Walt Disney World is known for being the Happiest Place on Earth for several reasons, among them being the sheer beauty of the place. First time visitors are often in awe of the sparkling cleanliness and gorgeous settings in the parks. It’s been difficult deciding but here is my list, helped along by my family, of the 5 most gorgeous places in Walt Disney World.
WORLD SHOWCASE – EPCOT’s World Showcase is eleven country specific themed pavilions plus one rugged outpost surrounding the lagoon that makes up the back half of the park. Each country’s theming is intricately detailed and stunning in it’s own right. A slow stroll around, reveals art in the form of statues, gardens, miniature trains and waterfalls. The photo opportunities alone are worth the trek. The nightly celebration known as Illuminations, Reflections of Earth, makes World Showcase a favorite in terms of gorgeousness.
KILIMANJARO SAFARI GROUNDS – The grounds of Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safari attraction are absolutely beautiful, not to mention full of wildlife not seen in the average zoo. Sure there are giraffes and elephants, but how many zoos have Bontebok, Bongo and Dama Gazelles? Dare to ride along on a short trip. It’s unlikely you’ll be eaten by a lion even if it looks as if they could leap off the rock right onto your head. Have your camera ready, you won’t regret it.
HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS AT NIGHT – There is something wonderful about the art deco style of this park lit up in neon that is absent during the day. In fact, we rarely visit Hollywood Studios before dark because the park is so small and seems suffocating and hot. The after dark atmosphere has an eye-catching energetic vibe combined with neon glam and is one we enjoy very much.
HOTEL LOBBIES – Take the bus, monorail or boat to different hotels and check out the lobbies. Wilderness and Animal Kingdom Lodges are our favorites but we also thoroughly enjoy looking through The Grand Floridian, Polynesian and Contemporary. The Polynesian has some lovely beach scenes off Bay Lake, perfect for romantic walks at twilight.
MAIN STREET, USA – Last but certainly not least is Magic Kingdom’s Main Street, USA. Most people are in such a rush to get to various attractions, they skip the gorgeous detail of Main Street. Next time, walk up and down the street slowly, taking in the window displays at street level as well as above. We always enjoy looking at the iconic movie scenes depicted around the shops just beyond City Hall.
BONUS – DISNEY GOOD NEIGHBOR HOTEL FIREWORKS VIEW – As mentioned, the hotels have lovely lobbies and scenery but one of the ways guests watch fireworks is from certain hotel rooms, balconies, and pool area. The Contemporary is one such hotel with great views to Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks. Other locations outside the world so to speak which may be better if watch fireworks with little ones, are staySky Suites-I Drive Orlando, our family favorite view, or many Disney Good Neighbor hotels, also have excellent balcony views to fireworks. What is more gorgeous than a bird’s eye view of Walt Disney World from the privacy of your own room or balcony?
Michelle Rise is a mother of 5 kiddos, Disney lover, and world traveler. Michelle’s passion for princess castles and Mickey ears tends to win when it comes to vacationing with her family. With many family trips consisting of trekking through Disney parks, Michelle has become an expert. When she’s not singing along to “Let It Go”, Michelle is hiking through Rainbow Mountain with her husband Ben, and the family dog. Chat with her on Twitter: @Rise7Up.