Catch the glow of amazing fireworks
via David Roark wdwnews.com
You don’t need to pay the $100 park ticket to experience some Disney magic. Every evening, a dazzling fireworks show takes place in the Magic Kingdom and a parade of glittering boats floats across the waters around Disney’s Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian resorts. You don’t have to enter the Magic Kingdom or pay a cent to watch the show. In fact, you can only spot the Electrical Water Pageant from the beaches outside the three resorts, and the fireworks can easily be seen from these areas as well.
Our favorite viewing spot is from the Polynesian’s soft sand beach amidst the palm trees and the tiki torches. Order a cult favorite pineapple whip at the Pineapple Lanai stand (a treat that many people think you can only order inside the Magic Kingdom) for a sweet treat while you watch the show. Bonus for adults: Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar, tucked away on the first floor, has the best tropical drinks in Orlando. (Here are more don’t-miss tastes of Disney.)
Enjoy an African safari
Did you know you can view real African animals roaming the Savannah for free? Simply visit the incredible African-themed Animal Kingdom Lodge, where the lush landscaped outdoor area behind the hotel is home to 30 species of wildlife including grazing giraffe, impala, and zebra. Animal experts are always on hand to answer any questions and there are often cultural programs—from drumming to storytelling—taking place in the soaring lobby. At night there’s an outdoor bonfire and a chance to rent a pair of night-vision glasses to view nocturnal animals. While you’re here, don’t miss Boma—Flavors of Africa, a massive buffet filled with authentic tastes of the African continent ranging from Moroccan couscous to South African bobotie (a version of Shephard’s pie).