Just when we think we have tried everything in Disney World, we stumble upon brand NEW experiences.
From going underground to trips on the high seas, we’ve got some fun things you may not know you can experience at Disney World! So will you be adding theses unique experiences to your next Disney World vacay?
Tour Magic Kingdom’s Underground Tunnels
Have you heard about the “secret tunnels” under Disney World’s Magic Kingdom? It’s true — the Magic Kingdom sits atop a series of interconnecting service tunnels only accessible to Cast Members known as the Utilidors. But did you know you can actually SEE THEM FOR YOURSELF??
Enter the Keys to the Kingdom Tour!
This five-hour guided walking experience lets you see “backstage” in Magic Kingdom and teaches you about how Disney brings the magic to life in the park. This tour is $99 and includes lunch and a gift! Guests must be 16 years or older and you can call (407) WDW-TOUR or (407) 939-8687 to book this tour!
See a Burlesque Show
By now you probably know that Disney World isn’t JUST for kids. But did you know that there are some experiences ONLY for adults? The Edison in Disney Springs serves up classic American food and hand-crafted cocktails, but once the clock strikes 10PM, The Edison becomes an adults-only location.
The venue clears out the tables to create a dance floor and the nightly entertainment begins. After 10, guests 21-and-over can enjoy everything from live music and DJs to live cabaret, aerialists, contortionists, palm readers, and more.
Our servers warned us that the costuming “leaves little to the imagination,” so make sure everyone in your party is comfortable with attending.
Rent a Yacht
Feeling like a night out on the high seas while you are in Disney World? How about a fancy cruise around Seven Seas Lagoon? You can rent your very own yacht at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa’s Marina.
The Grand 1 Yacht is a 52-foot Sea Ray® Sedan Bridge Yacht stocked with snacks, balloons, and celebration banners (upon request).
Prices start at $399 per hour for a minimum number of hours, and you can add Private Dining and a Butler Service (!!) for an additional charge. Call (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529 for reservations! If you’re looking for a unique way to get fancy on your next Disney vacation, then anchors away!
Go on a Fireworks Cruise
If you’re not looking to shell out yacht-level cash, but still looking to hit the seas, consider the Happily Ever After Fireworks Cruise. You can watch Magic Kingdom’s nighttime fireworks spectacular on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon.
You can choose from a 21-foot pontoon for up to 8 guests or the 25-foot pontoon for up to 10. The cruise also includes a Captain (aye-aye) along with assorted snacks and beverages. You can even add a birthday package!
The fireworks show’s soundtrack is played onboard so you won’t miss a thing! Rentals start at $299 per hour for a 21-foot pontoon or $349 per hour for a 25-foot pontoon, so just a LITTLE cheaper than the yacht option.
The Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise lets guests sail on Magic Kingdom’s General Joe Potter Ferryboat with desserts and drinks (including alcohol for guests 21 and older)! Guests even get a special souvenir to remember their cruise with!
The Sparkling Dessert Cruise is $99.00 for adults and $69.00 for children ages 3 to 9. You can book online or call (407) 939-3463.
If you’re looking for a more swashbuckling adventure, consider the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage. This experience begins at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where you’ll receive your pirate-themed attire for the evening (a bandana), enjoy a selection of small bites, AND have a chance to meet Captain Hook and Mr. Smee!
You’ll then set sail on Seven Seas Lagoon with your pirate themed guides for a great view of the Happily Ever After fireworks in Magic Kingdom.
Tickets for the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage cost $83.83 for adults and $49.87 for children ages 3 to 9. You can book online or call (407) 939-3463.
Take an Animation Class in Animal Kingdom
We’ve spotted drawing classes at Art of Animation Resort and long ago at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but the Disney World parks once again have their own Animation Experience!
Over at Rafiki’s Planet Watch Conservation Station in Animal Kingdom, you can learn to draw your very own Disney character with a live animation class!
The classes are about 20 minutes long and you can grab a FastPass+ if you wish, but they run several times throughout the day if you are looking to drop in!
The conservation station is only accessible by the Wildlife Express Train, so plan a little extra time beforehand. But the class is included in your park ticket, so show off those drawing skills!
Get a FREE Brownie in Magic Kingdom
Free Disney food? Sign us up! If you’re interested too, head over to Casey’s Corner right before it opens for the First Pitch of the day. Each morning, the first two people (sometimes they look for kids specifically) in line at Casey’s get to throw a “first pitch” to kick off the restaurant opening.
These brave athletes will receive a free brownie for their efforts while Cast Members lead everyone in a verse of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game!” Even if you don’t score a free brownie, it’s a fun bit of Disney magic to experience!
Get Up Close With Rhinos
There are plenty of different tours where you can go behind-the-scenes to learn more about Disney’s animals at Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. But did you know you can get Up Close with Rhinos?
Learn more about these amazing creatures as well as Disney’s conservation efforts with this hour-long guided backstage adventure in Animal Kingdom. The $40 experience begins at 11AM and you can call (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529 for reservations!
Relax in a Resort Cabana
If you’re planning on taking a day to rest at the resort or really get the most out of that resort pool, you can upgrade your pool-side lounge chair to a resort cabana! You can rent these for a full or half-day at select Disney Resort hotels and enjoy a “furnished, shaded oasis.”
The amenities vary based on resort but most of them include a ceiling fan, couch, speaker, TV with cable, phone, fruit tray or snack basket, sodas, waters, and a safe. Wow.
The cabanas at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa are available to guests of any Disney World Resort hotel. But the cabanas shared by Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club Resorts can only be rented by guests of those resorts.
Prices vary from $138-212 for a half-day and $212-319 for a full day. You can call (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529 for details and reservations!
Just like how Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique transforms the kiddos into their favorite princesses (or young prices!), Character Couture makes over guests of all ages with looks inspired by Disney characters.
You can get your hair, makeup, or nails done to resemble many of your favorite Disney heroes (or villains!). This service is available at Ship Shape Salon at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Senses — A Disney Spa and Salon at Disney’s Grand Floridian, La Vida Salon at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, and Salon by the Springs at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Or you can even have in-room services for an additional fee!
Prices range from $20 for nails to $75 for hairstyling. To make a reservation call 407-WDW-GLAM or 407-WDW-4526.
It seems like there is always something new to do in Disney World! And although several of these might be a major #upgrade to your trip, you get to pick what’s best for you and your family! So what will you choose??
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What do YOU want to add to your next Disney World trip? Let us know in the comments!