The Ultimate Walt Disney World Experience Check-List

To truly experience Walt Disney World there are some “must-dos” that you simply must do! Here is your comprehensive list to make sure you are getting the ultimate Disney Experience!

General Tips

  • Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort (Find the best resort for you!)
  • Utilize Disney transportation, especially the monorail
  • Sport a pair of Mickey ears!
  • Visit any park after dark
  • See the Magic Kingdom welcome show at park opening
  • Take a picture in front of the castle
  • Strike up a conversation with a Cast Member in any of the countries around World Showcase
  • Do a “Monorail Crawl” and visit all of the monorail resort lobbies and gift shops
  • Bring your lanyard and trade pins with Cast Members
"Inside" the castle (actually, through the castle) Disney artwork is displayed through amazing mosaics.
“Inside” the castle (actually, through the castle) Disney artwork is displayed through beautiful mosaics.


  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Soarin’
  • Dumbo
  • Rock ‘n Roller Coaster
  • Splash Mountain
  • Space Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Expedition Everest
  • Test Track
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Tower of Terror
  • It’s A Small World
  • Kilimanjaro Safari
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Walk through the castle at Magic Kingdom
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Carousel of Progress (Walt Disney entry at the 1964 New York World’s Fair)
  • Typhoon Lagoon
The Mickey Bar is the quintessential Walt Disney World snack!

Meals, Snacks and Treats

Entertainment and Characters

  • A Magic Kingdom parade
  • A picture with Mickey Mouse
  • Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
  • Magic Kingdom Fireworks
  • Try to “free the sword” in front of the Magic Kingdom carousel
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • Fantasmic
  • Experience the Kiss Goodnight (that is, if you are still awake when Magic Kingdom closes!)
  • A picture in front of the Tree of Life at night
  • Festival of the Lion King

What are some of YOUR absolute must-dos?

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