Since March was busy for me, and I also traveled to Disney World for a week, I’m doing a special Disney themed favorites! I’ll resume my normal favorites in April and carry over anything I was going to mention that wasn’t Disney related.
In general I love thrill rides and those tend to be my favorites, but I do have some nostalgic and chill faves as well. Also my family teases me because I say lots of different rides are my “favorite ride ever” (I do that with movies etc. too)…so these are just my favorites if you were to ask me today–don’t hold me to them. 🙂
For more information on my favorite foods mentioned, check out my What I Ate at Disney World 2018 and 2017 posts–I go into more detail and link to all of the restaurants there. Update: Check out all of the food I ate during my more recent 2020 trip here, and follow my Disney Instagram here.
Favorite Ride: Space Mountain. I remember waiting in long lines for Space Mountain when I was a kid long before there were Fastpasses. As soon as I finished, I would get right back in line to ride it again…and I still love it!
Runner ups: Looking through the list of rides at Magic Kingdom made me realize there are so many good rides at Magic Kingdom, it’s no wonder it always seems to be the most crowded. If I have to narrow it down to two runner ups, I’d pick Haunted Mansion (it’s not scary, but it’s spooky and fun!) and Pirates of the Caribbean for nostalgic reasons (Pirates was closed during our visit this year though–I wonder if they’re changing it). Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Jungle Cruise, & Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are all a lot of fun too.
Favorite chill attractions: The PeopleMover & Carousel of Progress. Both of these are ones I remember going on a lot when I was younger on hot summer days to escape the crowds. I love that the Peoplemover takes you around Tomorrowland/behind the scenes of Space Mountain, and the Carousel of Progress is another nostalgic one.
Favorite meal: I haven’t tried that many places at Magic Kingdom, but I like Tony’s Town Square spaghetti and pasta fagioli a lot–it’s simple, but it’s hard to find vegan AND gluten free Italian options in the parks (the vegan options usually aren’t gluten free & vice versa), so I really enjoy it.
Favorite snacks: Dole whips and Dole whip floats, of course!
Favorite Ride: Spaceship Earth. My favorite ride at Epcot is definitely Spaceship Earth–I have so many good memories of riding it with my family, especially since it’s been there as long as I’ve been going to Disney World. It’s been updated some over the years, but it still has the same feel to me. I always have to ride it at least twice, and I prefer to go to Epcot on our last day there because it’s a ride I like to end the trip on.
Favorite chill attractions: Frozen Ever After & Journey Into Imagination with Figment (which is super kiddie/cheesy, but also nostalgic/I still like it.) The Jeweled Dragon Acrobats are really cool as well.
Favorite meal: The Princess Character Breakfast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (read more in my post about it.)
Favorite snacks: Violet lemonade and pineapple soft serve (only available during the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.)
Favorite Ride: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror! Vintage vibes, alternate dimensions, sudden drops–I thought this Twilight Zone ride was the spookiest/coolest thing EVER when I was younger, and it hasn’t lost it’s magic over the years–I still love it so much! If they ever change it (like they did at Disneyland), I will cry forever.
Runner ups: Star Tours–I love Star Wars, and this was one of the first beyond 3D type of rides that I remember, so it will always have a place in my heart. It’s still super fun today–they’ve updated it, and it changes slightly every time you ride it. I also love the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (a roller coaster that blasts Aerosmith) and Toy Story Mania (probably my favorite score ride at Disney/Universal) as well.
Favorite chill attractions: Y’all, I’m not even ashamed to admit that I almost cry when I see The Voyage of the Little Mermaid–it still gets me every time. (The Little Mermaid is my fave.) I also love Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage.
Favorite meal: Tofu & stir fry with a vegan milkshake from The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre (a restaurant set up like a vintage drive in theater with car tables and retro/sci-fi horror clips on a big screen). It’s has been my favorite restaurant at Disney World for years, and I was very happy with the vegan options I found on my recent trip.
Favorite snacks: I didn’t get any snacks at Hollywood Studios this year, so instead I’ll mention that the 7 Layer Rice Bowl from Fairfax Faire (vegan style) was one of my favorite quick service meals at Disney World.
Favorite Ride: Expedition Everest. I know some people will probably be shocked by this since Flight of Passage is considered by many to be the best ride at Disney World right now…but Expedition Everest is so fun! Flight of Passage is really cool, don’t get me wrong…but it’s so popular right now that both times I’ve gone I wasn’t able to FastPass it, so I had to wait 90+ minutes, so it seems a little less impressive after that wait. I do like it a lot and even think it’s worth the wait, but Everest is super fun, and you can FastPass it/do single rider.
Favorite meal: Character Buffet at Tusker House–I still need to branch out and try some other restaurants at Animal Kingdom/the Animal Kingdom lodge though!
Favorite snacks: Seasoned fries with sriracha ketchup (no tzatziki) from Mr. Kamal’s in Asia–yum!
Favorite clothing item: I adore this Little Mermaid shirt from Hot Topic. I don’t see it listed in their shop, but it may still be available in stores (I got it in store before I left last month.)
Favorite Souvenir: I found this cute backpack at Disney Springs. I like the patches and the pattern on the inside, which has stamps from the parks/rides and says what year they were established–it was fun to nerd out and check them all out. It’s also the perfect size for me to use at the parks since it’s big enough for a water bottle and other snacks but still not a full size backpack/too bulky.
Favorite food (miscellaneous): Vegan and gluten free pizza from Blaze and pastries from Erin McKenna’s at Disney Springs! It’s so worth an extra trip there (there’s also great shopping.) Also Mickey waffles! (Check out my what I ate post for more about the vegan options I found at the parks.)
What are some of your Disney World faves? Let me know in the comments!