Activities and shows to book in Walt Disney World

With so many activities and shows to choose from when you visit Walt Disney World it's easy to get a little overwhelmed with it all. After all visiting Walt Disney World at all takes a lot of planning. There are certainly shows and entertainment that you don't need to book, that are always open or you can just catch in the streets of the parks. But there are also shows and activities that you'll need to book ahead of time if you want to make sure you'll get to do them. 


Boat hire

At certain hotels in Walt Disney World you can hire boats to take out onto the lake. They have large boats, pontoons, and smaller boats too meant for just two people. These activities do get busy though, so it's a good idea to book, especially if you'd like to take out a larger boat. 

Activities And Shows To Book In Walt Disney World | Relax on a boat on the lake to get away from the crowds.
BP chilling. Taking a moment away from the crowds.

It is one of the few activities in Walt Disney World where it is just you and your family, you can escape the crowds and sail on the lake at your own pace. We love it, and the boys enjoy being able to chill out on the boat looking around at the sights. It's such a peaceful time and definitely one to do if you get the chance. 

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. 

Napoleon Bonaparte

Savannah Tour

At the Animal Kingdom Lodge you can book a tour of the Savannah. A couple of years ago we were lucky enough to do the tour and had a brilliant time learning about the animals and how the Cast Members look after them. LP even got to call one of the pigs to tell it it was breakfast time.

Activities And Shows To Book In Walt Disney World | See the animals close up in the Savannah Tour.
Get up and close with the animals.

The Savannah isn't huge but you're taken behind the scenes and get to see where the animals are kept at night, where they eat, and learn about the animals. You'll learn how the Cast Members try to make sure the animals are as wild as they can be at the same time as taking care of them. It was a really interesting tour and definitely one to check out.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Obviously this party only happens at certain times in the year, but in 2018 we were lucky enough to be in Walt Disney World when the party started. Towards the end of the summer season the party began and we were quick to book our tickets. The thing about Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is it sells out quick so if it's something you want to do you'll need to book as soon as the tickets go on sale. 

Activities And Shows To Book In Walt Disney World | Seeing Magic Kingdom dressed in Halloween decorations is awesome!
See the Halloween decorations and dress up - Awesome!

The boys loved it, being able to walk around Magic Kingdom collecting candy at all the spots and seeing the decorations we don't usually get a chance to see. Everyone can dress up too - including adults - so it's hugely popular as people dress up in their favourite Disney character outfits. Everyone gets in the spirit and it's very enjoyable despite being very busy.

If you ever get a chance to go to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party I'd recommend it - at least once.



The fireworks and water show at Hollywood Studios is a great show to see and definitely one to book if you want to make sure you'll get to see it. It used to be possible to just show up on the day and see it but with the park getting more busy with the opening of Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land later this year (2019) you can be sure that booking ahead for Fantasmic! is the best way to ensure you'll see it. 

Watch Mickey take on the baddies from various Disney movies - will he be defeated or will he win the day? Find out by watching the show. It's on twice daily, we tend to see the later show but if you have little ones this may be too late. LP, at 9 years old, struggled towards the end of the show because he was quite tired. Planning your day around a late show could be a good way forward.

Hoop De Doo Musical Revue

In my opinion one of the best shows in Walt Disney World, Hoop De Doo is definitely one you want to book. To get the best chance of a good table you should book as early as possible, we've managed to get a table right in front of the stage by booking as far in advance as possible and it was the best seat in the house!

Activities And Shows To Book In Walt Disney World | Hoop De Doo Musical Revue will keep you entertained for hours!
Be part of the show!

The show is musical and funny, the actors are brilliantly talented and will keep you laughing the entire time. They interact with the audience too, our boys have had one of the actors sing a song about beans for them because they didn't like the beans! It was hilarious! If you book to see anything during your stay in Walt Disney World book Hoop De Doo Musical Revue.

A good laugh is sunshine in the house. 

William Makepeace Thackeray

These shows and activities are our favourites, and that's why I'm recommending you book ahead of time. Ensure you get the best seat/view possible by booking as early as you can!

Activities And Shows To Book In Walt Disney World | Shows you need to book to ensure you get to see them!

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