I only do shows at Disney World, no rides – Someone with an annual pass

  • I’ve had a Disney World annual pass for 7 years, and now I only do entertainment, no rides.
  • I love interacting with the characters in meet and greets and watching the fun shows and parades.
  • I no longer have to spend my day waiting in line to experience the magic of Disney World.

I’ve had an annual pass for seven years, but my trips to Disney World aren’t about the rides anymore.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve hiked Space Mountain hundreds of times. But now I’m giving up rides and only going to parks to watch parades, meet characters, and see performances.

And my pass is still totally worth the $1,200 I pay every year.

For me, a unique interaction with characters is better than a ride

casey posing between chip and dale making a heart shape with their arms at disney world

The characters are found everywhere in the Disney parks.

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My favorite entertainment offerings at Disney World are meet and greet characters.

I love hugging Mickey Mouse, dancing with Chip ‘n’ Dale, practicing my princess twirls with Cinderella and going on adventures with Peter Pan.

casey and a friend wave to passing characters in a cavalcade at disney world

Disney World currently has several character cavalcades.

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The character interactions during parades are particularly excellent – ​​I always recommend greeting Clarabelle during the Goofy Cavalcade.

The best part is that every interaction is different. A ride is pretty much the same every time you go, but a character interaction almost never is.

And Disney shows feature talented performers and high-quality production value

casey posing with the lion king festival cast at disney world

The cast of the “Lion King Festival”.

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If you’re not taking a trip to Animal Kingdom to watch “Festival of the Lion King” or stopping by the Magic Kingdom castle to watch “Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire,” then why even go to Disney World?

Just kidding, but these 15-25 minute productions are next level in theme park entertainment.

They feature talented performers and bring beloved Disney characters to life. The shows immerse you in the heart of these stories.

casey posing holding the sign for the fantasy parade festival at disney world

“Festival of Fantasy” is a parade at Disney World.

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Just watch “Festival of Fantasy” – you’ll leave the parade with memories you’ll cherish forever.

At Hollywood Studios, “For the First Time Ever: A Sing-Along Celebration” is absolutely hysterical.

The show combines Disney jokes with modern pop culture references. And it’s always a little different because the storytellers, Eric and Aria, improvise and joke around with the crowd.

At the Magic Kingdom, the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor attraction offers a unique interactive experience, with jokes sent in by audience members and crowd participation.

I’ll never forget when I was chosen to read my mind or when my dad was chosen from the crowd as “That Guy” for a recurring stint throughout the show.

I don’t waste a ton of time waiting in line anymore either

two people watching the castle show at disney world

There are shows all around the parks, including in front of the castle.

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I’ve found that the entertainment offerings at Disney World tend to have shorter lines than the rides, which is another reason I like them.

Instead of waiting 90 minutes for a two-minute ride, I’d rather wait 15 minutes for a personalized interaction with Rapunzel or a 25-minute show.

One of the benefits of being an annual passholder or visiting the parks often is that I don’t really mind missing out on super popular rides like Rise of the Resistance. Instead, I can just sit back and relax while waiting for the next show or parade.


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