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10 Things That Should Be On Your Walt Disney World Bucket List

Many guests who visit Walt Disney World have certain experiences that they must do on each vacation. Whether it be a classic attraction or dining at a particular restaurant, every guest has a few experiences that they simply can’t miss. While routines and traditions are great, Walt Disney World guests love to come up with items to put on their Disney bucket lists. Bucket lists include experiences that guests would love to have, but might be hard to accomplish or not entirely realistic. Even though they might not happen on a normal Disney trip, bucket list items are still a ton of fun to think of and dream about! All guests should take some time to think about their Disney bucket lists and see if it is possible to make any of the items a reality! Here are ten things that should be on every guest’s Walt Disney World bucket list.

10. Go Deluxe –

Walt Disney World vacations can be expensive experiences, and many guests spend lots of time saving to be able to go on a trip. A bucket list item that many Disney guests dream of is being able to have one vacation where they go totally deluxe and not worry about the price of anything. For some guests this includes dreaming about staying in a bungalow at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and gazing across Seven Seas Lagoon at the Magic Kingdom each morning and for others it could include eating at the chef’s table at the exclusive Victoria & Albert’s Restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

9. Dine At Every Restaurant –

Guests who are looking for the ultimate foodie experience in Walt Disney World should totally include dining at every restaurant on property on their bucket list. From full service restaurants to counter service food courts, there are so many different places to try and each one serves up unique and delicious options. Guests who love dining in new places should be sure to include this item on their bucket list.

8. Do Every Attraction in the Magic Kingdom in One Day –

Of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom is home to the most attractions. Guests who are looking to have an ultimate Disney day should add trying to experience every attraction in the park in one day to their bucket list. This goal is attainable, but definitely can be tricky on a day where there are even moderate crowds in the park. With so many attractions to be done, guests can check this item off of their Disney bucket lists by attempting it on a quiet day in the Magic Kingdom when there are few crowds.

7. Four Parks in One Day –

Disney fans should also add visiting all four theme parks in Walt Disney World in one day to their bucket list. This experience is completely realistic and can easily be done when guests spend a few hours in each park enjoying several attractions and the overall ambiance. Guests who cross this experience off of their bucket list should take a picture in front of each park icon to remember the awesome time they had park hopping!

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6. Stay in the Castle –

For the Year of a Million Dreams promotion in Walt Disney World, Imagineers turned the Cinderella Dream Suite inside Cinderella Castle into a room fit for royalty. Each day during the celebration, one family was chosen to spend the night inside the suite and have an amazing stay in the Magic Kingdom. Since the promotion ended, guests are only able to stay inside of Cinderella Castle in the suite if they win a contest. While this is extremely hard to do and generally depends on luck alone, it is an experience that should be on every Disney guest’s bucket list.

5. Be the Family of the Day –

Each day before the Magic Kingdom opens, there is a welcome celebration including dancing, singing, Disney characters, and the Walt Disney World Railroad. The mayor of Main Street also leads a countdown which culminates with the gates to the park being opened for the day. Each morning before the celebration begins, one lucky family is chosen to be the Family of the Day and gets to go up on the balcony of the Walt Disney World Railroad station and be a part of the show! Being chosen as the Family of the Day depends on the luck of being in the right place at the right time but is something that should be on every Disney bucket list.

4. Be the Grand Marshals –

Another great experience in the Magic Kingdom that should be on every Disney bucket list is being chosen to be the Grand Marshals in the afternoon parade! Each afternoon the Festival of Fantasy Parade rolls down Main Street and entertains guests of all ages. Kicking off the parade is a family that was chosen at random to be the Grand Marshals for the day. This experience is something that few guests get to have but something that all should include on their bucket lists.

3. Ride in the Front of the Monorail –

In the past, guests used to be able to request to sit in the front of the monorail and enjoy the ride from the same cabin as the driver. For safety reasons guests can no longer enjoy the front seat, but they can still imagine how much fun it could be! Guests who love the monorail and miss this experience definitely have it included on their bucket lists.

2. Visit All International Parks –

While Walt Disney World and Disneyland are favorite vacation destinations of many guests, there are plenty more around the world which guests would love to visit. Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and Tokyo DisneySea are parks that many Disney fans dream of visiting and also include on their Disney bucket lists.

1. Go Behind the Scenes –

Guests who love learning about how the parks operate and finding out about the magic behind the scenes should definitely include a backstage tour on their Disney bucket lists. Walt Disney World offers many tours for additional costs, and they can take guests everywhere from a private safari on the Wild Africa Trek inside Kilimanjaro Safaris in Disney’s Animal Kingdom to into the greenhouses of The Land Pavilion in Epcot on the Behind the Seeds Tour. No matter what behind the scenes tour a guest would like, they are great experiences to add to Disney bucket lists!

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.