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6 Things You May Not Have Tried at Walt Disney World

6. The VOID

The VOID is taking Virtual Reality to the next level! Check it out at Disney Springs in the Marketplace on your next visit. Two VR experiences are available including Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire and Ralph Breaks VR. Perfect for tweens, teens, and adults, The VOID is an ultimate virtual reality experience. Team up (or be teamed up) with four guests to fulfill your mission. The multi-sensory environment is a memorable experience you don’t want to pass up.

5. Wild Africa Trek

The Wild Africa Trek, located in Animal Kingdom, allows guests to get up close and personal with some of the animals in the park. This experience gives guests the opportunity to walk across a suspension bridge (all harnessed up—don’t worry!) to see some of the same animals that can be seen from the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction. In addition to getting a closer look at the animals in the park, guests who partake in this experience are treated to an African lunch out on the savannah , and a photo package documenting their time on the trek.

4. Splitsville

Splitsville is a luxury bowling alley located in Disney Springs. If you’ve never experienced Splitsville, you really don’t know what you’re missing. The luxury lanes are like the classy version of your small town’s bowling alley, and the food, drinks, and live entertainment at the complex are not to be missed. Even if you’re not up for bowling, Splitsville is a really nice place to stop for dinner and drinks. The menu offers a variety of favorites from cheeseburgers to sushi, and there is often live entertainment near the outdoor bar.

3. Dinner shows

Disney offers two dinner shows that I would highly recommend adding to your next trip itinerary if you’ve never experienced them before. The Spirit of Aloha dinner show at the Polynesian Village Resort, includes island-style food served family style and an authentic luau performance. This show is the closest to a Hawaiian luau that you’ll probably ever get without actually traveling to the islands yourself. The other dinner show at Walt Disney World is the Hoop De Doo Musical Revue located at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. This show includes all you can eat (and drink for sangria and beer) as well as a performance of one of the most classic dinner shows in history. The show is campy, fun, and showcases some excellent singing, dancing, and gets the whole audience participating.

2. Afternoon tea

One of my new favorite things to do at Walt Disney World, which I only tried during my last trip, is to have afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian. I always enjoy afternoon tea anywhere I go, and I’ve kind of put off doing this on a couple of trips just because I was crunched for time and didn’t think it was a great idea to take time out in the middle of the day to visit this resort. I am so happy I finally made a reservation for afternoon tea at the Garden View Lounge however, as this was the best afternoon tea experience I’ve ever had. The tea selections feature a couple of blends that are made specifically for the Grand Floridian, and the finer sandwiches, scones, and dessert selections were absolutely delicious. This afternoon tea experience also scores extra points in my book for having packages that come with champagne, multiple options for dessert (instead of just a typical pastry selection) and the view right beside the gardens, if you’re seated near a window, or the lobby of the resort.

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1. Backstage tours

If you consider yourself to be a huge Disney fan, you need to go on one of the many backstage tours offered at the parks. One of the most popular is the Keys to the Kingdom tour, which takes guests on a journey through the Magic Kingdom with a tour guide who teaches them about the history and design of the park. This tour also includes a brief walk through the Utilidor—the first floor of the Magic Kingdom, which houses a lot of the things that make the day run so smoothly in the park, and how cast members get to their locations without being seen by guests. Each of the parks offer some kind of backstage tour, and you’re bound to find something that will interest you. For something different on your next trip, check out the tour section of the official Disney World website, and find a tour that interests you.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.