10 Disney Fan Greatest Moments At Walt Disney World

EPCOT's China Pavilion

Whether it is a guest’s first trip to Walt Disney World or their hundred and first, there are certain moments and experiences that make the vacation extra magical. From staying on property and enjoying special perks to enjoying classic attractions to dining in some of the most delicious and popular restaurants across property, special moments in Walt Disney World make each trip one to be remembered. While there are unforgettable moments that occur on each visit, there are some experiences that are simply so magical and amazing that they are considered to define each trip and be the ultimate greatest moments. Guests are sure to absolutely love each and every one of these special fan moments and cherish them for years to come after the vacation is over. Here are ten moments that are considered by guests to be the greatest fan moments that can be experienced in Walt Disney World.


1. First Glimpse of Cinderella Castle

One amazing moment in particular can occur on each and every trip to Walt Disney World, however the very first time it is experienced is a memory that is sure to stay with guests for their entire lives. When first entering into the Magic Kingdom, guests walk underneath the train station and emerge into Town Square on Main Street, but it is not until they round the corner that they can enjoy their very first glimpse of the beautiful Cinderella Castle. Soaring high up into the sky with opulent architectural details, gold spires, and a sense of magic and whimsy, the first glimpse of Cinderella Castle is one of the most memorable and amazing fan moments for any guest.

2. Meeting Mickey Mouse

Another wonderful fan moment that guests love to enjoy on each trip to Walt Disney World is meeting Mickey himself. While there are several locations to meet Mickey, one of the most popular is also found right there in the Town Square section of the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street. Tow Square Theater is home to a special meet and greet experience where guests can meet Mickey dressed in his Magician finest and pose for unforgettable photos. Some other great places to meet Mickey are at Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and at the Adventurer’s Outpost in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

3. Scoring the Perfect FastPass

One of the best ways to save time while in Walt Disney World while also ensuring that amazing experiences are enjoyed is utilizing the FastPass system. FastPasses allow guests to report to an attraction or experience at a given time to enjoy it with little to no wait, thus saving them time to enjoy other experiences instead of waiting on the standby line. Scoring a FastPass to a popular attraction such as Slinky Dog Dash or Flight of Passage is a thrilling moment that guests absolutely love!

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4. No Wait for Avatar Flight of Passage

At the moment, the most popular attraction in all of Walt Disney World is hands down Avatar Flight of Passage in the Pandora – The World of Avatar section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The attraction brings guests on a thrilling experience where they link with an Avatar and experience the Na’vi rite of passage of riding on the back of a banshee. Since the attraction is so immensely popular, it often boasts wait times exceeding several hours on busy days in the park. One of the greatest fan moments that any guest can experience is getting to enjoy this popular attraction with no wait!

5. Being Sprinkled with Some Pixie Dust

While every moment in Walt Disney World is sure to be a magical one, there are some instances where guests might find themselves sprinkled with a little extra magic or pixie dust to help make their day even more amazing. This can come in the form of being given stickers by Cast Members, receiving a snack ‘on Mickey,’ or even just having a particularly wonderful interaction with a Cast Member or character. These little moments infused with extra magic are a wonderful guest experience.

6. Watching Happily Ever After

Pure magic occurs each night in the Magic Kingdom with the amazing show that occurs on and above Cinderella Castle. Happily Ever After combines projections, fireworks, and favorite Disney music and characters to share what happens when a happily ever after is wished for. Every guest who visits the park can agree that watching this amazing show is one of the greatest fan moments that can be enjoyed on a Walt Disney World vacation.

7. Interacting with Cast Members

One of the most unforgettable experiences that guests can enjoy while spending time in Walt Disney World might be something that is often overlooked by many. Interacting with Cast Members can lead to some amazing memories that guests won’t soon forget. Many Cast Members love to stop and chat with guests about their jobs, how their day is going, and more. Guests who take the time to be friendly to and chat with Cast Members are sure to have some unforgettable moments!

8. Blasting Off Into Space

Epcot’s Future World is home to a thrilling attraction that brings guests on the ultimate adventure into space. Mission: SPACE invites guests into the International Space Training Center where they can opt to train for a more thrilling journey to Mars or a more scenic orbit of Earth. No matter which experience a guest chooses, there is no greater moment than when their ship blasts off from Earth and breaks through the atmosphere into the inky darkness and beauty of space!

9. First Glimpse of the Savanna

Guests who spend time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom have several unforgettable experiences to choose from, including one that brings them on an amazing adventure into the forests and savannas of Africa. Kilimanjaro Safaris features open air safari vehicles that bring guests into the Harambe Reserve for close encounters with animals including giraffes, elephants, and more. While there are plenty of unforgettable moments on the attraction, the greatest is when the safari vehicles round a corner and offer guests their first sweeping view of the expansive and beautiful African savanna and animals serenely grazing.

10. Traveling the World

A highlight of many guests’ experiences in Walt Disney World is the opportunity to travel the world without ever leaving one of the Disney Parks. Epcot’s World Showcase features eleven different countries, each celebrated with cuisine, architecture, shopping, culture, history, attractions, and more for guests to enjoy. Spending a day in this area of the park is definitely unforgettable as guests feel as though they have traveled the world and experienced so many amazing places, all sprinkled with Disney magic.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.