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Walt Disney World Bucket List

While I'm no stranger to the wonderful world of Walt Disney, my daughter is. At 18 months, she's about to embark on her first ever trip to the most magical place on Earth, and I'm just a little excited.

(That's pretty much the understatement of the century. I've been planning this trip since before she was born.)

As a park devotee, I've done most of what Walt Disney World has to offer. But this time, I'm trying to find new ways to experience a place I've been to dozens of times. Surprisingly, there are still tons of things to do that I haven't done before--or will have a different experience with since I'll be with my daughter.

I have a tendency to do the same things each time I return to the world, mostly out of habit. Going with Britton, my parents, and my sister will force me out of my WDW comfort zone (is there even such a thing?) and get me to experience a new side of my favorite theme park.

Here's my Walt Disney World Bucket List: how many can I accomplish on this trip?

* = planned for this upcoming trip
highlighted = accomplished on the June 2014 sisters' trip
highlighted = accomplished on this trip!

  • Eat a Dole Whip float.*
  • Try the grey stuff at Be Our Guest restaurant.*
  • Get a muffaletta at Sassagoula Floatworks (Port Orleans French Quarter).
  • Groove out with a piece of tie-dyed cheesecake at the Pop Century food court.*
  • Hang out with some jungle friends at the Downtown Disney Rainforest Cafe.*
  • Watch the fireworks from California Grill at the Contemporary.
  • Expand my palate at Sanaa at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Park Experiences
  • Ride on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.*
  • Go on Keys to the Kingdom, the behind-the-scenes tour of the Magic Kingdom. 
  • Fill up an autograph book. 
  • Re-experience the magic that is the Dumbo ride (for the first time in about twenty years!).*
  • Introduce Britton to her favorites, Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh.*
  • Make it to both parades in the Magic Kingdom.*
  • Take a picture of our daughter in front of all four parks' landmarks (Cinderella's castle, the Sorcerer's Hat, the Tree of Life, and Spaceship Earth).*
  • Ride the train around the Magic Kingdom.*
  • Arrive early enough to see the Magic Kingdom opening show.*
  • Go to all four parks in one day
  • Have tea at the Grand Floridian
  • Learn to hula at the Spirit of Aloha dinner show at the Polynesian.*
  • See the life sized gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian.* 
  • Attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. 
  • Attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. 
  • Buy another set of Mickey ears.*
  • Get Britton her first set of Mickey ears.* 
  • Take our Christmas card picture somewhere. (Finally, there will be other people to hold the camera--I might even get in one or two!)*
  • Play in the resort pool. 
Have you been to Disney World? What was your favorite part? What's on your Disney bucket list?