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You’re Missing the Best Parts of Disney If You Don’t Do This

There is so much to see and do throughout Walt Disney World.  The problem with that can be that you miss things.  When planning a trip to Walt Disney World, most Guests focus their planning on the big picture.  This is a good strategy; however, you can also miss a lot of the best parts of Disney by doing so.

We have some amazing experiences that you might be missing when planning your Disney vacation and in doing so, you are missing some of the best experiences Disney has to offer.

Disney Contemporary
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Walt Disney World Resorts

No matter where you choose to stay during your Walt Disney World vacation, take time to visit some of the Walt Disney World Resorts.  These Resorts are all part of the magic and shouldn’t be missed.

Take a ride on the skyliner or monorail to visit some of the Disney Resorts.  Guests can make dining reservations to experience some outstanding meals such as the character breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace located at the beautiful Disney Riveria Resort.

Enjoy a drink at one of the many well-themed and fun lounges.  Over at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Guests can have a fantastic evening at Trader’s Sam.  For a more relaxing experience, try out Enchanted Rose found at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

We also recommend heading to the Disney Resorts for a break from the Disney Parks.  Have a quick lunch at Contempo Cafe at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or head over to see the breathtaking Animal Kingdom Lodge.  These are great ways to see the magical Disney Resorts and get a break.

If you aren’t taking time during your Disney vacation to visit some of Disney’s beautiful Resorts you are truly missing out on some magic.

Disney Animal Kingdom
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Walking Trails in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

When planning a Park day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, most Guests focus on the big rides.  Knowing how they are going to experience Avatar Flight of Passage, Expedition Everest, and Kilimanjaro Safari are important factors to plan for in this Disney Park.

Guests are truly missing part of a big part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom if they don’t take time to enjoy the walking trails found throughout the Park.

There are three main walking trails throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom and they each provide a great look at what makes this Disney Park special.

The Discovery Trail takes Guests up close to the Tree of Life where they can get an amazing look at this beautiful tree.  Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is a closer look at the gorillas that make Disney’s Animal Kingdom their home.  Finally,  the Maharajah Jungle Trek offers a closer look at the tigers that live in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

These trails are well-themed and immerse Guests in the environment that the rides don’t.  Skipping out on these trails is a big miss in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Aqua Tour
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Aquarium in EPCOT

Located in the Seas Pavilion is the second largest aquarium in the country.  After riding The Seas with Nemo and Friends, slow down and explore this area.

There are over 2,000 different animals that make the aquarium home.  Check out the manatees, dolphins, large sea turtles (wonder if they know Crush?), and many other amazing animals.

By skipping out on the aquarium Guests are missing a huge part of what EPCOT has to offer.

Walt Disney Presents at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Most Guests rush right by this experience as they are heading into Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

This museum-like experience has a variety of artifacts, models, and more that show how both Disneyland and Walt Disney World came to be.

Even though little ones might not find it super exciting, we feel that Guests are missing a big part of the history of Walt Disney himself as well as the Parks by skipping over it.

World Showcase Exhibits and More

A huge part of what makes EPCOT’s World Showcase so outstanding is the details that go into each country that is represented. Guests that don’t take time to slow down and explore these pavilions are truly missing out on so much.

Morocco, China, Japan, Norway as well as the American Pavilion all have unique exhibits for Guests to explore.  These exhibits often showcase the history of the country along with a touch of Disney.

China, Canada, and France all offer films that also feature the history and uniqueness of the country.  And in the American Pavilion, Guests can enjoy a retelling of our country’s foundation.

If Guests focus only on the food and drinks offered throughout the World Showcase, they are missing out on so much that the World Showcase has to offer.

Fantasia Gardens
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Magic Outside the Four Disney Parks

Although most Guests head to Walt Disney World to enjoy the four main Theme Parks, a lot can be missed by not spending some time outside of the four Parks.

Walt Disney World is home to two fun and family-friendly mini-golf courses.  These are great for a family adventure outside of the Park.  For those looking for a little bit more when it comes to sports and activities, Disney also has multiple award-winning golf courses.

Guests can also enjoy fishing, boat rentals, bike rentals and so much more throughout the Walt Disney World Resort property.  As activities are always changing, Guests wanting to experience some of these other activities should check with Disney to see what is offered when they are on vacation.

By not experiencing some of the magic outside of the four main theme Parks, Guests are missing out on a lot of what Disney has to offer.

Because there is so much to see and do at Walt Disney World, it can be easy to miss some of the best parts.  We hope that these suggestions will help you add some additional magic to your trip plans.

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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