I love Disney. I’ve loved it since I can remember, I worked at Walt Disney World for 9 months, and even wrote a post about my Disney Fandom! You’d think that with being a former Disney Cast Member as well as loving Disney for as long as I have, I’d have done it all, but you’re wrong! I’ve only scratched the surface on the Disney related things I want to do. And like many other Disney fans, I have my own Disney Bucket List! These are the things that are on my ultimate Disney wish list of things I want to do and I’d like to share them with you so you can start your own Disney Bucket List!
My Disney Bucket List
Visit all of the Disney Parks around the world.
Thankfully I’ve got 2 down already (Disneyland and Walt Disney World) but I still need to visit Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disney, Hong Kong Disneyland, and when it’s finished being build, Shanghai Disney. 2 out of 6 isn’t so bad! My brother’s been to 3 of 6 so he’s halfway there and one step ahead of me.
Why would I want to visit all of the parks if “you’ve seen one you’ve seen em all”. Well honestly, they are all unique! Even my Mom will tell you that Walt Disney World is a whole different world in comparison to Disneyland. The castles are all unique and it’s neat to see the differences in the same rides. Plus not many can say they’ve been to all 6 parks!
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Go on a Disney Cruise
Cruise on all the Disney Cruise Ships
These two go together because they both involve the Disney Cruise Line.
I’ve never been on a cruise but I already know that I want to cruise with Disney. Not just because I drink the pixie dust but because I know there’s a level of service that I can expect. I’m also big on family friendly activities that all members of the family can participate in and Disney does that.
Disney Cruises definitely take more out of the pocket book than some other cruise lines, but the cost is all inclusive for sodas (other cruise lines make you pay extra) and when I heard you can get Mickey Bars ordered for room service at any time, well I was sold.
I want to also experience each ship as they each have different offerings and different sizes. As well as, of course, different destinations. I want to wait until Marvel is just a little bit older though so we can enjoy it a bit more.
Eat at Club 33
There are two types of people in the world. Those who’ve heard of Club 33 and those who haven’t. For those who haven’t, Club 33 is an exclusive restaurant inside of Disneyland. You have to be a member (or know a member who will make a reservation for you) to be able to eat there. It’s located in New Orleans Square and is the only place that sells alcohol inside of the Disneyland Park.
Walt wanted to have a place built where he could entertain special guests inside the park. Unfortunately he never got to see it built to fruition but it was still built. It recently went through an expansion to accommodate more guests as well as there’s an even more exclusive lounge in Carthay Circle at California Adventure called 1901 where you have to actually be with the member to visit.
It’s not easy joining Club 33 either, it’s got an expensive joining fee (think thousands of dollars) and then on top of that dues to pay each year (even more thousands of dollars). So, unfortunately, I don’t see myself being able to join (especially since there is a waitlist to join). I’m hoping someday that pixie dust will fall on me and I’ll be able to eat inside Club 33, as it can happen.
Visit Marceline, Missouri
About two hours North East of Kansas City, Marceline, Missouri is Walt’s childhood home and the inspiration for Main Street, USA. My Disney Heritage class instructor that I took during my time at Disney described his experience there as feeling like he was walking through a Disney Theme Park. The residents of the small town were just as friendly and them some.
The Disney family farm in Marceline was one of Walt’s favorite places. Back in 2001 a replica of the barn was rebuilt and Cast Members visit from all over to write their thanks to Walt on the inside. I’d like to be able to join those Cast Members as I’m very thankful to the legacy that Walt has left.
Visit The Walt Disney Studios
Who wouldn’t want to visit where the movie magic is made? To visit the studios you need to be a part of a tour (can be “purchased” as a reward through Disney Movie Rewards) or Adventures by Disney. Sometimes there are tours offered for D23 members and if it’s open for Cast Members to visit, you can go with one if you know one.
Stay in The Walt Disney Dream Suite
As a part of the “Year of a Million Dreams” the space above Pirates of the Caribbean was changed into the Walt Disney Dream Suite. The plans were based on plans that Walt had to turn it into an apartment for family but unfortunately it didn’t get done before his passing.
In order to stay at the Dream Suite, you need to win a sweepstakes (or be a big celebrity).
Stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite
Like The Walt Disney Dream Suite, the Cinderella Castle Suite was made for the “Year of a Million Dreams.” Every day one lucky family was chosen from park guests to stay in the suite that night. Now you have to win a sweepstakes where it’s listed as a prize to stay there.
When I worked in Fantasyland, the suite was “dark” most times, but I unfortunately never got a tour. Since I didn’t get to tour the suite, I hope to win a contest someday to stay there.
Stay at a Monorail hotel (or all 3)
A Monorail hotel is a hotel that the Monorail stops at. At Walt Disney World there are three hotels with Monorail stops: the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian, the Contemporary (the one where the Monorail actually goes through the hotel). I’ve been to all three but never have I been able to actually stay at them.
Someday I’d like to stay at one of them (or all) though of course they are the most expensive of the resort hotels, which the Grand Floridian being the most expensive. You can get some great views of the castle though from your room to watch the fireworks at night.
Stay at the Disneyland Hotel
I’d love to stay at any on property hotel at Disneyland, but the Disneyland is the most magical to me (the Grand Californian is a close second). They have these headboards that do a “fireworks” show using it’s own Disney Magic.
Eat at the Blue Bayou
Probably the easiest item on my bucket list. When I was younger and would ride Pirates of the Caribbean, I’d watch in awe as we went past this indoor restaurant. It seemed so mysterious to me and I never knew what it was until I got older.
I’ve never ate there so I’d love to make that happen. I just haven’t decided if I want to try their famous Monte Cristo sandwich yet or not.
Have my kids get their first haircuts done at The Magic Kingdom
Probably the second easiest item, and one that Sean completely agrees with. We’ve decided that we want to have our kids get their first haircuts at the barber shop in The Magic Kingdom. You can get these great Mickey Ears that say “My First Haircut” and a special certificate to commemorate the occasion.
So far so good with Marvel as her hair isn’t growing too fast. We hope to get this done sometime in 2017 or 2018.
Become a member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel
The Disney Parks Moms Panel is a panel of moms, dads, grandparents, etc. etc who have extensive knowledge on the parks and answer questions for those getting ready to visit the parks.
They have competitive application process in the fall for the next years panel of “moms” but in order to qualify to apply, you have to have taken a trip within the last year. Since I haven’t been to a Disney Park in over 5 years, I don’t qualify, but as soon as I do, I’ll be applying!
Attend Disney Social Media Moms Celebration
Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is a conference that takes place usually at Walt Disney World for influencers.
In order to attend you have to get invited so this one is really out of my hands. But it would be great to cross it off my list!
What’s on your Disney Bucket list? Have you been able to do anything that I have on my list? Let me know in the comments!