Character meet and greets
At Walt Disney World you can pick your character and make a plan to meet them by rides or buildings that are related to the character's story, perfect for photo ops. Think Belle in Epcot's France, Chewbacca at Star Wars Launch Bay, and Ariel in her grotto. These can be booked via FastPass+ Find out more insider secrets for the best Disney World vacation.
Take the star-struck moment one step further and dine with a character, such as Cinderella's Royal Table in Fantasyland or Chef Mickey's buffet at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Both of these events cost from $35 to $60 per person and can be book 180 days out.
Disney World offers impressive behind-the-scenes tours of the parks. Lasting seven hours (and costing $275 per person) these full-day events include Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour, Disney's Family Magic Tour and more. These special tours include visits to the costuming area to meet with the designers as well as a peek at the park's massive laundry facilities, too. Most tours can be booked 90 days in advance.
Sure, there are lots of fun places to eat in the park. But true Disney lovers can dine with an Imagineer at the Mediterranean, wood-paneled Citricos restaurant in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. You'll find yourself in a small group, eating a four-course dinner, and able to ask questions about the work. All dining options can be booked 180 days in advance for the length of your trip. Check out the list of our favorite new places to eat in Disney.
Dessert with a spectacular view
At Disney's Polynesian Resort, you'll find the Spirit of Aloha dinner show. The luau-style event costs $66 to $78 for adults and $39 to $46 for kids, depending on seating. You'll see hula and fire-knife performers and see traditional dancers from around the South Pacific, from Tahiti to Samoa and Tonga. Find out the 10 discontinued Disney rides we wish would come back.
The princess treatment
In the Magic Kingdom, you'll find the unforgettable Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Here, kids age 3 to 12 can get a full princess makeover, complete with hair and make-up applied by a Fairy Godmother-in-Training. The hair package starts at $65 per child; the knight package (designed for boys) starts at $20. Makeovers can be booked up to 180 days in advance. Here's what it's really like to play a princess at Disney World.