Halloween and Christmas parties are fantastic I also want to see the special holiday fireworks at the Fourth of July and New Years Eve. Both Epcot and Magic Kingdom have special fireworks to celebrate these holidays, and luckily they usually present them for two nights so you could see both. They are very crowded, but you have some options to see them and avoid the crowds. You could reserve a fireworks cruise, a dessert party, or a dining location somewhere with fireworks viewing like California Grill. One of my resolutions is to get to Disney to watch these spectacular fireworks—and appropriately one of them is New Years.
1. Attend all of the Epcot Festivals
I almost accomplished this resolution this past year, so that makes me even more determined to do it. Epcot hosts so many wonderful festivals throughout the year: The International Festival of the Arts; The International Flower & Garden Festival; The International Food & Wine Festival; and the International Holiday Festival. Each one has a different feeling and “vibe” but all of them mean extra specialty food kiosks, added entertainment, beautiful decorations, class opportunity, and special merchandise. I’ve never met an Epcot Festival I didn’t like and they just keep getting better and better each year. So my number one resolution for this year is to attend all 4 of them!
What are your Walt Disney World resolutions for this year?