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20 Magical Experiences For Your Walt Disney World Bucket List

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There is a seemingly endless multitude of fun that awaits you on your Disney vacation. From rides to restaurants, characters to parades, here are twenty must dos for your Disney bucket list!

20. Mickey Mouse

You cannot go to Walt Disney world without meeting the big cheese himself. You can find Mickey at Epcot’s Character Spot and also at the Magic Kingdom’s Town Square. This busy mouse is always park hopping, and would be delighted to take photos and sign autographs.

19. Festival of the Lion King

Ready your roar to join Simba and his pals for an exciting celebration in his wild kingdom. Timon, Pumba, and all the creatures of the Pride Lands are ready for a musical extravaganza with acrobatics, singing, and fire-dancing. The Festival of the Lion King has been voted the best show on Walt Disney World property.

18. Be Our Guest Restaurant

You cannot end your Disney experiences without venturing to Beast’s castle for dinner. This fairtytale setting makes for a magical dining experience. You can even dine in the infamous West Wing.

17. Star Wars Launch Bay

This addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios allows you to venture back to a galaxy far far away. Inside the Launch Bay, you can meet Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and even a host of Jawas. Aside from an exciting new store, the Launch Bay has several display cases of Star Wars memorabilia.

16. Cinderella’s Royal Table

This dining experience is located within Cinderella’s iconic castle. You will get to dine with the princess herself, along with her friends like Ariel, Jasmine, Aurora, and Snow White.

15. The Crystal Palace

Another fantastic restaurant, the Crystal Palace is where Pooh and all of his buddies from the Hundred-Acre Wood join you for mealtime. This Magic Kingdom restaurant is certainly a must do.

14. The Jungle Cruise

Join the Magic Kingdom skippers on a perilous journey through the world’s most dangerous rivers. You won’t know what’s scarier, the wildlife…or the ceaseless jungle puns.

13. Turtle Talk with Crush

Voted the second greatest show in all of Walt Disney World, Turtle Talk gets you up close and personal with the 150-year-old sea turtle himself. This fifteen-minute show is a must for guests of all ages.

12. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Located across the World Showcase Lagoon is Epcot’s Norway pavilion. Within it resides Akershus, an enchanting dining experience with Aurora, Snow White, Ariel, and Cinderella.

11. Pirates of the Caribbean

Avast! Set sail on the notorious Magic Kingdom attraction, and join Captain Jack Sparrow on a daring quest to find lost treasure. This is the very attraction that inspired the film series.

10. Star Tours

Prepare for blastoff alongside C3PO and R2D2. The droids are piloting an unlucky craft that just so happens to be carrying a spy for the Rebel Alliance. Hold on tight and travel the galaxy to escape the clutches of the evil Darth Vader. You may be the rebel spy!

9. Space Mountain

Your interstellar adventure is just getting started. Rocket away on this phenomenal attraction at Magic Kingdom. This roller coaster is extremely a must do!

8. Splash Mountain

Join Brer Rabbit as he escapes the clutches of Brer Bear and Brer Fox! This log flume ride sends you plummeting for a thrill you’ll never forget.

7. Big Thunder Mountain

The final mountain of Magic Kingdom’s legendary trio, Thunder Mountain seats you in a runaway train headed straight through a haunted gold mine!

6. Great Movie Ride

This classical ride can be found in the very heart of Hollywood Studios. Journey throughout the greatest moments of cinematic history, and discover the true power of movies.

5. Soarin’

Considerably the most popular ride in all of Walt Disney World, Soarin will launch you high into the skies of California. You’ll see, hear, feel, and even smell the Golden State on this adventure.

4. Festival of Fantasy

This is the Magic Kingdom’s iconic parade extravaganza. Join Mickey Mouse and his Fantasyland friends in a magical celebration through the streets.

3. Fantasmic

As the sun sets over Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Mickey Mouse takes a valiant stand against notorious Disney villains in this epic show.

2. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

In an inspirational celebration of unity and discovery, Illuminations turns Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon into an extravaganza. The nighttime celebration consists of a laser and fireworks show accompanied by culturally diverse music.

1. Wishes

The most popular firework show at Walt Disney World, Wishes truly is a dream come true. Fireworks blast over Cinderella’s castle, as you lose yourself in the hair-raising, heartwarming music that captures the very essence of Disney.

With so much to do and so little vacation planning time, be sure to keep all of these in mind during your next visit.

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Michael J.

Michael is a former Disney cast member, online novelist, and aspiring author. He hopes to return to Walt Disney World and become an Imagineer on the writing team. He currently resides in Naples, Florida.

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