Heading to Walt Disney World Soon? Don’t miss these 15 Fun Things To Do At Walt Disney World!
“Doing Disney” is a pretty overwhelming experience. There is so much to do and see and often, it’s hard to fit it all in on an average week-long trip to the most magical place on earth. My most important planning advice to anyone who asks is to not over plan. I have learned from experience that over planning (or over scheduling) a trip to Walt Disney World takes all the fun out of the most magical place on earth.
There is so much to experience in the parks, and that is what I love most about Walt Disney World. There is always a chance to learn something new or see something you may not have known about. The most important thing is to have FUN! It’s Disney, after all!
Here are my favorite 15 Fun Things To Do At Walt Disney World.
Visit Club Cool in Epcot – Even though Club Cool has been at Epcot, I recently experienced it for the first time, thanks to my BFF Gina. Here, you can taste soft drinks from around the world. Let me know what your favorite international soda flavor is.
Take Your Kids to any or all of the Kidcot Fun Stops in Epcot – Kidcot Fun Stops are craft stations at each pavilion of Epcot World Showcase where kids can draw, color and collect stamps with Duffy the Disney Bear. Kids can collect stamps and create a personalized souvenir at any or all 11 of these World Showcase craft stations. Kidcot stations are great rest stops too on your journey around the world showcase. It’s a great way to come in out the the heat, cool off and take a break.
Earn Your Wilderness Explorer Badge – “A wilderness explorer is a friend to all, be it bird or fish or tiny mole!” I just love Russell! Trek your way around Disney’s Animal Kingdom and complete challenges and earn adventure badges as you work your way around the Park. Collect over 30 badges and earn the right to echo the Wilderness Explorer call—“Caw! Caw! Roar!”
Take A Break And See A Show – There are so many shows to see at the Disney Parks. Each park offers something special and unique, whether it’s a parade, a street performer in Epcot, a sneaky pirate’s adventures in the Magic Kingdom, Mickey’s quest in Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios or a comical yet insightful lesson about the wonder of birds in Animal Kingdom, there is literally something for everyone. Seeing a show or parade is a great way to take a break up your day and relax a little.
Enjoy the Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom & Epcot – Wishes and Illuminations are each unique in their own way. Make it a point to see each of these spectacular fireworks shows.
Take A Trek on The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail – If you are at Animal Kingdom, be sure to take a walk around the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. Here, you can explore African wildlife including gorillas, native birds and hippos. I must say, I find the gorillas so fascinating.
Look For Hidden Mickeys – I am so fascinated with Hidden Mickey’s. Sadly, I’m terrible at finding them, so when in doubt, make your own. There is also a guide called Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets and an iPhone App you can purchase to help in your quest. Make it a fun family competition to see who can spot the most.
Watch An Outdoor Movie – Did you know that each Disney resort shows a movie each night. Yep, it’s a great way to wind down with the kids (or without) and enjoy one of the many magical Disney movies. You can pick up an activity guide at the front desk of the hotel.
Get A Haircut – Yep, make perfect harmony and have your hair cut at the Magic Kingdom’s Harmony Barber Shop. This charming hidden gem, located on Main Street, U.S.A., transports you back to a simpler time. It’s the perfect place for both young and old but I LOVE seeing all the “first haircut” photos. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcomed.
Go On A Scavenger Hunt – If you are visiting Epcot, your kids will love Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. Trek around the World Showcase at Epcot on a secret mission to help Agent P. Scour the countries with an interactive handheld device that will guide you on your mission. While you are in the Magic Kingdom, your kids can become a sorcerers apprentice for the Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom. Help the wizard Merlin fight the forces of evil in this interactive role-playing game.
Visit The Hall of Presidents – This attraction, located in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom, is a celebration of our nation’s presidency. It’s a great history lesson for young and old. Forty three U.S. Presidents are on stage together in a patriotic celebration tracing the history of the United States.
Play Miniature Golf – Challenge your family to a fun game of miniature golf at Fantasia Garden and Fairways or Winter Summerland, both located at the Walt Disney Resort. Many visitors don’t realize all there is to do on Disney property, aside from the parks. Four!
Dessert & Fireworks – I always save room for dessert, especially in Walt Disney World. For an additional cost, you can reserve a space at one of the three Dessert Parties at either the Magic Kingdom, Epcot or Hollywood Studios or a Dessert Party Cruise. Not only can you enjoy delicious desserts and international coffees, but also get prime viewing for the fireworks at each park.
Enjoy A Campfire with Chip & Dale – Head on over to Chip ‘N Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long and enjoy smores, camp songs and a movie under the stars.
Rope Drop (A.K.A Magic Kingdom Welcome Show) – Join the opening ceremonies each morning with Mickey and the gang as they welcome you to the most magical place on earth! Plus, arriving early is the perfect time to ride some of the more popular attractions before the lines start to fill in.
Bonus Must Do! (because there is so much to do that I had a hard time limiting this list to only 15) – Have your picture taken with the Boss (that would be Mickey Mouse), or any of the characters. You don’t have to be a child to meet the man characters. That’s what the magic of Disney is all about – bringing out the kid in all of us. You can even get their autograph.
The magic of Disney is seeing the world through the eyes of a child. It’s what makes this place so special. No matter how old or young you are, there is always something fun to do. What are some of your favorite things to do at Walt Disney World?
Be sure to check out some of my other Walt Disney World Planning Tips