As I’ve mentioned, I’m jetting off to Walt Disney World today. I woke up promptly at 6 a.m. (we are not leaving for several, several hours).
My previous post shared trying new things at Disney, something I like to do every time I go. Below, though, I’ve shared some of the old favorites I can’t miss. Nostalgia makes the heart grow fonder, right?
This is our absolute favorite restaurant. The theming is spot-on, and the food is always delicious. We are spending our anniversary dinner here! My favorite? Chicken Parm (I don’t eat beef/pork, so the classic spaghetti and meatballs is a no go for me). I previously wrote a review of Tony’s here.
2. Dumbo the Flying Elephant –
Probably my first favorite Disney ride, Dumbo never disappoints, and it’s a Disneyland/WDW original. Plus, you get great views of Fantasyland and Storybook Circus. With the expanded Dumbo ride at WDW, wait time has improved. Plus, there’s rarely a long wait late at night at Magic Kingdom.
3. Dole Whips –
Dole Whips, available at Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom and (new) Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Animal Kingdom. Soft serve pineapple ice cream from the kings of pineapple, Dole, is a must. I always opt for the Dole Whip Float, soft serve pineapple ice cream served on top of fresh pineapple juice. Dole Whips and Dole Whip Floats both count as snacks on the Disney Dining Plan!
4. Space Mountain as many times as possible –
I love riding Space Mountain over and over (and over and over) again. I remember waiting forever to be able to ride it (I was a short child and a short adult). When I finally could, I was amazed. The darkness makes it incredible, and the last drop (you know what I’m talking about) makes me scream every time. If you’re lucky, sometimes a cast member will let you ride it back to back without getting back in line. It pays to be friendly!
5. Soarin’ – I’ve been giving the MK a lot of love, but my favorite Disney attraction of all time is Soarin’. I rode it for the first time at the ride’s original home in Disney’s California Adventure before Soarin’ opened a second location at Epcot. I was upset to see Food Rocks go (there was something special and nostalgic about this musical concerning nutrition), but I loved gaining Soarin’. The technology, images and music (which played at our wedding) are perfect. I cry every time.
6. Spaceship Earth
An Epcot original (that’s sensed been reimagined), Spaceship Earth is visually amazing and one of the most iconic park figures. The ride inside, narrated by the lovely Judi Dench, celebrated human innovation (or communication, depending on if you accept the update or not. Communication is the original theme, as the ride was once sponsored by AT&T). As a journalism major and media professional, the excitement of the printing press and the first newspapers are my favorite parts of the ride.
These are just a few of my Disney favorites. Be sure to follow along on Instagram (@tarabulburton) to see my trip!