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100 Things to Do at Walt Disney World Before You Die

100 Things

bucket list: noun, informal, a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime

No doubt, most faithful Walt Disney World fans have a list of events, restaurants, shows, marathons and more that they would like to take part in, see or experience over the course of trips throughout their lifetime – their “Walt Disney World Bucket List.”  However, there may be many items those same individuals have never considered or perhaps do not even know exist.  That is where the list of “100 Things to Do at Walt Disney World Before You Die” comes into play.

Some of the items you will find on this list are well known, others obscure.  Some are free or included with admission while others are once-in-a-lifetime premium experiences.  Some are challenges and still others require one to stop and enjoy the moment.

WDW 100 Things listThese “100 Things” were compiled after months of consideration.  A few items even had to be replaced because, over the course of those months, they were removed due to renovations and refurbishments.  While many readers will discover that items on their personal list did not make it on to this one, the hope is it will promote conversation.  Also, for readers seeking a good challenge, there is a printable version (click the link to the right) where items can be checked off as they are completed.  Let us know how many of the items you have completed and what you would add to your list in the comments section, on the WDW Radio Facebook page and on Twitter using #WDW100Things.


1 – Sing along with the dueling pianos at Jellyrollssurfing at Typhoon Lagoon - disney / Walt Disney World Bucket List #4

2 – Get a pair of Mickey Ears embroidered with your name.

3 – Let yourself get soaked on Splash Mountain

4 – Surf at Typhoon Lagoon

5 – Complete “Frozen Trifecta” – Citrus Swirl, Pineapple Dole Whip, Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar

6 – Take a Fireworks Cruise

7 – Watch the Fireworks in the Magic Kingdom Park hub

8 – Visit the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campgroung

9 – Run in a runDisney MarathonFood and Wine - kf / Walt Disney World Bucket List #10

10 – Attend the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

11 – Ride Summit Plummet at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

12 – Do something silly for an on-ride photo

13 – Play miniature golf at either Winter Summerland or Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf

14 – Endulge in a spa day

15 – See the gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

16 – Watch the Headless Horseman ride in the Boo To You! Halloween Parade

17 – Have an Epcot margarita

18 – Get a haircut at the Harmony Barbershop Club Cool - kf / Walt Disney World Bucket List #21

19 – Relax in a hammock on the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

20 – Buy something as a souvenir that you will keep forever

21 – Sample all of the beverages at Club Cool at Epcot

22 – Watch the Arribas Brothers glass blowers at Crystal Arts on Main Street, U.S.A.

23 – Ride the Jingle Cruisejingle cruise - disney / Walt Disney World Bucket List #23

24 – Ride a Sea Raycer on Seven Seas Lagoon

25 – Take a ride on the Characters in Flight balloon at Disney Springs

26 – Find the hidden Pascals at the Tangled Rest Area

27 – Take a photo with Mickey Mouse

28 – Order Spaghetti at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

29 – Find Davy Jones Chest in the Pirate’s League

30 – Show off your moves at a Dance Party

31 -Talk to Crush at Turtle Talk with Crush

32 – Eat a Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club

33 – Play in a Splash Pad

34 – Eat a Turkey Legtrader sam's grog grotto - disney / Walt Disney World Bucket List #35

35 – Have a drink at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

36 – Wear a costume to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

37 – Eat at California Grill during the Magic Kingdom fireworks

38 – Stay in a bungalow at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

39 – Let yourself get coated in powdered sugar from a Funnel Cake

40 – Send yourself an email from future at Spaceship Earth

41 – Have a Beignet at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory 

42 – Sing/scream along on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster with Aerosmith

43 – See both the “gangster” and “cowboy” versions of The Great Movie Ride

44 – Drink hot cocoa in the snow at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

45 – Ride in the very middle seat of Soarin’ barefoot

46 – Explore Tom Sawyer’s Island

47 – Enjoy morning coffee on a resort balcony

48 – Be a sharpshooter at the Frontierland Shootin’ ArcadeDisney Easter Parade - disney / Walt Disney World Bucket List #52

49 – Dine with an Imagineer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

50 – Ride the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at night

51 – Attend Dapper Day

52 – See the Easter Parade

53 – Laugh out loud at the Jungle Cruise Skipper’s jokes

54 – Be “That Guy” at the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor

55 – Score 999,999 on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

56 – Take in the art of the various countries in World Showcase

57 – Hear the Voices of Liberty sing the National Anthemvoices of liberty - disney / Walt Diseny World Bucket List #57

58 – Be the first person on Main Street, U.S.A. during an early entry at Magic Kingdom

59 – Find a “hidden Mickey” without any help.

60 – Ride a lazy river at either Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon or Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

61 – Watch the Electrical Water Pageant on the Seven Seas Lagoon

62 – Have someone take your picture while riding Dumbo the Flying Elephantdumbo - disney / Walt Disney World Bucket List #62

63 – Dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table

64 – Ride the ferry to the Magic Kingdom from the Transportation and Ticket Center at night.

65 – Buy an ornament at Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe

66 – Watch the Torch Lighting Ceremony at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

67 – Engage in a conversation with a World Showcase International Cast Member

68 – Try the Shawarma at Tangierine Cafe

69 – Take a tour

70 – See Rope Drop at the Magic Kingdom

71 – See Enchanted Tales with Belle

72 – Have a hotdog at Casey’s Corner

73 – See the Toy Soldiers march in the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

74 – Hear the Dapper Dans singFountian of Nations - kf / Walt Disney World Bucket List #79

75 – See the animated windows on Main Street, U.S.A.

76 – Have sushi at Morimoto Asia Restaurant in Disney Springs

77 – Trade pins with a Cast Member

78 – Start a pressed penny collection

79 – Watch the water show at Fountain of Nations

80 – Sit in a rocker at the Town Square Theater on Main Street, U.S.A.

81 – See the Kiss Goodnight at Magic Kingdom

82 – Have a Cobb Salad and Grapefruit Cake at the Hollywood Brown Derby

83 – See IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth on New Year’s EveIllumiNations - disney / Walt Disney World Bucket List #83

84 – Watch the 3 o’clock parade from a curb on Main Street, U.S.A.

85 – Make a wish in Cinderella’s wishing well

86 – Relax in Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort

87 – Visit the Innoventions Exhibits

88 – See the current President’s address at Hall of Presidents

89 – Find Mickey and Donald in Raiders of the Lost Ark scene at The Great Movie Ride

90 – See the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

91 – Have afternoon tea at the Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

92 – Walk the grounds of Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside and French Quarter Resorts at night.

93 – Collect the entire series of Transportation Cards

94 – Visit every park in one day

95 – See the Candlelight Processional at Epcot

96 – Write a “Thank You” note to your Mousekeeping staff

97 – Take the Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

98 – Visit the Carolwood Pacific Railroad Room at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

99 – Send your family and friends postcards from Walt Disney World

100 – Visit every Walt Disney World Resort hotel

(Photos numbered 10, 21 and 79 are from the author’s personal collection.  All others ©Disney.)


KendallKendall is an editor and contributing writer for WDW Radio. She began visiting Walt Disney World in 1991 with her family and has continued to visit the resort with her husband. Her home-away-from-home is Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and she believes a perfect day at WDW includes a dip in the Lava Pool, a ride on Splash Mountain and a Pineapple Dole Whip. Follow her on Twitter @kl_foreman.