I don’t know about you, but there are certain things I look forward to on every Disney World Vacation. None of them are major accomplishments, and in fact they’re pretty basic. However, I love these experiences and I try to do them on each and every vacation.

Here is a list of the top ten must-dos for your next Disney vacation:

10. Eat a Mickey Ice Cream

The carts are everywhere, and they beckon me to come. It’s like a magnet pulling me in! I love the Mickey Ice Cream Bars! The thick chocolate coating covering the sweet vanilla ice cream is so delicious.

Chocolate. Ice cream. Mickey. What could be better?
Chocolate. Ice cream. Mickey. What could be better?

9. Eat a Mickey Waffle

I think things just taste better when they’re shaped like Mickey! The Mickey waffles are something I look forward to for every vacation. When they’re topped with strawberries and whipped cream, they’re even better!

8. Eat a Dole Whip

Okay, so a Dole Whip isn’t shaped like Mickey, but it is a Disney classic. It was once only sold at Disneyland and Disney World, but it has recently moved into some other places in the country. Regardless, I still have to enjoy a Dole Whip when I visit Disney World. Bonus points if I can eat it after visiting the Enchanted Tiki Room!

Dole Whip. It's a definite 'must do.'
Dole Whip. It’s a definite ‘must do.’

7. Character Meet & Greets

I look forward to meeting the characters in the parks. Who can’t use another hug or two?  I don’t mind standing in line to wait for them.  It’s fun to see who I can find and talk to them, and I love seeing how people get their autographs in creative ways like on pillowcases or picture frames!

6. Character Dining

Disney World has some amazing restaurants, but one of the most unique dining experiences is getting to dine with the characters. There are so many opportunities with a huge variety of not only food but also characters. If you want a safari-themed meal, check out the Tusker House with Donald Duck and friends. If princesses are your thing, you’ll want to get into Cinderella’s Royal Table. What’s even better is you’ll get to spend much more quality time with the characters during a character meal than if you meet them in the parks.

Spend some time with your favorite characters.
Spend some time with your favorite characters.

5. Ride the Monorail

Disney’s monorail is a really unique form of transportation, and I must ride it every time! I love doing a “resort monorail crawl” and visiting the Magic Kingdom area resorts on the monorail.  You don’t have to be a guest at one of the hotels on the loop to experience the popular train. What’s great is you don’t even have to have park admission to enjoy this attraction!

No Walt Disney World trip is complete without a trip on the highway in the sky.
No Walt Disney World trip is complete without a trip on the highway in the sky.

4. Enjoy Main Street

Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom is a beautifully recreated throwback to the turn-of-the-century small towns. Walt was very specific about how this area was built, and all of the stores harken back to years gone by. Not only are there great stores on Main Street, but there are restaurants like Casey’s Corner and snack locations like the Main Street Confectionary. Can you say fudge?!?  There’s also great entertainment including Dapper Dans and the Citizens of Main Street. I always love interacting with these talented and fun actors.

3. Wear your ears

Wearing Mickey Ears isn’t really acceptable in daily life, but it is perfectly normal at Walt Disney World. In Disney World, you may feel like the odd man out if you are not wearing your ears!

2. Watch fireworks

Disney’s fireworks are some of the best I’ve ever seen! Wishes Nighttime Spectacular in Magic Kingdom is such a treat. Cinderella’s Castle lights up, Tinkerbell flies through the air, and fireworks blast off in an amazing show! IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in Epcot‘s World Showcase seems like a more adult version of a fireworks show with three phases including Chaos, Order, and Meaning. Although kids will love the show, they may not be mature enough to understand the story behind it. Even so, you should explain to them what the meaning of each phase is so they can better appreciate Disney’s storied attractions.

Disney World is practically synonymous with fireworks!
Disney World is practically synonymous with fireworks!

1. Stay at a Disney Resort Hotel

I love staying at a Disney Resort Hotel. It’s a chance to be immersed in the magic for my entire vacation. Plus, the convenience of the free transportation and the benefits including Extra Magic Hours and Magical Express transportation make it worth the extra (nominal) cost.

What do you have to do every time you visit Disney World?