Every guest who enjoys a vacation in Walt Disney World is sure to be amazed with the magic during every single moment of their wonderful trip. While there are plenty of amazing experiences that ensure that guests have a great time such as attractions, entertainment, and dining, there are also plenty of details that are so intricate and seamless that they help to bring the theme and story in every corner of property to life. These details can include background music, artwork, props, architecture, and even landscaping. In fact, there are plenty of bridges throughout Walt Disney World that guests encounter every single day that they might not even notice since they are so intrinsically part of the theming! In addition to these subtle bridges, there are also some that are daring and unforgettable, and guests are sure to notice these when they encounter them! Here are eight favorite bridges in Walt Disney World that guests will absolutely love checking out on their next trip!
1. Discovery Island to Pandora – The World of Avatar
The newest area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Pandora – The World of Avatar where the story and culture of the Na’vi are brought to life through the breathtaking Valley of Mo’ara. Before guests enter into the heart of the area, they have to pass over a bridge that leads from Discovery Island. The bridge gradually transitions so that guests are fully immersed in Pandora – The World of Avatar using woven details created by the Na’vi, exotic vegetation, and the sounds of wild animals and other creatures moving nearby.
2. Castle Hub to Adventureland
The Magic Kingdom is set up in a practical way where the main entrance and Main Street are situated in a central hub which leads out in different spokes to other areas of the park. One such area is Adventureland, and many guests pass over a bridge from the castle hub to the area each day without ever fully appreciating it. The wooden bridge is accentuated with tiki touches and exotic details including spears and skulls and the word “Adventureland” can be spotted above. Guests who also listen closely can her the rhythmic beating of drums up ahead indicating the adventures that are to come.
3. Italy’s Scenic View
Epcot’s World Showcase is a popular area with guests thanks to its eleven pavilions which each bring a country from around the world to life. A favorite pavilion of many guests is the Italy Pavilion which brings the beauty, charm, and elegance of the streets of Venice to life through shopping, dining, architecture, culture, and more. Near the front of the Italy Pavilion is a bridge situated on the shores of World Showcase Lagoon where guests can head up several stairs and take in an amazing view of Spaceship Earth in the distance or pose for a wonderful photo.
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4. Walt Disney World Railroad Station
The main entrance to the Magic Kingdom brings guests on a path below an archway that features posters of attractions in the park and has them emerge in the middle of Main Street’s Town Square. Those who immediately turn back will notice that the tunnel they passed beneath was actually a part of the Walt Disney World Railroad and its Main Street Station. Guests who walk up a nearby stairway can enter into the station and check out beautiful views of Main Street and Cinderella Castle as well as the interior and loading platform, part of which are the bridge that guests passed underneath moments before.
5. Wild Africa Trek
A wonderful behind the scenes tour that guests can experience in Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers an up close and amazing experience with wildlife and adventure in the Harambe Reserve. The Wild Africa Trek has guests embark on a private tour of the savannah and other areas, enjoy a meal at a beautiful outpost, and experience some thrilling bridges. Guests on the tour can enjoy crossing over rickety wooden bridges that are suspended over the hippos and crocodiles for an ultimate thrill!
6. Kilimanjaro Safaris
Guests who enjoy a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris can see the suspension bridges that guests cross over while on the Wild Africa Trek as well as experience another thrilling bridge firsthand. As the safari vehicles make their way further into the Harambe Reserve, guests find themselves coming up on a rickety bridge that begins to groan and whine as soon as the front tires hit it. Often times, the bridge will take a thrilling dip to one side and sound as though it is going to toss guests to hungry animals blow before making a thrilling getaway.
7. Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase is home to a popular attraction that is a favorite of many guests and typically has lengthy wait times. Soarin’ Around the World is situated on the pavilion’s lower level and brings guests on an amazing journey across the globe, making them feel as though they are hang gliding over some of the most beautiful locations. One of the first scenes that guests experience on the attraction depicts Sydney and the beautiful Sydney Harbour Bridge. Those who look closely can spot individuals climbing up one side of the bridge and also take in its beautiful architecture before moving on to the next scene.
8. Tom Sawyer Island
An area of the Magic Kingdom that often goes overlooked by many guests can be found in the heart of Frontierland and on the shores of the Rivers of America. Tom Sawyer Island is accessible by raft only and guests who journey to the area can enjoy adventures exploring Fort Langhorn, dark caves, and lookouts that offer wonderful views of both Frontierland and Liberty Square. One area of Tom Sawyer Island features a bridge that is suspended on the water by bobbing barrels, making it a bumpy and fun path to cross while exploring!