No matter how many times you’ve been to Disney World, there’s a good chance you haven’t done everything.
Between restaurants, rides, snacks, and your hotel, there’s LOTS to do on property. And it may feel like you just don’t have enough time to cross everything off your list! And while we’re constantly bringing you OUR must-do’s, we wanted to hear from our readers — so we asked ’em! And here’s what THEY said you shouldn’t miss in Disney World.
EPCOT’s World Showcase
Sure, the World Showcase may get LOTS of love during Festivals, but there’s plenty to do year-round! Check out the U.K. Pavilion’s red phone booths, Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan Pavilion, and other hidden gems around the world. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for some World Showcase secrets! There’s an enormous level of detail to take in at each Pavilion that makes just walking around tons of fun.
Of course, here at DFB, we’re all about the FOOD — and World Showcase has some amazing snacks. Some of our favorites are the School Bread in the Norway Pavilion, the Caramel Corn in the Germany Pavilion, and the Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches in the France Pavilion.
Pick a few of your favorites and give ’em a try — you won’t regret it.
Classic Magic Kingdom Snacks
You may be surprised how many of our readers shared that they missed out on some classic Magic Kingdom snacks. But sure enough, tons of people told us that they regretted skipping the Spring Rolls, Cheshire Cat Tail, Fresh Fruit and Nutella Waffle Sandwich, or Gaston’s Cinnamon Roll.
Of course, the snack that was mentioned more than any other was DOLE WHIP. While many of our readers haven’t tried this classic frosty eat at all (one reader says she’s been to Disney World 6 times and has never gotten a Dole Whip), a lot of ’em told us that they regretted skipping the classic Pineapple Soft-Serve in particular. After all, there are about a bajillion available flavor combos…but sometimes you can’t go wrong with the OG.
If you’re looking for somewhere to grab that iconic treat, we recommend Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom! Or, if you’re outside of the parks, swing by Pineapple Lanai at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest land is Pandora — and it’s all about Avatar! But while this area is WILDLY popular, a lot of our readers have passed right by it (and regretted it).
The lines are often long here, discouraging guests. One reader told us they skipped Flight of Passage because “we couldn’t get a FastPass and the lines were hours long.” But if you’re into rides, we highly recommend taking the time to check this one out. And you can ride at park open or close for a shorter wait!
If you aren’t into either Flight of Passage or Na’vi River Journey, a stop by Pandora is still well worth it. Try the Night Blossom from Pongu Pongu or the Cheeseburger Pods from Satu’li Canteen. And at night, watch the land transform into a bioluminescent rainforest. It’s breathtaking!
Beaches and Cream
Your Disney World experience may be allll about the parks. But we challenge you to spend some time chillin’ at the hotels, too! And if you find yourself near Disney’s Beach Club Resort, you HAVE to give Beaches and Cream a try.
This popular ice cream shop is one of our FAVORITE spots to eat on property. You’ll enjoy classic eats with a retro diner feel (keep an eye out for the jukebox!). And of course, the standout here is the ice cream. Our #1 pick is the No Way José sundae, which is peanut butter and chocolate goodness. Trust us. You’ve gotta try it.
If you are planning on eating here, we recommend booking well in advance. Reservations tend to go fast!
Table Service Restaurants
Many of our readers told us they wish they’d eaten at more Table Service restaurants in general. And while its certainly not the most cost-effective way to dine on property, if you’ve got it in your budget, these restaurants can make for a great experience. Not to mention, some spots are a bit more budget-friendly.
In particular, our readers mentioned Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort. All of these restaurants have a highly unique atmosphere (you literally get to dine inside the castle at Cinderella’s Royal Table), and many also give you a chance to say hello to some of your favorite characters.
If you’ve got the time and space in your budget, we recommend booking one or two of these Table Service reservations throughout your trip. They could really add a little somethin’ extra to your vacation!
Staying at a Deluxe Resort
Like dining at Table Service restaurants, staying at a Deluxe Resort is largely budget-dependent. Every tier of hotel — be that Value, Moderate, or Deluxe — has its unique pros and cons. But some of our readers DID mention that they strongly preferred Deluxe hotels or wished they’d paid a little extra for one.
Why? While they’re pricier, these hotels have more amenities, higher-quality dining (California Grill and Topolino’s Terrace, we’re lookin’ at you!), and are closer to the parks. The theming also tends to be SUPER immersive. Some of our readers’ favorite spots to stay? Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, and Disney’s Riviera Resort!
Do keep in mind that a stay at a Deluxe Resort is by NO means a must for an awesome vacation. But if you’ve got the space to splurge a little, our readers recommend it!
Add a few of these must-do’s to your list next time you visit Disney World, and let us know what YOU regret skipping on your vacation. Stay tuned to DFB — we’ll keep bringing ya the latest Disney news!
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