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11 Walt Disney World Experiences For Your Bucket List

Every guest who visits Walt Disney World has a specific list of experiences that they simply must have before the end of the vacation. From enjoying classic attractions and staying at a favorite resort to returning to a favorite restaurant and posing for a traditional photo, guests have plenty of experiences which they love to enjoy time and time again one each Disney vacation. While these Disney experiences are beloved by many, there are some which require more time, effort, money, and luck to accomplish. These are the experiences which are hard to accomplish due to time constraints, money limitations, and chance. Special and over the top Disney experiences like this are what make up items on the perfect Disney bucket list for guests. Here are the 11 Walt Disney World experiences that should be on every guest’s Disney bucket list.

11. Stay In The Castle Suite

One of the most common experiences on many Disney guests’ bucket lists is having the rare opportunity to stay in the Castle Dream Suite located inside Cinderella Castle. The suite was originally built as part of a contest in which one lucky family was chosen from the parks each day to spend the night inside the Magic Kingdom. While the contest has long since concluded, occasionally there are sweepstakes or special chances to win a night inside the opulent suite which is decked out with décor and special touches perfect for royalty.

10. Four Parks, One Day

A bucket list item that many Disney guests enjoy checking off is visiting all four Walt Disney World theme parks in one day. Guests can park hop between the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom easily by starting the day early and only spending a limited amount of time in each park.

9. Conquer The Mountains

Walt Disney World is home to its very own mountain range which guests love saying that they conquered! The Magic Kingdom is home to Splash Mountain which invites guests on an adventure with Br’er Rabbit that ultimately ends up in the Briar Patch. Next door to Splash Mountain is the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad that is the wildest ride in the wilderness through an abandoned mine town. Tomorrowland is home to Space Mountain which rockets guests through near darkness for an adventure that is out of this world. The final mountain in the Magic Kingdom is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which brings guests into the mines where the Seven Dwarfs work and a million diamonds shine. One last mountain can be found over in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Expedition Everest invites guests to travel deep into the forbidden mountain for an up close encounter with the fabled Yeti.

8. Every Magic Kingdom Attraction In One Day

A great Disney bucket list item that guests can attempt to check off on each Walt Disney World vacation is enjoying every attraction in the Magic Kingdom in one day. From thrilling attractions like Splash Mountain and Space Mountain to classics like Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress and the Haunted Mansion, there are dozens of attractions to enjoy in the park. Guests can probably accomplish this bucket list item fairly easily if they start early and end late on a day with few crowds.

7. See The Utilidors

Some guests might not realize that the Magic Kingdom is located entirely on the second floor! When the parks was being constructed, Imagineers built a series of underground tunnels called Utilidors which house Cast Member services and behind the scenes operations. Guests can get a quick glimpse of the famous Utilidors on the Keys to the Kingdom Tour offered daily in the Magic Kingdom.

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6. Stay At Every Resort

With over twenty Disney Resorts to choose from, guests might find themselves wishing to try out each option! A great Disney bucket list item to work towards is staying at each Disney Resort and enjoying amazing themes, pools, accommodations, and scenery.

5. Eat In Every Restaurant

A harder item to check off the list is eating in every single restaurant in Walt Disney World. From quick service counter locations to fine dining experiences, there are hundreds of places to dine on property. Guests can towards this goal by making an effort to dine in new locations on each Disney vacation.

4. Be The Grand Marshall

One lucky family is also chosen each day in the Magic Kingdom to be a special part of the afternoon Festival of Fantasy Parade. The family gets to act as Grand Marshalls for the parade and ride down the parade route in an old fashioned car while waving to other guests.

3. Enjoy A VIP Tour 

A bucket list experience that many guests would love to have but shy away from due to cost is a VIP tour. These tours are given by special Cast Members who help guests have the best time possible in the parks by pointing out great details and history, moving to the front of the line on attractions, and making dreams come true. These VIP tours can be absolutely amazing, but can easily cost hundreds of dollars an hour making them hard to justify for most guests.

2. Drive The Monorail

One experience that many guests would love to have is to drive one of the iconic monorails! In the past, guests used to be able to ride up front with the driver of the monorail, but for safety reasons this practice has stopped. So this bucket list item is a hard one to imagine achieving, but it would be amazing to be in the front of the monorail cruising around Seven Seas Lagoon!

1. Go Behind The Scenes

A bucket list item that can further be checked off on each Walt Disney World vacation is to go behind the scenes on a special tour. Each park offers tours which allow guests guided experiences that share history and explore special areas that are normally not open to guests. Some great tour options to try are the Wild Africa Trek, Keys to the Kingdom Tour, and Behind the Seeds Tour.

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.