Disney World is a magical place that offers endless fun and entertainment for people of all ages. With so much to see and do at the four Disney World parks, it can be overwhelming to plan your trip and decide what activities to include in your itinerary. To help you out, here are 25 things you must do at Disney World!
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25 Things You Must Do at Disney World
These are the top things at Disney World that we think you should prioritize:
1. Meet and Greet with your Favorite Disney Characters
One of the most iconic experiences at Disney World is meeting your favorite characters in person.
From Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Elsa and Buzz Lightyear, there are over 300 characters scattered throughout the parks waiting to make your day even more special.
If you are trying to narrow down which characters to see, be sure to look at our list of character locations.
Don’t forget to bring something for the Disney characters to sign.
While most people opt for a Disney Autograph book, you can also bring other things to capture your favorite Disney character signatures.
2. Watch the Fireworks at Cinderella’s Castle
Every night at Magic Kingdom, the sky above Cinderella’s Castle comes alive with a spectacular fireworks show.
The combination of light show, music, and fireworks display is truly magical and will leave you in awe.
You can watch the fireworks from all parts of the park and you can even see them from Disney Monorail resorts like Polynesian, but the best place to watch them is directly in front of the castle.
3. Ride the Classic Attractions
Disney World is home to some of the most iconic rides and attractions that have been entertaining guests for decades.
From Pirates of the Caribbean to It’s a Small World, these classic rides are a must-do at Disney World for any Disney fan.
4. Explore Pandora – The World of Avatar
Step into the world of Pandora and experience a one-of-a-kind adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
This immersive land was designed to look like you are walking into the movie, Avatar.
It features the most popular Animal Kingdom ride, Avatar Flight of Passage, where you can fly on the back of a banshee through the breathtaking landscape.
It is definitely a must do at Disney World!
Don’t miss seeing it at night.
The entire land glows in the dark due to the bioluminescent plants in this part of the park.
5. Try the Dole Whip
There is no dessert at Disney World more iconic than the Disney Dole Whip.
This pineapple soft-serve treat is a fan favorite and it can be found at several locations at Disney World.
It is one of the only frozen desserts that is lactose-free so my friends with dairy intolerance can eat as much as they would like!
6. Watch the Festival of Fantasy Parade
If there is one parade you make time to see at Disney World, it should be the Festival of Fantasy in Magic Kingdom.
This parade happens twice a day and features all your favorite Disney characters and some of the most beautifully designed floats.
The vibrant costumes and catchy music make it a must-see for all.
The parade travels through much of the park, so you can see it whether you are in Frontier Land, Liberty Square or Main Street USA.
If you want the best view, you can consider using a Lightning Lane entry to see it right in front of Cinderella’s Castle.
7. Visit the Disney Resorts
Disney World is not just about the theme parks, but also the amazing resorts where you visit.
Each resort has its own unique theme, restaurants and activities, making it worth a visit even if you’re not staying there.
The easiest resorts to see are those on the monorail.
8. Immerse Yourself in the World of Star Wars at Galaxy’s Edge
For all the Star Wars fans out there, Galaxy’s Edge is a must-visit.
This immersive land at Hollywood Studios will make you feel like you are in a galaxy far, far away.
You really could spend the better part of a day doing all the Star Wars activities at Hollywood Studios, so make sure you give yourself enough time at the park.
9. Watch the Festival of the Lion King Show
The Festival of the Lion King show at Animal Kingdom, based on the movie of the same title, happens several times a day in Harambe Theater and it is always packed!
You will walk away amazed by its incredible acrobatic artistry, fun Broadway-style musical performances, and beloved characters.
10. Have Breakfast with Your Favorite Disney Princesses
Make your little one’s dreams come true by having breakfast with their favorite Disney princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom or Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in EPCOT.
While these character meals are pricey, you will get the chance to meet some of the most iconic Disney princesses all in one place.
11. Go on a Safari Adventure at Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is home to some amazing animal encounters, but the Kilimanjaro Safari Ride is a Disney must-do.
During this ride into the African Savana, you’ll see giraffes, elephants, lions, and other wildlife in their natural habitats.
12. Watch Fantasmic!
This nighttime show at Hollywood Studios combines water, fire, lights, lasers, and many of the most beloved Disney characters to create an unforgettable show.
Fantasmic! happens twice nightly and usually the second showing is much less crowded than the first.
You can also do things like purchase a Fantasmic! dinner package or use Lightning Lane to secure your spot for this popular show.
13. Have Fun at a Disney Waterpark
There is no better way to cool off from the Florida heat then by visiting one of Disney’s water parks.
Typhoon Lagoon is built to look like an island that has been hit by a storm and Blizzard Beach shows what it would be like if a snowstorm hit a waterpark!
Both offer thrilling water slides, lazy rivers, and wave pools for the whole family to enjoy.
14. Enjoy a Mickey-Shaped Snack
There are so many delicious snacks to choose from at Disney, but you really must have at least one treat that is in the shape of Mickey Mouse.
From pretzels to ice cream, Disney World has an array of snacks that feature characteristics of our favorite mouse.
While you could certainly fill up on great meal options, be sure to leave some room for one (or two) of these yummy desserts during your visit.
15. Watch the Electrical Water Pageant
You don’t have to be staying at a Disney Resort to enjoy the nighttime events.
Simply hop on the monorail and check out the nighttime Electrical Water parade that happens on the Seven Seas Lagoon.
It features 14 sea creature floats with colorful light displays set to your favorite Disney tunes during this magical water pageant.
You can view it from:
- Disney’s Polynesian Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
16. Experience a Thrilling Roller Coaster
For all the thrill-seekers, some amazing roller coasters in Disney World will take your breath away.
From TRON: Lightcycle Run to Expedition Everest, these rides are not nearly as scary as they are fun.
They are also some of the most popular rides in Disney World, so if you put these on your Disney to do list, make sure you purchase Genie+ with Lightning Lane.
17. Have Dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant
Disney World is full of wonderful restaurants, but if you want to see the inside of Beast’s Castle, you’ll want to make a reservation at Be Our Guest.
This Beauty and the Beast-themed restaurant in Magic Kingdom has a price-fixe menu and is expensive, but the ambiance and features of dining inside the Beast’s enchanted castle make it one of the must do’s at Disney World.
18. Take a Ride on the Monorail
One iconic method of transportation at Disney World is the monorail.
Guests visiting Disney World can take it to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and to a few Disney Resorts.
Riding the monorail is not only a convenient way to get around, but it’s also a unique experience in itself.
The trains are elevated above the ground, offering an aerial view of the Magic Kingdom & EPCOT.
19. Shop for Disney Souvenirs at Disney Springs
What better way to remember your trip to Disney World than with some souvenirs?
Disney Springs is the best place to go! It features over 100 stores ranging from World of Disney to the LEGO Store so you will have no trouble finding what you need.
There are plenty of unique Disney souvenirs to purchase along with traditional things like Disney Trading Pins and T-Shirts at the shops at Disney Springs.
And if you forgot to purchase a Mickey Candy Apple or other delicious treat, you’ll have two different Disney-themed candy stores to choose from.
20. Visit Epcot’s World Showcase
While in EPCOT, make sure you give yourself enough time to take a leisurely stroll around World Showcase to experience different cultures and cuisines from around the world.
If you have kids with you, they will enjoy visiting the KIDCOT locations in each country to get their EPCOT passport stamped.
EPCOT has some of the best restaurants at Disney World and if you want a place to eat, you will find World Showcase filled with different options.
One of the best things to do while in World Showcase is to watch the nightly fireworks show, Luminous The Symphony of Us, which takes place on the lagoon nightly.
21. Have an Out-of-This-World Dining Experience at Space 220
Those willing to splurge on a dining reservation should consider Space 220 at EPCOT.
This one-of-a-kind restaurant takes you on a voyage to space where you can dine and enjoy incredible views of Earth.
It truly is unlike anything else you can experience at Disney World.
22. Attend a Special Event or Festival
Throughout the year, Disney World hosts special events and festivals such as the International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom.
If you plan on visiting the parks during these special events, you will be able to add an extra layer of fun and entertainment to your Disney experience.
23. Trade Disney Pins with Cast Members
Disney pin trading is a popular activity among guests and cast members at Disney World.
You can find purchase inexpensive pins and trade them with cast members for ones you don’t have.
This is a great way to get limited edition pins or to build a collection of pins based on things you love.
24. Walk Through Cinderella’s Castle
While it may seem like just a beautiful icon in Magic Kingdom, you can actually walk inside Cinderella’s Castle.
The walkway through the castle features some spectacular features including gorgeous mosaic murals that tell the story of Cinderella.
25. Get a Disney Silhouette Made
At Magic Kingdom, you can have an artist create a hand-cut silhouette of you or your loved ones.
It’s a unique and special souvenir that will remind you of your magical Disney World vacation every time you look at it.
There are generally two places to get this done in Magic Kingdom, off Main Street USA and behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square.
There is just so many fun things to experience in Disney that it was hard just narrowing it down to 25! What do you think are the must do things in Disney World?
Disney World Planning Information
There is so much to think about when it comes to planning your Disney vacation. We encourage you to check out our entire site, but if you are just getting started with planning, we have some posts you should begin with.
Looking for the best time to visit Disney World? We have Disney World crowd calendars that will tell you what’s going on each month of the year, dates to avoid, typical weather conditions, and other useful information.
Considering a Disney World Resort? There are so many perks to staying on Disney property. We have a full list of all the Disney Resorts as well as many Disney Resort reviews for you to get a firsthand perspective.
Want to get the best deal on your trip? We can show you not only how to travel to Disney on a budget, but we can also give you ideas on how to save on Disney tickets and where to book your vacation so that you get the best price.
We even have Disney packing lists, essential park day items and other things to consider bringing with you to the park that you might not think about.
Lastly, if you are traveling to Disney World for the first time and unsure how Genie+ and Lightning Lane work, where to find Hidden Mickeys or if you should add a Disney Dining Plan, we have tons of information to share..
Remember that we aren’t travel agents, we are regular Disney travelers just like you, but have been blessed with the opportunity to visit the parks regularly. Because we’ve been so much, we’ve learned many valuable Disney insider tips that we can share with others.