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7 Enchanting Experiences at Walt Disney World

Most Guests planning a trip to Walt Disney World focus on including the big items. Make sure you meet Mickey Mouse, ride Big Thunder Mountain, see the fireworks, and experience it’s a small world. All of these make the typically “must-do” lists. What about those enchanting experiences that few people know about throughout Walt Disney World?


We want to share seven experiences you might consider adding to your Walt Disney World plans. These might be experiences you hear about, but you don’t know if they are worth adding. They might also be experiences you didn’t even know were at Walt Disney World. These seven enchanting experiences are worth adding to your Disney list.

7. Star Wars Launch Bay- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars Launch Bay is located in Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This area celebrates all things Star Wars, but many Guests don’t take the time to explore. Here Guests can meet Star Wars characters, such as Darth Vader and BB-8.

What we love about this area are all the movie props, costumes, and models that we can see. A beautifully created art piece also shows the whole Star Wars storytime line gorgeously and creatively.

Star Wars Launch Bay is a great place to walk around, relax, and enjoy parts of this amazing story.

Main Street USA
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7. Center Street- Magic Kingdom

Many of us rush down Main Street, U.S.A., in the Magic Kingdom as we hustle to our first ride. By doing this, we miss one of the great experiences at Walt Disney World. Hidden right in the middle of the crazy, busy entrance to Magic Kingdom is a quiet side street.

Center Street is next to the Crystal Arts shop before you get to Starbucks. Here you can find a few quiet tables to relax. This lovely little area returns to what the Park felt like in the past. We love taking some time to rest in this area during our Magic Kingdom day.

You can hear some discussions from the different windows if you are quiet. Leave it to Disney to make sure the magic is everywhere.

5. Discovery Island Trail- Disney’s Animal Kingdom

While in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, everyone snaps a picture with the stunning Tree of Life. Many might not know that you can get close to this stunning creation.

When walking around Disney’s Animal Kingdom, don’t miss the secret Discovery Island Trail that takes you up and around the Tree of Life. This path is often empty and gives you a fantastic view of the waterway and the Tree of Life.

The Tree of Life is one of the most amazing creations at Walt Disney World, and Guests often don’t take time to do more than grab a picture with it in the background. Enjoy a slow, relaxed walk around the Tree of Life to appreciate the beauty truly.

Morocco Mosaics
Morocco Mosaics

4. Morocco Pavilion- EPCOT

Head deep into the Morocco Pavilion to discover hidden, quiet areas. The pavilion has tables, chairs, and beautiful decorations, perfect for enjoying a beverage and a break.

Explore the pavilion as you will find a Fez House, a recreation of a beautiful Moroccan home. As this is tucked away in the pavilion, it is often quiet and peaceful. Only a few people realize this experience is hidden right in the World Showcase in EPCOT.

Fireworks Cruise
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3. Watch Fireworks Outside of the Disney Parks

Most Guests assume they should be in the Disney Parks to experience the fireworks. Although every Guest should experience the fireworks in Magic Kingdom once, there are other unique places for fireworks.

Consider watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks from Seven Seas Lagoon. Catch a boat or the Ferry when the firework show starts and enjoy a fantastic view from the water. You can do this on the way back to the TTC or one of the Magic Kingdom Resort hotels.

Think about watching the EPCOT show from the Boardwalk area. You can see part of the fireworks from Boardwalk Inn or Beach and Yacht Club Resorts. The Skyliner is also a fun spot to catch the evening fireworks. Something about being up high while they are going off is a unique experience.

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2. Skip the Fireworks for Rides- Magic Kingdom

An experience many don’t take time to enjoy during their Disney vacation is riding an attraciotn during the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. Something is exciting and special about riding Big Thunder Mountain, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Astro Orbirt, Transit Authority PeopleMover, or other similar attractions during the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

Being on these rides during the fireworks gives you a fantastic view and makes you feel like you are in the middle of the excitement. If you can try it out, we highly recommend doing so.

Tom Sawyer Island
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1. Relax on Tom Sawyer Island- Magic Kingdom

Guests will often skip out on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom. They don’t want to take the time to ride the rafts over the island. However, once you get to the island, it is an excellent place to relax. Guests can sit and relax in many different areas while enjoying the Magic Kingdom’s views.

If the quick service location isn’t open, this provides a variety of seating for Guests. It can be a nice place to snack and break from the crowds. Kids will love being able to explore all the caves as well.

Don’t skip out on the experience that is Tom Sawyer’s Island during your next Disney trip.

During your next Walt Disney World vacation, we hope you take time for some of these enchanting experiences at Walt Disney World. They add a little additional magic to the trip.





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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