Disney's Ten Most Magical Experiences
By guest writer Cara Goldsbury
Cinderella's Castle in
the Magic Kingdom is at least as impressive, when you see it
in person as you imagine it would be.
Author Cara Goldsbury
offers ten of her favorite magical experiences in this
article. For still more suggestions about what to see,
read her book,
Guide to Walt Disney World.
There is so much to see, do,
and enjoy at Walt Disney World.
This makes it very
difficult - and also very important - to create a prioritized
list of the top ten experiences that you're most likely to
Here's my suggested list.
Illuminations Cruise ≈ Each evening boatloads of
visitors depart from the docks of Disney's Boardwalk Inn and
Disney's Yacht Club headed for Epcot. Their destination is a
prime position under the bridge between the United Kingdom and
France for a view of the Illuminations fireworks spectacular.
Cruises are offered nightly with your choice of either a pontoon
boat seating 10 or a beautiful reproduction of a 1930s Chris
Craft accommodating 6-7 people. Although reservations can be
made up to 90 days in advance, they sometimes sell out on the
first day. Call 407-WDW-PLAY.
at the California Grill ≈ The California Grill on the
15th floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort is a definite
highlight for any connoisseur of cutting-edge cuisine. Through
immense windows is an unbeatable panorama of the Magic Kingdom
and the Seven Seas Lagoon and on many nights picture-perfect
views of the Wishes fireworks. From pristinely fresh sushi to
the exceptional New American Cuisine to sensational desserts and
the outstanding California wine list, this place has it all.
Breakfast With Cinderella ≈ High atop Cinderella's
Castle in the Magic Kingdom is your chance to feast in a
fairytale setting with Cinderella, Jasmine, Aladdin, and Belle.
Kids love the grand dining room where through glittering
leaded-glass windows is a birds-eye view of Fantasyland. The
characters make their way around the dining room and give each
child quality time signing autographs and posing for pictures.
Beachside Vista of the Magic Kingdom's Fireworks ≈ On
evenings when fireworks are on the Magic Kingdom's agenda, head
to one of the Polynesian Resort's idyllic white-sand beaches,
grab a hammock, kick back, and view the festivities.
First Glimpse of Cinderella's Castle ≈ As you walk
under the train station at the Magic Kingdom and into a world of
make believe, the splendor of Main Street is spread out before
you with that celebrated fairy tale castle sitting at the end.
Sight of Exotic Animals Grazing Below Your Guestroom Balcony
≈ A stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge comes with a view of
its marvelous savanna filled with hundreds of roaming exotic
animals. After dark the preserves are lit with a moon glow
effect, perfect for a nighttime stroll or after dinner
entertainment from your room balcony.
Picturesque Ride on the Monorail ≈ Hop on board
Disney's favorite form of transportation for a delightful
journey around the Seven Seas Lagoon, through the interior of
the Contemporary Resort, past the Magic Kingdom, and off through
the pine trees on your way to Epcot.
Cocktails in the Grand Lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
≈ This resort's favorite gathering spot is an exquisitely
soaring, 5-story lobby of stained-glass cupolas and filigreed
chandeliers. Find a seat on a cushy sofa and take pleasure in
the lively big band orchestra while sipping a strawberry-topped
glass of champagne.
the Drive-In of Your Youth At Disney-MGM Studios ≈ At
the Sci-fi Dine-In Theatre, guests are served in sleek 1950s-era
convertibles while watching B-grade sci-fi and horror trailers
on the big screen. Waiters on roller skates carhop the darkened,
starlit theater, speaker boxes hang on the side of your car and,
of course, popcorn and hot dogs dance on the screen during
intermission. Though the food is just so-so, who cares when
Godzilla is your entertainment.
Through Splash Mountain ≈ Who can resist the charms
of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear, and the rest of the gang,
even if it culminates in one heck of a plunge? Drift round the
briar patch in a hollowed-out log while toe-tapping music plays
among the cabbages and carrots, jugs of moonshine, chirpin'
birds, and croakin' frogs as you relax and bob your head to the
beat. As you float through bayous, marshes, and caverns, all a
delight to the eyes with loads of colorful detail and too-cute
cavorting characters, the heartwarming theme song "Time To Be
Moving Along" plays. It's guaranteed to put a smile on your
Cara Goldsbury is the
The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney
World: How to Get the Most Out of the Best Disney Has to Offer,
available at 800-247-6553,
Amazon.com, or your local bookstore. For more
information visit her online at
1 Feb 2004
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