7 Most Beautiful Sights at Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World is known for fun and excitement, but it is also filled with beautiful sights. From the classic Disney décor at the Magic Kingdom, to art from around the world at EPCOT center, to the beauty of the outdoors at Animal Kingdom, there are amazing visual experiences throughout the theme parks and resorts. Read below to learn about the 7 Most Beautiful Sights at Walt Disney World!


7. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular –

Fireworks have always been a highlight of nighttime at the Magic Kingdom, and in 2003 when Disney debuted Wishes, they took things to a new level. With 683 individual pieces of pyrotechnics, and lasting a little over 12 minutes, Wishes provides an extravaganza of light and color above Cinderella Castle. The visual presentation alone is stunning, and when coupled with music and narration, it is a breathtaking experience.

6. Inside the Mexico pavilion –

All of the pavilions in World Showcase at EPCOT Center have their own unique beauty, and the outsides of each is picturesque. When you go inside though, the beauty of the Mexico pavilions stands above the rest. Regardless of what time you visit, it is always twilight inside the pavilion. Lanterns dot the sky above an “open air” market that features Mexican jewelry and souvenirs. Around the market are stucco-walled storefronts that feature higher end goods. In the back of the pavilion is the true gem, the San Angel Inn restaurant. With “open-air” seating, the restaurant has a romantic ambiance that is punctuated with a backdrop of a pyramid and volcanoes in the distance. The Mexico pavilion provides a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of the park.

5. The gardens at the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival –

Disney is known for its landscaping and their skills are on full display at the EPCOT Flower and Garden festival, which is held annually in the spring. The entire park transforms into a paradise of plants, with beautiful sights around every turn. Spaces that normally feature simple landscaping become home to unique floral exhibits. One of the highlights of the festival is the topiaries – “shrubs-of-art” that are carefully sculpted into your favorite Disney characters! Whether you are into gardening or not, you cannot help but be amazed by the visual beauty the festival brings to the park. The festival also offers educational exhibits, gardening presentations, and outdoor kitchens, so there really is something for everyone.

4. The lobby of Jamba House at the Animal Kingdom Lodge –

The main building at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is called Jamba House. It is home to several restaurants, regular hotel rooms, Disney Vacation Club Villas, and the most beautiful lobby at Walt Disney World. From the moment you enter the lobby, you are immersed in an amazing visual experience. Wooden beams reach up four stories to a beautiful arched ceiling. Hanging from the ceiling are gorgeous chandeliers modeled after Maasai shields, although from the ground they also look like really cool feathers. The lodge has one of the largest hotel art collections, with pieces of all sizes displayed throughout the lobby. You will find something new to admire each time you walk through the lobby!

3. Cinderella castle at night –

Cinderella Castle is probably the most recognizable Disney sight, and its sentimental value certainly adds to its beauty. While the castle is a beautiful sight at any time, it is especially wonderful at night. Viewed with a backdrop of fireworks, a full moon, or just a black night sky, artful up lighting makes the Castle glow in a magical fashion. This is a great time to get a photo in front of the castle, and there are usually plenty of Disney photographers on hand to help with this.


2. Crescent Lake at night –

There is something special about being anywhere in Disney at night, and Crescent Lake is no different. The lake is surrounded by the back side of Epcot, the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s Boardwalk, and the Swan and Dolphin, so there is always a lot to take in. As darkness fall, the lighting on the Yacht and Beach Club resorts create the ambiance of sleepy seaside towns, and their reflections sparkle magically on the lake. Across the lake, the Boardwalk comes to life at night, with the bright colors contrasting against the dark sky. The Swan and Dolphin are magical at night as well; their signature animal sculptures are highlighted with soft lighting and the palm-tree lined walkways are splashed with color. Even if you are not staying at one of these resorts, I recommend exiting EPCOT through the International Gateway exit and taking a stroll around the lake at night.

1. The video montage at the end of The Great Movie Ride –

Often beauty is seen, but sometimes it is felt. That is the case with the video montage at the end of The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios. The ride itself takes you through scenes from classic movies, with Disney’s audio-animatronic technology bringing the characters to life. At the end your car pulls into a theater with a large movie screen, where you are treated to a three-minute montage of famous movie scenes. The film represents such a variety of magic moments from the silver screen that you are sure to connect with many of them. While the montage represents some of the most beautiful moments in movie history, it also represents the moments in our lives when we saw those films and tugs at our heartstrings. The combination of these two things makes the montage of the most beautiful sights at Walt Disney World.

About Katie D

I grew up in New Jersey in a family where the word “vacation” was synonymous with “Disney World.” After a few years of visiting regularly, my family became Disney Vacation Club members which meant we visited even more! Going to Disney always felt kind of like going home, and some of my best childhood and teenage memories occurred there. Now that I live in Jacksonville, FL I am excited to be a short drive from this magical place and look forward to making new memories for years to come.