8. Eat a Dole Whip Float – If you don’t know what a Dole Whip is, then you haven’t lived, my friends! Dole Whip is available in three flavors – pineapple, orange and vanilla. Topped off with pineapple juice & it’s the most amazing float—ever! You can find these delicious soft-serve frozen desserts in Aloha Isle (in Adventureland) at the Magic Kingdom, or at the Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Village Resort. And for those of you on a Disney Dining Plan, you’re in luck because these delightful concoctions count as a snack!
6. Watch the Fireworks from the Polynesian or Contemporary – If you want to see the fireworks with less crowds and in a different setting, hop on the monorail and head over to one of the resort hotels. You can have dinner at The California Grill, a rooftop restaurant at the Contemporary Resort, and watch the fireworks from the restaurant’s observation deck. Another fun place to view the fireworks is from ‘Ohana, a restaurant at the Polynesian Village Resort. Both of these restaurants pipe in the music from the Magic Kingdom, so you’re able to see the same show as inside the park, just with a bit of a different view. My personal favorite place to watch the fireworks is on the beach at the Polynesian Village Resort…it’s one of the main reasons I try to always stay there when I visit WDW!
4. Dine at ‘Ohana – ‘Ohana, located within the Polynesian Village Resort, is my all-time favorite restaurant in all of WDW. Food is served family-style, and the restaurant features a fun character breakfast with Lilo and Stich each morning, and an all-you-can eat Hawaiian feast of meats, vegetables and other regional specialties at dinner. My favorite “don’t miss” at an ‘Ohana dinner—the bread pudding—so make sure you save room for dessert!
2. Ride Pirates of the Caribbean – A Magic Kingdom oldie but goodie, Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland, always provides fun entertainment for all ages. The attraction received a face-lift a few years ago to incorporate Captain Jack Sparrow and some other familiar characters from the “Pirates” film franchise, but it still retains the same dark, mysterious atmosphere that first drew me to it as a child. And there is something about that walk through the “tunnels” to get to the ride that always gets me anxiously excited and makes me feel like a little kid again. It will never, ever get old to me…
Enjoy the magic!
- Agent Karen