Guests who enjoy vacations at Walt Disney World frequently find themselves returning year after year thanks to the countless amazing experiences offered there. With four theme parks full of amazing attractions and entertainment, Disney Springs featuring tons of places to shop and dine, dozens of Disney Resorts with comfortable guest rooms and amenities, and fabulous nighttime entertainment that can’t be found anywhere else, it is no wonder why Walt Disney World is such a big deal! While there are plenty of things to enjoy doing while on a Disney vacation, there are some experiences which are simply so amazing that they are must dos and favorites of many guests. These twelve experiences are what help to make a Disney vacation so much fun and are fun for guests of all ages. Here are twelve reasons why Walt Disney World is a big deal!
12. The Mountains –
Guests who are looking to enjoy classic Disney attractions with big thrills should definitely make it a priority to conquer the Walt Disney World mountain range! The first four mountains can be found in the Magic Kingdom beginning with Splash Mountain in Frontierland. The attraction has guests follow Br’er Rabbit on his quest for more adventure, with close encounters with Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear and a drop into the Briar Patch along the way. Right next door is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which invites guests on the wildest ride in the wilderness on a runaway mine train through the town of Tumbleweed. New Fantasyland is home to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train on which guests board mine carts which sway from side to side while whipping through the mountain and visiting the dwarfs in their mine. The final mountain in the Magic Kingdom can be found in Tomorrowland and is an adventure that is out of this world. Space Mountain blasts guests into orbit for a galactic adventure in near darkness that will leave them coming back for more. The final mountain in Walt Disney World is Expedition Everest in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The attraction brings guests deep into the Forbidden Mountain where they find themselves scrambling to escape the clutches of the fabled Yeti.
11. Spaceship Earth –
The attraction which welcome guests into Epcot is housed in a massive geodesic sphere covered in futuristic silver triangles. Spaceship Earth has guests board Time Rovers to travel from the beginning of time to present day to celebrate the history of communication. Guests pass by important moments in history like the burning of Rome, the Renaissance, man landing on the moon, and the invention of the printing press. Spaceship Earth culminates with an interactive feature where guests answer several questions to create a skit of their future filled with wonderful technology and innovations.
10. Soarin’ –
One of the most popular attractions in Epcot can be found on the lower level of The Land Pavilion next to Sunshine Seasons restaurant and Living with the Land. Soarin’ brings guests on an exciting hang gliding adventure over beautiful and diverse sights all around the world. You’ll fly over new locations, including the Matterhorn, the Great Wall of China, Iguazu Falls, and Epcot. There are plenty of new sights and scents to experience!
9. 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!
8. Kilimanjaro Safaris –
Guests who visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom can celebrate the beauty of the world around them and learn about the importance of conservation. One of the most entertaining and beautiful attractions in the park is Kilimanjaro Safaris in Africa. The attraction brings guests into the Harambe Reserve for a two week safari through the forest and African savannah. Along the way, guests can spot beautiful animals like lions, cheetahs, giraffes, elephants, flamingos, and hippos. The best part about Kilimanjaro Safaris is that each experience will be totally different thanks to the unpredictable nature of live animals!
7. 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 – especially with the bioluminescence glow at night!
6. Disney Resorts –
No visit to Walt Disney World is complete without staying on property at a Disney Resort. With over twenty options to choose from, each Disney Resort has its own theme, pools, Disney transportation, location, amenities, dining options, shopping locations, entertainment, and recreation to enjoy. From swimming in the amazing variety of pools to strolling along the boardwalk in turn of the century Atlantic City, guests are sure to love staying at and visiting Disney Resorts.
5. Disney Dining –
Walt Disney World is full of amazing dining options including everything from snack carts to fine dining experiences. Guests can enjoy quick service meals, full service meals, and everything in between while dining on foods from around the world as well as close to home. Each Disney restaurant features its own unique theme for guests to enjoy being fully immersed in while enjoying their meals.
4. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular –
It doesn’t matter if you are a Star Wars nerd or not – Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is the perfect way to close out a night at Hollywood Studios! Watch as the Chinese Theater that holds The Great Movie Ride turns into a huge screen for a 14-minute show full of high-definition projection surrounded by lasers, fire, incredible music and sound effects, and of course – the sky lights up with awesome fireworks! It’s an unforgettable Hollywood Studios moment!
3. Happily Ever After Fireworks –
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!
2. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth –
Each day in Epcot comes to a close with Illuminations: Reflections of Earth lighting up World Showcase Lagoon. The nightly show gathers guests around the fire to show how we are all one through fireworks, special effects, pyrotechnics, laser lights, dancing water, and a beautiful score. There are plenty of amazing viewing locations surrounding World Showcase Lagoon, but guests should choose a spot an hour before the show begins since it is so popular!
1. Fantasmic! –
On select nights in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater is home to a wonderful show which captures the imagination of guests. Fantasmic! brings guests into Mickey’s imagination where a battle is occurring between good and evil. The show combines special effects, pyrotechnics, Disney characters and music, projected animation, dancing water, a giant dragon, and wonderful music to amaze each guest in the audience. Although the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater comfortably seats thousands of guests, Fantasmic! is extremely popular making it often full to capacity. Guests who want to have an amazing view of the spectacular should like up outside the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater at least an hour before the show is scheduled to begin.