Tuesday, March 1, 2016

12 Things To Do At Walt Disney World

Happy Tuesday! Literally this time next week I will be home y'all - I am counting down the days before I leave for Disney. If you've been following Pick Your Beau for a while now you probably know that last year I did an internship with Disney and left this past January. A lot has changed since then and between my 18 credit hours and practically full time job I have been itching to get back to being able to play in the parks all day and visit Cava De Tequila anytime I wanted. 

This past week I've been thinking a lot about how much I loved my time there working for the company, and realized I never actually shared what I loved so much about it. That being said, today I wanted to share with you the 12 tips and tricks you must absolutely do next time you visit Walt Disney World from an old cast member:
Ride both the Monorail and the Ferryboat // Y'all I had to put this one first. Long story short Magic Kingdom was actually designed that you (as a guest) have to park off site and then take one of their three modes of transportation to the park. I highly, highly, highly recommend taking both the monorail and ferryboat on your way in and out of Magic Kingdom. They both share a very near and dear place in my heart. They're both about a six minute ride (so believe it or not the monorail is truly not that much faster), you'll be able to take some amazing family photos from the ferryboat and won't be able to stop looking out the window in the monorail. 

Drink Around the World (21+) // Drinking around the world is a time honored tradition at Epcot where you with your friends have a drink in each one of the 11 countries. I will let you know ahead of time that (A) it's a lot so please be careful and (B) at about $10-$15 a drink it gets expensive very quickly. I did this on my 21st birthday and have been itching to do another, it was such a blast going through the showcase! Bonus points if you hit Cava De Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion, and order a"Tornado" in the Morocco Pavilion. It's not on the menu but trust me, they'll know exactly what you're talking about. 

People usually recommend you start on the Canada side rather than the Mexico side, but I started in Mexico (liquor before beer, in the clear) and skipped every other country, then went back later in the day to finish. This (plus a LOT) of water really helped make it all the way! I've also heard from the Boardwalk area (near France) is a great place to start. 

Take Photos in Front of the Castle // I truly believe you can't not walk into Magic Kingdom and take at least one photo of the castle. Cinderella's Castle is my favorite out of all of them (also Paris's castle is absolutely stunning) and it makes the perfect scenic backdrop. Just remember to leave your selfie stick in the car as you won't be allowed in with it!

See the Carousel of Progress // I've found guest either absolutely love it or absolutely hate it. I'm on the love side, and if you ask any cast member they'll tell you it was the only attraction Walt had actually touched throughout the park. 

Ride the Mountain Range // This is a extremely fun Disney challenge, just make sure you're giving yourself enough time/planning your fast passes well enough to do everything if you're visiting during the busy season (March - September). Essentially you ride all three of the "mountains" the same day: Space Mountain in Tomorrowland, Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain in Frontierland. Bonus points if you're able to ride Seven Dwarves (if you can get a fastpass, get it! Usual wait is about 90+ minutes).

Explore Kilimanjaro Safari // Though you would never guess it, Disney's Animal Kingdom is actually it's largest park purely because of how large the safari is. If you look at a map it's seriously a third of the park, it's incredible. It's a real safari type attraction and it should be the first thing you should do when you go to Animal Kingdom. The trick to it though is always go in the morning, as that's when the animals are active and you'll be able to see a lot more - ideal time being before 11. I think this was actually my mom's favorite thing we did both times she came to visit me, just be careful with any loose items if you're sitting near the edges of the trucks - I couldn't tell you how many people I saw drop their phones!

Have a Meal on the Hub Grass // My go to was always a turkey leg or chicken nuggets. Disney food for the most part is actually really good food when it comes to park food, whether you're doing a quick service or a sit down. I used to get lunch and go sit on the hub all the time to people watch before work, and it's a great place to take a little breather and soak it all in.

Watch Wishes // Illuminations is great, don't get me wrong, but Wishes will make you feel all sorts of things. Wishes is Magic Kingdom's signature firework show (they do it every night, times will vary depending on the season) and it features many of the classic character's you've grown to love through the years. At work I used to watch it every night and I know the entire show by heart, I'll literally act it out for you if you ask, and it's kind of hilarious. One of my roommates during the program used to work Fantasmic, and she did the same thing. I literally have never seen the show (I know, shame on me), but I feel like I know the whole thing through her.

Take a tour of the Haunted Mansion // They recently upgraded the queue for the mansion and it's seriously pretty cool. It's one of my favorite rides purely because of the history and stories the mansion has to tell (again, ask a cast member it's amazing how much we know). Another one of my roommates used to be one of the "maids" there during my program and it was always such a blast to ride it with her because she could point out the amazing attention to detail you would have never guessed. You know the scene in the attic with the bride? Take a look at the portraits in that room next time, it takes you through her entire life's story.

Eat anything and everything shaped like Mickey // Self explanatory and delicious. My personal favorite are Mickey Waffles, especially if you can get it at Trail's End (Fort Wilderness Campgrounds).

Go Resort Hopping // Bonus points if you're doing a crawl or it's the Holiday season. Some of the hidden treasures are found in Disney's resorts and it's a great way to spend an afternoon just seeing the property. I was stationed out of Magic Kingdom so I had the most interaction with their five resorts, but I'm also a huge fan of the resorts along the Boardwalk near Epcot.

Wear Your Ears // And of course I had to save the best for last. You cannot take a trip to Disney without picking up a new pair of ears to wear! I love picking up pairs from Etsy especially, and I think I might just cave and get the silver sequined pair during my trip next week.

Have you been to Disney World? What do you think I should do next week? Also, if you're planning a trip or have any general questions about Disney World (seriously, I could plan you perfect vacation), Magic Kingdom in particular, please contact me and I'll get back to you as quickly as possible. Have a good one y'all!


  1. You're making me crave a Disney trip like no other!
    I haven't been since I was like 11 or 12 so I NEED to go back.

    xoxo, Jenny

  2. I've been on a few Disney trips with family and friends over the past few years and I always have so much fun. I don't think I'll be visiting Disney for awhile but I think your list is totally spot on!

  3. I do SO many of these when I go to Disney! It's my favorite place EVER!
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  4. I have only ever taken the monorail .. My family is going to Disney for Christmas this year so I'm gonna pin this post to refer back to then!

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  5. Ah I need to go to Disney! Seriously so fun!

  6. I just went to Disney two weekends ago and reading this makes me want to go back haha! My dad always eats the turkey leg and naturally I devour basically every icecream and rice krispy treat that is shaped like Mickey :)


  7. I haven't been to Disney in F-O-R-E-V-E-R but those are all such fun ideas!

  8. I haven't been there for over 10 years by my cousin's girlfriend is in CA right now interning! How fun!

  9. I am Disney obsessed. I've never been to Disney World, but I've been to Disneyland more times than I can count! Definitely hoping to visit Disney World in the next few years! Thanks for the awesome tips!!

    xo Ashley

  10. I was at Disney World last summer. I can't wait to go again!

  11. Ahh! My sister is doing an internship at Disney right now! She's been there since August. I'll have to send her this link. xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  12. Oh my gosh! I've never heard of drinking around the world haha that sounds perfect.

    Sara Kate Styling

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  14. This makes me want to go to Disney so I can do all the things you listed!

    Southern Soul

  15. I haven't been to Disney since my little brother was a baby, and I have been wanting to go back so badly! I will definitely reach out to you when I do :)

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  16. I haven't been to Disney in forever! This is such a great list!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls