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10 Things To See, Do, Explore, And Eat In Walt Disney World Resort

A Walt Disney World vacation is jam packed with fun from the moment guests arrive to the last moments in the parks. With four theme parks, two water parks, the Disney Springs shopping area, over twenty Disney Resorts, attractions, live entertainment, and plenty of dining locations, there are endless possibilities to enjoy while on a Disney vacation. Guests definitely want to make the most of each moment in Walt Disney World in order to see and do as much as possible before heading home. Since there are so many amazing experiences to be had, guests can’t possibly expect to have them all on one trip and must prioritize which experiences are must dos. By focusing on the must do experiences, guests are sure to have the most amazing Disney vacation ever. Here are ten things to see, do, explore, and eat in Walt Disney World!

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10. The Monorail –

The most beloved form of transportation in Walt Disney World is the iconic monorail system which primarily operates near the Magic Kingdom. The monorail is a perfect highway in the sky and the Resort Loop has stops at the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Transportation and Ticket Center, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Guests who are looking to travel to Epcot can simply transfer to another monorail line at Disney’s Transportation and Ticket Center. Guests love enjoying a ride on the monorail on each Disney vacation for the beautiful views of Seven Seas Lagoon and surrounding attractions, gliding through the lobby of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and reciting along with the safety spiel.

9. Conquer The Mountains –

Guests who are looking to experience some amazing attractions with big thrills should make conquering the mountains of Walt Disney World a priority on each vacation. Guests in the Magic Kingdom can start off by visiting Splash Mountain for a thrilling drop into the Briar Patch and then head next door to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad for a crazy adventure on the wildest ride in the wilderness. Also in the Magic Kingdom are the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which brings guests into the mine where the dwarfs collect gems and Space Mountain which allows guests to blast off into the galaxy. Guests who are up for one more thrill can visit Expedition Everest in Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a journey into the Forbidden Mountain where they come face to face with the Yeti.

8. Illuminations: Reflections Of Earth –

An experience that simply can’t be missed on a Disney vacation is watching Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. Each night, the show brings World Showcase Lagoon to life with a combination of laser lights, beautiful music, pyrotechnics, fireworks, and dancing water. No day in Epcot is complete without watching the show and amazing viewing spots can be found all around World Showcase Lagoon.

7. Explore Pandora – The World of Avatar –

Pandora – The World of Avatar is the newest land in the Animal Kingdom theme park. Here you will find two extremely popular attractions known as Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. You can expect a thrilling ride on Avatar Flight of Passage as you climb aboard a Banshee (dragon-like creature) and ride through the beautiful World of Avatar. The Na’vi River Journey is a perfect family-friendly attraction as guests boat down river and see just how beautiful the Na’vi tribe’s rainforest is with bioluminescence lighting and the latest animatronics. Outside of these two attractions, the land is almost like an attraction itself with stunning beauty and ability to interact with guests!

6. Experience The Classics –

While guests love enjoying thrilling attractions in Walt Disney World, there are also plenty of classic ones that simply can’t be missed. Guests in the Magic Kingdom should stop by Pirates of the Caribbean to take to the seas and ransack a coastal town, visit the Haunted Mansion to mingle with nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts, and stop by the Jungle Cruise to explore the exotic rivers of the world. In Epcot, guests definitely need to experience Spaceship Earth which brings them from the beginning of time to modern day to celebrate the history of communication. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular which is still an impressive show after all these year. It’s Tough To Be A Bug attraction is a favorite classic at Animal Kingdom theme park.

5. Happily Ever After –

Fireworks have always been the perfect way to wrap up a day at Magic Kingdom! Happily Ever After Fireworks has replaced Wishes, but has thankfully lived up to the beautiful display of fireworks, lasers, projection, music, and storytelling Magic Kingdom is known for. With 18-minutes of “heart, heroism, and humor”, Happily Ever After will send you on your way with your own “happily ever after” ending to an unforgettable Magic Kingdom day!

4. Explore World Showcase –

One of the most amazing places to enjoy while in Walt Disney World is World Showcase in Epcot. Featuring eleven different pavilions each highlighting on particular country, World Showcase celebrates culture, architecture, cuisine, history, and tradition from around the world. Each pavilion is home to beautiful buildings with unique shopping locations and at least one full service dining restaurant to enjoy. Guests can even enjoy the American Adventure in the America Pavilion, the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros in the Mexico Pavilion, O Canada! in the Canada Pavilion, Impressions de France in the France Pavilion, Reflections of China in the China Pavilion, and of course the popular Frozen Ever After in Norway.

3. Enjoy Toy Story Land –

Get ready to shrink down to the size of toy while having a blast in Andy’s backyard! Toy Story Land is open at Hollywood Studios and we for one can’t get enough of the fun atmosphere and incredible attractions. The “oldie” but goodie in the land, Toy Story Mania, is still as popular as ever with it’s 3D, arcade style ride. Slinky Dog Dash however is stealing the spotlight! Slinky Dog Dash is a family-friendly coaster where Slinky Dog takes guests on dips and turns throughout Andy’s backyard. After the coaster, get your Alien fix! That’s right, the little green Aliens from Toy Story have their own attraction known as Alien Swirling Saucers. Smooth spins and turns make for a fun attraction that we dare you not to smile on! Outside of these attractions, Woody’s Lunch Box is a great quick-service option with tasty eats. Take in the sights and sounds of the land as you let your inner child out to play!

2. Experience Kilimanjaro Safaris –

The must see attraction in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Kilimanjaro Safaris which brings guests into the Harambe Reserve for a two week safari. Along the way guests can have unique and up close encounters with animals like giraffes, lions, cheetahs, elephants, and zebras. Guests should definitely visit Kilimanjaro Safaris and try to go first thing in the morning when the temperatures are cooler and the animals are more active.

1. Have One Full Service Meal –

Walt Disney World is home to countless amazing dining experiences. From fine dining restaurants to character meals, there is a full service option to please even the pickiest of eaters. Guests who are enjoying a Disney vacation should make time to enjoy at least one full service meal in order to relax and dine on some amazing food.

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.