Traveling to Walt Disney World? Anyone can tell you to ride Soarin’ and it’s a small world – but there are lots of fun, more “off the radar” things to do at Walt Disney World. Of course, this list is just the tip of the iceberg – leave me a comment below letting me know what you’d add to this must-dos at Walt Disney World list.
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35 Must-Dos at Walt Disney World
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Food at Walt Disney World
Have a carrot cake cookie at Hollywood Studios
Enjoy a Dole Whip at the Magic Kingdom or the Polynesian
Eat the famous Grapefruit Cake at the Hollywood Brown Derby
Make a custom rice crispy treat at Goofy’s Candy Company in Disney Springs
Try Beverly at the Club Cool at Epcot
Ask for ketchup at the Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge
Eat beignets at Port Orleans French Quarter
Enjoy Zebra Domes at the Animal Kingdom Lodge
Have a coffee and Tonga Toast at the Kona Café at the Polynesian
Challenge your family to eat the entire Kitchen Sink at Beaches & Cream
Make an early-morning breakfast reservation at the Magic Kingdom and enjoy the stroll down a virtually-empty Main Street.
Activities at Walt Disney World
Drink your way around the world at Epcot
Stay until the “Kiss Goodnight”
Watch the dueling pianos at Jelly Rolls
Parasail at the Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre
Catch Disney’s exclusive Cirque Du Soleil show, La Nouba
Do the Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom
Rent a surrey bike at one of the resorts that offer them.
Watch the fireworks of the Magic Kingdom outside of the park on a fireworks cruise
Pick up a complimentary celebration button for your first visit, anniversary, or birthday
Celebrate a major holiday at Walt Disney World
Special events at Walt Disney World
See the Candlelight Processional during Christmas time (book a special Candlelight Processional dining package to make sure you get a seat)
Cheer on the runners during the annual marathon (or run yourself)
Participate in a runDisney event
Tour the Deluxe resorts at Christmastime to admire their Christmas displays
Attractions at Walt Disney World
Sit in the front row, center section on Soarin’
Check out the interactive queue at the Haunted Mansion
Play a character in Storytime with Belle
Ride Expedition Everest in the dark
Ride Dumbo during the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom
Pick a pearl at the Beach Club, the Japan pavilion, or Disney Springs
Make and collect pressed pennies
Buy and trade pins with cast members
Get a temporary tattoo
Wear matching tee-shirts to celebrate your trip
Here are some Walt Disney World hotels that I recommend – check out prices and reviews at these links. Please note that I experienced some of these resorts as part of press trips, but all opinions are my own. You can also save up to 28% on Disney Resort hotels here, and see various discounts on Walt Disney World tickets here.
- Disney’s Beach Club
- Disney Swan and Dolphin
- Disney’s Art of Animation
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Gaylord Palms
- JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
- World Center Marriott
Thanks to my Moms Panelists friends Susan and Whitney for helping brainstorm ideas to update this list.