Disney vacations can be action packed, non-stop, and all about running around. However, there are so many great moments where you can enjoy the simple pleasures of the park for little to no money and end up getting a whole lot more from your vacation because of it. Here are my ten favorite simple pleasures at Walt Disney World.
Dole Whips: I don’t even know if I should list this as a simple pleasure, because to me, Dole Whips are serious business. But in the grand scheme of Walt Disney World, the joy of a Dole Whip on a hot day is just so simple and indulgent. Instead of running to dining reservations, or trying to make my next FastPass, there is something so simple and perfect about relaxing and savoring a Dole Whip.
Fountain Show at Epcot: Located in Future World, Innovention Fountains put on a great show perfectly timed to music. It’s a relaxing way to take a mid-day break without feeling like you are missing out on something. You won’t find this in your Times Guide, and you never have to worry about fighting for a good seat. The display happens regularly throughout the day and is one of the many simple pleasures throughout the park. This fountain has been a part of Epcot from the very beginning and hopefully will continue to dazzle fans with its beauty and magic for a very long time to come.
Main Street Trolley Show: Maybe my favorite show on property (not including the fireworks), the Main Street Trolley show makes me want to sing and dance along every single time. The show changes slightly with the season, so there is always something new to look for. The costumes of the performers, along with the trolley car help to really transport you back to a more simple time, right in the middle of Main Street USA.
Hidden Mickeys: For some, finding hidden Mickeys is a passion and not to be taken lightly. For me, spotting the hidden Mickey on the Haunted Mansion or in the wallpaper of a resort lobby gives me a simple pleasure that helps to remind me why Disney is so great – they pay attention to all the details.
Downtown Disney: Rushing around the parks can be exhausting so I always like to take a mid-trip break and visit Downtown Disney. There is no rushing around here because the atmosphere is so relaxed. Grab a chocolate shake, wander through World of Disney, and enjoy the simple pleasure of slowing down and taking it all in.
Cotton Candy: In my expert opinion, Disney World has the best Cotton Candy on the planet. There is nothing better than grabbing a freshly spun bag of Cotton Candy right before watching a parade. At less than $5.00 a bag, this simple and delicious pleasure won’t break the bank.
Waving at Cast Members: Cast Members are trained to wave and smile at guests as they are about to take off on their attraction. I really love to wave back! This may be the simplest pleasure of them all, but if you watch, not many guests even notice the gesture the Cast Member is making. I like to acknowledge it and smile along with them.
The Smells: Scent is the strongest sense tied to memory. There have been times in my real life where the wind blows just right and all of a sudden I’m transported back to Pirates of the Caribbean, or I’m peeling an orange for lunch on a hectic work day and suddenly I’m flying over orange groves on Soarin’. Don’t forget to take a deep breath every now and then and let it all soak in.
People Watching: I do this everywhere, but it’s the most fun at Disney World. People are strange, interesting, wonderful, and sometimes hilarious. While your family rides the Tea Cups for the third time in a row, take a seat on a nearby bench and just marvel at all the other families making memories around you.
Restful Attractions: Attractions like Carousel of Progress, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, and Spaceship Earth are some of my favorites because they let me sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Take the time to really let your body and your mind recharge and these attractions. The simple pleasure of enjoying the moment is one of the best there is at Disney
What are your favorite simple pleasures at Disney Parks? Let us know in the comments!
Monica is an Alumna of the Disney College Program. When she is not walking down the middle of Main Street USA you can find her wandering the World Showcase, or enjoying a Dole Whip while racing to her favorite attractions. When she is forced to endure life outside of Walt Disney World, you can find her in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she lives and works. You can visit her Disney lifestyle blog here.
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