My Disney Bucket List

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Credit: Golden Oak Realty

With all of the activities, experiences and options available to do on a Disney Vacation, it’s easy to understand how families could return often and still find new and exciting things to do. There are some things that I wish I could do, but for now, they remain on my Disney Dream List. I’ve been putting “dream lists” together about Disney for years. The good news about a “dream list” is that I find them pretty attainable; I don’t set the bar quite as high as my “bucket list.” A dream list might be a place I’d like to try next time for dinner or hitting all the mountains at Magic Kingdom. A Bucket list, is a different story! Cost is not an issue, my job and responsibilities are not thought of…the only factor in deciding is: Oh my Gosh, I want to…

  1. Go on a Disney Cruise

As a Florida resident, it would be fun to go on any itinerary that the cruise line offers, but when Disney announced Panama Canal, Northern Europe, Transatlantic, Mediterranean, Hawaii, Norwegian Fjord and Alaska cruises…I just about lost my mind. With the greatest show entertainment on the high seas, magical Disney service, character interactions and Disney only adventures on board…my mind is officially gone with excitement.

  1. Spend a week (or more!) at Aulani

While staying, you’ll enjoy the beach, pools, spas, restaurants and Hawaiian traditions. From snorkeling, sailing, beach and pool days, relaxing spa pampering, special excursions, nearby golf, private grottos, hydrotherapy garden, adventure trail, storytelling and luaus, Disney service and cast members will make your vacation all about you. I just can’t wait!

  1. Attend the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

Usually taped in the beginning of December and to a humongous crowd, I so want to be part of that crowd one day! With all the stars performing and hosting, the beautiful weather in Florida and California in December and the fun hosts, I think it would be an incredible experience.

  1. Eat at Victoria and Albert’s

The stage is set with the strict dress code and knowing that the restaurant has received the AAA Diamond rating since 2000. The elegance from the maître d’hotel and wait staff in traditional Victorian attire will take you on a culinary experience from 7 to 12 courses. The Wine collection includes 700 choices and Victoria and Albert’s is all about the experience. Can I go now?

  1. Be a Member of Club 33 and The 1901 Lounge

Originally a special club for corporate sponsors and industry VIP’s, Club 33 is the most exclusive Disney restaurant of all the properties. The club is not open to the public. Instead corporate memberships and individual memberships are available for a hefty fee and include yearly dues. Opened in 1967, this is the ultimate Disney Bucket list item for many Disney fans. According to an inside Disney source, the membership wait list is over 15 years!

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  1. Stay in Cinderella’s Castle

I’m not sure I can think about something more magical than staying in the castle in the heart of Fantasyland at Florida’s Magic Kingdom. Reservations are simply not made for the castle suite, but rather a special prize! You can join Disney sweepstakes or just be in the right place at the right time when Disney is looking to make magical dreams come true. Or, be famous…or be a Disney VIP. So, while I think this is a dream that will not come true for me, I’m still holding out hope!

  1. Complete a Coastal Challenge

I am considering becoming a Coastal Mountaineer. Here is the challenge: Ride Space, Splash and Big Thunder Mountain in Florida and then the Matterhorn in California on the same day! This requires true Disney loyalty and love. Other challenges include running a marathon at two different Disney locations in the same year or completing # 3 on my list.

  1. Visit Every Disney Park

In Florida, there are 4 theme parks, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom and 2 water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. California has 2 theme parks, Disneyland and California Adventure. Japan has 2 theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DineySea. France has 2 more parks, Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park. China has Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disney Resort. As a self-diagnosed Disney addict, I MUST go to all.

  1. Vow renewal at Disney World

I’m married, but I would have loved to have been married at Disney World. It was just way too expensive, but I have seen pictures and I can’t imagine a more beautiful wedding than a Disney wedding. That being said, money being no object, I’d love a vow renewal at Disney. I would love to pledge my love again in the romantic settings that Disney has to offer and have photos of us on the property.  And, I’d love to have all of our friends and family all there along with 2 very special mice.

  1. Live at Golden Oak

I would love to live on Disney World property if I had about 1.8 million dollars. With the beautiful floor plans, incredible clubhouse and Disney cast members…this is a dream come true. Complimentary transportation to the parks, concierge on property, Disney inspired decorating for the holidays and much more is offered at Golden Oak. Neil Partick Harris joined residents for a special holiday celebration. Marty Sklar has exclusive lunches with residents and Elsa and other characters show up for family magic. Special events, like a food and wine festival for residents are also offered! This is my ultimate Disney Bucket List item; actually it’s my lifelong dream item!

About Lauren Wallis

Lauren Wallis was destined to love Disney. Her Mother found out that she was pregnant with Lauren after her honeymoon at WDW. After moving to Florida in 1990, every school trip, family vacation and weekend getaway was at Disney World! Lauren attended the University of Central Florida and spent her weekends looking for the most delicious restaurants on a college budget. She and her husband have relocated and now live in Central Florida, just minutes from Walt Disney World. She has stayed at every single resort and is currently working on eating at every single restaurant! She has been on WDW property over 400 times…lucky Floridian!