Walt Disney World is the No. 1 tourist attraction in the world—and for good reason. Every year families flock to the place where dreams come true to experience their own fairytale world of magic. Everyone does their research on the best attractions, but here are a few extra experiences to enhance your visit to Walt Disney World’s resorts and theme parks.
Reserve the most popular rides in advance on Disney’s free FastPass+ system.
Bring your own picnic and cooler of drinks into Disney’s theme parks to save money and time in line.
End each evening with the fireworks displays at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios and a waterfront light show at Animal Kingdom.
Take advantage of Magic Kingdom’s free activities like the Pirates of the Caribbean treasure hunt in Adventureland and the Sorcerers spellbinding game on Main Street.
Race LEGO cars at the world’s largest LEGO store at Disney Springs.*
Don’t miss the lively parades and character street parties throughout the day at Magic Kingdom.
Become a Jedi for the day and face off with Darth Vader at Hollywood Studios.
See giraffes and zebras and admire African art at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.*
Take a breather while the kids play on the Space Base playground inside of Mission Space at Epcot or at the Dinosaur playground and fossil dig at Animal Kingdom.
Order a signature margarita at La Cava del Tequila, tucked away in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot.
Visit the Grand Floridian at Christmas to see the three-story tree and gingerbread house.*
Hide away with a glass of wine inside the cozy wine cellar at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot.
Get everyone in the family a gift with international flair in the specialty shops at Epcot’s World Showcase.
Reserve a character breakfast at one of Disney’s resorts or at the Four Seasons.*
Sign the kids up for Epcot’s scavenger hunts during Easter, fall’s Food & Wine festival and spring’s Flower & Garden festival at the Port of Entry.
Savor the flavors of Africa with street food and Ethiopian beer at Harambe Market at Animal Kingdom.
When you’re tired of the long lines at Magic Kingdom, head to the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House, People Mover, Tom Sawyer Island, Dumbo indoor playground or the train station for a fun ride around the park.
Anger the gods by ordering the Uh-Oa drink at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, hidden away at the Polynesian Resort.*
Take a free water taxi ride from the Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, the Swan & Dolphin, Port Orleans Resort or Disney Springs.*
Play a round of golf at one of Disney’s scenic courses or take the kids for miniature golf at two interactive putt putt courses.*
Watch the Braves during spring training at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports.*
Snag the perfect souvenir at the world’s largest Disney store at Disney Springs.*
Collect and trade Disney pins with cast members at any resort or theme park.
Take a scenic walk from Wilderness Lodge to Fort Wilderness to admire Cinderella’s horses and take a pony ride.*
Cool off with a Dole Whip in Adventureland.
Attend a special dinner show at one of Disney’s resorts, like the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness and Spirit of Aloha at the Polynesian.*
Walk down the streets of Radiator Springs at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.*
See mini-Broadway shows like “The Lion King” at Animal Kingdom and “Beauty and the Beast” at Hollywood Studios.
Rest your feet at inside movie theaters for the Frozen Sing-Along and Muppets 3D at Hollywood Studios; Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom and the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival at Epcot.
Cruise around the Seven Seas Lagoon on the monorail for a wonderful and free tour of Disney’s finest resorts and the Magic Kingdom.*
*Activity doesn’t require theme park admission