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Friday, October 19, 2018

my bucket list walt disney world resort experiences



Every time I plan a new Disney vacation, I remind myself that there is still so much I haven't done that I really want to do.  During my Disney College Program, I did most of it-- I went to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, visited the Food & Wine Festival, and saw the parks all dressed up for Christmas.  But a true testament to just how much there is to do in Walt Disney World Resort is that even after five months living at the most magical place on earth, I still wasn't able to get everything done.

There are still a lot of things left on my Walt Disney World bucket list!  From dance clubs to brunch at the Top of the World, here's everything I (still!) need to do at Walt Disney World Resort.




Visit Epcot during the Flower & Garden Festival

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I had so much fun at the Food & Wine Festival during my college program, I'm desperate to see the Flower & Garden Festival!  I consider Flower & Garden to be the second largest Festival that Epcot sees every year.  Here, you'll find elaborate topiary and garden displays all around the park, much like the Beauty & The Beast themed one pictured above.  Much like Food & Wine, you'll be able to find special food offerings all throughout the world showcase during this festival.  Signature dishes include the long-standing frushi and 2018's show-stopping macaron lollipop.  You'll also be lucky enough to catch a free performance from several bands during Epcot's "Garden Rocks" series.  Among the impressive list of bands who you'll find performing here are The Plain White Ts, Village People, The Guess Who, Simple Plan, and Smash Mouth.  If anyone would like to drink a lot of wine at the France Pavilion and start a mosh pit to "All Star" with me next year, I'll be taking applications in the comment box below.



Experience the Food & Wine Festival Parisian Breakfast

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The Parisian Breakfast is one of the Food & Wine's oldest festival-exclusive experience.  Once a week during the festival, guests are invited to Chefs de France early in the morning for an upscale breakfast.  This is one of the things I really wanted to do during my DCP but ultimately couldn't-- reservations fill up fast for this extra-cost event!  Here, you'll be treated to all-you-care-to-enjoy mimosas and a buffet of French pastries, cheeses, and other small breakfast delights.  All of the breads and pastries are homemade just steps away at the Les Halles Boulangerie et Patisserie bakery-- my favorite quick service location in Walt Disney World!  This experience has always interested me because I love the food at the France pavilion.  The dining team has done amazing things with Chefs de France, Les Halles, Monsieur Paul and L'Artisan de Glaces in the past few years, they always bring something unique (and delicious!) to the table.  Also, how bougie does a Parisian Breakfast sound?


Go to Jellyrolls

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Because I was only 19 years old during my Disney College Program, I never got the change to let the good times roll at this 21-and-up piano bar at the Boardwalk.  Here at Jellyrolls, two piano players duel it out every night playing requests from the audience.  It's a grown-up sing-a-long from sundown to sunrise every single night.  And now that I'm an adult, I'm ready to visit Jellyrolls with some friends and indulge in the two things I love the most in this world: frozen margaritas and sing-a-longs.




Do Brunch at the Top of the World

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One of the most exclusive meals in Walt Disney World can be found at The Contemporary Resort.  The Contemporary is home to California Grill, a signature dinner restaurant that opens its doors to brunch guests every Sunday morning.  At California Grill's signature brunch, guests are treated to all-you-care-to-enjoy mimosas, entrees, and an impressive buffet of sushi and pastries.  Unlike other restaurants around the World, guests are not only invited to, but encouraged to sit and relax for as long as they'd like.  Across the boards, dining reports for this meal are 99% positive.  Once again, I'll be taking applications for anyone who'd like to drink mimosas and watch the monorail go by for three hours in the comments below.



Moonlight Magic

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In 2017, my family became DVC owners during our August vacation.  However, because we live in NJ, we rarely get the opportunity to travel down to Orlando for the exclusive Disney Vacation Club members-only events that occur every so often.  Several times a year, DVC invites members to register for a free after-hours event in the parks called Moonlight Magic.  While registration closes rapidly, this is a free event where DVC direct members can congregate in a Disney theme park, after the park has closed to day guests, for exclusive character M&Gs, low wait times for their favorite attractions, free food (including all-you-care-to-enjoy Mickey Premium bars!), and exclusive fireworks.  I absolutely have to do Moonlight Magic at some point!  During this year's Epcot event, Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable were pulled from retirement for a M&G and Twitter was verily shooketh.  These events are highly rated among DVC members, and it would be great to enjoy an evening of free ice cream and DVC fun.


These are just a few highlights of all the amazing experiences I still haven't done after 5 months on a DCP and 5 resort property vacations!  I'm sure I'm not the only one with a laundry list of special events, tours, and dining experiences that I dream of fulfilling-- so now I want to know what's on your Disney World bucket list!  Let me know in the comments below.

-Kaitlyn

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