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10 Things Not to Miss On Your 2023 Walt Disney World Vacation

If you have a trip planned to Walt Disney World in 2023, we have ten experiences you won’t want to miss out on. Add these to your must-do list so you won’t miss a thing.

Happily Ever After

10. Watch Happily Ever After in Magic Kingdom

If you have a trip planned for late spring into the summer months, make sure you see Happily Ever After at least once at the Magic Kingdom. This beloved nighttiem show will be back in April 2023.

The show will feature the viral song “Happily Ever After” with Jordan Fisher and songs from many of our favorite Disney and Pixar films. Projections and fireworks will once again create a breathtaking show that you won’t want to miss out on.

If you aren’t a fan of crowds, consider looking into the dessert packages offered. With this reservation, you can enjoy desserts and have a VIP seat for the show. This is a great way to enjoy the show without stress.


9. Join Mickey Mouse in Fantasmic

We are thrilled that this nighttime spectacular is back at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Fantastmic is a a water projection show that features Mickey Mouse and a host of other Disney characters. Together with great imagination, they bring a story full of magic to the audience.

Water projections, fireworks, live actors, Disney characters and fantastic music work together to create a nighttime show you won’t miss. To avoid the crowds here, look into a dining package. You can dine at one of the table service locations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and then get a VIP seat to the show.

Rise of the Resistance
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8. Fight the First Order on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

The most immersive ride in Walt Disney World is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This ride puts Guests in the middle of the action as they fight the First Order alongside Rey, BB-8, Poe and many more. With multiple ride vehicles, this is more than ride it is an experience.

Even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan, you will want to experience this ride while at Walt Disney World.

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7. Get Into the Action with Guaridans of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

A new E-ticket attraction at EPCOT, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, is a thrill like never before. A reverse launch takes Guests into the action as they spin and race through the galaxy. It is a coaster like never before. Don’t miss out on this blast when visiting EPCOT.

TRON Lightcycle/Run, Magic Kingdom
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6. Race Across the Grid with Tron Lightcycle Run

In April, the long awaited Tron Lightcyle Run will be opened in Magic Kingdom. Guests will be able to race across the grid on this new coaster. Battle for survival as you dash along with others on this fast coaster. We can’t wait for this coaster to open in Tomorrowland.

Mickey Mouse in front of Chinese Theatre in Disney's Hollywood Studios
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5. Say Hello To Mickey Mouse

It wouldn’t be a trip to Walt Disney World without a stop to say hello to Mickey Mouse. Luckily there are many places throughout Walt Disney World where Guests can say hello to the main mouse himself. Mickey has special meet and greets at each of the four Disney Parks. He can also be seen at a variety of dining locations. Check out more specific HERE so you can determine where you will be able to say hello to Mickey Mouse during your trip.

Friends at After Hours Event

4. Say Late at the Parks

For 2023, Disney has brought back After Hours. These events are special ticketed experiences that Guests can choose to add to their Disney vacation. With a ticket purchase, Guests can stay at Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios for an extra three hours after Park closing.

After hours are a great way to experience the Park with lower crowds. They are announced through April, but we are hopeful that Disney will continue to offer them throughout 2023.

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts
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3. Enjoy the Festival at EPCOT

No matter when you are visiting throughout 2023, there is a good chance that a festival will be going on in EPCOT. Take time to explore and enjoy what these festivals bring to EPCOT. From fantastic food and drinks to live entertainment, the festivals bring extra fun to the Parks.

Don’t skip out on the festivals. The live entertainment is not to be missed. Couple that will a variety of great food and drinks, EPCOT festivals are a great opportunity during a Disney trip.

Disney's Polynesian Resort View
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2. Enjoy Your Resort

When planning your Walt Disney World vacation, don’t forget to spend time are your Resort. The Walt Disney World Resorts are part of what makes a Disney trip so special. Don’t get so wrapped up in the Parks that you forget to enjoy the Resort.

Take breaks throughout the day or even a whole break day to enjoy the pool and other amenities they offer.

1. Ride the Walt Disney World Railroad

Finally, if you visit Walt Disney World in 2023, make sure you enjoy the train. Finally, after years of being gone, the Walt Disney World Railroad will again take Guests on a magical loop of the Magic Kingdom. Hop on board and prepare for a great ride around the Magic Kingdom.

Those are the top ten things you won’t miss on your 2023 Walt Disney World vacation. From great rides to outstanding experience, Walt Disney World is ready to bring the magic to your Walt Disney World vacation. Add these ten experiences to you must-do list and be ready for a fantastic time at Walt Disney World.





Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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