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It’s Groundhog Day at Disney!

They may not be groundhogs, but Chip and Dale sure are cute little creatures!

As someone who has gone to the Walt Disney World Resort my fair share of times, I have noticed I have some tried and true things I do every time. Here is a list of my 5 rituals every trip:

1 Dole Whip

To me it’s not a Disney trip until I have some Dole Whip. The creamy pineapple treat is the ultimate taste of Disney to me. I prefer to pick mine up at Pineapple Lanai at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to skip the long lines in Adventureland.

2 Mickey’s PhilharMagic

While some may see this attraction as a way to beat the heat and rest your feet, this is a must do on every trip for me. The music and immersive elements bring you right into the movies and the 3D effects are top notch.

3 Watch the Manatees in The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion

When I was living in Orlando as a College Program student, I would often go to Epcot just to get a few snacks, enjoy a margarita, and to sit and watch the manatees just floating around. It’s calming and also a great place to just relax if you want to take it easy in the parks.

4 Pulled Pork Nachos

Captain Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is home to one of my favorite meals/snacks. For under $10 it’s not only a filling meal but a cost effective one. Even if it’s out of the way I always make sure to take the time to get this savory treat.

5 Wash my Hands at Basin

So this one might seem a bit odd but hear me out. Disney Springs is a must do on any Disney trip. But I always make sure to head to Basin over by World of Disney to use their sugar scrubs! I personally love the Satsuma scent and after using it feel exfoliated and clean. I also love their soaps and shampoo bars so I use this stop as a time to restock my bathroom.

So there you have it! My 5 things I do every trip to Walt Disney World. Do you have any rituals you HAVE to complete every trip? Any of mine make your list?

Emily Newton is a two-time Disney College Program participant who dreams about the day she can return to her home away from home. Although she first set foot in the parks in her 20s, Disney has been a monumental influence on her life from the very start. The Disney College program was a goal of Emily’s from the age of 12 and ever since, working for the mouse has been her life’s dream. While in the College Program, she was lucky enough to work on Toy Story Midway Mania and in the shops in Fantasyland. To Emily, the magic is in the details. She says: “There is so much more than meets the eye when it comes to the parks and movies. The level of backstory and thought is so immense I spend hours falling down rabbit holes to learn more and more about my favorite place.”