My family and I LOVE Disney – we are huge fans of anything and everything Disney. When we go we like to do special things that are unique to that trip. One year we did Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and my husband test drove Ferrari’s/Lamborghini’s when the Walt Disney World Speedway was still open. This year we did Mickey’s Christmas Party.
5 unique things to do at Disney World
1. Caricature Family Drawing
My family and I were having a bit of a lazy morning during our last vacation. We stayed up late the night before – we stayed in Magic Kingdom until midnight. So, the next morning we slept in, had a rather late breakfast (around 10:30 am) and the kids decided to play in the arcade after we ate. While the kids were playing in the arcade, my husband and I sat outside in the hallway drinking our hot tea and near us was a little area where this extremely talented artist was making Caricature Drawings. Now, my family and I LOVE caricature drawings. We’ve had several done over the years in Time Square in NYC. I looked at my husband and said: “we are doing this!” I chatted with the artist for a few minutes to learn about what we could have done and then went to find my kids in the arcade. The kids were definitely on board and we all decided we would do a Star Wars theme. I went with Padme, my husband went with a Sandtrooper, my daughter decided to be Princess Leia and my son went with a Death Trooper. Our artist Vanessa (who is incredibly talented) was super fun to work with. She inspired both of my children to learn more about caricature drawing. We bought the “How to draw” book and my kids have been drawing daily! So thank you, Vanessa!!!
2. Caring For Giants
Caring for Giants is a tour in Animal Kingdom’s Africa near the Kilimanjaro Safari. It’s an hour-long tour that is $30 per person (including children). You get to go behind the scenes of the Safari where the elephants are. You are literally hundreds of feet away! The view is just breathtaking! Not only do you get to see the elephants but the cast members teach you interesting facts about the elephants on the property and about elephants in general. To learn more about it click here.
3. Star Wars Jedi Training Academy
Now of course, being HUGE Star Wars fans, my kiddos did this almost 3 years ago when they were little! THEY LOVED IT! As parents, we loved every second of it. The training is free but you have to get to Hollywood Studios early to sign-up. You can’t use a Fast Pass or sign-up online. It has to be done in person the same day. My daughter has sadly aged-out since Disney has updated the experience. My kids really wanted to fight Kylo Ren when we were there during Thanksgiving break. But, my son didn’t want to sign-up without his sister. I’m so thankful we were able to see our kiddos battle Darth Vader years ago. To learn more about this super popular experience check out UnderCover Tourist blog post – it’s a really great read.
4. Disney’s exclusive Cirque Du Soleil show, La Nouba
My family and I saw this show about 3 years ago and it was spectacular! We bought the “Golden Circle” Tickets priced around $600 for my family of four, but, we wanted to make sure we had a magical experience and we did! It was absolutely worth every penny! My kids were 13 and 7 years old at the time and they loved every second of it! The show is like watching someone’s dream come to life – it’s bright, colorful, bizarre and really entertaining! **The show is sadly taking its final bow at the end of December 2017.**
5. All nighter in the Arcade
During our last visit to Disney we stayed in a newly refurbished room at Pop Century (which we LOVED!) and on one of the nights that we were there the arcade was FREE ALL NIGHT! Say, what?! My family and I are huge gamers and being in an arcade playing all night for free is like a DREAM COME TRUE! More Disney Magic! I went straight for Mrs. Pacman and played for over 3 hours trying to beat the high score and I was almost there until the game zapped out! Ugh. Yep. Even Disney can’t stop the age ol’ Zap from a 1981 arcade game. BUT… my son made it onto the leaderboard for the Giant Space Invaders game. He was soo proud! My family and I had a blast spending several hours playing all the different video games and meeting some pretty cool fellow gamers.
What are some of your favorite things to do? Let me know in the comments below.