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Jimmie is a retired school teacher from Texas, who has been going to Disney World for 25 years. He has experience in taking large groups to Disney, in addition to taking his own children and grandchildren. Jimmie and his wife Rhonda make annual trips to Disney World, Disneyland, and sail on the Disney Cruise Line.

10 Amazing Experiences at Disney World You May Not Know About

View out the window from Animal Kingdom Lodge

4. Animal viewing The Animal Kingdom Lodge has three separate savannas (approximately 10 acres each) that are open 24 hours a day.  Each savanna has its own unique look and feel. Not all savannas have all the animals. For instance, ostriches can only be found on the Sunset savanna, zebras are only located on the Arusha savanna, kudu are only ...

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10 Amazing Experiences at Disney World You May Not Know About

Grand Floridian Resort Christmas

5. Visiting other Resorts at Christmas Actually, guests are free to visit other resorts at any time.  However, Christmas is the best time to check out other Disney hotels.  Take the monorail loop and visit the Contemporary, the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian lobbies to enjoy the massive Christmas trees, holiday music and largest gingerbread house you’ve ever seen!

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10 Amazing Experiences at Disney World You May Not Know About

Disney characters

10. Disney Visa character meet Do you have a Disney Visa credit or debit card?  If so, you can access a special “members-only” character experience at Epcot, near the Imagination Pavilion or Star Wars characters at the Launch Bay in Hollywood Studios.  There is rarely a long line and the characters will spend more time than normal with your family.  Take ...

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10 Amazing Experiences at Disney World You May Not Know About

Jedi Training Academy

9. Children’s activities Special children’s activities you should consider are “Sword in the Stone”, where Merlin challenges young guests to pull the sword from the stone in regular presentations in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, and Jedi Training at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where a 20- to 25-minute session takes place on a special stage adjacent to Star Tours. The Jedi Master ...

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10 Amazing Experiences at Disney World You May Not Know About

Castle and US Flag

8. Flag retreat Celebrate America each afternoon in Town Square at the Magic Kingdom. At 5pm, Flag Retreat takes place with ample pomp and pageantry. Around 4:45 each evening, the area surrounding the flag pole in Town Square is cordoned off by Disney security guards and Main Street cast members. At promptly 5pm, the Walt Disney World Band strikes up ...

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10 Amazing Experiences at Disney World You May Not Know About

Fireworks Cruise

7. Fireworks cruises Want to see Epcot’s IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in spectacular style? Consider renting a Pontoon Boat from the Yacht and Beach Club Marina or the Boardwalk Marina!  A driver will take you on a ride around the boardwalk and then park your boat under the bridge separating the UK and France in Epcot’s World Showcase.  Or, take ...

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10 Amazing Experiences at Disney World You May Not Know About

Tours

6. Behind the Scenes tours Are you a Disney World veteran?  Consider taking a behind-the-scenes tour, for a “peek behind the curtain”.  Popular tours include “Keys to the Kingdom” at Magic Kingdom, where you can visit the underground utilidors, “Backstage Magic”, a 7-hour tour that visits three different parks, and “Wild Africa Trek”, a three-hour, expert-led wildlife experience at Disney’s Animal ...

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10 Tips From a Disney Expert We Bet You Haven’t Heard

Disney Park App

2. Dining reservations If you were unable to get reservations (ADR) to the restaurant of your choice, you might still get in. As your trip nears, keep checking the My Disney Experience website or app.  Due to no show penalties, guests cancel reservations all the time.  Or, ask the hostess/host if they have had any cancellations, and sometimes you’ll be ...

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10 Tips From a Disney Expert We Bet You Haven’t Heard

Magic Kingdom Parade

3. Parades At the Magic Kingdom, consider watching the parades from back in Frontierland.  The crowds are much thinner back there and as a bonus, sometimes the parade will start from the back of the park, allowing you to resume riding attractions sooner.  

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10 Tips From a Disney Expert We Bet You Haven’t Heard

Illuminations

4. Illuminations Every night at Epcot, the day concludes with the spectacular Illuminations laser, light and fireworks show.  If you are not in a hurry to leave after the show, watch from the back of the park in World Showcase.  Afterwards, gently stroll back to the front of the park, enjoying the lights and atmosphere.  Take advantage of Photopass photographers ...

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