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Magical Experiences We Do Every Disney Vacation

All experiences seem to be extra magical at Walt Disney World, but there are some that just have a little extra pixie dust. We are going to take a look at the magical experiences we never skip when visiting Walt Disney World so you can make sure you can experience them as well during your next Disney vacation.

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Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom has numerous magical experiences that it can be hard to get them all in during a Disney vacation. When we visit this iconic Disney Park, there are a few experiences that we always make sure we take time to enjoy.

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Classic attractions: When we visit Magic Kingdom, there is something extra magical about riding the classic attractions. We like to take time to enjoy it’s a small world, Carousel of Progress, and Haunted Mansion. These rides are special and we love making sure we experience the magic they bring each and every Disney vacation.

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Meet Mickey Mouse: throughout the four Disney Parks there are opportunities to meet Mickey Mouse. For us, there is something extra special about meeting Mickey in Magic Kingdom. We love visiting Mickey at the Town Square Theater where he is currently styling in his EARidecent suit. Soon we will be able to chat with both Mickey and Minnie at this location. Seeing Mickey in Magic Kingdom is an experience that makes each trip magical.

Enjoy the castle: it can be easy when in Magic Kingdom to rush from ride to ride, but we always like to take time to slow down and take in the beauty of the castle. This icon is magic and we enjoy taking time to take it in during our Disney trips. Grabbing a snack and hanging out on the hub grass is special. We also enjoy walking around the castle and even through the castle in order to see some of the magical details. This is an extremely magical experience.

Magic Kingdom has so many magical experiences but these are some of our top ones that we make sure we fit in each Disney vacation.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

In Disney’s Animal Kingdom we enjoy the hidden magical experiences that we enjoy each and every Disney vacation.

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Tree of Life: everyone sees and takes time to take a quick look at the Tree or Life in Disney’s Animal Kingdom but we enjoy slowing down and taking in all the details. Guests can really get a close and detailed look at the Tree of Life by walking around on the Discovery Island Trails. These trails go all around the Tree of Life allowing great visuals of all the magical details found on the tree.

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Kilimanjaro Safaris: what makes Disney’s Animal Kingdom special and extra magical are the animals that make this Disney Park home. When in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we always take time to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris. Where else can we get up close to so many amazing animals. Each and every safari ride is different and we love that about this experience.


Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has added some great magical experiences that we enjoy taking time to enjoy during each of our Disney vacations.

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Star Wars: Galaxy Edge: there are so many magical details and experiences in this unique land that we enjoy taking time to explore during our visits. Rise of Resistance is a breathtaking ride that each time we ride we discover a new magical detail. We also love the unique character interactions that happen throughout the land. From seeing Rey and Chewie to watching the Stormtroopers interact with the crowd, these are fun interactions we enjoy coming across.

Thrills: Rock n Roller Coaster and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror are two outstanding thrill rides that are magical as they create a immersive story that is special to Disney. We love the thrill of these two rides and make sure we ride each visit to Walt Disney World.

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EPCOT is the Disney Park that has so many hidden magical experiences. Each and every visit we find new magical experiences.

World Showcase: throughout the World Showcase we enjoy taking time to enjoy the hidden magic. From exploring the pavilions to taking time to see the films, the World Showcase is filled with magical experiences. We haven’t always taken time to enjoy this as we were rushing to get to Frozen Ever After, but as our kids have gotten older we have more time to enjoy these magical gems.

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Learning: EPCOT is designed to help both entertain Guests while teaching them. We love taking time to enjoy the rides and experiences in EPCOT that do this. Both Spaceship Earth and Living with the Land are examples of this. We also enjoy walking around the amazing aquarium. Disney does such a great job at combining learning and fun which we enjoy.

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Disney Resorts

Finally, we take time each and every vacation to enjoy the magic at the Disney Resorts. We not only take time to explore the Disney Resort we are staying at, but we also take time to explore other Disney Resorts. The magic of Disney expands to the Disney Resorts. We enjoy having meals at different Resorts as well as walking around them to explore. Disney Resorts are so well themed and absolutely beautiful. We love visiting them during our Disney vacations.

Walt Disney World is full of magical experiences. When visiting, we always make sure that we take time to enjoy these magical moments and we hope you will as well.


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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