Hidden Gems for Repeat Visitors to Walt Disney World

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When visiting Disney World, there are many things that first timers want to do, but what about those people returning to Disney World?  What are some things that people should do that they don’t typically think about? That’s where these hidden gems come into play.

Visit The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Breakfast at The Wave
Breakfast at The Wave

When guests think of dining reservations, The Wave isn’t one that typically comes to mind as a place to eat.  Yet if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing breakfast, this place should be on your radar. One unique element is that you can order off the menu, or you can eat from the breakfast buffet.  Personally, I can recommend the Glazed Donut French Toast and the Wave Signature Sweet Potato Pancakes (pictured above).  I would highly recommend splitting these two entrees between two or three people as they are plenty of food.

Watch the Bedtime Stories on the Disney Resort TV channel

Bedtime Stories
Bedtime Stories

Whether you are a parent or not, take some time in the evening to catch the Bedtime Stories that Disney airs on the Resort TV channel.  These three to four short movies are perfect for putting a child to bed or even to wind down the night.  They are animated stories based on a book, so if your child (or you) loves a particular story, the book might make the perfect souvenir to get as a way to remember your trip.  The movies play on a continuous rotation throughout the evening.

See The Muppets Present Great Moments in American History

The Muppets in Liberty Square | Hidden Gems
The Muppets in Liberty Square

Take some time in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square to catch a showing of The Muppets Present Great Moments in American History.  This outdoors presentation is located at the perfect spot to get a snack, sit down, and intentionally catch this show.  There are various shows throughout the day that are announced by the town crier.  And in typical Muppet fashion, everything might not go like you’ve heard in school, especially with Miss Piggy insisting on having a starring role.  The “moment” changes throughout the day, so feel free to catch this show multiple times for different takes on this hidden gem.

Get a Treat That You’ve Never Had Before

Hollywood Studios Carrot Cake Cookie | Hidden Gems
Hollywood Studios Carrot Cake Cookie

There are so many amazing treats at Disney World that it is impossible to have them all in one trip.  Make sure to enjoy your favorites, but also take the opportunity to try something new.  Disney does a great job of having a cupcake for every event, so that is always an option.  There’s also lots of standard treats such as Dole Whips, Mickey shaped food, and cookies to choose from, so pick a new treat to try.

See Happily Ever After from Somewhere Besides Inside the Magic Kingdom

Fireworks from Top of the World Lounge | Hidden Gems
Fireworks from Top of the World Lounge

Without a doubt, Happily Ever After is a projection and fireworks show, so it needs to be seen from the Hub to receive the full experience.  But there is still something special about seeing the show from a location outside of the Magic Kingdom.  There are several locations to choose from.  These include the beach at the Polynesian, California Grill, Top of the World Lounge, or paying for a private fireworks cruise. All great hidden gems.

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