It’s always sad when a Disney vacation ends, but there are some fun activities that you can do to make your last day extra memorable. Some of the suggestions below involve advance planning due to group size limitations and space filling up. Others listed can be last minute decisions– but all of them are equally as fun and give you that unique sense of magic that only Disney can give. So without further ado, please enjoy my round-up of 10 Unique Disney Park Activities to do on the last day of your vacation!
Get your own personal Safari on the Wild Africa Trek
If you’ve ever ridden the Kilimanjaro Safari’s at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you may recall occasionally seeing groups of people off the beaten track and up close to the animals. These daring individuals are part of the parks Wild Africa Trek — an up close tour of the African wildlife that inhabit the different areas of the savanna.
This experience is capped at 12 people and provides an intimate experience with knowledgeable tour guides as well as an extended amount of time to explore and ask questions. Guests who sign up for this trek also have access to all of the Disney Photopass photos taken during their tour. The last thing that makes this experience extra special is that a portion of each ticket cost goes to Disney’s Wildlife Conservation Fund.
Become a Wilderness Explorer
If you are visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom on your last park day — consider stopping by the Wilderness Explorer Headquarters located on the bridge leading to Discovery Island. Here you can get a guide book to follow on your own time, traveling the park and stopping at different checkpoints to learn various wilderness skills. This also gives you a chance to learn about the animals around the park while collecting sticker badges for each completed activity! Who doesn’t love a free and fun souvenir?
Dine at the Crystal Palace’s Character Breakfast
Getting a chance to spend time with our favorite Disney characters while on vacation, is something that can leave a long-lasting impression and create magical memories for guests of all ages. Landing a table at the Crystal Palace would involve booking in advance, but it is one of the most fun character dining experiences around — located right off of Main Street U.S.A in the Magic Kingdom.
This buffet style breakfast features all-you-can eat American style entrees. You’ll have a chance to interact with and get autographs from some of the most beloved characters from The Hundred Acre Woods, such as Tigger and Winnie the Pooh! Dining reservations for the Crystal Palace can be booked up to 180 days in advance.
Sign up for the Behind the Seeds Tour
This fun look behind the scenes takes you on a walking tour through EPCOT’s different greenhouses and fish farm! Guests have the chance to learn about things like hydroponics and get up close and personal with the various fruits and vegetables grown within the park. This tour is extra interesting when considering how the farm to table method is used with the crops grown here. EPCOT’s “The Land” is a Disney property restaurant supplier!
Take a swim with sea creatures at Epcot Seas Adventures
This unique snorkeling experience gives you a chance to swim alongside a variety of different sea creatures at EPCOT’s large aquarium pavilion — The Seas with Nemo and friends. You don’t need to have any scuba certification or previous dive/snorkel experience to participate. This is a guided tour with photos and gear included. Guests who participate in this attraction, also have the chance to tour behind the scenes of the facility and learn more about the wildlife that lives there!
Get a Magical Makeover at the Bippity Boppity Boutique or Pirates League
These ideas are great for families or guests visiting with young children and can be found within the Magic Kingdom. Both experiences cater to girls and boys starting at the age of three years old. While the boutique only offers services to guests between three and twelve, the Pirates League doesn’t officially cap the age of participants.
The Bippity Boppity Boutique allows children to be transformed into princesses with the help of a team of Fairy Godmothers in Training! You have the opportunity to choose from a variety of packages that offer different hairstyles and make up looks, as well as adding on accessories and nail color! The boutique can be found inside Cinderella’s castle.
The Pirates League (ending this summer) allows guests to be transformed into either pirates or mermaids, through a magical makeover. This involves a hair transformation, face painting and accessories to complete the look. You can find the league near the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Adventure land.
Both of these experiences are incredibly popular and tends to book up far in advance — So I recommend booking in advance (up to 180 days out from your visit). If you aren’t able to visit the Boutique in Cinderella’s Castle, there is another location at Disney Springs.
Try your hand at the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card Game
This interactive card game is free of charge to all guests and involves casting spells to defeat various Disney Villains. Guests that choose to play will follow a scavenger hunt around the Magic Kingdom, solving clues and looking for different portals in order to advance in the quest. To get your own set of cards, stop by the Firehouse located right inside the Magic Kingdom on Main street USA and a cast member will explain the game and help you get set up!
Have a picnic on the hub grass
This idea is pretty straightforward and can be a perfect way to slow down and take a few minutes to really soak up your surroundings on your last park day. I understand that this isn’t the most time-conscious activity for those who rarely visit Walt Disney World and are trying to pack in as much bang-for-their-buck entertainment as possible. This, however, could be a good place to take a little rest without too many people around or you could also fit it in as an ice-cream break!
Use the force at Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
This experience is for kids ranging from ages four to twelve. Participants will have the chance to join this Jedi Training program as new recruits and learn the ways of ‘the force.’ To sign up for this experience, you must visit either the Indiana Jones Outpost in Hollywood Studios or the 50’s Prime Time Cafe the morning you want to participate. Just keep in mind that this is a popular activity for kids and registration fills up fast– so make sure you’re there bright and early to secure your spot!
Learn to draw Disney characters at The Animation Experience
This experience is located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and is open to guests of all ages. You are able to book fast-passes for this experience, which could be beneficial if you are worried about the sessions filling up. Otherwise, the times the courses are offered for the day of your visit, can be found on the My Disney Experience app or website. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to draw different characters — which are constantly changing — from artists teaching the basics of animation. What’s not to love?
A few last tips
Be sure to use the Fast Pass+ system to ensure you’re making the most of your time. Also, if you are staying on property at a Disney resort, be sure to take advantage of extra magic hours offered to all resort guests at the different Disney theme parks. Resort guests also have access to Disney’s Magical Express– a free airport shuttle that makes that last leg of the trip magical as well. I hope these 10 Unique Disney Park Activities have given you some inspiration to make your trip even more exciting!
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Which of the Disney theme parks (Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Magic Kingdom) is your favorite for trying out new rides and activities?