10. Favorite attractions
You might think it’s a little strange that I’ve listed my favorite attractions as number ten on this list, however if you really think about it, attractions are a relatively small part of all that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer. Even so, I’m always excited to go right to some of my favorite attractions at the beginning of each trip to the parks. In the Magic Kingdom, you can find me rushing to Space Mountain or Splash Mountain first thing in the morning, in Epcot I’m all about Soarin’, and my favorites in Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios include Avatar Flight of Passage and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
9. Disney food
I can’t be the only person who misses Disney food while I’m away from the parks, right? Before each trip to Walt Disney World, I find myself anxiously awaiting the next moment when I’ll be able to savor a cream cheese pretzel or Tonga toast. Eating and drinking around the world in Epcot might fall under this point as well—especially during Food and Wine Festival.
If you’re anything like me, Disney is one of your favorite places to go shopping. I always make sure to save up some extra money, willingly knowing that I’ll be spending a lot on shopping while on vacation. Even if you’re not really up for buying all too much, Disney is one of the most fun places to window shop. For window shopping (or shopping-shopping) spend some time in Disney Springs the resorts, and World Showcase in Epcot.
7. Meeting your favorite characters
What trip to Walt Disney World is complete without visiting your favorite characters? I generally have a couple of characters that I like to meet each time I visit the parks, and I otherwise devote my character greeting time to characters that I either haven’t met before, or haven’t met in a very long time. Some of the interactions you have with characters (yes, even as adults) are priceless, and so worth the time waiting in line to see some of your old friends.
6. Visiting during special events
There are so many things happening at Walt Disney World throughout the year that sometimes it can be difficult to decide when you’d like to visit. My favorite special events at Disney are Food and Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. In an ideal world, I’d be at the parks each year for both of those events. But you also can’t forget about some of the other unique events like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Flower and Garden Festival, Festival of Holidays, and Festival of Arts. The different events that take place at the parks add to the fact that Disney really is a destination that can continue to be revisited without getting stale. Even if you’re not big into new rides, there’s always something different happening depending on when you decide to visit.
5. Going with new friends
Each Disney trip can be entirely different depending on who you go with. When I first visited the parks as a Disney-obsessed five year old, I never dreamed that I would want day work in the parks on the college program, or be planning future visits with my fiancé. Simply because we grow older and our groups of family and friends expand, each trip will be entirely different, and (most likely) in a good way. Any Disney-loving grandparents will tell you that one of the best parts of becoming a grandparents is taking the kids to Disney and experiencing everything again through their grandchildren’s eyes.
This point might come as a surprise to some of you, but Disney is actually one of my favorite places to relax. If you like people-watching, the parks are the perfect place to camp out on a bench (preferably with a Mickey bar in hand) and enjoy the sights. Even without people watching, I’m always fascinated by just looking at different areas of the parks and seeing how much detail went into their design. And of course the resorts offer some of the most beautiful relaxation-type spots I’ve ever been to.
3. Going for different holidays
It’s always fun to plan Disney trips around different holidays. My favorite holiday to head down to Florida for is Halloween, but Christmas and New Year’s come in at a close second. In addition to different events, the parks are beautifully decorated for each holiday, and there are often holiday themed characters, food, and merchandise as well.
2. Keeping traditions
There are some things that I just have to do on every Disney trip. One of these traditions is seeing Magic Kingdom fireworks on the first and last night of the trip. To me, this is such a huge part of my Disney vacation, that I simply look forward to keeping this tradition each time I go on vacation now.
1. Experiencing something new
One thing that I really believe sets Walt Disney World apart from other vacation destinations is the fact that every time I go I can experience something new. The parks are constantly changing and expanding, so combine that with the fact that I still haven’t done every single thing there is to do at Disney, and I can keep coming back and enjoying new experiences for years.