Special Experiences You Can’t Miss in Walt Disney World

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A Walt Disney World Resort vacation is an extremely special experience from start to finish, thanks to beautiful Disney Resorts, immersive and unforgettable attractions and experiences in the Disney Parks, and incredible shopping and dining options throughout Disney Springs. With so many incredible moments to enjoy throughout any vacation, it can be hard to believe that there are even more experiences offered to Guests that are truly spectacular. Whether a behind-the-scenes tour, unparalleled dining experience, or holiday party, there are some experiences that offer Guests memories that they will never forget. Guests who are looking to make a Walt Disney World Resort vacation even more unforgettable should enjoy one of these extraordinary experiences!

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Dining at Victoria & Albert’s

Foodies have plenty of incredible opportunities to enjoy unique and amazing restaurants throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Still, one of the most unforgettable meals can be enjoyed at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Victoria & Albert’s is an elegant and upscale restaurant that features the Victorian theming found throughout the Disney Resort and is open for dinner only each night. The gorgeous dining room features very limited seating, and Guests who are able to score a coveted reservation can dine from two different tasting menus crafted by the chef, which change daily based upon the freshest ingredients available. With the opportunity to add a wine pairing to the meal, dinner at Victoria & Albert’s is truly an indulgent and unforgettable special experience that foodies do not want to miss out on.

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Wild Africa Trek

Many Guests are blown away by the beauty and incredible detail that can be found throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but one behind-the-scenes tour offers up an even more unforgettable experience with a sense of adventure. The Wild Africa Trek is a three-hour long experience that begins with Guests heading backstage on the Harmbe Reserve (home to Kilimanjaro Safaris) via a small and wooded path. The following few hours then include the chance to look down into a hippo pool and feed the wonderful animals, cross treacherous suspended bridges over more hippos and crocodiles below, and board a special safari vehicle to set out on a guided tour that offers up-close glimpses of animals throughout the reserve. The incredible experience also includes a gourmet meal in an outpost overlooking the savanna as well as a complimentary Disney PhotoPass photographer who captures special moments for Guests to bring home with them from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

No time at the Walt Disney World Resort is as magical as Christmas, and the holiday season can be celebrated throughout the property with beautiful decorations and festive music. Guests who are looking to bring their Christmas cheer to another level can enjoy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a ticketed event held on select nights in the Magic Kingdom. This wonderful holiday party features an array of exclusive experiences for Guests to enjoy, including character meet and greets, complimentary cookies and hot chocolate, snow on Main Street, cheerful Christmas music, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, and more. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the ultimate holiday celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort and the perfect way to make any season even more special.

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Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour

The Magic Kingdom is a Guest favorite since it is technically where it all began when the Walt Disney World Resort officially opened in 1971. An excellent way to make any visit to the Disney Park even more special is by enjoying Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour. This behind-the-scenes experience lasts for five hours and helps Guests delve into the history and charm of the Magic Kingdom through access to the Utilidors, a guided narration of details and secrets throughout the Disney Park, special backstage access to favorite attractions, and lunch in one of the Magic Kingdom’s restaurants. Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour is a wonderful way to learn more about the classic Disney Park while continuing to honor and celebrate the legacy of Walt Disney himself.

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Dapper Day

Dapper Day is a non-official event at the Walt Disney World Resort organized by a devoted group of fans that celebrates vintage and unique style throughout the property several times a year. Guests who attend a Dapper Day are encouraged to dress in elegant and vintage attire and meet up at a specific location (sometimes a Disney Park, sometimes Disney Springs, etc.) to mingle, pose for photos, and compare outfits. These unique meet-ups are always fun to either participate in or just check out, and they can create a special memory that doesn’t happen every day at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

The Walt Disney World Resort is the ultimate destination for Star Wars fans who can live out their galactic adventures and fantasies in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, in addition to attractions like Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. However, the ultimate Star Wars experience comes with a two-night stay onboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, where Guests are invited to journey on the Halcyon and become fully immersed in the experience. Guests can choose whether to actively participate as members of the Resistance or First Order or take a more observatory role and partake in special experiences, including lightsaber training, a visit to Batuu, special meals, and more.

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Aerophile – The World Leader in Balloon Flight

There are plenty of beautiful sights and views throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, but none is as unique as a hot air balloon ride over Disney Springs. Aerophile – The World Leader in Balloon Flight can be found on the West Side and invites Guests to purchase special tickets and take to the skies for a stunning three hundred and sixty-degree view of the Walt Disney World Resort from four hundred feet in the air. Lasting eight minutes, Aerophile – The World Leader in Balloon Flight is a truly unique and memorable experience that offers Guests the unforgettable opportunity to gaze down at some of their favorite locations on property and see them in entirely new ways.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.