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5 Awesome Experiences That Will Make You Love Disney

We realize that only some people that head to Walt Disney World are huge fans. Because of this, there are often members of each traveling party that aren’t overly happy to be at Walt Disney World. Maybe they aren’t fans of the heat or crowds. It could be that they think Walt Disney World is just for little kids. No matter what it is, some people don’t care for Walt Disney World and would prefer to vacation somewhere else.

Although we might not convert everyone to uber Disney fans, some experiences will transform some opinions and make those non-Disney fans fall in love with Disney magic.

Happily Ever After

Nighttime Experiences

The evening shows at the Disney Parks are some of the most magical experiences at Walt Disney World. These nighttime shows bring projections, storytelling, music, and fantastic fireworks together to create a breathtaking performance that even those who aren’t fans of Disney will find fascinating.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has Fantasmic as the nighttime show. This story follows Mickey as he takes on both good and evil forces. What makes this show so impressive is the use of water projections, fireworks, live-action characters, and fantastic music that ties it all together. This show leaves everyone smiling and happy as it brings true joy.

High over Cinderella Castle, Guests can enjoy a night-time firework show that lights up the night sky in Magic Kingdom. Disney Enchantment is the nighttime firework spectacular, but starting on April 3, 2023, the beloved Happily Ever After will be returning.

Happily Ever After is one of the most popular evening shows at Walt Disney World. It features the beloved song by Jordan Fisher and a fantastic soundtrack that includes some of our favorite Disney and Pixar songs. During the show, the castle is transformed with breathtaking projections. The fireworks add the final touch that makes this show outstanding.

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Over at EPCOT, Guests will be shocked by the nighttime shows that fill the World Showcase Lagoon. Right now, we see Harmonious as the nighttime show, but like in Magic Kingdom, we will see a change in EPCOT this spring. EPCOT Forever will be back as the night-time show in EPCOT.

These amazing nighttime shows will leave you feeling happy and in awe of the magic that Disney can create. Each night these shows bring joy and magic to Guests. It is hard not to love these shows at Walt Disney World.

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Visit World Showcase

Suppose you have someone in your group who isn’t a big Disney fan; schedule time throughout your vacation to enjoy the World Showcase in EPCOT. This area transforms Guests to regions around the world like only Disney can do.

The World Showcase will have Guests loving the details that Disney brings to these countries throughout the World Showcase. Experience the meals, shows, drinks, and even the tiny displays. Guests who aren’t big into Mickey and his friends will be surprised by all the cultural experiences found throughout World Showcase.

From the stores and dining locations to the tiny food booths, Guests will be amazed at how Disney brings the details of these fantastic cultures from around the world to EPCOT. Take time to explore and enjoy all the magic they offer.

EPCOT Monorail with view of Spaceship Earth

Transportation Rides

Although we don’t suggest taking a non-Disney fan on the buses, we recommend taking them on some other Disney transportation. The Disney Monorial and Disney Skyliner offer two unique and fun transportation options that can take Guests around Walt Disney World.

If you have someone who isn’t a huge Disney fan, take them on a ride high above the Disney on the Skyliner. Even the most anti-Disney Park fan can appreciate the amazingness of the Skyliner.

Same with the monorail, take time to enjoy this unique Disney transportation. Take a long look from Magic Kingdom around to EPCOT and back again. See parts of the Walt Disney World Resort Property that you typically don’t see.

For those that aren’t into some of the Disney rides, these two will leave them impressed with what Disney was able to create.

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Have a Good Meal

Take time during your Disney vacation to have a good meal. Some might not be fans of Disney because they think they will eat hot dogs and cheeseburgers the whole vacation. Although this is possible, there are many top-notch dining experiences throughout Disney Resorts and Disney Parks.

Schedule great meals at some of the top Disney restaurants, such as California Grill, Topolino’s Terrace, or one of the many choices throughout Disney Springs. By having a nice meal, those non-Disney fans can be amazed that such excellent cuisine can be found at a Theme Park.

Look at spending some time at the lounges as well. Disney has many well-themed lounges with great drinks and small bites.

Dining can be a great experience that can convert those non-Disney fans.

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Special Events

Sometimes, someone isn’t excited about Walt Disney World because they are anticipating large crowds. To help with this, consider investing in unique experiences that lower crowds.

After Hours are back throughout Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. After Hours are special ticketed events that Guests can attend. This allows a small group of Guests to enjoy the Parks after it is closed to the day Guests. This is a fantastic way to enjoy the Parks with lower crowds.

Firework dessert parties or dining packages are another great way to avoid larger crowds while enjoying those magical experiences. Guests can purchase these through the My Disney Experience site. With a purchase, they enjoy either a dessert party or meal and then a specific seating area. This allows them to enjoy those fantastic shows without fighting large groups of people for a spot.

You can also look into specific tours that appeal to them. Try out some animal-focus tours in Disney’s Animal Kingdom or visit the gardens in EPCOT. Disney is constantly bringing back tours; they are a great way to see a little of the magic behind the scenes.

Spending extra money on a particular event can make a massive difference in your experience while at Walt Disney World.

Those five experiences could make even those non-Disney fans love Disney. We hope these experiences bring happiness and fun to your Disney trip for everyone attending.


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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