Disney Remorse: 9 Things You’ll Regret NOT Doing At Walt Disney World

No one wants to waste a second of their Walt Disney World vacation. It is all too easy to make excuses to skip a ride or attraction in favor of something else. Tough choices will have to be made on your trip because it is impossible to do it all. Time is not the only reason for cutting something out. Height requirements, thrill levels, and motion sickness are a few other reasons that people decide not to ride. Some attractions can easily be skipped without thinking twice about them. Others are not quite as easy to forget about. Here are nine things that you will want to do, because you’ll regret it if you don’t.

9. Visiting All Four Parks

When time is tight it’s easy to try to forget about one of the four theme parks. If you think that skipping a park will be a decision that you won’t regret, think again. No matter which park you cut out, you’ll be missing some great rides. If you need to save time, use Park Hopper and visit two parks in one day. Arrive when the first park opens and hit all the must do rides and attractions, then head to a different park for the rest of the day.

8. Pandora – The World of Avatar

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Pandora – The World of Avatar is the newest land in the Animal Kingdom theme park. Besides the floating mountains and cascading waterfalls, you will find two extremely popular attractions known as Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. Outside of these two attractions, the land is almost like an attraction itself with stunning beauty and ability to interact with guests… especially as it glows at night with glowing walkways and on the unbelievable glowing Pandoran plants.

7. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It doesn’t matter if you are a Star Wars nerd or not – Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is the perfect way to close out a night at Hollywood Studios! Watch as the Chinese Theater turns into a huge screen for a 14-minute show full of high-definition projection surrounded by lasers, fire, incredible music and sound effects, and of course – the sky lights up with awesome fireworks! It’s an unforgettable Hollywood Studios moment!

6. Fantasmic!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Get ready to watch a battle of good vs. evil as Mickey and Friends take on some of the creepiest of Disney Villains! This outdoor, amphitheater nighttime show is bursting with awesome music, pyrotechnics, lasers, fireworks, and water screens. Plus, the amount of Disney characters you’ll catch a glimpse of is rather impressive! Check show times and think about making a Fantasmic dining package or FastPass+ for prime seating.

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5. Kilimanjaro Safaris

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

There are plenty of opportunities to see animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, so you might think that Kilimanjaro Safaris is not necessary. After all, the line gets long quickly if you don’t have a FastPass+. Skipping Kilimanjaro Safaris should not be something that even crosses your mind. You’ll head out into the Harambe Wildlife Reserve and see the animals in something that is close to their natural setting. Your guide knows what to look for and where, so you’ll see more animals. Since the animals roam freely, each ride will be different. Make sure that you have your camera ready, because you’ll want plenty of pictures.

4. Splash Mountain

Disney’s Magic Kingdom

It’s easy to make excuses to skip Splash Mountain. “I don’t like big drops.” “The line is too long.” “I don’t want to get wet.” Instead of making excuses, wrap your electronics in plastic, get into that line, and ride. During the first part you’ll travel in your log through scenes from Song of the South. Then, get ready for that drop! You will head down five stories, and you’ll get soaked at the bottom. It’s a thrill that will have you laughing once it’s over. Sure, you’re wet, but that will feel good in hot, humid Florida. Splash Mountain is so much fun that you might find yourself singing Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah for the rest of the day.

3.  Toy Story Land

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Shrink down to the size of toy while having a blast in Andy’s backyard. Toy Story Land is open at Hollywood Studios and we for one can’t get enough of the fun atmosphere and incredible attractions. The “oldie” but goodie in the land, Toy Story Mania, is still as popular as ever with it’s 3D, arcade style ride. Slinky Dog Dash however is stealing the spotlight! Slinky Dog Dash is a family-friendly coaster where Slinky Dog takes guests on dips and turns throughout Andy’s backyard. After the coaster, get your Alien fix! That’s right, the little green Aliens from Toy Story have their own attraction known as Alien Swirling Saucers. Smooth spins and turns make for a fun attraction that we dare you not to smile on! Outside of these attractions, Woody’s Lunch Box is a great quick-service option with tasty eats. Take in the sights and sounds of the land as you let your inner child out to play.

2. Exploring World Showcase

Disney’s Epcot

World Showcase is huge. It’s all too easy to hurry through but if you do that, you’ll be missing out. Painstaking details have gone into making all 11 countries represented as authentic as possible. You’ll find buildings that represent the home countries, incredible gardens, and more. Most cast members are from the countries and will be more than happy to tell you about where they are from. You can buy merchandise from each country, and enjoy authentic foods. There are also some incredible live performances. If you hurry through World Showcase, you’ll miss out.

1. Happily Ever After Fireworks

Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Fireworks have always been the perfect way to wrap up a day at Magic Kingdom! Happily Ever After Fireworks has replaced Wishes, but has thankfully lived up to the beautiful display of fireworks, lasers, projection, music, and storytelling Magic Kingdom is known for. With 18-minutes of “heart, heroism, and humor”, Happily Ever After will send you on your way with your own “happily ever after” ending to an unforgettable Magic Kingdom day!

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.