Disney Vacation Experiences Even Non-Disney Fans Will Love

There are plenty of ways to add some extra magic to your Disney vacation and create memories that your family will never forget. Most people go to the park without researching the perks. There are tons of perks to account for if you are going to Disney.  Just when you think you have discovered it all, there is something different to explore. Many feel they had a complete and successful trip because they rode on the most popular rides and took a photo with Mickey Mouse. But the truth is that there is so much more to do and even more to explore.

Disney cruises

Disney cruises provide the best of both worlds for entire families – a cruise experience for the adults and amusement park entertainment for the kids. You can enjoy almost every Disney perk without the hordes of people and huge lines.

Take a dive in The Seas

The Seas is home to more than 6,000 sea creatures and is considered one of the biggest man made ocean environments in the world. But the best part about this aquarium; you can go on a scuba diving experience and explore incredible marine life and coral.

Disney camping in Orlando, Florida

Forget about off- and on-site hotels if you can't decide which is cheaper. Add one more adventure to your trip and go camping at Disney's Fort Wilderness. This is by far the cheapest lodging option. The kids will love playing by the fire, the swimming pool, stargazing, and sleeping in a tent. Room for either a pop-up or camper van-type vehicle plus a tent or 2 tents is just $53 per night.

Free activities

Disney is expensive but the "happiest place on Earth" offers a lot of free opportunities to enjoy yourself. Go to Disney Springs for free boat rides from one complex to another, go on a free walking tour to see zebras, giraffes and other exotic animals at Animal Kingdom, stroll down the mile-long Disney's BoardWalk and watch the fireworks over the park at night.

Sit front row of every single rollercoaster

If you are an adrenaline seeker, one of the best ways to make your Disney vacation more exhilarating is by sitting in the front row of every single rollercoaster. Make a list of all the rollercoasters in the park and check off each one after you ride it.

Go on a behind the scenes tour

Contrary to what many people believe, behind the scenes is not just for Disney actors; there are actually tours specifically designed for you. Go on a Backstage Magic tour for behind-the-scenes access to Walt Disney World attractions or take Disney's The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour to explore the world of steam trains on an educational and fun experience.

Watch a movie under the stars

You can do that at the Walt Disney World Resort. Hotel guests should never pass on the opportunity to watch complimentary movie screenings outside, under the stars. It is truly an incredible experience.

Go during a festival

Make your Disney vacation more enjoyable by visiting during a festival. Some of their famous special events and festivals include Mardi Gras, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Festival of the Masters, Night of Joy and New Year's Eve.

Try the Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour

This is a 3-hour walking tour located in Magic Kingdom Park. You will have the opportunity to learn about the design and operation of several classic attractions as well as discover how key events in Walt Disney's life inspired the creation of the park.

See the IllumiNations: Reflections on Earth

Located in Epcot is this thrilling show that celebrates the spirit of humanity. It is a 12-minute show with spectacular firework displays, and is great for children of all ages.

The safari at Animal Kingdom

If you haven't ridden off on a Kilimanjaro Safari, you must try it on your next trip. You will hop in an open-air vehicle and explore the African savanna and unique animals. This is a slow ride and is great for children of all ages.

Go horseback riding

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort offers the Tri-Circle-D Ranch for your enjoyment. Kids can go on pony rides, guest's 9-years old and up can experience Horseback Trail Rides, and everyone can enjoy a wagon and carriage ride together.

Disney Pin Trading

Disney Pin Trading is a unique and exciting experience that allows Disney guests to trade Disney pins with cast members and other guests. This is a great way to bring home the magic, create memories and make new friends.

The Rock n’ Roller Coaster Disney

The line is long, which is probably why you haven't tried it yet. But the truth is that the Rock n' Roller Coaster is definitely worth the wait. You will race through the dark freeways of Los Angeles, in an awesome super-stretch limo while rockin' to tunes of Aerosmith.

Jungle Cruise

You can't leave Magic Kingdom without experiencing the Jungle Cruise. It's a scenic boat tour of the most exotic and thrilling rivers across Africa, Asia and South America. Experience the Amazon in South Africa, the African Congo and tons of wildlife. This is a slow ride and is suitable for guests of all ages.