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7 Attractions You Will Not Want to Miss at Disney World

A few months ago, my family and I packed up the car and headed south for an impromptu family vacation. My husband and I needed a little down time and we had always talked about taking the kids to Disney World. At the time, both our children were in a Pixar phase. “Why not?” we thought. So we bought our tickets, rented a house for a week with a few good friends, and headed to sunny Florida to see a mouse about an amusement park.

The highlight of the trip was the day we spent in Hollywood Studios. There was a little something magical for every person in the family. Disney seems to specialize in magic.

Here are our top 7 “Do not miss this!” attractions:


  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage 1 of 7
    Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
    At first I was skeptical about whether our children would sit still through a performance of Beauty and the Beast. Those fears turned out to be unfounded. We were all captivated by this broadway-style performance. Getting there early helped. We had front row seats for the show. This one is magical. If you have a little one that loves princesses it is for you.
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show 2 of 7
    Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
    This stunt show was a half hour of awesome for both of the boys in my life -- husband and son. It offers a behind the scenes look at the world of stunt car drivers and how they manage to make those car chase scenes look so death-defying on film. This show is a bit loud and has impressive pyrotechnics so if you have a child that is easily frightened, they may want to sit this one out.
  • Disney Junior Live on Stage 3 of 7
    Disney Junior Live on Stage
    My 3-year-old loved this live show. It features all of her favorite characters from Disney Junior including Handy Manny and the cast of Jake and the Neverland Pirates and even my 5-year-old got into the singing and dancing. The theater was also nice and cool and it was an excellent break from the heat.
  • Muppet Vision 3-D 4 of 7
    Muppet Vision 3-D
    This is a personal favorite of mine. Having grown up with the muppets, I was excited to see they had their very own attraction at Disney World and it didn't disappoint. Along with the very funny 3-D movie, there were bubbles, rushing air, and even muppets stepping right out into the theater with us. My children loved it almost is much as I did. Don't miss it!
  • Toy Story Mania 5 of 7
    Toy Story Mania
    Oh how far rides have come since my childhood! This one was my 5-year-old's favorite. We rode it twice. Not only did it feature the cast of Toy Story but it also turned your average ride into a game by allowing us to shoot at targets and score points. I'm only a little embarrassed to admit my son has better aim. He beat me both times.
  • Meet the Characters 6 of 7
    Meet the Characters
    They are everywhere and kids love them. If your child has a favorite, I highly recommend downloading this app from Verizon which will help you figure out where each character is located in the park. Bonus. You can also use it to make reservations or find out how long the FASTPASS wait is for attractions.
  • Pixar Parade 7 of 7
    Pixar Parade
    Grab an ice cream cone or a cold drink and find a place on the curb. You'll want to be front and center for the Pixar parade. The sidewalks can become crowded quickly and unless you want to spend the duration of the show with your child on your shoulders, you will want to make sure you have found a place at least a half hour before the parade comes through. It's a great time to take a break and have a snack and let the attraction come to you.

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