10 Things to Do in Walt Disney World If You Love Donald Duck

After seventeen character-themed posts, I thought it was about time I featured a member of the Fab Five. I’d like to work up to the Big Cheese, so I decided to start with Donald Duck. That mischievous, lisping duck has many fans, and if you’re one of them, you’ll enjoy this list of things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Donald Duck.

1. Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Although the attraction is named after Mickey, Donald is really the star of this show. He steals Mickey’s sorcerer hat and then takes a trip through classic scenes from Disney movies. He gets his comeuppance at the end, giving you the opportunity to see him somewhat more up-close and personal. To avoid giving it away, I won’t say any more.

Also, remember to look up in the store by the exit to spot Donald again.

Donald Duck in the shop near Mickey's PhilharMagic in Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

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3 Things to Do in Walt Disney World If You Love Disney Junior

I’m of the opinion that any age is the right age to go to Walt Disney World, but there is something special about a preschooler’s first trip. They’re old enough to understand more of what’s going on, and they likely have favorite characters that they can’t wait to meet. Many of these kiddos are big fans of the shows on Disney Junior, including Handy Manny, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Little Einsteins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Special Agent Oso. The stars of these shows can only be found in one park in Walt Disney World, and today I’ll tell you where.

Here are three things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Disney Junior.

1. Disney Junior—Live on Stage!

Quincy, Annie, June, and Leo from Little Einsteins on Disney Junior--Live on Stage in Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World

Your little ones will love this puppet show in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It currently features characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, Little Einsteins, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. There are no seats in the theater; everyone sits on the floor, which enables the kids to get up and dance and sing along with the show. There are also some special surprises, like bubbles and streamers, that thrill toddlers. This is one of the few attractions in Walt Disney World that I would skip if I didn’t have a child along, but if you do, it’s so much fun to watch them during the show. They just get so excited!

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3 Things to Do in Walt Disney World If You Love Finding Nemo

This September, Finding Nemo will be released in theaters in 3D. It doesn’t seem like that long since it first debuted in 2003, but in the past nine years millions have grown to love Nemo, Marlin, Dori, Crush, and their friends. Although Walt Disney World guests miss out on the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage that’s only in Disneyland, they get to find Nemo in several unique ways at the Florida parks.

Here are three things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Finding Nemo.

1. Finding Nemo—The Musical

The story is touching! The costumes are great! The music is fabulous! It’s indoors and air-conditioned! What’s not to love about Finding Nemo—The Musical? This 40-minute show plays several times a day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and is simply not to be missed.

Finding Nemo The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World

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5 Things to Do in Walt Disney World If You Love Alice in Wonderland

It’s been almost a month since I did a post about where to find specific characters, so I thought it was high time for another. Lewis Carroll’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass have been adapted numerous times by the Disney company, starting with the live-action/cartoon hybrid Alice Comedies in the 1920s, followed by the animated Alice in Wonderland in 1951, and Tim Burton’s live action Alice on Wonderland in 2010. You can still find merchandise inspired by the 2010 film in the parks, but all other Alice references are to the 1951 film, and those are the references I’ll focus on today.

Here are five things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Alice in Wonderland.

1. Mad Tea Party

We’ll start off with the attraction that almost everyone—even those who have never been to the Disney Parks—is familiar with, although they may not know its real name. The attraction pictured below is officially called “Mad Tea Party,” although many simply refer to it as “the tea cups.”

Mad Tea Party (the "teacups") at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

The Dormouse popping out of the tea pot in Mad Tea Party in Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney WorldThe ride itself is quite simple, but Alice lovers will enjoy spotting the Dormouse popping his head out of the large teapot in the middle, as well as these topiaries.

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3 Things to Do in Walt Disney World Resorts If You Love Pirates

In the last few months, I’ve covered things to do inside and outside Magic Kingdom and the other Walt Disney World theme parks if you love pirates. Today is the last post in that series, and it focuses on the Disney resorts. Normally, my lists include things to do in a day, but since you can’t spend the night in more than one hotel at a time, this might have to be a themed weekend with resort-hopping.

Here are three things do in Walt Disney World resorts if you love pirates.

1. Pirate Rooms in Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

You might expect a Disney resort with “Caribbean” in its name to have some piratey connections, and you won’t be disappointed at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. A few years ago, some rooms were converted to a pirate theme, complete with beds that look like pirate ships. Even the curtain that separates the room from the bathroom area has a skull on it. Unfortunately, I’ve never stayed in one of these rooms, so I don’t have any pictures to show you, but you can see some on the Disney website.

In addition to the pirate rooms, the pool at Caribbean Beach also has a pirate theme. It’s quite elaborate. Check out the photos over on the DIS.

2. Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts

If you’ve been to Disney’s BoardWalk area, you’ve probably seen Stormalong Bay, whether or not you knew what it was. It’s the pool area shared by Disney’s Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts, and in fact, it’s more of a waterpark than a pool. The item of interest for pirate fans is a giant shipwreck that serves as an entrance to two waterslides.

Shipwreck at Stormalong Bay at Disney's Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts in Walt Disney World

See the pirate flag?

Shipwreck at Stormalong Bay at Disney's Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts in Walt Disney World

View of Stormalong Bay from Crescent Lake

3. Me Pirate Adventure In-Room Experience

If you’re looking for a piratey experience in addition to a piratey atmosphere, you can arrange for Me Pirate Adventure in any Disney resort. It’s pricey ($395) but sure to be unforgettable. Here’s the description from Disney Floral & Gifts:

“When you come back to your Walt Disney World® Resort room, you’ll find a mysterious door banner featuring a glowing pirate eye and the word “Beware!” Now, you know for sure there’s mischief afoot. Inside, next to an eerie, red-eyed skull is a note from Captain Jack that sets you on a quest. This and other pirate gear provide just what you need to live the life of a buccaneer. So, dig into your pirate sack and follow the riddles to Captain Jack’s chest…and…if you are a worthy crew, the treasure inside will be yours.”

If that adventure is a bit out of reach, Disney Floral & Gifts also offers a number of other packages (priced from $59 and up) that you can order to surprise the pirate-lovers in your life.

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For the full in-room piratey experience, you’ll want to stay at Caribbean Beach. You have to be a guest at Beach Club or Yacht Club to swim at Stormalong Bay, but anyone can walk by and take photos, so you could choose to stay at Caribbean Beach and just walk over to Stormalong Bay while you’re visiting the BoardWalk. Or, you could stay at Caribbean Beach one night and then move over to Yacht Club or Beach Club. Bell services will transfer your luggage for you, so moving shouldn’t be too stressful if you just don’t unpack that much! Wherever you stay, you can arrange for Me Pirate Adventure or another in-room experience from Disney Floral & Gifts.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of pirate-related posts. Here are the posts about pirates in the parks in case you missed them:
5 Things to Do in Magic Kingdom If You Love Pirates
5 Things to Do in Walt Disney World (Outside of Magic Kingdom) If You Love Pirates