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Ten Of The Most Sensational Views At Walt Disney World

Let’s face it, Walt Disney World is gorgeous. You can’t go far without finding a terrific picture spot or an exceptional view. Here are ten of my favorites. If you’ve been lucky enough to have visited Walt Disney World recently, there is probably a view that you loved that did not make this list. Feel free to share your find in the comments below or on Facebook.

10) Top of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

New Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a fun roller coaster that is great for anyone 38 inches or taller. The ride isn’t big on drops, but it does give you a great chance to see into New Fantasyland. It happens just before the first drop. You’ll have to look quickly, and the view is worth it.

9) Pandora – The World of Avatar 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

If you’ve had a chance to visit Animal Kingdom’s newest land, Pandora – The World of Avatar, chances are you were impressed with its sheer beauty! You were likely rushing to one of the two attractions held in this land known as Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. If you have a moment to stop and explore Pandora’s setting (the Valley of Mo’ara), you might want to look up at the unbelievable floating mountains. Get this – there are 22 floating mountains in total! Plus, look around at the lush landscape and be in awe of the 250 varieties of living plants that are integrated with Pandoran plants. Be sure to return to Pandora at night! Walk through nice and slow to enjoy the views of the glowing walkways and on the unbelievable glowing Pandoran plants thanks to all the bioluminescent lighting. Enjoy a drink from Pongu Pongu while you’re at it!

8) Splash Mountain

Frontierland, Magic Kingdom

On the way to the ride’s entrance there is a great place to stop and take it all in for a little while. You’ll be able to watch the five story drop as many times as you want. Some people will watch to get their nerve up (or to talk themselves out of riding). Others will watch for family or friends who are about to take that plunge. It’s fun to see the looks on people’s faces as they drop and also to see how wet they get.

7) Victoria Gardens

Canada Pavilion, Epcot

Victoria Gardens at the Canada Pavilion can be described as breathtaking. It’s easy to walk right by, but the gardens are definitely worth a look. The area doesn’t have just one magnificent view, there are several. You’ll see a waterfall, rose bushes, the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and more. Stop by Victoria Gardens each trip that you take to Epcot. Not only will you find wonderful views, but it’s also a good place to relax for a little while.

6) Expedition Everest

Asia, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

There are several great places at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to view Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. One of the best is also the closest that you can get without getting on the ride. To the right of the entrance there is a spot to watch for a little while. You’ll have a fantastic view of the drop, and that can help you to decide whether or not to ride.

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5) Walt Disney World Railroad – Main Street, U.S.A.

Main Street, U.S.A., Magic Kingdom

After you exit the train, don’t rush down the stairs and out of the building. Instead, head outside and enjoy the view of Cinderella Castle and Main Street, U.S.A. You’ll be able to see the entire first land of the park. The view is especially beautiful during the holidays.

4) Torii Gate

Japan Pavilion, Epcot

An argument could be made for any view along World Showcase Lagoon to make this list. The Torii Gate is here because of its simple beauty. The red gate sits barely in the water, and from the correct angle you’ll be able to see Spaceship Earth right through the middle. If you’re at the park at sunset you’ll want to take a few pictures. It will be a sunset that you won’t soon forget.

3) Walking Path to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Epcot Resort Area

Disney’s BoardWalk offers some great views of Epcot in the distance. If you walk past Jellyrolls and Atlantic Dance Hall you’ll find a walking path that will take you to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The first part of the path has some great water views, and there’s a chance that you’ll be able to wave to those on a Friendship. You will walk under an overpass, and then you’ll see Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the distance. The view will include Tower of Terror and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. This is another view that you will want to see at sunset. The path is rarely crowded, so it’s a nice place to gather your thoughts as you enjoy the view. It is well lit at night.

2) Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Magic Kingdom Resort Area

It is well known that one of the best views at Walt Disney World can be found at California Grill. The restaurant is 15 floors up in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and it’s one of the best spots to watch Happily Ever After. That’s not the only good view from the Contemporary. There is an observation deck that has unbelievable views of the Magic Kingdom. If you’re there in the evening the soundtrack for Happily Ever After is piped in, and you don’t need to have a dining reservation.

1) Aerophile (formerly known at Characters in Flight)

West Side, Disney Springs

If you want the ultimate Walt Disney World view, you’ve got to check out Aerophile! For a fee, the tethered balloon will take you and the other guests 400 feet into the air. You’ll be able to see ten miles away from that height. The ride lasts approximately ten minutes. The balloon will not soar if the weather is bad, and that includes high winds. You’ll see the blue balloon from several places on and off property, so check it out if you’re looking for views.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.