Top sights and sounds at Walt Disney World Resort

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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.