10 Magical Moments You Can Only Experience In Walt Disney World

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A Walt Disney World vacation is a magical experience thanks in part to the vast number of attractions, shows, restaurants, parks, and resorts to enjoy. Part of what makes a Disney vacation so memorable are the unique experiences that guests can have that they can’t find anywhere else. Guests who explore the four parks can dive under the sea, rocket into space, enter a different dimension, and even dine with Disney royalty. With so many amazing experiences to be had, each Disney vacation is unique in both experience and memories. Here are ten magical moments that guests can only experience in Walt Disney World.


10. Meeting Mickey

The quintessential experience that all guests must have on a Disney vacation is meeting the mouse himself! Mickey can be found in several locations throughout Walt Disney World including standalone meet and greets, parades, and characters meals. One of the best places to meet Mickey is at the Town Square Theater on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. We also love seeing Sorcerer Mickey at Hollywood Studios on the red carpet.

9. Dining With Princesses

Two of the most coveted dining reservations in Walt Disney World feature the opportunity to enjoy a meal in the company of the Disney Princesses. Akushus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion allows guests to dine among princesses like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty while enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Cinderella’s Royal Table can be found inside of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom and offers up the opportunity to dine in Cinderella’s home and mingle with her and other princesses including Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. Where else but Walt Disney World can guests say that they dined with princesses?

8. Diving Under The Seas

The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion in Epcot offers guests the chance to dive under the surface and explore the ocean alongside characters from the Pixar classic Finding Nemo. The pavilion features an attraction of the same name where guests can board Clam Mobiles and journey with Marlin and Dory through the oceans as they try to find Nemo. Nearby is Turtle Talk with Crush where guests can interact in real time with Crush the turtle as he cracks jokes and answers questions from the audience. Guests can also visit nearby viewing areas to observe dolphins, manatees, sharks, and countless species of fish.

7. Blasting Into Space

Walt Disney World offers guests two distinct opportunities to blast off into space and have adventures in the final frontier. Mission: SPACE in Epcot takes guests into the International Training Station where they find themselves on a mission heading to space. Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland brings guests to Starport 75 where they can board rockets and blast off into space to enjoy twists, turns, and dips in near darkness. With two different opportunities, guests are sure to love the chance to go to space on a Disney vacation.


6. Going On Safari

Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s flagship attraction is Kilimanjaro Safaris in the Africa section of the park. Guests who try the attraction are brought into the Harmbe Reserve for a two week safari through lush jungles and sweeping savannahs. Along the way guests can experience up close and personal encounters with animals like lions, elephants, giraffes, flamingos, and hippos. Since the animals seen are living beings, each experience on Kilimanjaro Safaris is unpredictable and unique making it a truly magical experience in Walt Disney World.

5. Traveling Back In Time

There are several different opportunities on a Disney vacation for guests to travel back in time and celebrate the past. On Dinosaur in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests are taken into the Dino Institute and sent back in time to find one particular dinosaur to bring back to present day. In Epcot, Spaceship Earth takes guests back to the beginning of time to see how communication has evolved. Guests can observe everything from the burning of Rome to Ancient Greece while learning about communication.

4. Designing A Unique Car

Test Track Presented by Chevrolet in Epcot is one of the most popular attractions in Walt Disney World. There guests enter into the design studio where they can create their own unique SIM cars and see how they perform on the track in Capability, Responsiveness, Efficiency, and Power. With the chance to make a car as modern or silly as possible, guests love having creative freedom over their designs.

3. Entering A Different Dimension

Guests who visit Sunset Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios are ill at ease thanks to the distant screaming from The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Guests who are brave enough to experience the attraction quickly realize that the Hollywood Tower Hotel was abandoned in a hurry after something sinister happened years before. Once on board an evil service elevator, guests find themselves heading directly to the Twilight Zone as stars in their own episode.

2. Visiting The Wild West

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom is one of the most thrilling and enjoyable attractions in the park. Guests board the wildest ride in the wilderness and soon find themselves careening through caves, abandoned mines, and a classic Wild West town. With beautiful glimpses of nearby Tom Sawyer Island and Frontierland and plenty of thrills, experiencing Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a magical Disney experience.

1. Dining With The Beast

Guests can cross a bridge and enter into the ornate Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom which allows them to dine inside the Beast’s Castle. Guests can be seated in the West Wing, Grand Ballroom, or Castle Gallery and find themselves feeling like royalty as they enjoy a truly magical meal in Walt Disney World. Take note that the Beast is only available to meet during dinner service.

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.