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Best Things to Do at Disney World

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Among the top things to do at Disney World is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Among the top things to do at Disney World is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

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As the Theme Parks Guide for About.com, you'd expect that I'd have Disney World advice to share. And you'd be right. If you're making a pilgrimage to Florida, I've got ten suggested things to do at Disney World that I just don't think you should miss -- or at least know about so that you and your gang can get ready for a great vacation.

And I'm not just talking about the best rides (although rides and attractions figure heavily on the top-10 countdown). Disney World is a massive vacation resort with many hotels, an astonishing number of restaurants, shopping and entertainment districts, and a wealth of other features to explore.

There's so much to see and do, it would be easy to dole out way more than ten tips. Among the intriguing options that didn't make the list, for example, are the mesmerizing Cirque du Soleil show, "La Nouba," Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and the Battle for Buccaneer Gold attraction at the "virtual theme park," DisneyQuest (located in Downtown Disney). Consider the preceding items honorable mentions that would merit your travel-planning attention.

Here is what did make the list. Ready?

  • Dine Out at a Fancy Restaurant -- at Least Once
    Sure, you could subsist on hamburgs and pizza or aimlessly wander into any old restaurant. But you really owe it to yourself to discover the dining gems among the resort's many eateries.
  • Try Some Great Casual Restaurants
    You wouldn't want to blow all your vacation dollars (and your diet) indulging in table-service restaurants, would you? But that doesn't mean you have to settle for burgers and fries all the time either. The resort has some great counter-service restaurants. To find out which ones you should consider, head on over to Top 10 Best Walt Disney World Casual Restaurants.
  • Yo Ho with Pirates of the Caribbean
    After a few decades of yo-hoing, Pirates is still among the best ride in all of Disney World (and all theme parks, for that matter.)
  • Drop In on the Tower of Terror
    If you can handle the thrills (which are pretty thrilling), no trip to Disney World would be complete without a visit to the "Twilight Zone"-themed classic attraction.
  • Find the Best Rides for Your Young'uns
    Check out this rundown of Disney World's very best attractions and shows for toddlers and pre-tweens.
  • Glide Over to Soarin'
    An incredible ride that mimics the experience of hang gliding. If that sounds scary, it really isn't. The relatively gentle attraction is more awe-inspiring than thrilling.
  • Stay at One of the Disney Hotels
    Sure, you could save a few bucks by staying off property. But you'd be robbing yourself of the full Disney World experience (as well as some worthwhile benefits).
  • Spring for Typhoon Lagoon
    Disney's water parks are among the best anywhere and are well worth a visit.
  • Get Thrilled
    While places like Six Flags and Cedar Point really amp up the thrills, Disney World has some rides that will get your pulse racing.
  • Seek Out the Best Rides and Shows
    Here's a rundown of the the rest of the must-do Disney World attractions.

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