10. Princess Fairytale Hall
Princess Fairytale Hall is arguably the most beautiful character meet and greet location at Walt Disney World. Although I would prefer to not have to wait in line for very long to meet the princesses at this location, there’s no question that the building is beautiful. The areas where you meet the princesses are ornately decorated to look like a castle right out of a fairytale, and the rooms that the queue goes through before reaching the princesses is eloquently designed with paintings of many of the Disney princesses, even those who are not currently meeting at the hall.
9. Tree of Life
The Tree of Life, Animal Kingdom’s park icon is one of the most beautiful icons at Walt Disney World. The tree, which you would never guess was actually built upon a frame that was once an oil rig, features hundreds of animals masterfully carved into the trunk, limbs, and roots. One of the coolest things about the Tree of Life is the amount of different kinds of photos you can easily take of it depending on where you’re standing in the park. It’s really easy to get tons of different angles of the tree, and if you go inside and see It’s Tough to be a Bug, you can get some nice close up photos of some of the tree’s roots.
8. View from California Grill
If you were lucky enough to score a dinner reservation at California Grill, located at the top of the Contemporary Resort, you’re in for some excellent views. From the fifteenth floor, you’re able to experience breathtaking views of the Magic Kingdom as well as the lake and other monorail resorts. If your reservation falls during the time when Happily Ever After will be happening, then you’ve lucked out even more, as you’ll find that you’ll have a perfect view of the Fireworks.
7. Animal Kingdom Lodge
Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most beautiful places at Walt Disney World in a couple of different ways. This resort has one of my favorite lobbies in all of Walt Disney World, which definitely adds a lot to why I decided to put this resort on the list. Not only is this lobby gorgeous, but it does a great job of immersing guests into a variety of African cultures, and the artifacts found in the exhibit cases provide educational background to guests that accounts for the building’s design. Of course, the savannah at the lodge is also beautiful, but more about the savannah later…
6. Pandora – The World of Avatar
If you’ve had a chance to visit Animal Kingdom’s newest land, Pandora – The World of Avatar, chances are you were impressed with its sheer beauty! You were likely rushing to one of the two attractions held in this land known as Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. If you have a moment to stop and explore Pandora’s setting (the Valley of Mo’ara), you might want to look up at the unbelievable floating mountains. Get this – there are 22 floating mountains in total! Plus, look around at the lush landscape and be in awe of the 250 varieties of living plants that are integrated with Pandoran plants. Plus, visiting at night is key as the pathway and plants glow with bioluminescent lighting. Just amazing!
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5. View from the lift hill on Expedition Everest
Although I think that the lift hill is the scariest part of Expedition Everest, it does provide guests with one of the most beautiful views. Next time you go up the lift hill, look to the left and you’ll see some noticeable icons from other parks, such as Spaceship Earth, and Tower of Terror.
4. Savanna at Kilimanjaro Safari
The savanna is my favorite part of Kilimanjaro Safari. When you turn the corner and first enter the savanna, you’ll come across a breathtaking view with a variety of different animal and plant life.
3. Grand Floridian
As Walt Disney World’s flagship hotel, it is no surprise that the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has made its way onto this list. This resort is beautiful both inside and out, and along with Animal Kingdom Lodge has one of the most beautiful resort lobbies I have ever seen. The Grand Floridian is the epitome of Victorian elegance, and everything from the birdcage in the lobby, to the furnishings in the guest rooms, and even things like the children’s pool (which is Alice in Wonderland themed) is designed beautifully.
2. Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth is one of my favorite places in the entire resort, so I might have a slight bias here in adding this one to the list. I believe that the inside of Spaceship Earth is beautiful in that it is one of the most well detailed and well done attractions at Walt Disney World. The outside however, is even more stunning. This geodesic sphere definitely gets my pick for the most beautiful sight in Epcot, and I can never seem to get enough pictures of it while I’m vacationing at Walt Disney World.
1. Cinderella Castle
Cinderella Castle gets my pick for the most beautiful sight in Walt Disney World for a couple of reasons. The first is that this is the quintessential Disney icon. When you walk up Main Street and stand in front of Cinderella Castle, you know that you’ve arrived at the parks. Perhaps it didn’t seem real until that moment, but when you stand in front the castle you know. My main reason for placing Cinderella Castle at the top of this list is for the mosaic inside, which is overlooked by guests surprisingly often. The mosaic inside the castle, which retells the story of Cinderella and includes tiles made with real 14k gold, is probably the most beautiful piece of art in Walt Disney World, which has led Cinderella Castle to the top of this list.