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Your Ultimate Disney Bucket List: What You Don’t Want to Miss

There are so many magical experiences throughout Walt Disney World. Walt Disney World has so much to offer, from visiting the four Disney Parks, hanging out at a Disney Resort, and shopping at Disney Springs.

Looking at what experiences should be on your ultimate Disney bucket list would be fun. What rides, shows, snacks, and experiences shouldn’t you miss while at Walt Disney World? Get ready for a list full of magic and excitement!

Rise of the Resistance
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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

To start our bucket list, we will begin with the ultimate experience at Walt Disney World. Star Wars Rise of the Resistance continues to be the whole experience at any of the four Disney Parks.

This ride is unique because it is more than just a ride. It is an overall immersive experience. Guests are put into the Star Wars story with live actors, multiple ride systems, and special effects that leave Guests shocked.

Even for non-Star Wars fans, this ride needs to be on your bucket list.

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Enjoy a Mickey Snack

No matter how long you are at Walt Disney World, it wouldn’t be a complete trip if you didn’t slow down and enjoy a Mickey snack. There are so many options that you are sure to find something Mickey-shaped that you will enjoy.

The classic Mickey Bars, Mickey ice cream sandwiches, and Mickey pretzels are found at all the Disney Parks. You can also find caramel apples and rice crispies that are Mickey themed at many of the bakeries.

For the ultimate Mickey-shaped treat, head to Disney’s  Port Orleans French Quarter for some Mickey beignets. You won’t be disappointed even if this is out of your way. The sweet and sugar goodness is worth the trip.


Ride the Skyliner and Monorail

Part of what makes Walt Disney World so unique is the transportation that is offered throughout the Resort. The free ride makes it easy for Guests to move around without having a car of their own.

Both the monorail and skyliner are iconic Disney transportation systems unique to Walt Disney World. A ride on these two modes of transportation is on the ultimate bucket list because they are exceptional.

Mickey Mouse in front of Chinese Theatre in Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Say Hello to Mickey Mouse

It wouldn’t be very polite to head to Walt Disney World and not stop by and say hello to Mickey Mouse. Luckily, this is super easy, as Mickey can be seen at all four Disney Parks. You can find him hanging out with Minnie in Disney’s Animal Kingdom as they prepare for their safari. Sorcerer Mickey is in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Mickey is currently showing off his 50th clothes in Magic Kingdom, and finally, you can see Mickey in his iconic tux over at EPCOT.

Take time to say hello to Mickey Mouse during your trip, no matter what Disney Parks you visit.

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Enjoy the World Showcase

Take time to slow down and enjoy the details throughout the World Showcase. Here you can enjoy the 11 different countries through food, drinks, art, and entertainment. Don’t rush through the World Showcase; instead, take time to explore.

Many countries, such as China, America, Morocco, and Mexico, have displayed throughout the exhibit. Have a nice beverage and stroll through these museum-like exhibits to learn a little about the country and its culture.

The World Showcase has so much to offer Guests, but so many rushes right past it all. Slow down and enjoy the magic that these countries bring to EPCOT.

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Kilimanjaro Safaris- Disney’s Animal Kingdom

When in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, ensure you ride Kilimanjaro Safaris. This ride is the only place where Guests can ride out onto a savanna and get up close with the animals. An 18-minute ride, Kilimanjaro Safaris is one of the unique experiences in all of Walt Disney World.

On this ride, Guests can see animals such as giraffes, elephants, zebras, rhinos, and so many more in a natural-like environment. Every ride is different and magical, as the animals at magnificent.

Festival of the Lion King
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See a Show

Walt Disney World doesn’t just have rides. There are fantastic, Broadway-caliber shows that Guests can enjoy as part of their day in the Parks. Take time to visit some of these shows during your trip.

Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo- The Big Blue and Beyond are in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and bring these two stories to the stage in a big way. Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the historians bring humor and singing to For the First time in Forever: a Frozen Sing-along.

No matter what Park you are visiting, take time to enjoy a show and the entertainment because it is what adds to the Disney magic.

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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Don’t miss out on the only ride to feature Mickey Mouse. Make sure you have Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway on your bucket list. The whole family can enjoy this ride with Mickey and his friends.

With a new trackless ride system and 2 ½ D technology, Guests will be amazed at how this ride transforms.


Nighttime Shows

It won’t be a Walt Disney World trip if you don’t experience at least one of the nighttime shows. There is something incredibly magical about ending the evening with fireworks—Experience Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or a nighttime show at EPCOT or Magic Kingdom.

No matter what type of show you are looking for, Disney has something to help you wrap up your evening with magic.

Even though we could add so many more experiences to this ultimate Disney bucket list, we wanted to make it something you could accomplish during one of your Disney vacations. We hope this will help you plan a magical 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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