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Introducing MyMagic+

Walt Disney World Resort has taken your vacation to an all-new level and unlocked a new dimension of Disney magic to make it yours like never before. It's called MyMagic+.

Once you've booked your trip, you can use an incredible family of online tools providing recommendations to help you personalize your experience both at home and on the go.

Online Planning

Online Planning
After booking your Walt Disney World Resort package you can use an incredible family of online tools providing recommendations to help personalize your experience — before and during your visit.

Disney FastPass+

Disney FastPass+
Now you can reserve access to select attractions and entertainment experiences before you leave home, and add and make changes on the go with Disney FastPass+ service. You will discover more attractions than ever before to pick from. Plus, for the first time, you can even select fireworks and parade viewing areas, shows, Disney Character Experiences and more! Disney FastPass+ service is included at no extra charge with Theme Park admission.*

MagicBands

MagicBands
With the simple touch of a MagicBand or card, you can connect to all the Walt Disney World experiences you selected online. Use your MagicBand to enter your Disney resort hotel room, enter Walt Disney World Parks and access Disney FastPass+ attractions and shows (valid Theme Park admission required). You can even purchase food and merchandise at select locations!**

Some features will only be available to Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels and others require valid Theme Park admission or online registration. *Valid Theme Park admission and online registration required. Disney FastPass+ experiences, the number of selections you can make and arrival windows are limited. **MagicBands are available to Guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Credit card must be presented at Walt Disney World Resort hotel check-in for purchases made with MagicBand. Purchases are charged to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel account.

Theme Park Tickets

Buy your Walt Disney World theme park tickets before you go and you can reserve access to some must-do experiences with Disney FastPass+ service, including select attractions, shows, parades, Disney character experiences and more – before you even leave home.

Disney FastPass+ service is included with Theme Park Admission at no extra charge!

Magic Your Way Tickets give you ultimate flexibility. Customize your vacation with Theme Park tickets that allow you to make every dream come true. Want to go to just one Theme Park per day? You can do it. Want to go back and forth from Park to Park on the same day? No problem. Want to experience other attractions like the Water Parks, Downtown Disney, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course*, or ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex? You can do it all. When we say do Disney your way, we mean it!

Decide how many days you want to visit

Magic your wayPurchase a 3 to 10 day Magic Your Way Base Ticket, which gives you admission to one Theme Park per day for each day of your ticket. And with 3 to 10 day Magic Your Way Tickets, the longer you play the less you pay per day!

Add more flexibility with the Park Hopper Option

Want to enjoy more than one Theme Park per day? Add the Park Hopper Option. With so much to see and do here, you'll love the ability to come and go from Theme Park to Theme Park on the same day.

Add even more fun with the Water Park Fun & More Option

A great way to add more Disney fun beyond the Theme Parks! This option provides a certain number of visits, based on the length of the ticket purchased. For each visit, you can choose one of the following: Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park1, Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park1, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course2 (greens fees), ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex3, Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course4 (before 4 p.m.) or Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course4 (before 4 p.m.).

Save even more when you bundle the Park Hopper and the Water Park Fun & More Option.

Tickets and Options are nontransferable and expire 14 days after first use of the Ticket. Does not include activities/events separately priced. Visiting multiple Theme Parks on the same day requires the Park Hopper Option.

*Tee times required and subject to availability. 1 Water Parks subject to rehabilitation, seasonal and weather closures. Age restrictions may apply for access to certain facilities. 2 Tee times required and subject to availability. 3 Valid only on event days. Some events require an additional admission charge. There are no events on certain days. Days and hours of operation of concessions, venues and attractions varies. 4 Valid for one round. Only one miniature golf course visit per day.

 

Disney Dining Plans

Disney dining plans are options available exclusively to guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, with the purchase of a Magic Your Way Theme Park Ticket.

How Disney Dining Plans Work

  • When booking your Disney vacation, you will need to purchase both a Magic Your Way Theme Park Ticket and a Disney dining plan.
  • While vacationing at the Walt Disney World Resort, choose from over 100 select restaurants available.
  • Present your MagicBand or card to your server or cashier prior to ordering. The MagicBand or card electronically monitors your party's allocated meals.
  • Track your meals with the easy-to-read receipt your server will provide you, which displays your remaining meal balance.
  • Redeem your meals in any order throughout your package stay until each person's meal total is complete.

Available Disney Dining Plans

To take advantage of a Disney dining plan, you must add one of the following dining plan options, as well as a Theme Park Ticket, to your vacation package booking.

Dining Reservations

For reservations, call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. (Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.) Many table-service restaurants are quite popular and book quickly. Some may have limited or no availability when you call. We strongly suggest you make dining reservations well in advance for the best options. Reservations are accepted at most Walt Disney World table-service restaurants, Signature Restaurants, Character Dining locations and Dinner Shows up to 180 days prior to arrival. An accepted major credit card is required to guarantee reservations at certain locations. Selected dining experiences may require payment of a deposit or pre-payment in full. Reservations must be cancelled at least 48 hours before the scheduled seating or a cancellation charge may be incurred (charge varies by location).

 

Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

Eat at select quick-service restaurants and receive two quick-service meals and one snack per person per night of your package stay. Plus, you'll also receive a mug you can refill as often as you like at any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort hotel.

With your Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, for each night of your package, each guest in your party (ages 3 and up) will receive:

2 Quick-Service Meals

Each quick-service meal includes:

  • 1 entrée or combo meal (if available)
  • 1 dessert (lunch and dinner only)
  • 1 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverage

1 Snack

Examples of snacks are:

  • 1 frozen ice cream novelty, single-serving bag of snacks, single piece of whole fruit, 20-oz. bottle of pop, 12-oz. coffee/hot tea, single-serving prepackaged milk or juice

1 Resort-Refillable Drink Mug Per Person:

Bring your Resort mug to any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort hotel and refill it with fountain pop as often as you like! Mugs are not eligible for refills in Theme Park, Water Park or Downtown Disney locations.

Certain items are not included in the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan such as:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Items that are more than a single serving (such as a box of doughnuts or a jar of peanut butter)
  • Items (such as popcorn or drinks) that are served in a Souvenir Container
  • Items that are sold from Recreation Rental Counters
  • Items that are considered Merchandise (such as Bottle Toppers, Glow Cubes and Bottle Straps)

Children ages 3-9 must order from a Children's Menu where available. Plan must be purchased for entire length of stay and for the entire party (ages 3+). The Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan is unavailable for Guests under the age of three, but they may share from an adult plate at no charge, or a meal may be purchased from the menu. The price of the meal will be added to your bill. You can redeem as many Quick-Service Meals and Snacks per day as you wish, until your total number of Meal/Snack entitlements is depleted. All unused Meals and Snacks and the ability to use your Rapid Fill Resort refillable mug expire at midnight on your package reservation check-out date. You may not redeem Meals or Snacks for any Guests who are not on your Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan.

 

Disney Dining Plan

This plan offers one table-service meal, one quick-service meal and one snack per person, per night of your package stay. Over 100 select restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort – including some restaurants that feature Disney Character Dining – honour the Disney Dining Plan. Plus, you'll also receive a mug you can refill as often as you like at any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort hotel.

With your Disney Dining Plan, for each night of your package, each guest in your party (ages 3 and up) will receive:

1 Table-Service Meal

Each (adult or child) table-service meal includes:

  • 1 entrée
  • 1 dessert (lunch and dinner only)
  • 1 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverage
  • Or
  • 1 full buffet

1 Quick-Service Meal

Each quick-service meal includes:

  • 1 entrée or combo meal (if available)
  • 1 dessert (lunch and dinner only)
  • 1 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverage

1 Snack

Examples of snacks are:

  • 1 frozen ice cream novelty, single-serving bag of snacks, single piece of whole fruit, 20-oz. bottle of pop, 12-oz. coffee/hot tea, single-serving prepackaged milk or juice

1 Resort-Refillable Drink Mug Per Person:

Bring your Resort mug to any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort hotel and refill it with fountain pop as often as you like! Mugs are not eligible for refills in Theme Park, Water Park or Downtown Disney locations.

Certain items are not included in the Disney Dining Plan such as:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Items that are more than a single serving (such as a box of doughnuts or a jar of peanut butter)
  • Items (such as popcorn or drinks) that are served in a Souvenir Container
  • Items that are sold from Recreation Rental Counters
  • Items that are considered Merchandise (such as Bottle Toppers, Glow Cubes and Bottle Straps)
  • Special Dining Events with special menus offered at certain Table-Service locations

Children ages 3-9 must order from a Children's Menu where available. Plan must be purchased for entire length of stay and for the entire party (ages 3+). The Disney Dining Plan is unavailable for Guests under the age of three, but they may share from an adult plate at no charge, or a meal may be purchased from the menu. The price of the meal will be added to your bill. You can redeem more than one Quick-Service meal, Table- Service meal or Snack per day, if you wish, until your total number of meal/snack entitlements is depleted. All unused meals and snacks and the ability to use your Rapid Fill Resort refillable mug expire at midnight on your package reservation check-out date. Select dining locations require the redemption of two Table Service meals per Guest. You may not redeem Meals or Snacks for any Guests who are not on your Disney Dining Plan. Gratuities are not included unless otherwise indicated. An additional form of payment is needed if you add a gratuity and have not provided a credit card at check-in to charge incidentals and other expenses to your room. An automatic 18% gratuity charge will be added to your bill for parties of 6 or more. An automatic gratuity charge may also be added to your bill for items you order that are not included in the Disney Dining Plan (for example, alcoholic beverages). Merchandise or photo-imaging products that may be offered at Character Dining Experiences are not included.

 

Disney Deluxe Dining Plan

Included are three meals and two snacks per person, per night of your package stay, and the flexibility to enjoy any combination of select table-service and quick-service restaurants. Enjoy delectable dining at over 100 restaurants throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Plus, you'll also receive a mug you can refill as often as you like at any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort hotel.

With your Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, for each night of your package, each guest in your party (ages 3 and up) will receive:

3 Meals

Choose from select Walt Disney World Resort table-service or quick-service restaurants for all 3 of your meals.
Each (adult or child) table-service meal includes:

  • 1 appetizer (lunch and dinner only)
  • 1 entrée
  • 1 dessert (lunch and dinner only)
  • 1 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverage
  • Or
  • 1 full buffet

Each quick-service meal includes:

  • 1 entrée or combo meal (if available)
  • 1 dessert (lunch and dinner only)
  • 1 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverage

2 Snacks

Examples of snacks are:

  • 1 frozen ice cream novelty, single-serving bag of snacks, single piece of whole fruit, 20-oz. bottle of pop, 12-oz. coffee/hot tea, single-serving prepackaged milk or juice

1 Resort-Refillable Drink Mug Per Person:

Bring your Resort mug to any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort hotel and refill it with fountain pop as often as you like! Mugs are not eligible for refills in Theme Park, Water Park or Downtown Disney locations.

Certain items are not included in the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan such as:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Items that are more than a single serving (such as a box of doughnuts or a jar of peanut butter)
  • Items (such as popcorn or drinks) that are served in a Souvenir Container
  • Items that are sold from Recreation Rental Counters
  • Items that are considered Merchandise (such as Bottle Toppers, Glow Cubes and Bottle Straps)
  • Special Dining Events with special menus offered at certain Table-Service locations

Children ages 3-9 must order from a Children's Menu where available. Plan must be purchased for entire length of stay and for the entire party (ages 3+). The Disney Deluxe Dining Plan is unavailable for Guests under the age of three, but they may share from an adult plate at no charge, or a meal may be purchased from the menu. The price of the meal will be added to your bill. You can redeem more than one Quick-Service meal, Table- Service meal or Snack per day, if you wish, until your total number of meal/snack entitlements is depleted. All unused meals and snacks and the ability to use your Rapid Fill Resort refillable mug expire at midnight on your package reservation check-out date. Select dining locations require the redemption of two Table Service meals per Guest. You may not redeem Meals or Snacks for any Guests who are not on your Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. Gratuities are not included unless otherwise indicated. An additional form of payment is needed if you add a gratuity and have not provided a credit card at check-in to charge incidentals and other expenses to your room. An automatic 18% gratuity charge will be added to your bill for parties of 6 or more. An automatic gratuity charge may also be added to your bill for items you order that are not included in the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan (for example, alcoholic beverages). Merchandise or photo-imaging products that may be offered at Character Dining Experiences are not included.

 

Disney's Magical Express Transportation

Magical expressStart and end your stay with complimentary motorcoach transportation to and from Orlando International Airport and select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, with complimentary luggage delivery.

Be Magically Whisked Away

When you reserve Disney's Magical Express, you can begin your vacation the moment you step off the plane. With this special benefit of staying at select Disney Resort hotels, get from the airport to your accommodations in comfort and have your bags delivered directly to your room. You'll also enjoy a complimentary ride back to Orlando International Airport on the day you check out of your Disney Resort hotel. Please note that pets are not permitted on Disney's Magical Express but service animals are.

Luggage Delivery Service

This feature of Disney's Magical Express is available for flights arriving between 5:00 AM and 10:00 PM daily. Your luggage will travel separately, and it may take up to 3 hours after you arrive at your Disney Resort hotel for your luggage to be delivered to your room. Pack any valuables, medications or anything you need immediately upon your arrival in Orlando in a carry-on bag. You do not need to be in your room to receive your luggage.

If your flight arrives before 5:00 AM or after 10:00 PM, collect your luggage at baggage claim to bring with you on the motorcoach.

How It Works

  1. Reserve Disney's Magical Express when you book online or through the WestJet Vacations call center.

  2. Approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to your arrival date, you will receive Disney's Magical Express information and luggage tags.

  3. If you would like your luggage delivered to your Disney Resort hotel room, place luggage tags on all items you are checking with the airline. If you do not receive your luggage tags prior to leaving home and are arriving in Orlando between 5:00 AM and 10:00 PM, simply provide the baggage claim tickets (provided to you by the airline when you checked in at your originating airport) upon arrival at Disney's Magical Express and they'll take care of the rest.

  4. Upon landing at Orlando International Airport, take the train from your arrival gate to the main terminal. You will be on Level 3. Skip baggage claim and head to Disney's Magical Express, located on Side B, Level 1, Ground Transportation. Guests arriving on Side A of the airport should proceed to Side B before taking the elevator or escalator down to Level 1. Disney's Magical Express will collect your luggage and deliver it directly to your Disney Resort hotel room. If you arrive before 5:00 AM or after 10:00 PM, please collect your luggage at baggage claim on Level 2 and bring it with you to the motorcoach. Your luggage will travel with you on the motorcoach to your Disney Resort Hotel. Please be prepared to present your Disney's Magical Express documents (which you received with your luggage tags) when you arrive at Disney's Magical Express.

If the Orlando International Airport is your first point of entry into the United States, please follow the U.S. Customs & Border Protection process and claim your luggage upon disembarking the airplane. Once you have completed this process, you may take your luggage with you on the motorcoach to your Disney Resort hotel, or you can return your luggage to the carousel and proceed to Disney's Magical Express on Side B, Level 1. Disney's Magical Express will reclaim your luggage and deliver it directly to your Disney Resort Hotel room.

If you have already completed the U.S. Customs & Border Protection process in another U.S. city or before entering the U.S., proceed directly to the Disney's Magical Express on Side B, Level 1.

  1. Sit back and relax as Disney transports you to your Disney Resort hotel in an air-conditioned motorcoach.

  2. The day before check-out, you'll receive a Transportation Notice advising you of the pick-up time and place for your motor-coach ride back to Orlando International Airport. Please note that it is your responsibility to bring your luggage to the pick-up point.

Please note that you cannot reserve the luggage service exclusively. You must be present on the motorcoach to have your luggage transported to a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

 

Complimentary Resort Transportation

Take advantage of various complimentary transportation options…like monorails, ferryboats and motorcoaches… throughout the Walt Disney World Resort during your entire stay. These conveniences and more (including Resort shops and restaurants, plus complimentary Theme Park parking if you're driving) help make your vacation as carefree as can be!

 

Can't Miss Attractions and Entertainment

Magic Kingdom Park

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Race through the diamond mine from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on an adventurous family coaster! The lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey comes excitingly to life on a rollicking, musical adventure into the mine "where a million diamonds shine". As Guests twist and turn through the mine, the cars rock back and forth, adding an extra family-friendly thrill element. Riders tour through the cavernous mine's winding track - jutting outside to climb and dip through the wooded landscape, and then re-entering the mine at different points.

The Barnstormer

Featuring Goofy as The Great Goofini, Barnstormer is a twisting, turning roller coaster "flight" high above the circus fun.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Fly along with Dumbo as he discovers his ability to soar using his oversized ears. Take your own spin around the circus ring as you control how high or low to fly. The classic Dumbo ride has been dramatically transformed, featuring 2 sets of rotating elephants, moving in opposite directions as they fly through the air.

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station

At this colourful, circus-themed water-play area adjacent to the Fantasyland Train Station, water squirts from playful monkeys, elephants, camels and from Casey Jr. himself when he lets off billows of cooling "steam."

Under the Sea~Journey of The Little Mermaid

Relive the tale of how one lucky little mermaid found true love—and legs! Enter Prince Eric's castle through an underground cavern at low tide, board a colourful clamshell and take the plunge. You'll become part of a world where mermaids dream of dancing, fish form a conga line, evil sea witches ensnare souls and unlikely pairs fall in love… and live happily ever after.

Ariel's Grotto

Ariel's Grotto is nestled in a picturesque cove along the rocky shoreline of the Under the Sea~Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction. Here, Ariel is happy to meet with her human friends, signing autographs and posing for pictures, as everyone who visits gets to experience part of her world.

Enchanted Tales with Belle

The adventure begins in Maurice's workshop, where a magical mirror is the doorway to a captivating new kind of storytelling experience: You are transported to the Beast's library to meet Belle and Lumiere, and share in a lively, interactive, re-telling of the "tale as old as time."

Splash Mountain

Hop a hollowed-out log to follow Brer Rabbit's mischievous escapades as he tries to flee the clutches of Brer Fox and Brer Bear until you plunge five stories off Chick-a-pin Hill! "It's the truth. It's actual. Everything is satisfactual. It's a zip a dee doo dah day!"

The Haunted Mansion

Edge into a shadowy foyer and climb aboard a gloomy Doom Buggy for a supernatural journey through a labyrinth of haunted chambers. Glide past a casket-filled conservatory, a chilling séance room and a ghostly graveyard of singing specters as you attempt to find your way out. Blending giggling ghouls with things that go bump in the night, this classic attraction promises to send chills up and down your shivering spine.

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

Celebrate the stories you know and love in a whole new way with a magical mix of innovative floats, vibrant costumes and original music. Paying homage to the unbridled magic and vivid pageantry of Fantasyland and its many inhabitants, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is a thrilling sight-and-sound spectacular that winds its way through the streets of Magic Kingdom Park each afternoon. Be a part of this grand gala, which includes spectacular, state-of-the-art floats starring Characters from some of your favourite Disney stories, plus colourfully costumed performers on stilts, pendulums and swings.

Epcot

Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

Buckle up in a 6-passenger "simulation car" and put a virtual vehicle that you created to the test. Stroll into a gleaming, state-of-the-art facility and cruise past eye-opening exhibits illustrating the forward-thinking innovation and technology of Chevrolet. Steer your way inside the Chevrolet Design Center and – working at an illuminated station – design your own virtual custom concept vehicle.

Soarin'

Take a free-flying adventure across the natural wonders of the Golden State aboard this thrilling Epcot attraction. With the wind in your hair, glide 40 feet in the air as you look down upon the breathtaking vistas of Yosemite and redwood forests. Soar as high as your imagination over a world of wonders.

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

Behold the past, present and future of Earth at this stunning fireworks show that celebrates the spirit of humanity. Gather around the World Showcase Lagoon to witness the incredible history of our planet.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends

Cruise out to sea in the clamobile! Join Marlin and Dory on their search for the elusive clown fish and encounter dozens of "jellies", a toothy anglerfish, even old friend Bruce the shark. Then thrill to an incredible grand finale, where Nemo and all his friends appear to actually swim alongside the real-life creatures of the coral reef. Inspired by Disney·Pixar's Finding Nemo.

Spaceship Earth

Enter Spaceship Earth, the iconic geodesic dome and explore the history of communications, from the Stone Age to the computer age. Take a ride through time for a look at the landmark moments that made today's communications technology possible.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Aerosmith's having a backstage party across town and you're invited. Ready to brave the LA freeways? Zoom from 0-60 mph with the force of a supersonic F-14, take in high-speed loops and turns synchronized to a specially recorded Aerosmith soundtrack and zip through Tinseltown in the biggest, loudest limo you've ever seen.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Feel the power of the Force during a 3D, motion-simulated space flight that launches you into the world of Star Wars. Blast off on a thrilling tour of the Star Wars universe aboard a Starspeeder 1000. Voyage to amazing alien worlds — like Tatooine, Naboo or Hoth — and come face to face with the likes of Yoda, Princess Leia or even Darth Vader.
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Toy Story Mania!

Step right up! This interactive, 4D attraction features the loveable cast of characters from the Disney•Pixar Toy Story films. Climb aboard a ride vehicle and play through a gallery of midway-style games designed for a raucous good time. Inspired by Disney•Pixar's Toy Story films.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Brave the creepy facade of a once-glorious hotel for a jolt back in time. Board a phantom elevator, shoot up 13 stories and brace yourself for a thrilling plummet... but beware! The experience just got scarier. You rocket back up, only to plummet down yet again. You dare to ride once more, but wait! That's not what happened before. That's right, now the Tower is in control, so it's never the same fear twice!
The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and is used with permission pursuant to a license from CBS, Inc.

Fantasmic!

Witness a show that brings together favourite Disney heroes, princesses and villains! Fantasmic! takes you into the colourful imagination of Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Join Mickey as he invokes the characters and spirit of favourite Disney classics. But when the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs gathers Ursula, Cruella de Vil, Scar and a larger-than-life Maleficent to turn Mickey's dreams into a nightmare, leave it to Mickey and the power of imagination to save the day.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Expedition Everest

Hop on a high-speed train through the Himalayas for treacherous chasms and hair-pin turns which are just the start of the action. But beware, screams get the attention of the mountain's guardian – the dreaded Yeti. In an instant, frigid winds blast and icy tracks hurl the train forward, then backward into the abyss on a spiraling drop into the mountain.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Climb aboard your open-sided safari vehicle for an exciting expedition for the entire family. Animals from Africa freely roam through 110 acres of savannah, rivers and rocky hills. Look out for giraffes, hippos, elephants, rhinos, and lions!

Festival of the Lion King

Plunge right into the middle of the action in this cleverly staged in-the-round production featuring songs from the film and a cast of familiar faces, including Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. Combining the pageantry of a parade with all the excitement of a tribal celebration, this is a lavish, high energy spectacle created through song, dance and specialty performances.

Kali River Rapids

Make your way to a wooden pagoda and then onto a large, circular 12-passenger raft. Strap yourself in and gently glide up a 90-foot knoll into a mist, the native scents of jasmine and ginger filling the air. At the top, skim across an erupting geyser and brace yourself as you begin your descent down the mountain. During your voyage, bob up and down and gently spin, water splashing in all directions. Sail beneath a canopy of lush vegetation as your raft weaves back and forth in the fast-moving river. Graze gushing waterfalls and bounce between craggy mountain bedrock amid the raging current. Then, plummet down a dramatic 20-foot slope!

DINOSAUR

Whoosh back to primeval times for a wild ride of an expedition to complete your dangerous mission. The clock is ticking on your Time Rover and you have mere minutes to rescue a stray dinosaur. Beware the hungry clutches of one large meat-eating predator and the devastating power of an impending asteroid!

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Shopping

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Shopping is an adventure throughout the Walt Disney World Resort at more than 200 shops offering interesting and unusual merchandise from around the world.

Merchandise purchases while on the go don't have to be a burden to Walt Disney World theme park guests. There are alternatives to carrying the packages throughout the parks:

  • Package pickup is available at no charge. Merchandise is moved to package pickup, conveniently located near the front entrance of each park, for guests' pickup when they are leaving the park.

  • Hotel delivery is available at no charge to guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Purchases made prior to 7 p.m. will be delivered to the guest's hotel by noon the following day. Purchases made after 7 p.m. will be at the hotel on the second day after purchase.

  • Shipping is available for an additional charge at the time of purchase.

Disney's BoardWalk

Disney's BoardWalk revives and energizes the mid-Atlantic waterfront villages of the 1940s. As Walt Disney World Resort guests walk along the lively waterfront promenade, they can stroll into the shops and enjoy the unusual vendors, or dine at one of three restaurants or experience entertainment found nowhere else, like the up-to-the-minute sports action at the ESPN Club or the hip sounds at Atlantic Dance Hall.

More than 9,000 square feet of retail shops open onto the boardwalk. Shopping includes Screen Door General Store, for groceries and sundries; Disney Character Carnival featuring Disney character merchandise and clothing for youngsters; Thimbles 'n Threads, offering resort apparel for men and women, and Wyland Galleries.

Epcot

Epcot World Showcase is the ultimate one-stop-shopping: an international merchandise mecca where more than 65 boutiques, emporiums and outdoor merchants offer a bounty of authentic wares from more than 11 nations. Exotic settings transport guests to marketplaces of lands both near and far offering one of the largest collections of foreign goods in one location.

Guests can enter a meandering maze of shops in exotic Morocco, where embroidered caftans and woven baskets line the walkways and musicians entertain those who pass by. Just a few steps away, guests find themselves in The Mitsukoshi Department Store in Japan, examining the collection of clothing, including a wide array of kimonos; housewares; toys and more.

From a trinket bell in China to a fine Italian wine to Moroccan furniture worth thousands of dollars, there is something for everyone in the global shopping bazaars of Epcot. If you really want to take home a gem, cultural ambassadors throughout the shops and boutiques are eager to share stories of craftsmanship and homeland history with guests.

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is a 120 acre shopper's delight with stylish boutiques such as Cherry Tree Lane and TrenD, a shop for sports enthusiasts in the Trophy Room, plus toys, games and princess costumes at Once Upon a Toy and World of Disney.

Strolling through the shopping mecca, sweet aromas fill the air at Ghirardelli Chocolates, while scented custom soaps and fragrant bath products invite shoppers into Basin. There's the new Marketplace Co-Op (a collection of six unique boutiques), LEGO Imagination Center, plus an entire room at Disney's Days of Christmas — where it's the holidays 365 days a year – that has transformed into a Frozen wonderland overflowing with Anna, Elsa and Olaf merchandise.

"There are many unique shops in Downtown Disney with some that even offer customized gift options," said Steven Miller, merchandise communications manager with Disney Theme Park Merchandise. "From personalized phone cases, to Star Wars Build a Droid, you really can find something for everyone at Downtown Disney."

The largest expansion in Downtown Disney history continues with the opening of several new dining and shopping locations, as the area transforms into Disney Springs.

The lively shopping, dining and entertainment destination will treat guests by day and night to a one-of-a-kind Disney experience amid beautiful open-air promenades, flowing springs and waterfront charm. The Landing is the first of four neighborhoods to open — home to unique shopping locations and memorable dining experiences.

The new offerings are part of an expansion that – when Disney Springs is fully completed in 2016 — will double the number of shopping, dining and entertainment venues from the current 70 to nearly 150.

With more exciting new venues to come, new shopping open now at Downtown Disney includes:

  • The Art of Shaving

  • Apex by Sunglass Hut

  • Chapel Hats

  • Havaianas

  • Sanuk

  • Sound Lion

  • Erin McKenna Bakery NYC

  • Erwin Pearl

  • Dockside Margaritas

Dining

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Unique Disney dining options

From meatloaf and mashed potatoes in a nostalgic '50s-inspired eatery to a private table for two in a Grand Floridian kitchen, Walt Disney World restaurants are taking "eatertainment" to new heights.

Looking for more than a meal? While many Disney restaurants add a touch of theming, here some of spots, where the cuisine and décor add up to a fun dining experience. But these are just the tip of the iceberg for food choices at Walt Disney World Resort; there are more than 6,000 different food items available at food locations throughout the 122-square-kilometre property.

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant (American, French, $/$$). In Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, the restaurant transports diners into the splendour, elegance and fairytale charm of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, with a setting right out of the classic animated feature film: the magnificent castle of the Beast, where guests dine in three richly appointed rooms that bring the story to life. Food is French-inspired, with quick service for breakfast and lunch, and table service for dinner.

  • Biergarten Restaurant (German, $$$). In the Germany pavilion at Epcot World Showcase, the Biergarten features an oompah band in dirndls and lederhosen, long tables for convivial dining and a dance floor for guests to get up and join the fun. The expansive buffet is authentic German, with bratwurst, knackwurst, frankfurters, roasted pork, pork schnitzel, sauerbraten, rotisserie chicken, spätzle, potato dumplings and more. Lunch and dinner daily.

  • Boma-Flavors of Africa (African, American, $$/$$$). Wood-burning grills create sensational aromas from morning until night in this "marketplace" restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, with a half-dozen side-by-side cooking stations where curries, chutneys and other Indian and Asian influences add fabulous flavours to grilled fish, meats and vegetables on the African-inspired menu. Diners will find authentic soups, stews, tossed-to-order salads and other market-fresh fare, with cultural representatives from Africa serving as hosts and hostesses.

  • California Grill (Multiple Cuisines, $$$). You'll think you're in San Francisco or L.A. in this upscale hot spot high atop Disney's Contemporary Resort. The view is stupendous, the cuisine is extraordinary and the wines are outstanding. It's hard to decide which is more fun: watching the energetic chefs in the open kitchen, or a sunset over Magic Kingdom.

  • Cinderella's Royal Table (American, $$$$). There's something really special about dining in Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom. Cinderella makes your acquaintance in the majestic Grand Hall before you ascend a spiral staircase to the banquet hall. Dine in a storybook setting surrounded by soaring stone archways, majestic medieval flags and spectacular stained-glass windows overlooking Fantasyland. During your time inside the castle, visit with classic Disney Princesses. (Dinner does not include princess characters, only Fairy Godmother.)

  • Coral Reef Restaurant (American, Seafood, $$). Located in The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion at Epcot, this is the only dining room in the world next to a 5.7-million-gallon aquarium. Diners are entertained by 5,000 inhabitants of the saltwater tank — barracuda, angelfish, sharks, dolphins, rays and even humans diving to feed the fish. The menu features fresh fish and shellfish — but none of the pavilion's undersea inhabitants are on the menu.

  • ESPN Club at Disney's BoardWalk (American, $$). The ultimate gathering spot for serious sports fans includes an interactive multimedia entertainment centre, TV and radio broadcast facility, an arcade of interactive sporting games, and all-American favourites like burgers, wings, chili and barbecued pork. More than 100 TVs are in place throughout the restaurant — even the restrooms are equipped with TVs so you won't miss out on your favourite sports action.

  • Liberty Tree Tavern (American, $$/$$$). In Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom just across the street from the iconic Hall of Presidents, a "Pilgrims' Feast" is always on the menu, complete with dressing and cranberry sauce. Servers are dressed in Early American garb in surroundings reminiscent of Colonial Williamsburg. Dinner is an all-you-can-eat feast of turkey, pork, beef, mashed potatoes and other sides.

  • Rainforest Café (American, $$). Fluttering butterflies, tropical rain showers, talking banyan trees, live birds and animated gorillas bring the outdoors inside at Rainforest Café at Downtown Disney Marketplace and at the entrance to Disney's Animal Kingdom. Guests can sample a meal with tropical flair or a refreshing beverage at the Mushroom Juice and Coffee Bar.

  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant (American, $$). Flashy, 1950s-era cars, 1950s-era drive-in movies. This 250-seat restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios makes you believe it's dark outside — fiber-optic stars twinkle overhead and the cars are lined up to face the giant drive-in movie screen. Outrageous sci-fi movie clips run continuously. Entrees include sandwiches, barbecued pork ribs and chef's salad.

  • T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure, A Place to Eat, Shop, Explore and Discover (American, $$). Enter a world of prehistoric creatures at T-Rex: A Family Adventure at Downtown Disney Marketplace. The dinosaur-themed family eatery serves up pizzas, pastas, sea bass and more, and features life-sized animated dinosaurs that dwell among bubbling geysers, waterfalls and a fossil dig site.

  • Victoria & Albert's (American, $$$$). With just 65 seats, this intimate dining room is the creme de la creme of Disney dining, located at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. From the harpist playing near the front door to the Chef's Table at the back of the kitchen, there's no question that this is a special place. Menus change daily, but you'll always find the heavenly dessert soufflés. Whatever you want, just ask. Chef Scott Hunnel will make it happen.

  • 50's Prime Time Café (American, $$). The waiters holler for you to take your seat, and ask if you've washed your hands in this Disney's Hollywood Studios restaurant. You'll feel like you're in a '50s sitcom with Formica tables, pull-down lamps and knickknacks like grandma used to collect. Pot roast, chicken pot pie and meatloaf with mushroom gravy are standouts. And while the s'mores aren't made over a campfire, they'll take you back, nonetheless.

Eating around "the World": A guide to Walt Disney World Theme Park Restaurants

People can eat themselves out of house and home, eat until they can't take another bite, or eat to their heart's content. But eating around the world? It's a thought that might make even the greatest gourmand wince.

Eating around the world is a much easier task if "the world" is Walt Disney World Resort, home to more than 100 theme park and resort table-service restaurants.

At the Walt Disney World Resort's numerous sit-down theme park restaurants, guests can find a wide range of fare and flair.

Fantasy rare at Magic Kingdom

  • Lady and the Tramp fall in love over a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs from Tony's restaurant in the animated classic, Lady and the Tramp. Magic Kingdom guests will fall in love with the innovative pasta and seafood specialties at Tony's Town Square Restaurant, themed after the movie restaurant. (American, Italian, $$)

  • Gigantic ice cream sundaes and all-American foods such as deli-style sandwiches and burgers make up the menu of The Plaza Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A. (American, $)

  • At The Crystal Palace, guests can enjoy a buffet with hot and cold fare and a children's buffet during all-day character dining with Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and friends. (American, $$/$$$)

  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland serves up an array of fresh tossed salads, soups, burgers and rotisserie chicken with trimmings. (American, $)

  • Pecos Bill Cafe in Frontierland offers burgers, taco salad and wrap sandwiches. A generous fixin's bar is a guest favourite. (American, $)

An international experience at Epcot

World Showcase in Epcot truly offers "dining around the world."

  • United Kingdom is home to the Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room, an authentic British pub featuring fish and chips, prime rib, meat pies and British beer and ales. (British, $$)

  • France features Les Chefs de France restaurant, operated by famous French chefs Paul Bocuse and Roger Vergé. Specialties include beef burgundy and fresh salmon. (French, $$)

  • Restaurant Marrakesh in Morocco uses exotic spices to make food flavourful, not hot. Belly dancers and Moroccan music add to the ambiance of this restaurant, where couscous and bastilla (fried ouarka pastry) are favourites. (Mediterranean, Moroccan, $$). Tangierine Cafe serves salads and sandwiches with Moroccan flair. (Mediterranean, Moroccan, $)

  • If Japanese fare is preferred, visit Tokyo Dining or Teppan Edo, where chefs prepare beef, seafood and chicken entrees at the table. (Multiple Cuisines, $$)

  • Classic Italian decor makes a perfect setting at Tutto Italia Ristorante in which to enjoy fresh pasta dishes. Or try the authentic pizzas at Via Napoli, the new Italian restaurant that joins Tutto Italia at the Italy pavilion. (Italian, $$)

  • Dine on the edge of a slow-flowing river during sunset at San Angel Inn Restaurante in Mexico. The authentic Mexican fare includes mole poblano, a chicken dish with a traditional ingredient — cocoa. Along World Showcase Lagoon, La Hacienda offers casual dining and a front-row seat for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth each evening. (Mexican, $$). Adjacent is La Cantina for quick-service tacos, margaritas and more. (Mexican, $)

  • A medieval castle in Norway is home to Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, traditional Norwegian cuisine featuring grilled salmon, lamb stew, braised pork and a koltbord with meats and cheeses, seafood and salads. Princess Storybook Dining features Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Aurora, Pocahontas, Mulan, Ariel, Alice and Mary Poppins for a family-style dining experience. (American, Norwegian, $$$)

  • The Le Cellier restaurant in Canada offers a full menu of Canadian foods, including excellent cuts of beef and King salmon. (American, $$$)

Future World, also in Epcot, offers American fare.

  • Garden Grill in The Land pavilion takes visitors on a revolving journey through scenes of Living with the Land while they enjoy family-style character dining at dinner. (American, $$$). Sunshine Seasons offers fast-casual cuisine from grills and rotisseries to an Asian station. (American, $)

Spas at the Walt Disney World Resort

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SensesA Disney Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa ($$$)

SensesA Disney Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort transports guests to a therapeutic haven of pampering and wellness at Walt Disney World Resort.

The two-story, full-service spa is inspired by the healing properties of natural springs that have drawn people for centuries to Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. Senses Spa incorporates the springs, nature and the storyline of health in its design and theme. Design materials and textures, including natural stone, pebbles and rich woodwork, will "connect with the earth and speak to the serenity and tranquility associated with nature," according to Ginger Mclean, spa director.

Guests are greeted with the soothing sounds of a trickling fountain, branch-like fixtures and soft amber lighting setting the mood for this new oasis for rejuvenation and relaxation. Wood floors, stone details and wood-beamed ceilings bring a warm, organic feel to the newly imagined spa and fitness centre.

Walt Disney Imagineers incorporated nature throughout the design using a hummingbird motif showcased in wood carvings and furnishings; alongside authentic Native American artwork.

Each treatment is guided by one of the spa's core themes – relax, renew or imagine – each of which will create a custom experience. All the senses are engaged in an ultimate relaxation experience, plus flavourful and soothing elixirs harmonize with the treatment selected.

A completely redesigned space, SensesA Disney Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort, features 10 treatment rooms offering an array of therapeutic services including water therapy, massage and facials. An intimate couple's room is ideal for honeymooners, or for those who want to relax and spa together.

A glass mosaic tile mural featuring hummingbirds in a nature setting takes center stage in the whirlpool room. There's also heated loungers and a steam room providing relaxation and renewal. A glass doorway leads guests to three manicure and four pedicure stations, a great way to recharge after a day in the theme parks.

SensesA Disney Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa ($$$)

SensesA Disney Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort welcomes Walt Disney World Resort guests to renew and rejuvenate. The spa, owned and operated by Disney, blends Grand Floridian Victorian elegance with modern touches – plus a dash of Disney whimsy.

All the senses are engaged in an ultimate relaxation experience – flavourful and soothing elixirs, colour variations in lighting and Disney orchestral music harmonize with the treatment selected. Spa-goers walk through the new Victorian-style entryway and indulge in the spa's relax, renew, or imagine themes aimed at creating a custom experience. Centrepiece of the spa's lobby and check-in area is an original mural reflecting old Florida landscape and nature.

Fifteen treatment rooms offer pampering services such as water therapy, sugar exfoliation body treatment, warm stone massage, rejuvenating citrus facial, couples' massage and more. The new menu of services also includes a signature 80-minute Grand Floridian treatment featuring a special aromatherapy massage.

Lounges, whirlpools and treatment rooms all provide rejuvenation through the healing nature of Florida citrus and botanicals. Hand crafted glass mosaic tiles in the Jacuzzi rooms further enhance the elegance and sophistication of the spa. Heated lounge chairs there invite spa goers to the ultimate in relaxation in between treatments.

There's a separate room for spa manicures and pedicures with offerings like a restorative hand and foot ritual with Chinese Jasmine oils or a Just for Feet Massage. Even young spa-goers can get the VIP treatment as their toes soak in a playful Mad Hatter themed green pedi chair, just their size. Princess Pedicures or Magical Manicures are for youngsters ages 4-12.

Several of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels also offer fitness centres.

Golf at the Walt Disney World Resort

Disney's Palm Golf Course

This 7,015-yard course is rated four stars by Golf Digest and was completely redesigned by Arnold Palmer Course Design in 2013.

The extensive work included building entirely new green complexes, newly shaped tees, and a completely new bunker design that has modernized this historic golf course. This 18-hole championship course features shimmering lakes, tropical sands, palm trees and sloping greens, providing plenty of challenges for novices and seasoned pros alike.

Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course

Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is a tough challenge to many, offering small, well-bunkered greens that demand accurate shot making. This classic country-club style course winds through pastel villas, pine forests, palmettos and sparkling lakes.

The par-72 has hosted the PGA TOUR, the LPGA Tour and USGA events. Guests can test their skills and fortitude at the demanding 7th hole with its challenging island green. Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course also offers a driving range and practice putting green for guests looking to hone their skills.

Disney's Magnolia Golf Course

As one of the two original Walt Disney World Resort Golf Courses, Disney's Magnolia Golf Course opened in 1971 and immediately became home for a PGA TOUR event. In true PGA TOUR style, this beautifully manicured, par-72 course has all the earmarks of a golfer's paradise: elevated tees and greens, rolling terrain, and a very special sand hazard on the sixth hole that forms the silhouette of Mickey Mouse.

The Joe Lee-designed course is aptly named for its more than 1,500 magnolia trees and is the longest of the Walt Disney World Resort Golf Courses with a yardage of 5,232 yards to 7,516 yards. Stephen Ames of Calgary won the PGA Children's Miracle Network Classic here in 2007.

Private lessons from PGA and LPGA professionals that include video analysis are available to guests at this course. Playing lessons, corporate and group lessons are also offered here.

Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course

Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course is a great place to take the family. The family-play par-36 layout measures 2,913 yards, 2,552 yards from the front tees, and features fairways lined with majestic oak trees. The rolling greens of this walking course boast exciting challenges for more experienced golfers, as well as junior tees for younger golfers.

Operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management, guests will find the Walt Disney World Resort Golf Courses are equipped with everything they need to play a great game while on vacation. Two pro shops feature an impressive selection of golf merchandise such as souvenirs, logo shirts, caps and towels, as well as premium golf clubs rentals for men and women in both right-and left-handed models, and junior clubs are on hand, too. Rental golf shoes are also available, and neither rental shoes nor clubs need to be reserved in advance.

Golf carts are included in guests' greens fee and players are required to use golf carts at the three championship courses. Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course is recommended for guests who prefer to walk the entire course. For guests wanting to freshen up after playing a course, Disney's Lake Buena Vista Clubhouse features locker rooms and showers for no additional fee.

Additional Courses at Walt Disney World Resort

In 2014, The Tranquilo Golf Club at the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort officially opened. The 18-hole championship course is par-71, with a yardage of 6,901 and four sets of tees to accommodate all skill levels. The stunning course pays homage to the resort's Spanish Revival design and tranquil setting, featuring many Southern Live Oak trees with delicate Spanish moss. Family play is encouraged, and the course offers special golf carts that accommodate a family of four.

Insider's Scoop

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"What's Next"

Frozen attraction coming to Epcot (2016) – Lovable sisters Princess Anna and Queen Elsa from the Oscar-winning animated blockbuster hit Frozen are taking guests on a new journey to Arendelle. The new attraction, which is coming to the Norway pavilion at Epcot, will immerse guests in many of their favourite moments and music from the film. A royal greeting location where guests can meet Anna and Elsa is also in the works.

Disney Springs (2016) – The multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, a unique destination that will treat guests to significantly more shopping, dining and entertainment amid beautiful open-air promenades, meandering springs and waterfront charm is currently underway. Disney Springs will feature an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands in a setting inspired by Florida's waterfront towns and natural beauty.

"Rivers of Light" at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park – An innovative show with live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery called "Rivers of Light" will light up the night at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The show will come to life on the stage of the Discovery River, between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest.

AVATAR (2017) – Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment is bringing to life the mythical world of Pandora, inspired by Cameron's AVATAR, at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. The awe-inspiring land of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and soaring Banshees will become real for Disney guests to see, hear and touch.

Look for hidden Mickeys

As millions of guests scurry throughout Walt Disney World Resort to see Mickey Mouse, little do they realize they may be passing him right by. And though the Mickeys they miss are not the life-sized, two-legged and three-fingered variety, they are "Hidden Mickeys" — silhouettes and abstract images of Mickey Mouse cleverly hidden by Disney Imagineers across Walt Disney World.

Hidden Mickeys began as an inside joke among Walt Disney Imagineers, the artists and engineers who design Disney parks and attractions. As word spread of these subtle tributes to Walt's famous mouse, guests sought to find them all.

No one knows how many Hidden Mickeys exist throughout Walt Disney World Resort, since Imagineers have never kept an official roster documenting their existence. In fact, no one knows when the first Hidden Mickey even appeared. And, since attractions are renovated and updated periodically, many have appeared and disappeared through the years. Where the next Hidden Mickey will appear is anyone's guess.

Here are some hints to start your quest for Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World Resort:

Magic Kingdom

  • While the Haunted Mansion boasts "999 Happy Haunts," it also has one "mouse" — a Hidden Mickey formed by an arrangement of dishes on the table in the attraction's banquet scene.

  • A Hidden Mickey enjoys a lazy day on the river in the final scene in Frontierland's Splash Mountain. A pink cloud floating high above the Zip-A-Dee Lady paddlewheeler bears a striking resemblance to a profile of Mickey lying on his back.

Epcot

  • Mickey Mouse has always been the brightest of stars. And at Spaceship Earth in Epcot Future World, Mickey is actually hidden in his own constellation just beyond the attraction's loading area.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • A subtle Hidden Mickey can be found in the supernatural realm of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The young child actress who vanishes from the Hollywood Tower Hotel one stormy night is clutching a Mickey Mouse doll in the attraction's pre-show.

  • Mickey rocks his way into Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Two Hidden Mickeys were placed in the tile floor in the attraction's rotunda area.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Mickey can be "spotted" in the Pizzafari restaurant in the park's Discovery Island. His silhouette can be found on a wall mural, cleverly hidden among leopard spots.

  • Mickey really digs The Boneyard in DinoLand U.S.A. In the woolly mammoth dig site, Mickey has been formed with a fan and two hard hats.

  • There are more than 25 Hidden Mickeys at Rafiki's Planet Watch, with Mickey found hidden in murals, tree trunks and paintings of animals.

Fascinating Facts about the Walt Disney World Resort

Covering nearly 122 square kilometers, Walt Disney World Resort is about the size of Ottawa. Of the nearly 25,000 acres, a third is designated as a wilderness preserve.

Who has a bigger wardrobe – Mickey or Minnie? Surprisingly, it's Mickey, with more than 290 outfits, ranging from his classic red pants to a scuba suit. Minnie has roughly 200 ensembles, including evening gowns and her iconic red and white polka-dot dress.

With millions of visitors annually, it's no wonder the Disney parks are among the most photographed places in the United States. On any given day, Disney's PhotoPass photographers take between 100,000 and 200,000 photos of guests. Photographers are positioned everywhere to capture your perfect moment. The PhotoPass service allows you to view, share and order your Disney photos online and to create Disney products such as photo books and mugs.

More than 75 million Cokes are consumed each year at Walt Disney World Resort along with 13 million bottles of water. Guests also gobble 10 million hamburgers, 6 million hot dogs, 9 million pounds of French fries and more than 300,000 pounds of popcorn.

More than 30 tons of fruits and vegetables grown at The Land pavilion at Epcot are served in Walt Disney World restaurants.

Stormalong Bay, Disney's Beach Club Resort swimming area, holds 750,000 gallons of water, making it the largest sand-bottom pool in the world.

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Who says the fun has to end when the sun goes down? At Walt Disney World Resort, guests can sip, sample and play with summer-only and new premium events, plus special packages that pair with year-round favourites.

Here's what Walt Disney World fun looks like after dark:

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Fantasmic! — Mickey Mouse's imagination comes to life during this nighttime show featuring favourite Disney heroes and villains at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Fantasmic! immerses spectators in Sorcerer Mickey's dreams by using stunning pyrotechnics, laser lights and dramatic effects. This show plays nightly, weather permitting.

Epcot

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth — The story of Earth unfolds dramatically during IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot. In this stunning retelling of Earth's history, lasers, fireworks and water effects leap across the sky around the World Showcase Lagoon each night, weather permitting.

IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party — Enjoy IllumiNations while tasting sweet treats from select World Showcase nations at the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party. Sample Tiramisu from Italy, Vanilla Pot de Crème from France, Shortbread Cookies from the United Kingdom, Traditional Baklava from Morocco, Sugar Dusted Cronis with strawberries and whipped cream from America, and Disney Parks ice cream novelties. Paired with the perfect international sparkling wines, everyone is sure to find something to please their palette.

Magic Kingdom

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular — Skies above Cinderella Castle blaze in all colours as the story of the power of believing unfolds. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom delights guests of all ages, lighting the nighttime sky with dazzling fireworks. Disney favourites like Tinker Bell and Jiminy Cricket even make an appearance during the nightly show.

Main Street Electrical Parade — The streets of Magic Kingdom glow and twinkle as Tinker Bell and friends make their way down Main Street, U.S.A., as part of the beloved Main Street Electrical Parade. The parade, which features more than half a million dancing lights and catchy electronic tunes, has been delighting crowds since 1972. Join Tink and other loveable Disney characters nightly, weather permitting.

Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party — A perfect view of Cinderella Castle and the sights and sounds of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular can only be made sweeter with one thing: dessert. Enjoy the combination of sweets and fireworks at the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom. Tables at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant are brimming with pastries, cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries and many more mouthwatering desserts with a nearly unobstructed view of Cinderella Castle and the sky above. This delicious fun takes place one hour before Wishes is scheduled to begin. (Note: Wishes Nighttime Spectacular can be cancelled or rescheduled without prior notice.)

Special after-dark dining experiences

Discovering nighttime family meals where eating is entertaining has never been more fun. Walt Disney World Resort hotels are home to three guest-favourite dinner shows around property:

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort hosts the Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show which features authentic Polynesian dancing with a cast from the South Pacific. Highlights of "Polynesian Luau" include traditional drumming and music, and dances including the hula. Show times are 5:15 and 8 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Pioneer Hall is one of the longest-running dinner shows in the United States, offering a down-home musical and comical revue with all-you-can-eat barbecue ribs, fried chicken, corn on the cob, strawberry shortcake and beverages. The show times are at 4, 6:15 and 8:30 p.m. nightly.

Mickey's Backyard BBQ offers an all-you-care-to-eat country-western hoedown at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Pavilion. Set in Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer's old stompin' grounds, the covered pavilion hosts this outdoor picnic where kids and adults alike can line dance alongside their favourite Disney characters with toe-tapping beats from a live country-western band. This dinner show is only offered on select nights from March through December.

Downtown Disney

At Downtown Disney West Side, a hip corner of Downtown Disney, nightlife is hot, hot, hot. Downtown Disney West Side features some of the world's most exciting restaurants, nightclubs and shopping adventures. The fantasy of Cirque du Soleil comes to life twice nightly, five days a week with La Nouba. Live performances by chart-topping musical groups are on the menu along with authentic Mississippi Delta cuisine at House of Blues. A taste of Miami's South Beach sizzles at Downtown Disney with Bongos Cuban Café, which is backed by superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband/producer, Emilio. AMC Downtown Disney 24 Theatres includes six Fork & Screen dine-in theatres featuring menu items from quesadillas to flatbread pizzas. And Splitsville, America's Bowling Alley features 30 lanes, two kitchens, a dramatic balcony, ample outdoor seating, billiard tables and live entertainment.

Disney's BoardWalk

At nightfall, Disney's BoardWalk captures the charm of yesteryear at the mid-Atlantic seashore. Take a stroll down the twinkling boardwalk, rent surrey bikes, try out amusing carnival games or visit themed restaurants and showplaces. Jellyrolls and Atlantic Dance Hall open their doors to folks looking to sing-along or boogie the night away.

Extra Magic Hours

With Extra Magic Hours, Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests are offered exclusive time in a Walt Disney World theme park one hour prior to scheduled park opening or for up to two hours after park closing. The park varies from day to day. In addition, Disney water parks sometimes open one hour early for guests of select Disney resort hotels. To take advantage of the additional time in the parks, resort guests must have a valid park ticket for the park(s) offering Extra Magic Hours and Resort I.D.

After-dark choices are endless – and endlessly exciting – at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Extra Magic Hours

Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels enjoy extra time in the parks before they open and after they close! Each day, select attractions are open longer at one of the theme parks. Each day, it's a different park, so plan accordingly. To see when Extra Magic Hours are offered for each park, check the Times Guide available from the Lobby Concierge or in the Welcome Folder received at check-in.

Your entire party needs to show their valid theme park ticket and Resort I.D. to enjoy the Extra Magic Hours benefit.

Disney FastPass+

Disney FastPass+ service lets you reserve access to select attractions, entertainment and more. By using FastPass+, you can avoid waiting in standby queues at designated popular attractions in all four Walt Disney World theme parks. You can reserve access to favourite FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences before leaving home — or in the parks — giving you more time to explore and enjoy Walt Disney World. And the best part? There is no extra charge for this complimentary benefit.

Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can enjoy first access to reserve a selection of Disney FastPass+ attractions, shows and more—up to 60 days before you arrive! Valid theme park admission required.

Plan your day with the informative maps

Theme park guide maps (available in English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese) and times guides for shows, character greetings, parades and fireworks are available at Guest Relations locations in each park and at the check-in desk of your Disney Resort hotel.

Play games at DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park

DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park in Downtown Disney is so much fun, you may have trouble dragging the whole family away. As long as everyone meets the height requirement, there are five floors of fun fuelled by Disney's innovation and imagination.

Plan to be there all day to enjoy the Animation Academy, where you learn to draw like a pro. There's also a life-size pinball game, where you become part of the action, and a virtual raft ride that takes you swiftly down a prehistoric river. You may even get splashed!

Fun beyond the theme parks!

If you want to spend a day away from the theme parks, there's still plenty of fun to be had at Walt Disney World Resort. Choose between a mountain ski retreat and a tropical getaway to take the proverbial plunge into water fun at two of the most popular water parks in North America. Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park offers all the spine-chilling thrills of a northern ski resort, whether it's bobsledding down the "snowy" slopes of Mt. Gushmore or plunging straight down Summit Plummet at up to 55 mph. Like a surfside playground left behind by a "great storm" for modern-day Swiss Family Robinsons, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park features breaking waves, saltwater snorkeling pool, and a water coaster thrill ride attraction with gushing water surges.

During the spring, summer and fall vacation periods, both parks are open daily, offering a cool break from theme park fun. Admission tickets can be purchased at each park or added onto Disney's Magic Your Way ticket with the Water Park Fun & More add-on option.

You can also enjoy an endless variety of recreational activities that range from the thrill of high-intensity action to the delight of quiet relaxation. Recreation options include archery, bicycling, boat rentals, tennis, horseback riding, water sports, specialty cruises and miniature golf.

Transportation & getting around

As a Disney Resort hotel guest, you can skip baggage claim with Disney's Magical Express, a complimentary roundtrip service that whisks you between Orlando International Airport and select Disney Resort hotels via deluxe motorcoach and provides luggage delivery service to your Resort hotel.

Motor coaches, ferryboats and the world-famous monorail make getting around Walt Disney World Resort easy. Complimentary parking is also available to guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Feast, then Fantasmic!

Want to treat the family to a mouthwatering lunch or dinner and VIP seats for Fantasmic!? Make lunch or dinner reservations at The Hollywood Brown Derby, Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano or dinner only at Hollywood and Vine in Disney's Hollywood Studios. You can pick up your VIP voucher for Fantasmic! at the time of your meal. Plan to arrive for Fantasmic! seating 20 to 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Best spots to watch the parade

Everyone loves a parade, and Disney is the best in the business. The characters and dancers mix and mingle and make everyone feel special. You can reserve access to special viewing areas for parades with Disney FastPass+.

Just for Grownups

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They grew up with Walt Disney World. But they haven't outgrown Walt Disney World.

As Boomers have grown up, so has Walt Disney World Resort. From one Magic Kingdom to a nearly 122-square-kilometre vacation destination consisting of theme parks, water parks, resort hotels, Downtown Disney nightlife/shopping/entertainment district and other magical attractions and recreational centres.

Now that they've paid off the mortgage or maybe the kids' college tuition, it's their time. And what better way for Boomers to spend it than to revisit and remember the magic of Walt Disney World Resort?

"Disney has been catering to adult sensibilities for a long time," observed Jill Safro, editor of Birnbaum's Walt Disney World Without Kids. "In keeping with the spirit of the World that Walt built, there are no age limits here. Lots of adults are descending on the parks with notions that are vastly different from those of the parental persuasion."

Guests can relive their fantasy-filled youth and ride Space Mountain like they did 20 years ago. Eat around the world in one day. Drop in on the classic Star Wars trilogy on Star Tours – the Adventures Continue. Or plummet in a free-falling elevator in The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror — just to prove to the kids they are hip as ever.

Here are some Disney best bets with a "grown-up" slant:

Resorts

Disney's BoardWalk is a whole district of dining, entertainment and recreation that might have shifted 700 miles south. A broad wooden boardwalk on a waterfront is the "main drag" of the resort complex. Stroll the boardwalk or rent a peddle-driven surrey bike built for two or four. Taste the micro-brewed beers of Big River Grille & Brewing Works. Dance the night away in the elegant Atlantic Dance ballroom. The whole scene evokes the charm of early Mid-Atlantic coastal inns.

"A forested wonder" — that's the way Birnbaum's Walt Disney World: The Official Guide depicts Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. It is more than 700 acres of cypress and pine forest that have been carefully laid out as a campground with nearly 1,200 sites. It's a home-away-from-home for everyone from tent campers to folks who prefer one of the Wilderness Cabins complete with fully equipped kitchens, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and housekeeping service. There is a white sand beach and a marina on Bay Lake, a nature trail and waterways for fishing. Canoeing and pedal boating complete this idyllic vacation setting.

Imagine times and places long ago and sometimes far away. The fantasy experiences for which the Walt Disney World theme parks are world-famous extend to the resorts. Across Seven Seas Lagoon from Magic Kingdom are ports of call that welcome guests to the South Seas (Disney's Polynesian Village Resort) and 19th century South Florida (Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa). Some of the other adventures: the old New England seaside (Disney's Beach Club Resort and Disney's Yacht Club Resort), the heyday of the mid-Atlantic shore (Disney's BoardWalk), America's great western parks (Disney's Wilderness Lodge), the American Southwest (Disney's Coronado Springs Resort), the Old South (Disney's Port Orleans Resort), exotic Africa (Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge) and the fads and crazes of the 20th century (Disney's Pop Century Resort).

Recreation

If golf's your game, Walt Disney World Resort has days' worth of challenges that have helped earn the Resort a distinction as one of the country's top golf resorts. Veteran designer Joe Lee was architect of the Magnolia, Palm and Lake Buena Vista Golf Courses, while the championship 18-hole Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando was designed by Tom Fazio.

Tennis, anyone? Walt Disney World Resort answers with nine locations of the finest courts in Central Florida.

For guests who love the great outdoors, adventures abound by land or by sea. There are trails for jogging, biking and horseback riding. And for fun on the water, guests can skim across Walt Disney World waterways aboard a personal Sea Raycer watercraft. These modern-looking mini-powerboats make waves as they cut through open water. Sailboats, pontoon boats, canopy boats, pedal boats, rowboats and canoes are also available rentals at select Walt Disney World marinas.

Even sports fishermen's dreams come true at Walt Disney World Resort. Guests on BASS-guided fishing excursions routinely catch bass weighing 2 to 8 pounds. And BASS fishing participants at Walt Disney World Resort receive a one-year BASS membership, including 11 issues of Bassmaster Magazine, special discounts and more.

Relaxing and Eating

Breakfast can be a civilized great adventure if you know the menu. Some ways to start the day at Walt Disney World Resort: Eggs Benedict served with a petit filet or choron sauce (The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney's Contemporary Resort); thick French toast stuffed with bananas (Kona Cafe at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort); a traditional American Western feast of scrambled eggs, waffles and sausage (Whispering Canyon Café at Disney's Wilderness Lodge).

Need a lunch break? If you're spending the day in Magic Kingdom, at lunchtime hop on the monorail for a quick trip to Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where you'll experience a great meal and a nice change of pace.

Dinner is a regal occasion at Victoria & Albert's, an intimate dining room that seats about 60 in the main dining room at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Elegant touches include Royal Doulton china, Cristofle silver and Riedel crystal. Culinary offerings are created daily with the best available fresh ingredients. The coveted Chef's Table provides a front-row seat for the slicing and dicing.

Indulgence knows no boundaries with the pampering guests receive at the two full-service spas at Walt Disney World Resort. SensesA Disney Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort combines Disney's expertise in service with natural spa therapies from around the world. SensesA Disney Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort offers 15 treatment rooms for massage, herbal wraps and aromatherapy.

Nightlife

Downtown Disney West Side, a hip corner of Downtown Disney, features some of the world's most exciting restaurants, nightclubs and shopping adventures. Highlights include Cirque du Soleil, House of Blues, Wolfgang Puck Café, Bongos Cuban Café and AMC Downtown Disney 24 Theatres – which includes six Fork & Screen dine-in theatres featuring menu items from quesadillas to flatbread pizzas. Splitsville, America's Bowling Alley features 30 lanes, two kitchens, a dramatic balcony, ample outdoor seating, billiard tables and live entertainment. Watch a dazzling fireworks show. Choose between Wishes at Magic Kingdom and IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot. Or catch Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios or the Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom as they light up the night sky.

Theme Parks

Take a grand circle tour of Magic Kingdom aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad, churn along Rivers of America aboard a Liberty Square riverboat ("Liberty Belle") and catch a ride on a horse-drawn trolley down Main Street, U.S.A.

Recreate memories revisiting the classic attractions of Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom — "it's a small world"; Peter Pan's Flight; Prince Charming Regal Carrousel; The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh; "Mickey's PhilharMagic" 3-D spectacular. The unprecedented Dumbo the Flying Elephant – featuring not one, but two attractions, flying in opposite directions – in Fantasyland, part of the largest expansion project in park history. Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Gaston's Tavern and Ariel's Grotto are all great ways to feel young at heart.

Epcot World Showcase features 11 nations of the world in architecture, dining, art and history exhibits, entertainment and shopping. A tree-lined promenade encircling a peaceful lagoon is the byway connecting the countries: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada.

In the Future World section of Epcot, Boomers can get lofty on Soarin' — a breathtaking, wind-in-your-hair experience simulating flight over the natural wonders of California. Riders are softly lifted 40 feet into an 80-foot projection screen dome that fills their field of vision with the spectacle of the Golden State.

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is an annual six-week-long rite of autumn celebrating the food, beverages and cultures from more than 25 regions.

The gardens of Epcot are never brighter than during the months of March through May, when guests discover the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. There are lectures, demonstrations and gardens ablaze with colorful displays from the entrance plaza to the far reaches of World Showcase.

The heyday of Hollywood is captured in the architecture of Disney's Hollywood Studios. The park has its own Hollywood and Vine, and also a Sunset Boulevard that recalls the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown. The trip down memory lane is completed by The Great Movie Ride, a ride through famous moments from the big screen, and The Hollywood Brown Derby, where the famous Cobb salad of the former Vine Street restaurant is alive and well along with the interior design of the one-time hangout of Hollywood stars. Boomers who grooved to '70s rock will want to take a spin on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Immerse yourself in the classic Star Wars trilogy with 50 possible story combinations on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.

Unleash your inner explorer with a day at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Up-close encounters with exotic animals and adventures of the prehistoric kind await guests at this theme park that sprawls across 400 acres. The park's largest attraction, Kilimanjaro Safaris, is an incredible journey across an "African savannah" where hundreds of animals roam free.

Timing your visit for the cooler months and away from the peaks of family vacationing can add to the comfort of the adventure. Prime time for family vacations is when the kids are out of school — during the summer months of June, July and August, around major holidays and spring break late February to mid-April.

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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (January)

This annual event features a 26.2-mile adventure race through all four Disney theme parks – Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and a half marathon. Also included in the weekend is Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, which combines Saturday's half marathon and Sunday's full marathon for 39.3 miles of fun, a two-day health expo and a 5K.

Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend (February)

The predominantly women's half marathon brings women of all ages together to celebrate all the qualities a princess possesses. The weekend features a two-day health and fitness expo geared towards women, a family fun run 5k and kids' races. New in 2013 are the Disney Enchanted 10K and Glass Slipper Challenge, where participants run the 10K and half marathon over the course of 2 days.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March to May)

Future World and World Showcase are blooming with more than 30 million colourful blossoms, interactive garden activities for kids and workshops with national gardening experts during this annual spring festival at Epcot. While exploring the themed gardens, guests can taste sweets and savories from about a dozen food-and-beverage marketplaces surrounding the World Showcase Lagoon.

Star Wars Weekends (May/June)

For several weekends each summer, Disney's Hollywood Studios turns into a giant Star Wars fan-fest with up-close meet-and-greets for guests with their favourite characters and actors from the film series as well as interactive games, parades, music and fun for the whole family.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (September to October)

A separately ticketed family-friendly fright-fest in Magic Kingdom featuring a children's parade, trick-or-treating throughout the park, face painting, and more.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (September to November)

Savour fine wines and delectable cuisine during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival featuring live entertainment, guest chefs, culinary demonstrations, seminars and winemaker dinners.

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend (November)

The ultimate "Runners' Night Out" features a half marathon at night. After finishing, runners and their guests can celebrate their accomplishment at an exclusive after hours party inside the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. The weekend also includes kids' races, a family fun run 5K and a health and fitness expo.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (November to January)

This holiday light display on the Disney's Hollywood Studios backlot features millions of sparkling holiday bulbs designed by Arkansas businessman and philanthropist Jennings Osborne as a gift to his daughter and the guests of Walt Disney World Resort.

Holiday Splendor (November to January)

Walt Disney World Resort is all aglitter during the holiday season with dazzling lights, spirited song and even snow flurries. Here's what's in store: Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom; Candlelight Processional at Epcot; plus caroling, tree lighting ceremonies and visits by Santa.

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Cool fun for teens

Thrill-seeking teens can brace themselves for action-packed, hair-raising and pulse-racing adventures at Walt Disney World Resort.

Throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, guests can encounter the mysterious and fearsome yeti, skin-tautening acceleration during a simulated rocket launch, a faster-than-gravity drop inside an elevator shaft, a water-splashed plunge along one of the world's longest and fastest flume rides, and a race through the longest ride ever in Walt Disney World history.

Here's a sampling of the white-knuckle thrills:

  • Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park takes guests on a perilous journey aboard a runaway train through the Himalayan Mountains. Adventurous riders push deep into the lair of the feared yeti, guardian of the forbidden mountain. En route, they encounter torn tracks, spiral backwards through darkness and fog into an ice cavern, and dart into and out of the mountain in a high-speed adventure.

  • Mission: SPACE, the most technologically advanced attraction ever created by Disney, is pinning the needle of the Epcot excitement meter with an Earth-to-Mars adventure featuring a roaring liftoff that generates the true-to-life sensation of launching vertically.

  • Disney's Hollywood Studios rocks like never before with the hip Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Aboard 24-passenger cars configured as stretch limos, this indoor, high-speed thriller blasts guests on a rockin musical journey with twists, turns and multiple inversions through movieland.

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios added a frightening twist to the already terrorizing scream machine. Special effects, lighting, musical score and accelerated speeds plummet guests 13 stories, again and again, making the popular attraction scarier than ever.

  • At Epcot, Disney's Test Track Presented by Chevrolet really takes guests for a ride. The longest and fastest ride ever in Walt Disney World history, Test Track screeches through a 150,000-square-foot pavilion with hairpin turns, spirals and spins, with speeds revving to 65 mph. Riders in test vehicles zoom into the exclusive world of automobile testing in an exhilarating mile-long adventure.

  • A peaceful journey through the prehistoric world of dinosaurs turns into a pulse-racing blast through DINOSAUR at DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. An all-terrain Time Rover whisks travelers on a turbulent trek back 65 million years to a world filled with frightening close encounters with extraordinary dinosaurs, fiery asteroids and meteor showers.

  • There are chills, thrills, spills and non-stop excitement throughout Magic Kingdom Park. A must-see classic thriller coaster, Space Mountain, rockets through the Space Age in Tomorrowland. In Frontierland, guests on Splash Mountain hold on for a splashtacular 87-foot drop at 40 mph — one of the world's longest, steepest flume drops.

Multigenerational families find there's something for everyone at Walt Disney World Resort

Multigenerational travel brings the entire family together to enjoy exciting adventures and make memories to last a lifetime. There is no more welcoming place than Walt Disney World Resort.

"Walt Disney World celebrates the endearing relationship that exists between grandparents and grandchildren," said Sarah Sinoff, director of marketing strategy. "An adventure between grandparents and their grandchildren is like none other and the everyday doesn't apply."

From Disney's world-class attractions in the theme parks and water parks, to character dining, to time at the themed Resort hotels, to recreation fun and more, there's plenty of magic for guests to enjoy together.

Some of the highlights appealing to multigenerational families include:

  • Magic Kingdom: Fantasyland, "it's a small world" and the Wishes Fireworks Spectacular are some of the must-do's for families. Families will delight in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade and the family coaster Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

  • Epcot: Families can go Soarin', explore 11 countries in World Showcase, and close the evening with the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks spectacular.

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park: Explore Kilimanjaro Safaris, DinoLand U.S.A. and "Festival of the Lion King," as well as close encounters with fascinating wildlife at every turn.

  • Disney's Hollywood Studios: Toy Story Midway Mania for friendly family competition, and Fantasmic! Nighttime extravaganza.

  • Disney's Water Parks: Splash into fun at two water parks – Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon – where families can enjoy play areas designed especially for little ones, scenic lazy rivers and family raft rides such as Teamboat Springs where up to six guests can get in on the action.

  • Character dining: From Chef Mickey's, to Cinderella's Royal Table at Cinderella Castle, to many more opportunities in the parks and resorts, large groups can delight in an immersive character dining experience together.

  • MyMagic+: MyMagic+ is an innovative new way for families visiting Walt Disney World Resort to make the most of their stay by providing more planning and customization tools than ever before. With features such as FastPass+ and Memory Maker, it's easier than ever to enjoy time together and capture memories with the people who matter most.

Theme Parks

Each of the four Walt Disney World theme parks offers many experiences that are perfect for preschoolers, and children under 3 years of age get free entry into Disney theme parks.

Some of the highlights:

  • Magic Kingdom — In Fantasyland: Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Princess Fairytale Hall, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Barnstormer, Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station. Other options at Magic Kingdom: Mickey's PhilharMagic, Peter Pan's Flight, Mad Tea Party, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, "it's a small world", The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Disney Character Greetings.

  • EpcotThe Seas with Nemo and Friends; Turtle Talk with Crush; Journey Into Imagination with Figment; Kidcot Fun Stops; Gran Fiesta tour starring the Three Caballeros; The Circle of Life; Innoventions; Disney Character Greetings.

  • Disney's Animal KingdomFinding Nemo-The Musical; Kilimanjaro Safaris; TriceraTop Spin; Pangani Forest Exploration Trail; Maharajah Jungle Trek; Rafiki's Planet Watch and Affection Section; Wilderness Explorers interactive experience; Disney Character Greetings.

  • Disney's Hollywood StudiosBeauty and the Beast-Live on Stage; Disney Junior-Live on Stage!; Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show; Toy Story Midway Mania!; Voyage of the Little Mermaid; Muppet*Vision 3D; Disney Character Greetings.

Dining

Most Disney restaurants offer children's menus, plus crayons and colouring books to keep kids entertained. Character dining—where a cast of characters visits guests' tables while they eat—is a great way to introduce little ones to Disney Characters.

Dine with your favourite Disney characters

Breakfast with Donald Duck, lunch with Mickey Mouse and dinner with the Disney princesses — that might comprise a perfect day for some young visitors to Walt Disney World Resort. The lovable Disney characters get up close for photos and autographs at special dining experiences in the theme parks and resorts. Meals generally are buffet style, and every character promises a stop at each table.

Magical makeovers

At Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a Fairy Godmother-in-training will transform the little princess in your life with a wave of her magic wand. Girls ages 3-12 can select their hairstyle, make-up, nail colour, accessories and a Disney princess costume, if they wish, in this enchanted beauty salon. Little princes can even join in on the fun too, as Fairy Godmothers-in-training can transform them into heroic knights. There are two boutique locations to choose from, one inside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom and one at Downtown Disney inside the World of Disney retail store.

Everything at Walt Disney World Resort is fun, and haircuts are no exception! Whether it's your first haircut or your hundredth, the friendly and experienced barbers at Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom will entertain you while making sure you look amazing. You may even be treated to the musical talents of the Dapper Dans, Disney's very own barbershop quartet! And there's a special My First Haircut package for children that includes commemorative Mickey Ears and a certificate. You can drop anchor in Adventureland with your favourite Disney pirates at Magic Kingdom for The Pirates League, featuring makeovers that turn theme park guests into savvy swashbucklers. Depending on the pirate package, a trained Pirate Master can transform boys, girls (ages 3 and up) and grownups into pirates, buccaneers and maidens using facial effects, fake scars, removable teeth, hats, bandanas and other costume accessories.

Play miniature golf at the Walt Disney World Resort

Miniature golf is fun for the whole family at two locations at Walt Disney World Resort.

  • At Fantasia Gardens near the Epcot resort area, hippos dance, fountains leap and broomsticks march at this miniature golf adventure. Choose the 18-hole Fantasia Gardens for a fantastic escapade complete with music and interactive obstacles from Disney's classic film Fantasia. Experienced golfers can challenge the 18-hole Fantasia Fairways, complete with par-three and par-four holes ranging in length from 40 to 75 feet long.

  • Disney's Winter Summerland, a 36-hole miniature golf course, is located near the entrance to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park. This interactive miniature golf experience is fun for the whole family. The whimsical courses feature two wacky 18-hole adventures. The Winter Course features an ice castle and a trip to the North Hole. In the Summer Course, experience fun in the sun with a visit to Santa on the Winternet. Both courses provide exhilarating family entertainment.

Play games at DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park

Create your own adventures in this one-of-a-kind indoor interactive Theme Park bursting with games that give "state-of-the-art" new meaning. Discover five floors exploding with cutting-edge technology, virtual reality and 3-D experiences - all fueled by Disney innovation and imagination. The entry portal, Ventureport, leads to four different zones: the Explore Zone, a virtual Adventureland; the Score Zone, for superhero quests; the Create Zone, for artistic endeavors; and the Replay Zone for nostalgic fun.

Travelling with Small Children

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A family vacation to Walt Disney World Resort can be a magical experience that you will treasure forever – but a few tips to help it run more smoothly can make it feel like a vacation for you, too…

  • Stroller Rentals – stroll in style with Disney as you skip the hassle of bringing a stroller from home! Take advantage of single and multi-day stroller rentals—available at all four Walt Disney World theme park entrances. Look for the stroller symbol on each park guidemap.

  • Baby Care Centres – forgot sunscreen, diapers or other family essentials? Visit a Baby Care Centre to stock up on many of the items you might need for your little ones. Great for those with infants, toddlers and preschoolers looking for a place to rest, relax or have a snack in each of the four theme parks. There's also a private room for nursing mothers and a waiting room for the rest of the family. Check out your park guidemap or ask a Cast Member for more location information.

  • Rider Swap – This handy service is available at select Walt Disney World Resort attractions and allows Guests to take turns waiting with youngsters too young or too small to ride a certain attraction, then "switch" with another adult Guest from their party to experience the attraction without standing in line twice. See a Cast Member at the attraction for additional information.

When staying at a Disney Resort hotel, it's a short trip back to the room for a nap before returning to the Park to watch fireworks at night! Disney Resort hotels, designed with little ones in mind, also offer:

  • Pack 'n Play Playard or crib in each room or available upon request.

  • In-room child care for ages 6 months to 12 years – in partnership with independent childcare provider Kids Nite out.

  • Some Resort hotels have fun-filled Child Activity Centres for ages 3 to 12.

Kid-friendly recreation. All Disney Resort hotels feature kiddie pools (in addition to full-size pools) and many have playgrounds. Some even feature kids-only activities.

Best spots to watch the parade

Everyone loves a parade, and Disney is the best in the business. The characters and dancers mix and mingle and make everyone feel special. You can reserve access to special viewing areas for parades with Disney FastPass+.

Fun with little ones

From first words to first steps to the first day of school, there are so many special "firsts" for families with little ones to experience.

Here are some Disney highlights for guests traveling with little ones that are sure to add to the many "firsts" in their preschoolers' lives:

Resorts

  • Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel keeps guests in the middle of the magic. With themed pools, walking paths and complimentary activities such as Movies Under the Stars, Walt Disney World Resort hotels can provide a great retreat for a relaxing break or even a little one's afternoon nap during a day of fun in the Disney theme parks.

  • With complimentary round-trip airport transportation—Disney's Magical Express—guests and their belongings are whisked away from Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World Resort. This special shuttle/baggage delivery service is available for guests booking vacations that include overnight stays at Disney hotels at Walt Disney World Resort.

  • When parents need a night out, Children's Activity Centres can be found at five convenient locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort and provide supervised child care for children ages 3-12 years. Centres include arts & crafts, video and board games, Disney movies, dinner and activities. Hours are 4:30 p.m.-midnight daily, with an hourly rate charged per child (ages 3-12, toilet trained).

  • Walt Disney World Resort hotels partner with independent childcare provider Kids Nite Out to provide guests with another option for a night out without the little ones.