WATCH: 5 Bucket List Items for Disney Fans That Have Nothing to Do With Disney World
Really, no stepping foot in Orlando.
If you are a giant Disney World fan, chances are you've also considered a trip to Disneyland, or even visited the park in Anaheim, California. But here are five more amazing Disney experiences to add to your bucket list that may not be on your radar. Grab your Mickey ears and read on.
A home for a giant array of Disney memorabilia and artifacts, you'll learn so much about the Disney family in the Marceline, Missouri exhibit space. The private venture states their mission as, "Ensuring that the world never forgets that Walt Disney was a simple farm boy from Marceline who grew up to become the keeper of childhood magic," which is sure to make your experience of all the parks that much more meaningful and magical. Fun fact: Disneyland's Main Street is inspired by Walt Disney's time in Marceline as a young boy, when the family moved here from Chicago in 1905.
Make the world your playground with these inspired guided tours to places ranging from the Canadian Rockies and Boston to Japan and South Africa. Whether you're searching for city thrills, beach days, or a wild animal safari, there's an option for everyone. Hotels, dining, and activities are included when you book your trip so you can free up time to, you know, actually enjoy your getaway and not sweat the scheduling and itinerary details.
Brace yourself for the spellbinding fun of Disney, H2O-style, with a large collection of exciting cruises all over the globe. How about saying all aboard for a journey to The Last Frontier? On a Disney Cruise Line (DCL) voyage to Alaska, guests will get to see glaciers, inviting towns, parks, and more. Or, consider departing from Disney's new home part in New Orleans, which will kick off with several trips to the Western Caribbean, Bahamas, and the Panama Canal in 2020. From ocean to river cruises, DCL has a dizzying array of options to suit all travelers. They even run adults-only trips, like the luxe Rhine River Food & Wine Cruise, which boasts Disney's signature attention-to-detail, but lacks the character appearances, hidden Mickeys, and toddler tantrums.
All super fans should make the pilgrimage to Walt Disney's Birthplace in Chicago, Illinois. Currently, a restoration project is in the works to preserve the home as a place people can visit and tour for years to come. The home was designed and built by Walt and his older brother Roy's parents, Flora and Elias Disney.
5. Walt's Barn
Disney was a railroad enthusiast and fans of his will surely delight in this Los Angeles attraction at his Holmby Hills property. "In 1950, Walt built the Carolwood Pacific Railroad in the backyard of his house in Holmby Hills, California," as The Carolwood Society website explains. Now, every Sunday from 11:00am to 3:00pm, the barn is open to the public, where you can enjoy learning about Disney history, taking in Disney artifacts, and even spreading out for a nice picnic on one of the tables inside the landscaped park.
Oh, and yes, even with all of these must-see sights, we still plan on making time for our annual Disney World getaway. We wouldn't want to let Walt down, folks.