Some of these are favorites, and if they’re yours, I apologize. These ten rides, attractions, snacks, and restaurants are my personal choices for “one and done” picks at Walt Disney World:
1. Enchanted Tales with Belle
This entertainment experience in Fantasyland is beyond adorable. Belle and her friends retell the story of how she and the Beast fell in love. Audience participation is what makes this attraction. This is a “one and done” for me because while it is adorable for little kids, if you don’t have a little kid, you’re merely a spectator. I think it’s absolutely necessary once because of how sweet and detailed it is though!
2. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Magic Carpets of Aladdin is a fun flying, spinning ride in Adventureland. Everyone loves Aladdin and those camels are always a big hit. It’s a “one and done” for me because it’s essentially a repeat of Dumbo, which is still in Magic Kingdom. For me, Dumbo is the more classic attraction, so that’s the one I’d pick to do over again.
3. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
This underground comedy show style attraction is a big hit for young families. And it’s easy to see why! It’s super clever and well done. Plus I adore Monsters Inc., so I’m glad the parks give it some representation. I don’t need to do it over and over again because it’s the same humor every time. I’d rather try something different. But for little kids and families, this is a great option because it’s air-conditioned, seated, and there’s no height limit.
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4. Mickey Pretzel
I have a feeling I’ll be roasted alive for this. A pretzel is a pretzel, in my opinion. Things that are Mickey shaped are automatically tastier, I’ll give you that. But for me, I’d rather save my appetite for something different. The same could be argued for a churro, or popcorn, I know. I just happen to like those better…
5. Cinderella’s Royal Table
Cinderella’s Royal Table is a once in a lifetime experience. And once is enough. It’s unbelievably cool to eat inside Cinderella Castle. Guests truly feel like royalty. The décor is so lifelike, and the views are fantastic. However, this dining experience is expensive, really hard to get reservations for, and the food is not the best on property. So definitely do it once. Feel that magic. But there are other awesome dining choices to try!
6. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
The Three Caballeros are silly and fun and happy to watch. This ride is so cool because it’s smack dab in the middle of the Mexico pavilion. It even passes by Hacienda de la Angel, the restaurant inside the pavilion. It’s an important ride because it teaches about Mexican culture and traditions in a beautiful way. But I don’t find it to be particularly exciting, so I’d do it once and keep on walking around the World.
7. Swiss Family Treehouse
Swiss Family Robinson is not the most well-known Disney movie and neither is its attraction, Swiss Family Treehouse. The attraction is really cool, though. Perched high above Adventureland, the treehouse is decorated and staged to look exactly like it did in the movie, as if the family still lived there. I love when Disney utilizes its detail skill. While I love this attraction, it’s one that I‘ve done and that’s all I need. It’s cool to look at and experience, but I never miss it.
8. Biergarten Restaurant
Biergarten is a unique restaurant in the Germany pavilion in Epcot. It serves traditional German cuisine with custom decor and entertainment. It’s a full buffet with a stage show every twenty minutes or so. Between the Oktoberfest menu and the polka music, you’ll feel like you’re in Germany. It’s all good fun, but unless you love schnitzel or polka, you probably won’t need to do this every time.
9. It’s Tough to be a Bug!
This attraction is absolutely worth doing once. It’s Bug’s Life themed, an underrated movie to begin with, and makes you feel like you’re a bug too! The coolest part of it, and the real reason you should do it once, is that you get to go inside the Tree of Life! But Tough to Be a Bug is another 3D movie with some seat tricks and more. It’s fun, but I don’t feel like I need to keep doing it.
10. Chef Mickey’s
Chef Mickey’s is a classic. It’s iconic and everyone needs to do it. I absolutely believe that. It’s so sweet and fun and you get to dine with Mickey and the gang in the middle of the Contemporary Resort! I mean, come on! Here’s the thing…While Chef Mickey’s is fun and classic Disney, it’s kind of a hectic dining experience with sub-par cuisine. It’s a must do once, but maybe only once.