Little-Known Things to Do at Disney World

So you already knew you could ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and meet Anna and Elsa from "Frozen." But did you know that there's much more to Disney World than rides and characters? These fun and unique experiences are guaranteed to make your visit even more memorable.

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    Get a Haircut

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    Head to Harmony Barber Shop in the Magic Kingdom for an inexpensive and oh-so-fabulous memory. A $19 My First Haircut package buys you a cut, special "first haircut" mouse ears, and a guaranteed fabulous photo op.

    Special Disneyfied haircuts for boys and girls under 12 years old can be had for just $15. The stylists will also be happy to add Disney sparkle to adults' hair, too -- also for under $20.

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    Try Free Samples of Coca-Cola From Around the World

    Club Cool
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    Did someone say free soft drinks? At Epcot's Future World, don't miss a chance to sample complimentary soft drinks at Club Cool, a tasting room sponsored by Coca-Cola. You can cool off as you try various Coke products available in countries around the world, including Peru, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

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    Join Captain Jack's Pirate Gang

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    The Pirates League in the Magic Kingdom's Adventureland is a buccaneer experience that turns guests ages 3 and up into salty swashbucklers.

    Kids who join Captain Jack’s motley crew will receive a pirate identity, be transformed into a pirate by a Pirate Master and gain access to a secret treasure room. 

    Packages include a sword and sheath, earring and eye patch, temporary tattoo, exclusive pirate coin necklace and a personalized pirate oath.  Packages start at about $30.

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    Learn to Draw Mickey and Other Favorite Characters

    Magic of Disney Animation
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    Next time you're at Disney's Hollywood Studios, head to the Magic of Disney Animation for a 10-minute video overview of Disney animation.

    Afterward, you and the kids can participate in several hands-on activities that give a taste of what it's like to work in Disney animation.

    At the Animation Academy, you can even get a lesson in drawing a character from a Disney animator and take your artwork home as a souvenir.

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    Shoot an Arrow Like Merida

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    Does your child dream of being an archer like Merida in Brave? Whether you're a novice or expert marksman, a Disney guide offers archery training and tips on how to hit the bulls-eye. This 90-minute activity is offered three afternoons a week and is open to adults and kids ages 7 and up and costs $39 per person.

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    Watch Fireworks Over Dessert.

    dessert at Disney World
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    Disney World's fireworks spectaculars are jaw-droppingly fantastic, but after a long day in the parks, the last thing you may want to deal with is crowds. If you're looking for a really special, low-stress experience to cap off your day, consider attending one of the ticketed dessert parties held during the fireworks spectaculars. 

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    Gather 'round the campfire with Chip 'n' Dale.

    Fort Wilderness Lodge at Disney World
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    Want to make your family's evening more memorable? Head to Chip 'n' Dale's Campfire Sing-A-Long, a nightly outdoor event at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

    The evening includes a sing-along around the campfire with everyone's favorite chipmunks and a free screening of a Disney movie under the stars. You can also attend campfires at these other Disney World resorts.

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    Go Surfing in the World's Largest Wave Pool

    Disney World Typhoon Lagoon
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    Orlando may be miles from the ocean, but you can still hang 10 at Disney World. Head to Typhoon Lagoon's Water Lagoon Park before the park opens.

    At 2.75 million gallons, the world’s largest outdoor wave pool offers surfing sessions packed with up to 100 waves and limited to no more than 25 surfers. Don't know how to surf? No problem. Surf lessons are offered on select days prior to the park's opening.


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    Take an Off-Road Tour on a Segway

    Disney World Segway Tours
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    At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, the Wilderness Back Trail Adventure at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is a two-hour beginner’s tour that lets families experience the outdoors on a Segway X2 Personal Transporter.

    Tours are offered twice a day, three days a week, and the program costs about $96 per person, including training. Kids must be 16 years old for this activity.

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    Ride Shotgun in a NASCAR Race Car

    Disney World Richard Petty Driving Experience
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    At the Richard Petty Driving Experience, you can get behind the wheel of a real NASCAR race car at Walt Disney World Speedway. A thrilling but less expensive option is to ride shotgun in a 2-seater as one of Disney's professional driving instructors takes you up to 165 mph.