Sunday, March 10, 2013

My Disney Bucket List-Walt Disney World

Have you ever made a “bucket list”?  Basically, it is a list of things you want to accomplish before you die...aka “kick the bucket”.  Many people just use the phrase “bucket list” to denote a list of things they’d like to do or try, not necessarily before they die...maybe by the time they hit a certain age, or before they get married, or before they reach some other milestone in their life.  While there are plenty of things I want to do in life, with my love of Disney I decided to make a Disney Bucket List.  The first part here is specific to Walt Disney World...I added a few things after that that are just Disney things in general.
  1. Stay at least once in every on-property hotel...this will take a while!
    1. All-Star Sports-DONE
    2. All-Star Music-DONE
    3. All-Star Movies-DONE
    4. Pop Century-DONE
    5. Art of Animation
    6. Coronado Springs-DONE
    7. Port Orleans-Riverside-DONE
    8. Port Orleans-French Quarter-DONE
    9. Caribbean Beach Resort
    10. The Cabins at Fort Wilderness (I'm really looking forward to trying these out!)
    11. Animal Kingdom Lodge
    12. Wilderness Lodge
    13. Contemporary Resort
    14. Polynesian Resort
    15. Grand Floridian Resort
    16. Boardwalk Inn
    17. Yacht Club
    18. Beach Club
    19. Swan
    20. Dolphin
    21. Saratoga Springs Resort
    22. Old Key West Resort
    23. Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary
    24. Boardwalk Villas
    25. Beach Club Villas
    26. Animal Kingdom Villas-Kidani Village
    27. Animal Kingdom Village-Jambo House
    28. Wilderness Lodge Villas
  2. Try both water parks (Blizzard Beach-DONE!  Typhoon Lagoon-hopefully next trip!)
  3. Fantasia Mini-Golf
  4. Winter Summerland Mini-Golf
  5. Characters in Flight balloon ride at DTD
  6. Pirates League
  7. Complete a full Desserts Around the World in one day (that'll be an all-day, all-nighter!)
  8. Enjoy a Kitchen Sink at Beaches & Cream with friends
  9. Dinner at Victoria & Albert’s
  10. Stay Concierge/Club Level at least once
  11. Watch the Electric Water Pageant and Wishes from the beach at the Poly
  12. MK fireworks for 4th of July (from inside the park)
  13. MK fireworks for New Years Eve (from inside the park)
  14. See every dinner show at least once
  15. Do one of each of the behind the scenes tours at least once (Behind the Seeds-DONE; Keys to the Kingdom-DONE)
  16. Try the Exotic Driving Experience
  17. Try the Richard Petty Driving Experience
  18. Get a haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop in the Magic Kingdom
  19. See the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
  20. See every WDW park stage show at least once
  21. Check out Jellyrolls
  22. Go bowling at Splitsville
  23. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party-DONE
  24. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party-DONE
And here’s the rest of my Disney things in general:
-Take a cruise on every Disney Cruise Line ship
-Visit every Disney park worldwide
-Participate in every runDisney event at least once (as of today, the only ones I haven’t tried are the Tinkerbell Half Marathon and the Disneyland Half Marathon since they’re both out in California...which is a bit out of my budget for a race right now)
-Stay at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
-Stay at Disney’s Hilton Head Resort
-Stay at Disney’s Aulani Resort
-Try as many Adventures by Disney vacations as possible!

Whew!  My wallet took one look at my list and has now found a permanent hiding spot from me...

But really, lots of things on my WDW list are easily attainable without having to shell out a ton of money.  I’ve just never taken the time to actually check those things out since I’m usually there for race weekends which are pretty full with race and volunteer stuff.  I also tend to focus more on the rides than on all the other things there are to do.

Do you have a Disney bucket list?  If so, what do you have on yours?

PS-If you'd like help planning and booking your Disney trip to cross some things off your own Disney bucket list, you can contact me at or request a quote on my website on the Get A Quote page.  Remember, my services are always FREE and never add to the cost of your trip!  


  1. dont forget to add the Treehouse Villas at Saratoga springs to your list of places to stay - we LOVE the treehouse villas, wish we could afford it again this year but are excited for a Lion King Suite at AOA instead :)

    1. Yes, one of these times I'd love to stay there with a big group of friends!

      The suites at AoA look pretty great, I'm looking forward to trying one of those eventually too :-)


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