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The Best Experiences Currently Available at Walt Disney World

Even though things might be slightly different at Walt Disney World right now, there are so many amazing experiences to enjoy.  We have the best experiences currently available at Walt Disney World so you won’t miss a thing on your next trip.

 

 

1. Cavalcades

One of the best experiences right now in all four parks are the character cavalcades.  These are the new, small, mini parades that bring our favorite characters out and around the parks.  Each park has a special, unique way that they are doing this and they are absolutely fantastic.  

In Magic Kingdom, characters usually are taken down the typical parade route (Frontierland, Liberty Square and Main Street USA).  Guests can see princesses, Mickey and friends, and even special holiday guests right now.   Animal Kingdom allows characters to float around on boats and Chip ‘n’ Dale, Pocahontas, and Scrooge are a few that have been seen going by.  Epcot has a Frozen processional in the World Showcase where Elsa and Anna greet guests.  Mickey and friends, as well as other royal guests, are also seen in the World Showcase.  Finally, in Hollywood Studios characters catch a cool ride as they parade around in themed cars.  Mickey and friends as well as Pixar favorites Buzz Lightyear and Sully cruise around as do Disney Jr characters.  

Although we miss the big parades, these new cavalcades are an excellent way to see a lot of characters quickly which we love.

2. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

The newest ride in Walt Disney World is found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.  This new ride is definitely one of the best experiences in Walt Disney World right now.  Not only is it the first ride featuring Mickey Mouse, but the new technology used throughout takes it to a new level that the whole family can enjoy together.  Young or old, a ride on Mickey and Minnie’s Runway Railway is a must do at Walt Disney World.

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3. Rise of the Resistance

Another one of the best experiences in Walt Disney World is also found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and that is Rise of the Resistance.  Even though Mickey and Minnie’s has new 2 1/2-D effects and projection mapping that is new, the technology used to create Rise of the Resistance is truly like no other.  Disney puts guests in the middle of the Star Wars story with this immersive ride experience.  Don’t skip out on this ride during your Walt Disney World vacation, it is truly the best there is to experience.

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4. Random Characters

Those that have visited Disneyland in California and then come to Walt Disney World often comment on how they wish Disney World had more characters out and present in the park.  This is something that has really been stepped up by Disney World and is one of the best experiences guests can have while visiting.  At each of the four parks, guests can see a variety of characters out and interacting with guests from a distance.  One of our favorites is found in Epcot where Joy or Winnie the Pooh entertain guests.  Pooh catches pretend butterflies or searches for honey where Joy can be found practicing her dancing.  In Magic Kingdom, the evil stepsisters can be found over by the Princess Fairytale Hall arguing and debating with one another and even other guests. These are such special experiences that Disney has brought to the parks and we find them to be some of the best interactions with characters we’ve had.  When visiting, make sure to keep your eyes open as you never know when your favorite character might be hanging out.  

5. Minnie’s Hollywood and Dine

One of the best dining experiences right now at Walt Disney World is at Minnie’s Hollywood and Dine.  This meal is at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Hollywood and Vine restaurant.  This character meal allows guests to see and interact, at a distance, with their favorite characters while they are sporting their favorite holiday clothes.  This meal was previously a buffet, but Disney has changed it making it an even better dining experience with delicious food.  If guests are looking for a fun, holiday themed meal, this is one that shouldn’t be missed.

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6. Time Outside the Parks

It is very easy during a Walt Disney World vacation to get wrapped up in all the things to do inside the parks.  With many of the parks closing early at night, one of the best experiences at Disney is to enjoy doing things outside of the four main parks.  If staying on Disney Property at one of their amazing resorts, consider taking time to enjoy the pool, resort activities or even resort hop to find that resort for the next trip.  Disney also has a great golf course and mini-golf course to try out for something different.  Even though we all would love lots of time in the parks, right now one of the best experiences during a Disney vacation can be those outside of the park.

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7. Topolino’s Terrace

One of the best dining experiences on property is the character breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace in Disney’s Rivera.  This dining experience not only allows guests to experience the amazing new resort, but also enjoy fantastic meals with adorable characters.  At this meal, guests get to hang out with Mickey, Minnie, Daisy and Donald all wearing adorable, artistic clothes.  Minnie is a poet, Daisy a dancer, Mickey a painter and Donald a sculptor and they all parade around the restaurant multiple times to visit with guests from a distance.  This experience is top notch as it combines delicious food as well as amazing characters.

8. Disney Skyliner

Finally, one of the best experiences at Walt Disney World right now is a trip in the Disney Skyliner.  This new mode of transportation is one of a kind and special just to Disney making it a truly magical experience.  The skyliner can take guests to and from Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios as well as Pop Century, Art of Animation, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Riviera.  Even if guests aren’t staying at one of these resorts, a ride in the skyliner is so special as you soar above the beautiful Disney property.  

From amazing meals to outstanding rides, these are the top experiences available right now at Walt Disney World.  Which one are you looking forward to the most?

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.