Ultimate Disney World Guide for the Disneyland Veteran

Hi Guys!

As a Disneyland Annual Passholder for two decades and after 7 annual trips to Disney World, I want to share my list of Disney World “Must Do’s” for the Disneyland Vet. Some may or may not agree with me. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Must do’s:

Animal Kingdom:

  • Flight of Passage: the BEST ride (and our absolute favorite ride) in all of Disney World

  • Na’vi River Journey

  • Expedition Everest

  • Dinosaur

  • Kilimanjaro safari - tip: the animals are most active at beginning and end of the day :)

  • Festival of the Lion King - PLEASE do watch this!! The BEST show at WDW!

  • Adventurers outpost - cute meet and greet with Minnie and Mickey together in safari clothes.

  • Meet dug and russel

  • Tree of life projection show

Kevin at Pandora at Golden Hour

Kevin at Pandora at Golden Hour



  • Test track- a little bit like radiator springs racers… kind of. Tip: They have a single rider line which is cool if you can’t get a FP, but is also not cool because a highlight of the ride is building your own car and testing it out. If you can’t snag a FP or there’s a long wait then totally do single rider

  • Frozen Ever After - Epcot’s newest ride. Awesome, even as a non-frozen fan. The animatronics are beautiful.

  • Baymax character meet

  • Happiness and sadness character meet

  • World Showcase - eat and drink around the world!

  • Nemo ride - always a short line, so cute!

  • Pixar short films - 3 shorts in 3D (cool but if you’ve seen them you can skip it - pepper, feast

Magic Kingdom

  • 7 Dwarves Mine Train

  • Mickey’s Philharmagic

  • Thunder Mountain (seems longer than Disneyland)

  • People Mover - ride it only if there’s no wait. It’s a nice way to rest your feet and get a different view of the park. :)


Hollywood Studios

  • Toy Story Land

  • Star Wars Land - super brand new and not yet open. Will see similarities after the official open.

  • Rockin Roller Coaster

  • Tower of Terror - different from California

  • Star Wars Launch Bay

  • Walt Disney Presents - Cool to walk through and get a look at Disney through the years

  • Character Palooza - a bunch of characters come out at the same time. we’ve only accidentally stumbled on this once. Kenny the Pirate gives all the info on times but you have to buy a subscription. Really cool if you catch it.


Skip it:

Animal Kingdom:

  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch (unless you wanna meet rafiki) it’s a pretty long train ride out there and back just to look at a few animals

  • It’s Tough To Be a Bug - same as California

  • Finding Nemo Show - ugh, not a fan.

  • Kali River Rapids - unless you’re a water ride person, you get really uncomfortably soaked on this ride


  • Soarin - same as California

  • Living with the land - don’t waste your time here

  • Journey into imagination with figment - meh, it’s cool if you need a rest your feet

  • Spaceship Earth - for us, it was just a reason to get out of the sun but even then, we would not.


Hollywood Studios:

  • Toy Story Mania - same as California

  • Star Tours - same as California

  • Fantasmic - can’t top Disneyland’s

  • Star Wars March of the First Order (cool at first but then you realize it’s a fancy way for them to cross through the park and tbh not much really happens)

  • Beauty and the Beast show - we weren’t fans of the performers and acting but could be cool if you like Beauty and the Beast.

Riding the Buzz Lightyear Ride at Disney World is just not as fun as Disneyland’s version.

Riding the Buzz Lightyear Ride at Disney World is just not as fun as Disneyland’s version.

Magic Kingdom

  • Stitch’s Great Escape - I LOVE Stitch, but I’m sad to say that this ride is uncomfortably creepy

  • Buzz Lightyear - Disneyland is way better

  • Haunted Mansion - Disneyland’s is better

Worth a trip if you have time:

  • Fantasia Gardens - Super cute Fantasia themed mini golf right across the street from the Swan and Dolphin in the Boardwalk area. It’s a great, affordable non-park activity and the Boardwalk is by far one of my favorite Disney World walks. Tip: walk over to ample hills and get some ice cream before heading into Epcot through the back side near the France pavilion.

Hope this helps with planning your Walt Disney World Vacation! Please let me know if you have any questions or agree/disagree with any of this. Would love to hear your thoughts :)