5 Of The Coolest Things To Try On Your Next Walt Disney World Trip

Walt Disney World is often misunderstood. Many people think that it’s just the Magic Kingdom. Others know that there are four parks, but their knowledge doesn’t go much beyond that. Even people who visit often might not travel too far away from the parks. There is so much more to Walt Disney World than just the four parks and the two water parks. Here are five really cool things that you should try the next time you’re in Central Florida. Theme park admission is not required for any of them.

5) Aerophile (formerly Characters In Flight)

Disney Springs

Hot air and helium balloons are very popular in Orlando and the surrounding area. The problem is that those rides are expensive and are usually early in the morning. Disney has a solution, Aerophile. The light blue balloon is hard to miss, it can be seen from many places on and off of Disney property. The basket of the tethered balloon holds up to 29 people, and it travels 400 feet into the air. You’ll have a view that reaches ten miles away. The ride lasts about ten minutes, so you’ll then have plenty of time to explore the rest of Disney Springs. Best of all, you’ll pay hundreds of dollars less than if you took the whole family on an early morning hot air balloon ride. Try to plan your flight around sunset for a stunning view. Aerophile does not fly in inclement weather, including winds.

4) The VOID

Disney Springs

Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba recently closed at the end of 2017 leaving behind great memories and a huge entertainment void to fill. While a new show is expected to take stage in the future, we are thrilled The VOID recently joined the scene at Disney Springs. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is an fantastic entertainment option at Disney’s Springs The VOID. Perfect for tweens, teens, and adults, The VOID is an ultimate virtual reality experience. Team up (or be teamed up) with four guests and go under disguise to recover the secrets of the Empire. The multi-sensory environment makes virtual reality feel like…well, REALITY! Star Wars fan or not, you’ll enjoy this one!

3) Tri-Circle-D Ranch

The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

If you and your family love horses, you’re going to want to spend some time at the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. At Tri-Circle-D Ranch you’ll be able to see the home of the horses that are used on property. Watch the blacksmith at work and learn more about the Appaloosas, Clydesdales. Shetland ponies, and the other Disney horses. There are pony rides available for those two and older who are under 80 pounds. Anyone nine and older can sign up for a trail ride, and the whole family will enjoy a carriage or wagon ride. While there is a fee to ride, there is no cost to look around.

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2) Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

What “cooler” thing is there to do on a hot day under the Florida sun than to try your hand at watersports? At Sammy Duvall’s you can do just that, all on beautiful Bay Lake. They offer parasailing, water skiing, tubing, and wake boarding. You can also rent a personal watercraft and set out on an adventure that you’ll never forget. All of that and more is possible at Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre. Call 407-939-7529 or 407-939-0754 for more information or to make reservations.

1) Victoria & Albert’s

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

If you’re looking for what could be your most memorable meal ever, make a reservation at Victoria & Albert’s. It has won the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award every year since 2000, but that’s not the only reason that you should give it a try. There are three different dining experiences; The Dining Room, Queen Victoria’s Room, and The Chef’s Table. If you really want to go all out, The Chef’s Table is the way to go. You and up to nine other people will meet with the chef and discuss your likes and dislikes, and then the menu will be created based on what is learned. There is an award winning wine list as well. Keep in mind while planning that there is a dress code. Children under ten are not allowed at Victoria & Albert’s, and since the meal can take up to three hours that’s probably a good thing. Victoria & Albert’s is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Even though it’s the most expensive restaurant at Walt Disney World, it can still be hard to get a reservation because it’s worth every cent.

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.