We all have them, those things that we absolutely MUST DO every time we visit the Walt Disney World Resort! We have such a magical experience the first time around that we just have to come back and do the same thing again and again (even sometimes at the expense of trying something new). And then they become our Disney ritual! No longer something we'd even consider skipping. Maybe you do too?
For example, Test Track® Presented by Chevrolet® Presented by Chevrolet at Epcot® is always one of Tad's must-dos. No matter how long or short our visit, he absolutely must make the journey to Epcot® for his fix. Yes, last year's extended refurbishment almost killed him. He loves the Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® as well, and he won't let us visit the park without popping into this under-the-radar attraction to learn how to draw our favorite Disney characters.
For me, I always have to stop into Big Top Treats for a candy apple. Now, I know what you're thinking. Big Top Treats hasn't been open all that long. This New Fantasyland™ confectionery inside of Big Top Souvenirs has been open for less than a year, but it's one of my favorite stops, and I'll confess that I've now made several visits just for the candy apples! It seems like every time we visit there is a new one to try.
The first time I had a Cheshire Cat, and this last time, during the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter, I had a gloriously green Mike Wazowski apple! If you ask, the wonderful cast members working behind the counter will cut your apple for you, which makes it much easier to share.
While each of us have our own must-dos, there are some experiences that we all share -- the Frog Family's Disney Must-Dos!
For example, we always pay a visit to the Mad Tea Party. This classic Disney attraction themed around the Mad Hatter's tea party in "Alice in Wonderland" is a must-do for many families, not just ours, for good reason -- everyone seems to love it. The first time we all rode it, everything started off great until Tad began spinning us too fast. All of a sudden, I looked over at Lily and her smile was replaced by a look of terror. Her sweet little green face had turned yellow, and I thought, "Uh-oh, she's gonna be sick. Or worse, she's never going to get back on the tea cups again!" Luckily for us, Tad immediately slowed down, and then once again we saw her happy face. After the ride came to a stop, Lily was able to formulate words -- "Tea cups too fast! Tea cups too fast!" I asked her if she got dizzy, and she, of course, said, "I dizzy. I dizzy, Mommy." And we all had a good laugh.
I know not all tadpoles would be so good-natured about it, but Lily loves going fast, spinning and, perhaps not surprisingly, trying to keep up with her big brother. I know she wouldn't dream of making a trip to Disney World without a spin on the tea cups, and because she and Tad love it so much, neither would we!
What are your Disney World must-dos and why? Share in comments below!