There are some smells that instantly transport you to another time and place. We can pretty much all recognize the distinct yet familiar smell of crayons, and it doesn’t feel like summer until we get our first whiff of fresh-cut grass. In Disney World, they make scent into a SCIENCE! From attractions to parade floats, tasty (and stinky) smells follow you throughout the parks.
Recently, we asked our readers for their thoughts on the most memorable Disney smell. Here’s what they said!
We got some fun and unique answers here, but feel free to share your answers, too! Now let’s take a look at what everyone had to say.
There’s no better feeling than arriving at a Disney World hotel and walking through the lobby. The SMELLS, the sights, the friendly Cast Members…it’s an EXPERIENCE! We had a LOT of responses that listed a Disney resort as the home to their most memorable smell.
Some people mentioned the Art of Animation Resort, some voted for the Wilderness Lodge, and a few people said Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club resorts. One person also threw out the Caribbean Beach Resort as their choice. But we had quite a few people say that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort had their favorite Disney smell. That Polynesian scent is definitely a classic for a reason!
One reader shared that the most memorable smell for them was in the bathrooms at Fort Wilderness, replying, “That cleaning fragrance is my favorite!!!” We’ll give this answer points for creativity.
If you wish you could bottle up the smell of Disney’s hotels and take it home, you’re in luck! After YEARS of waiting, Disney finally released hotel-scented candles. We also did a little research of our own and found some Bath & Body Works candles that smell pretty good!
Being the Disney FOOD Blog, we know a thing or two about what Disney food smells like — and so do our readers! We had a bunch of people vote for popcorn as a memorable Disney World smell, and for good reason! Disney has popcorn stands ALL over the parks so that salty, buttery smell follows you all day.
Many readers also named the smell of cookies, cinnamon rolls, and beignets as familiar Disney scents. One person also added Dole Whip to the food smells list!
Unfortunately, this list isn’t all sunshine and daisies. There are some pretty bad smells in Disney World, too! And if you can believe it, they’re INTENTIONAL!
We got some answers like Skunk and gasoline that instantly remind us of all those unpleasant interactions we’ve had in Disney World. If you’ve ever been on the Tomorrowland Speedway attraction or Journey into Imagination with Figment, you know what we’re talking about.
Speaking of attractions, there are plenty of NICE-smelling rides that our readers discussed!
Readers commented smells like oranges, cookies, jasmine, and saltwater — all of which can be found on Disney attractions like Soarin’ Around the World, Flight of Passage, the Incredicoaster in Disney California Aventure, and more!
Some other readers named some interesting smells like the burning of the library of Alexandria on Spaceship Earth and that smoky gas smell on Dinosaur!
Finally, our most popular answer was the smell of (bromine) water on Disney’s water rides! Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean both have very distinct water smells that guests seem to LOVE! We must admit, there’s something comforting about that Pirates of the Caribbean smell.
This last category of smells features things like the pine scent at Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe and the smell of fresh beignets at New Orleans Square in Disneyland.
As you can see, we got a WIDE variety of answers, but this list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the smells in Disney World. Got another smell we didn’t mention? Share it in the comments! In the meantime, stay tuned for all the latest Disney news and park updates!
What’s your favorite Disney smell? Let us know in the comments!