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10 Awesome Walt Disney World Experiences We Just Can’t Live Without

A Walt Disney World vacation is a truly magical experience from beginning to end. With so much to do and experience in the four theme parks, endless dining options, and dozens of resorts there are some experiences on a Disney vacation that stick out more than others. These memorable experiences become the moments that guests simply must experience every time they visit Walt Disney Word or else the vacation is incomplete. Here are ten awesome Disney experiences that guests simply can’t live without on their Disney vacations.

10. 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!

9. Seeing Cinderella Castle

For many guests, a Disney vacation has not officially started until they see Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom for the first time from Main Street. Cinderella Castle is arguably the most iconic and recognizable building in all of Walt Disney World and can be enjoyed from so many different viewpoints all throughout the park. A tradition many guests uphold on each Disney vacation is to take a family or group photo in front of Cinderella Castle to always remember that particular trip.

8. The Haunted Mansion’s Ballroom

The Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square is a favorite attraction of many and it combines classic story telling with eerie effects and a cast of nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts. The first half of the attraction is full of creepy occurrences that lead up the great reveal and first glimpse of the ghosts in the ballroom scene. The iconic ballroom party features ghosts waltzing, partaking in a birthday party, and even dueling making it a Disney experience that guests simply can’t live without.

7. Spaceship Earth’s Reveal

Spaceship Earth in Epcot’s Future World focuses on communication and takes guests on a journey through time to see how technology and developments in communication have brought us to where we are now. While there are several memorable experiences on Spaceship Earth like Rome burning and thanking the Phoenicians, the grand reveal of planet Earth towards the end of the attraction is an awesome experience that guests can’t live without.

6. Lifting Off on Soarin’

Soarin’ is arguably one of the most popular attractions in all of Walt Disney World and it draws huge crowds and high wait times to The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World. Featuring the opportunity to take to the skies in a hang gliding experience to view sights all around the world, the most memorable and exciting moment of the ride comes when the lights dim and guests suddenly take to the skies! That first moment of liftoff is definitely an experience that Disney guests couldn’t live without.

5. First Drop on the Tower of Terror

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror looms at the end of Sunset Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and draws guests in with the sounds of screaming. Guests find themselves in their own episode of The Twilight Zone on an evil service elevator that is in total control. An experience that guests simply can’t live without is that moment of darkness and silence just before the first drop on the ride. With the elevator in control, the suspense is high and that moment just pumps up the anticipation and anxiety making for a totally amazing moment!

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4. View of the Savanna

Kilimanjaro Safaris takes guests into the Harambe Reserve and offers up some beautiful habitats and views along the way. The moment that most guests love the most on the attraction is the first glimpse and grand reveal of the savanna portion of the attraction. With sweeping grass plains, massive trees, and free roaming animals like giraffes, the first view of the savanna is a moment from Kilimanjaro Safaris that guests can’t live without.

3. Visiting Pandora – The World of Avatar At Night

Visiting Pandora – The World of Avatar during the day is a gorgeous experience. BUT – visiting it again at night is especially important as the land changes in tremendously beautiful ways! Plan to walk through nice and slow to enjoy the views of the glowing walkways and on the unbelievable glowing Pandoran plants thanks to all the bioluminescent lighting. Enjoy a drink from Pongu Pongu while you’re at it!

2. Watching 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!

1. Hands Up on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

One of the simple joys of riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland is guests being able to throw their hands up and experience the wildest ride in the wilderness without holding on. That moment of cresting the large lift hill with hands up is thrilling experience that no Disney guest could live without!

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.