Many guests travel to Walt Disney World each year to enjoy time spent in the parks enjoying attractions, relaxing at the Disney Resorts, and shopping at Disney Springs. Whether it is a guest’s first visit or one hundredth, there are certain experiences which simply can’t be missed thanks to how amazing they are. From classic attractions to amazing nighttime spectaculars, die hard Disney fans have a list of experiences that they must do on every Walt Disney World vacation. Here are nine experiences for the die hard Disney fan to enjoy on their next Disney vacation!
9. Haunted Mansion –
The Magic Kingdom is home to dozens of amazing attractions ranging from classic to thrilling, but there is one attraction in particular which keeps die hard Disney fans coming back for more. The Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square is housed in an ominous mansion up on the hill which features an interactive graveyard leading up to its massive front doors. Guests who are brave enough to enter can find themselves face to face with nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts who cause eerie occurrences and spooky effects. Die hard Disney fans love checking out classic characters like Madame Leota, Master Gracey, and Constance the bride before being followed home by a hitchhiking ghost.
8. 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!
7. Spaceship Earth –
Epcot is a unique park that celebrates history and technology with educational and entertaining attractions. Spaceship Earth is the attraction which welcomes guests to the park and is housed in a massive silver geodesic sphere which is covered in futuristic triangles. The attraction brings guests from the beginning of time to modern day to celebrate the history of communication through scenes depicting important moments in history like the burning of Rome, man landing on the moon, and the Renaissance. No trip to Epcot is complete without experiencing Spaceship Earth!
6. 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!
5. Kilimanjaro Safaris –
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the newest of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World and celebrates the beauty of the environment and the importance of preserving it. One of the most popular attractions in the park is Kilimanjaro Safaris which invites guests to embark on a two week safari through the Harambe Reserve. The safari travels through forests and the African savannah to allow guests to experience up close encounters with animals like elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, cheetahs, and hippos. The best part about Kilimanjaro Safaris is that each experience is unique thanks to the unpredictable behavior of wild animals.
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4. 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!
3. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth –
Similar to Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth comes to life each night in Epcot making for a wonderful way to end a day in the park. The show occurs on World Showcase Lagoon and combines pyrotechnics, laser lights, dancing water, fireworks, a massive rotating globe, and beautiful music to gather guests symbolically around the fire as one. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is very popular with guests, so die hard Disney fans should be sure to find a great viewing spot an hour before the show is set to begin!
2. 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 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!
1. Fantasmic! –
Another Hollywood Studios must-do for die hard fans! On select nights in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater is host to a wonderful nighttime celebration titled Fantasmic! The show brings guests into Mickey’s imagination where a battle between good and evil is occurring. Fantasmic! is wonderful to watch as it combines pyrotechnics, special effects, Disney music and characters, dancing water, projected animation, and a massive dragon to combine for the ultimate way to end a day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Despite the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater being massive, Fantasmic! tends to reach capacity on busy days in the park since it is so popular. It is very important for guests to line up at least an hour before show time to ensure that they have a seat for the show!