5 Things to Do in Walt Disney World If You Love Hair

Recently I talked about things to do in Walt Disney World if you love makeup. Today, I’ll cover one of the other main areas of cosmetology: hair. Your hair may not have magical abilities like Rapunzel’s, but you may be looking for something fun to do with your or your child’s hair while on your trip. So, here are five things to do in Walt Disney World if you love hair.

1. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

The first item on today’s list was also on the makeup list. Little girls can get their hair done in a variety of princessy styles at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and from what I’ve heard, the styles do last through a day in the parks. You can choose from several packages that range in price from about $55 to $200, but if you only want a hairdo, you can stick with the lowest package at $54.95.

2. Harmony Barber Shop

A less expensive option is to get your child’s hair done at Harmony Barber Shop. They don’t do really fancy styles there, but kids do get sprinkled with pixie dust after getting their hair cut. The barbers there also do some fun things with colored gel. A child’s first haircut there is $18, and regular kids cuts are $15. Adults can get their hair cut there too for $19. For more details on Harmony Barber Shop, see my post about first haircuts in Walt Disney World.

Interior of Harmony Barber Shop in Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

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7 Things to Do in Walt Disney World If You Love Flying

I’ve covered a variety of forms of transportation here on Vacationearing—trains, boats, cars, Segways—but perhaps you prefer traveling by air rather than by land or sea. There are a number of flight-themed attractions in Walt Disney World, and that’s what I’ll focus on today.

Here are seven things to do in Walt Disney World if you love flying.

1. Soarin’

Soarin’ is one of my favorite attractions. It simulates serenely hang-gliding over California. It’s true you’re just watching a film, but since you’re raised 40 feet in the air, you do get a real sense of the height and even the wind blowing in your face. The views are fantastic, and the music is even better. Here’s a little clip from the end of the attraction, when you’re flying over Disneyland.

2. The Barnstormer

The Barnstormer has recently been rethemed to fit in Storybook Circus, part of the New Fantasyland expansion, but it still features little airplanes as the ride vehicles. The story is that The Great Goofini is taking you on a ride on a stunt plane. It’s a starter roller coaster for little kids, so don’t expect over-the-top thrills, but it’s a cute ride.

Goofy's Barnstormer (now The Barnstormer starring the Great Goofini) in Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

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6 Things to Do in Walt Disney World If You Love Animals

I’ve already done a number of animal-themed posts here on Vacationearing, but they’ve all focused on a particular type of animal: birds, fish, dinosaurs, elephants, bears, dragons, and lions. What if you love all animals equally? That’s what we’ll talk about today: the more generalized animal experiences available at Walt Disney World.

Here are six things to do in Walt Disney World if you love animals.

1. Disney’s Animal Kingdom

I always feel like putting an entire park as a list item is kind of a cop-out, but in this case, if you love animals, Animal Kingdom is where you’re going to want to spend much of your time. You’ll see animals (both real and Imagineered) in other parks, but here you’ll find more than 1,700 animals from 250 species! Of course you’ll want to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris, but don’t forget about all the trails where you can see even more animals. The trails include the Cretaceous Trail, Discovery Island Trails, Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, and Maharajah Jungle Trek.

Harambe Wildlife Preserve sign on Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Harambe Wildlife Preserve sign on Kilimanjaro Safaris

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

The Walt Disney World Resort covers 47 square miles. Not all of that area is accessible to guests, of course, but still, that’s a lot of ground to cover. Disney offers a lot of walking tours to show you some of the unique sights around property, but if you prefer to roll rather than walk, a Segway tour may be right for you. There are three Segway tours currently offered in Walt Disney World. There used to be one more—the Simply Segway tour that taught the basics of navigating a Segway—but that tour was discontinued in September 2011. The first tour on today’s list is also being discontinued, but not until July 2012, so you may still be able to experience it before it’s gone.

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

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4 Things to Do in Walt Disney World If You Love U.S. Presidents

It’s President’s Day here in the U.S., so you can anticipate the theme of today’s post. As you might expect, presidents can be found in both Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom and American Adventure pavilion in Epcot. You might not guess, though, the other park where one president can be found.

Here are four things to do in Walt Disney World if you love U.S. presidents.

1. The Hall of Presidents

If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World, you surely predicted the first attraction on this list, and if you love hearing about the U.S. presidents, you’re probably one of the few who enters The Hall of Presidents for reasons other than escaping the heat! I’m exaggerating, of course. Like just about everything in Walt Disney World, The Hall of Presidents is designed with excellence and worth experiencing whether or not you’re particularly patriotic. If you are a fan of the presidency, I can’t imagine a better attraction for you to experience. You’ll also enjoy the displays of presidential memorabilia in the Rotunda pre-show area.

2. Liberty Tree Tavern

Sign for Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney WorldEach dining room in this Liberty Square restaurant is themed after an early American patriot, including two presidents. One room is dedicated to George Washington and another to Thomas Jefferson. I have to admit that I’ve eaten at this restaurant several times and never noticed just how precisely it was themed room by room until it was pointed out to me. Be sure to take time to look around after your meal.

3. The American Adventure

While all current and past U.S. presidents are portrayed in The Hall of Presidents, only a select few made it into The American Adventure. Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt are represented by Audio-Animatronic figures. Other presidents, including John F. Kennedy, are seen or heard in multimedia clips throughout the show.

4. Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream

The Hall of Presidents would likely never have come to be if not for Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, an attraction created by Disney for the State of Illinois Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The Audio-Animatronic Lincoln figure wowed audiences at the time. The attraction lives on in a modified form in Disneyland, but the original Audio-Animatronic figure is displayed in Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I don’t have a picture of it myself, but you can see the display at Studios Central.

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Your presidential day in Disney will involve three parks. You’ll want to be in Magic Kingdom at lunch or dinner so that you can eat at Liberty Tree Tavern, so you may consider starting at a different park. I would suggest Disney’s Hollywood Studios, because World Showcase (where The American Adventure is located) in Epcot doesn’t open until late morning. If you start in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can take the boat from there to Epcot, and then the monorail over to Magic Kingdom. None of the attractions will involve significant waits. Just make sure to make your advanced dining reservations for Liberty Tree Tavern before your trip.

Happy President’s Day!