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Walt Disney World Rites of Passage Everyone Must Try

Walt Disney World Resort is chock-full of amazing things to see and do. In fact, there are so many options that one could probably spend months in the resort and still not see it all. Of course, with so many choices of things to do, it’s easy for guests to become overwhelmed. This is especially true for first time visitors. If you’re visiting Disney World for the first time ever, our first piece of advice would be: don’t try to do it all. Instead, pick and choose the things that are most important to you. Additionally, we recommend focusing on the Disney World rites of passage listed below. These are the things we think all first-timers need to experience before they can say they’ve truly “done Disney World.”


1. Don Some Mouse Ears

Everyone who visits Disney World should own a pair of Mickey or Minnie ears. These fancy pieces of headwear can be found in every single park, come in a variety of colors and themes, and are the perfect way to show your Disney spirit throughout your vacation. Pick the pair that best suits you, put them on, and get ready to have an amazing time!

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2. Enjoy a Dark Ride

Walt Disney was the inventor of the animatronic as well as the classic dark ride. Therefore, it only stands to reason that Walt Disney World would be home to some of the very best dark rides out there. Be sure to enjoy some of these slow-moving storytelling rides before your visit is over. We especially love The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Rise of the Resistance, Na’vi River Journey, and Frozen Ever After.

Pirates of the Caribbean Ride
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3. Ride the Mountains

Did you know that Disney World is home to mountains? There are several of these mountains scattered throughout the parks, and each one features a fantastic thrill ride that needs to be experienced by all who visit. Four of the mountains can be found in Magic Kingdom. These include Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and—though some may not consider it an official “mountain”—Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The final mountain can be found in Animal Kingdom and is a super fun roller coaster called Expedition Everest.

Big Thunder

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About Chelsea

Chelsea is a lifelong Disney fanatic who lives and travels full time in an RV with her son and husband. Their family takes full advantage of their unique living situation by visiting Disney parks on both sides of the country as often as possible. In doing so, the Gonzales family gathers loads of great tips and info about the parks, which Chelsea is thrilled to share with readers here. Visit Chelsea's blog: Wonder Wherever We Wander! Here you’ll find a wealth of valuable information as well as a variety of reviews and resources to help you navigate the often uncharted territory of roadschooling.