Magic is at the heart of Disney. This is evident the second you walk into a park-heck, this is evident the second you walk onto the Magical Express. It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of Disney. Ultimately, you want your vacation to be as magical and enchanting as it possibly can. These are my top ten ways to capture the magic of Disney during your vacation:
10. No Schedules
Sometimes after vacations, you’re so worn out that you feel like you need a vacation! Take at least one day to do whatever you want to do without any schedules. Maybe that means relaxing by the pool all day or deciding last minute that you want to have lunch in Epcot. Taking a Disney day easy can make for a really fun, calming and-dare I say it-magical day.
9. Try New Things
I’m guilty of staying in a rut when it comes to Disney. My family and I know what we like and how to do it best. But several years ago, we decided to try at least one new thing on each trip and we’re so glad we did! Disney is constantly changing, whether we like it or not, and there are so many opportunities to fall in love with new things!
8. Have a Fancy Dinner
Disney is not a cheap trip, so it’s easy to try to eat cheap as much as possible. Completely understandable. But the restaurants on property can be so magical that you don’t want to miss out! I mean, how often do you get to eat inside an aquarium or with a savanna view? Splurging a bit on an amazing meal can truly enhance your Disney vacation and add a little magic along the way.
7. Watch the Epcot Fountain
The fountain in Epcot is not exactly subtle, yet people seem to pass it by. While it often acts as every other fountain in the world, several times throughout the day, the fountain will put on a water show, backed by an incredible soundtrack. There’s something so beautifully magical about the way the water moves and takes over the plaza. My grandma used to cry when she watched it. Grab a coffee from Starbucks and get a seat for an amazing show.
Characters are all over the parks that we tend to kind of take them for granted. It’s one thing to see them and pass them by, but it’s another to actually meet them and talk with them. Most of us reading this blog are adults, which can make suspending disbelief a little difficult, but sometimes the characters around the park make a really good case. I love the fact that Belle is Belle and Gaston is Gaston. In their eyes and in the cast member’s eyes, that is the truth. There’s something magical about their sincerity. Even if there are no kids in your party, bite the bullet and get in line for the princesses: it’s a really fun time.
5. Do the Parks at Night
A new perspective of the parks can bring so much more magic to your vacation! There are a ton of perks to doing the parks at night, including shorter lines, less crowds, and no blazing heat. The whole atmosphere of the parks changes when the sun goes down. Seeing each of the parks lit up makes them seem even more enchanted than they usually are.
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4. Find Quiet Spots
The hustle and bustle of the parks can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. While you want to make sure you do everything you can, taking some time away from the crazy can be just as charming as the big rides. Check out the gardens of the China pavilion in Epcot with a peach oolong tea for a breather. There’s so much beauty and wonder in the little details around the parks if we just slow down to see them.
3. Visit the Resorts
When most people think Disney, they think the parks, and rightly so. But a huge part of my Disney experience is exploring the resorts. Regardless of the hotel you stay at, there is so much more to see. Each resort brings new life to Disney. For example, Animal Kingdom Lodge gives guests a mini safari every second of every day, and Port Orleans Riverside slows life down and transports guests to the sweet South. All of the beautiful resorts have such character. Explore a new resort on your next trip; you never know what you’ll find!
2. Watch the Fireworks
Disney fireworks completely say magic to me. There are so many firework opportunities all over the parks, but the parks are not the only place to take advantage of them. Being able to see the castle and Tinker Bell flying above you is pretty spectacular and it’s hard to deny magic when you’re there. But the fireworks can be magical wherever you are. I love to watch Happily Ever After from the Polynesian’s beach. Rocking in a hammock with my toes in the sand, snacking on a dole whip, while watching amazing fireworks is pretty much a recipe for happiness.
This might sound cliché, but take lots of pictures. Video is good, too. I mean, everyone gets that picture with the castle and ten thousand pictures with Mickey and of the monorail. But I’m talking pictures of moments. Take pictures of your kids seeing the castle for the first time and trying to eat that last bite of Mickey bar before it melts away and the whole family crammed around the dinner table after a long day. These are amazingly magical moments and I believe it’s incredibly important to capture those memories.