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10 Magical Moments That Only Walt Disney World Fans Will Understand

A Walt Disney World vacation is a magical experience from the moment guests have that first glimpse of Cinderella Castle to the very last attraction. Guests spend months looking forward to each trip and imagining themselves enjoying the magic that a Disney vacation brings. Walt Disney World is home to countless attractions and experiences, many of which are completely unique. Those are the moments that guests who love Walt Disney World find themselves most looking forward to for each trip, and since they are so unique only those who are familiar with them will understand! Here are ten magical moments that only Walt Disney World fans will understand.

10. Hearing “Welcome Home” –

For many guests, the official start to a Disney vacation is checking into their Disney Resort and hearing these wonderful words. Cast Members who greet guests at the doors and work at the front desks often utter this phrase to welcome guests back for their visit or even to welcome them back at the end of a day in the parks. Only guests who regularly stay at a Disney Resort will understand this magical moment.

9. First Glimpse Of Cinderella Castle –

One of the most memorable moments of any Walt Disney World vacation is the first glimpse of Cinderella Castle while rounding the corner onto Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. That magical moment when guests realize that they are in the Magic Kingdom and have their whole Disney vacation is a magical one that all guests will recognize.

8. Biting Into A Mickey Bar –

A popular snack throughout the four parks in Walt Disney World is the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar which features vanilla ice cream coated in chocolate on a stick and is shaped like Mickey Mouse. Guests love tearing into one of these delicious ice cream treats and the first bite is always a magical moment that fans of Walt Disney World understand.

7. Watching Happily Ever After –

Each night in the Magic Kingdom, the sky high above Cinderella Castle comes to life with Happily Ever After. Featuring fireworks, projection show, Disney music, and a flight by Tinkerbell, guests love to line up on Main Street and watch the show. No trip to Walt Disney World is complete without watching Happily Ever After at least once, and guests love that magical feeling as the lights dim and the show starts.

6. The Smell Of Rome Burning –

Many Walt Disney World guests love experiencing Spaceship Earth in Epcot as they learn about the history of communication and how it has progressed from the beginning of time to present day. The magical moment that all Walt Disney World fans will immediately recognize while enjoying Spaceship Earth is the smell of Rome burning! One scene of the attraction depicts the burning of Rome when scholars feared that all written works of knowledge were lost, and the smell is a combination of burning wood, earthy smokiness, and yumminess! Guests simply love that smell!

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5. The Beast’s Transformation –

Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage in Disney’s Hollywood Studios allows guests to watch the classic tale of the animated film acted out on stage. Featuring all of the hit musical numbers from the film and many recognizable characters, the show is one of the best in Walt Disney World and can’t be missed. Walt Disney World fans especially love the magical moment at the end of the show when the Beast transforms into Prince Adam.

4. The Savanna Reveal –

Kilimanjaro Safaris in Disney’s Animal Kingdom takes guests into the Harambe Reserve for a two week safari through the lush forests and sweeping savannas of Africa. Guests are able to see animals like giraffes, elephants, lions, and cheetahs roaming around and simply enjoying the scenery. The most memorable moment of the attraction, and one that Walt Disney World fans love, is when the safari vehicle rounds a bend and the savanna is first glimpsed in all of its splendor.

3. Lifting Off –

One of the most popular attractions in Epcot is Soarin’ located on the lower level of The Land Pavilion. Soarin’ takes guests on a hang gliding adventure over beautiful sights around the globe including the Matterhorn, the Great Wall of China, Iguazu Falls, and Epcot. A moment that all Walt Disney World fans know and love is when the lights dim and suddenly they are taking to the skies for a beautiful ride!

2. Hitchhiking Ghosts –

The Haunted Mansion is perhaps the most beloved and iconic attraction for Walt Disney World fans. Nestled in the corner of Liberty Square, guests enter into Gracey Manor where they find themselves face to face with nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts who are both eerie and comical. The most memorable moment of the Haunted Mansion that guests love comes at the very end when one of three hitchhiking ghosts attempts to follow them home! Using special effects to make it appear as though a ghost is riding along with each guest, the hitchhiking ghosts are especially memorable.

1. Hugging Mickey –

A Walt Disney World vacation is all about forgetting about the day to day stress of life and just having fun in the happiest place on Earth. A magical and fun moment that all Walt Disney World fans cherish is getting a big hug from the mouse himself. Guests can meet Mickey in various locations throughout the parks and resorts, and no Disney trip is complete with a hug from Mickey.

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.