I think it’s safe to say we all know Walt Disney World is massive and ever-changing. As a result, it feels as though there’s always something new to do — even if it’s just new to you! As I continue to feed my ever-growing Disney obsession, I’ve realized there’s so much WDW offers that I’ve never gotten to do! These aren’t those pipe dream, probably-never-gonna-happen items (like visiting Club 33 — anybody want to take me?), but are “available-to-everybody” things that I have on my long-form to-do list.
Visit a Disney Water Park
I have to caveat this – it’s possible I’ve been to one as a kid, but I have precisely zero memory of it, if I did, so it doesn’t count. I really love water. I’m all about swimming, visiting the ocean, and standing in the rain, so I, unsurprisingly, love water parks! Wave pools or vertical-drop water slides — I’ll take it all. When I go down to Disney, I feel as if it’s really hard to pull myself away from the four main parks. They feel like the reason for going. I have a hard time even making time to check out Disney Springs or sit by the pool of the beautiful hotel I’m staying in. I want to be better about this and enjoy all Disney has to offer, and that includes the water parks. I don’t know much about Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, but I’d be down to visit either! Or both! Both sounds better. If water is great, Disney water must be better. I’ve got to check it out!
Disney After Dark
I absolutely love Disney during the day, but for most of the year, it’s melt-your-skin-off hot. For Disney, I’ll endure it, but the idea of visiting a park after the cool-down of sunset with limited ride wait times sounds extremely appealing. I’ve taken advantage of super late extra magic hours when they’re offered and have loved the completely different feel of the parks, but Disney After Dark feels more exclusive — probably because it’s an extra cost ticketed event and is, in fact, more exclusive. I don’t know if I’ll ever see a “sleeping park,” but this seems like it might be as close to that as I’ll get.
Keys to the Kingdom Tour
I have heard so much about this offering from so many people, and I have serious FOMO. Yes, I 100% want to walk around Magic Kingdom for five hours and learn all the secret (aka probably available on the internet) little fun-facts about my favorite park in my favorite place. Some people are afraid that seeing some of the behind the scenes stuff will be boring or ruin the magic, but I have neither of these fears. I’ve seen how sausage is made, and I still think it’s delicious. I’m a curious person and a student for life, so I feel as though this tour is a perfect add-on to any vacation I take down to Florida.
I’m also interested in the DestiNations Discovered and UnDISCOVERed Future World Epcot tours. Epcot is my second
favorite park, but it feels as if there’s a sizable gap between Magic Kingdom and Epcot for me. I actually think DestiNations Discovered and UnDISCOVERed might help close that gap as it helps me feel more connected to all Epcot has to offer and all it’s gone through in its growth so far. The downside here is that the Epcot tours are split between World Showcase (DestiNations Discovered – 5 hours) and Future World (UnDISCOVERed – 4 hours). Together, they take a LOT of time, so they would probably have to be split up across two vacations. That said, 9 hours of tour must have a lot of secrets!
Run in a RunDisney Event
I hate running. Really, I do. I’m convinced that whatever neurological process meant to release endorphins when you run is broken in my brain. Running usually makes me grumpy and hungry, nothing more. So, you might be asking, “Why on earth do you want to pay a bunch of money to go down to Disney and wake up at the crack of dawn (or earlier) to run around with a bunch of equally insane people?” I DON’T KNOW! But I want to. Who knows? Maybe Disney is the element I need to realize the euphoria of running. Maybe not. But I won’t know until I try.
Mickey’s Holiday Parties (but mostly MNSSHP)
I. Love. Halloween. I honestly rarely ever actually do anything on Halloween these days, but I absolutely love the feel of this holiday – the colors, the decorations, the movies, the style. I’m all about it. Every Fall since I’ve had my own apartment (shockingly, college dorms weren’t too into my level of decorating…) I’ve coated every available surface in Halloween decorations — and I mean EVERY surface. (Go big or go home.) I get lights, bats, signs, massive wall-poster-things, spider webs, candles (sometimes electric) — everything. Have I crawled on TOP of my fridge before to appropriately decorate? Yes, yes I have. (This is really not safe and I do not recommend it.)
Somehow, though, I have never seen Disney decorated for Halloween, and I still won’t get a chance to see it this year!! I
really don’t know how this timing keeps failing me, but it’s got to stop. I was down in Disney for a weekend and left two days before the decorations went up. Pardon me while I pitifully cry for myself. There is nothing that doesn’t excite me about Disney in the fall, and that obviously includes Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. I want dancing zombie parades sooo badly. I want to dress up and eat creepy-crawly snacks and meet all the amazing characters who come out to play at this party! Give me all of the spooky magic.
After all that gushing about Halloween, I know my thoughts about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are going to sound underwhelming, but I honestly also love Disney at Christmas. While I have seen the parks and resorts decked out for the winter holidays (got engaged in the Christmas lobby of Wilderness Lodge — very special), I have yet to go to Mickey’s Christmas Party! For all of the obvious reasons, this one is also a must-do. Halloween may have the spook down, but Christmas brings a whole different kind of magic, and I want all the magic.
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. There’s so much I want to do! What are some of your favorite, special things that Disney offers? What should I add to this list? Let me know in the comments or visit me on Instagram @Home_at_Disney. I’d love to chat and make new friends!
I want to give a very special shout-out thank you to @thezipadeedoocrew, @magicalshannonmarie, @dizdad, @apopkapete, and @dougdoesdisney for the use of their stunning photos in this post. Thank you!