A Walt Disney World vacation offers so many fun and magical possibilities for you and your family to enjoy. For those Disney junkies who feel like they have done it all, think again: you may want to add these special experiences to your bucket list.
12. Work as a Walt Disney World Cast Member
Whatever your talents and skills may be, working for the mouse may be the job for you. Careers in entertainment, cuisine, hospitality, business, and more all exist in order for the Walt Disney Company to function smoothly. Walt Disney World also offers wonderful benefits for their employees, including health care and free entrance to the parks for themselves and various family/friends. Who wouldn’t want to work here?
11. Go “backstage”
If you’re interested in seeing how all the magic happens behind the scenes, check out a backstage tour. While this tour may “ruin” the magic for some, it really is interesting to see how Cast Members magically appear and show up across the park within minutes and how smells and sounds are pumped throughout the park (spoiler alert). Underground tunnels, rooms full of costumes, and more are just a tour away!
10. Stay in a deluxe resort
While some of you may say this resorts level is too expensive for your vacation budget, I’m here to change that perspective. Yes, Deluxe Disney resorts are generally more expensive than value and moderate level resorts. But, off-season specials and packages are offered each year, and these bring lower standard prices into a cheaper range. These resorts also tend to be closer to the parks; the Polynesian, Contemporary, and Grand Floridian resorts are even on the monorail system. These resorts may cost a pretty penny to stay in, but it is definitely worth doing at least once.
9. Run in a Disney marathon
This is a personal bucket list item of mine. What is better than meeting a fitness goal of running a marathon? -Making a DISNEY vacation out of it, of course! Walt Disney World has multiple weekend running events each year for three different distances: 5k, half marathon, or full marathon. So, work yourself up to your running goal, and trade in that treadmill for a run through the Walt Disney World property!
8. Stay in one park for 24 hours
Walt Disney World began offering one annual 24-hour event a few years ago for the Magic Kingdom Park. Ever since, this day has been a hit. The entire park is in operation for a full 24 hours, from 6 AM one day to the next. This means rides, restaurants, entertainment, and fireworks all take place for a full day of fun!
7. Celebrate a birthday in Walt Disney World
For those of you who have not had the pleasure of celebrating your birthday at Walt Disney world, I would definitely add it to your bucket list. Walt Disney World Cast Members do their best to make each guest feel special and apart of the magic at the parks and resorts. This is especially true for those who are celebrating their birthday or another special event. Birthday buttons are available at most gift shops and guest services, so make sure you wear one to let everyone know it’s your special day!
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6. Attend/have my wedding at Walt Disney World
Out of this entire bucket list, this item is my favorite. I love weddings, and one day I hope to attend one or have my wedding at Walt Disney World. The Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian Resort, Epcot’s World Showcase, and even various resorts offer magical locations for a couple’s special day. While many of you may thing Disney is only for large, blown-out weddings, (as these do exist), packages do start out smaller for those of you looking for a less expensive ceremony.
5. Visit all four parks in one day
For those of you who want to do it all, this item is for you. It is possible to go to all four parks in one day: have breakfast and dance party in the Magic Kingdom, enjoy lunch and a parade in Animal Kingdom, treat yourself to dinner and Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios, and finish it all off with dessert and Illuminations in Epcot. This day may be too busy for families with young children or big parties, but small families, teens, or couples should definitely look into this. It’s a great way to see a lot in only one day!
4. Take a picture on every roller coaster/ride
One of my favorite Disney activities is making silly faces for the ride cameras at the Walt Disney World parks. These poses can be spontaneous or planned with other people in your party, but one thing is for sure: they make great keepsakes. If you want an excellent quality photo, you can purchase them in that ride’s souvenir shop. Otherwise, most Cast Members will let you snap a picture of the picture screen with your camera or phone.
3. Watch Happily Ever After from California Grill
I have had the opportunity to see the fireworks from the fifteenth floor of the Contemporary Resort on a few occasions. If you have not, I definitely recommend changing that. Access to this picturesque viewing area is only granted to those guests with a reservation for California Grill, the Contemporary Resort’s fine dining restaurant. When Happily Ever After is about to begin, an announcement will be made in the restaurant. Guests are allowed to leave their tables and go onto one of the two balconies outside the restaurant and get their cameras ready. The restaurant plays the music both inside and out, for the ultimate fireworks experience. Once the show is finished, you can come back in and finish your meal. The fine cuisine and panoramic view and will have you wanting to make this experience a Walt Disney World vacation tradition for sure.
2. Be there when it snows on Main Street USA
I lived in Orlando, Florida for about a year and a half. In my time there I had met a handful of people who had never experienced snow. Ever. Being from further north, I have seen snow plenty of times; but for those who have not, the snow on Main Street is perfect for you! There’s just enough of it, and you don’t have to worry about shoveling your driveway afterward. It only snows around Christmastime during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and other various Christmas-themed parades, so be sure to visit around the holidays!
1. Be the first/last person in the park
I have always wanted to do this. Even so, sleep has gotten the better of me. Being the first/last person in a park is a great way to get some excellent pictures, minus unintentional (and intentional) photobombers. Empty parks are also fun to explore and notice things you may have not before. A great way to see the parks empty in the mornings is to make a breakfast reservation before the park is technically open. Everyone should try this one!