Walt Disney World is one of the most magical places in the world to vacation at thanks to its four theme parks, two water parks, Disney Resorts, and Disney Springs. Guests who enjoy a Walt Disney World vacation are guaranteed to have fun from their first moments in the parks to the final attraction and part of what makes each day so fun is the magic found all around. The magic at Walt Disney World is created by a combination of many different things including Cast Members, attractions, entertainment, details, and shopping. While everything in Walt Disney World combines to make each moment magical, there are specific moments that guests can enjoy which are magical all by themselves. These magical moments may be part of entertainment performances, pivotal moments on attractions, or specific moments of a vacation, but they are all completely magical and can’t be missed. In order to have the most magical vacation ever, here are eight magical Walt Disney World moments to enjoy!
1 – First Glimpse of Cinderella Castle
A magical moment that all guests can enjoy on a Walt Disney World vacation is spotting Cinderella Castle for the first time. The beautiful structure can be found at the end of Main Street in the Magic Kingdom and beckons guests to venture further into the park to enjoy all of the magic found there. The first glimpse of Cinderella Castle is magical for so many guests as it tends to symbolize the official beginning of vacation!
2 – Tinkerbell’s Flight
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, Happily Ever After is temporarily suspended.
Each night, the Magic Kingdom features a fireworks extravaganza titled Happily Ever After Nighttime Spectacular which lights up the skies high over Cinderella Castle. Guests become part of the journey as they follow favorite Disney characters on an adventure to seek out their destiny, face adversity, and ultimately fulfill their dreams on the road to their happily ever after. In addition to fireworks, the new show features more lasers, lights, and projections than any previous show at the Magic Kingdom. While the entire experience of Happily Ever After is magical, guests particularly love the moment when Tinkerbell emerges from Cinderella Castle and takes to the sky for a whimsical flight over towards Tomorrowland.
3 – Peter Pan’s London Scene
One of the most classic attractions in all of Walt Disney World is Peter Pan’s Flight in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. The attraction sprinkles guests with pixie dust and invites them to take to the skies with Peter and the Darling children as they relive the adventure from the classic Disney animated film. Guests who enjoy a ride on the attraction absolutely love the magical moment when they soar high over the nighttime landscape of London at night, complete with bustling traffic and beautiful views.
4 – Spaceship Earth’s Reveal
No visit to Epcot is complete without a ride on Spaceship Earth which brings guests on a journey from the beginning of time to modern-day to celebrate the history of communication. Guests who enjoy the attraction can check out important moments in history like the burning of Rome, the Renaissance, and a grand reveal which can only be described as magical. Near the end of Spaceship Earth, guests’ Time Machines pivot and face a beautiful projection of Earth amidst thousands of stars for a magical moment that will never be forgotten.
5 – Happily Ever After Nighttime Spectacular Finale
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World nighttime spectaculars, including fireworks shows, are temporarily suspended.
Each night in Magic Kingdom, guests can discover just how magical and emotional that fairy tale ending can be with the most breathtaking fireworks show in the history of the park. In addition to fireworks, the stunning nighttime extravaganza features more lasers, lights, and projections than any show at Magic Kingdom Park before it. “Happily Ever After” is also an entirely new kind of Disney storytelling, one that takes guests on an inspiring journey filled with heart, humor, and emotion. Guests become part of the journey themselves as they follow favorite Disney characters on an adventure to seek out their destiny, face adversity, and ultimately fulfill their dreams on the road to their happily ever after. While the entire experience of Happily Ever After is great, guests absolutely love the magical finale.
6 – Kilimanjaro Safaris’ Savannah View
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to one of the most beautiful attractions in Walt Disney World. Kilimanjaro Safaris invites guests on a two-week safari in the Harambe Reserve where they can enjoy up close experiences with animals like cheetahs, lions, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, and zebras. The attraction brings guests through several different habitats on the Harambe Reserve, but the most magical moment is when the safari vehicles round a corner offering a sweeping view of the massive African savannah.
7 – Lights Dimming on Soarin’ Around the World
One of the most popular attractions in all of Walt Disney World is Soarin’ Around the World in The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World. The attraction brings guests on a hang gliding adventure over the most beautiful places on Earth including the Great Wall of China, Sydney’s Opera House, and the African savannah. While the entire experience of Soarin’ Around the World is amazing, one of the most magical moments is when guests are buckled in and the lights suddenly dim before taking to the skies.
8 – No Wait Time at Your Favorite Ride
Disney World can get pretty busy and lines can get pretty long. But once in a while, something magical happens. For whatever reason, your favorite ride has little to no wait. One of the most magical moments any guest can experience in Walt Disney World is the joy of realizing with no line you can ride twice!
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