We took a family vacation to Disney World in Orlando Florida. Some people love to look for the “hidden Mickeys” when they are at Disney but I love to look for references to the Aloha State! My search for Disney Hawaii kept me busy – I didn’t realize how often I would see references to Hawaii while I was at the Walt Disney World Parks.
One of the most obvious places to begin my Disney Hawaii search was the famous ride “It’s A Small World” at the Magic Kingdom. I loved seeing the various references to Polynesia. I had flashbacks of my first surfing lesson when I saw this guy surfing to It’s A Small World After All.
The Disney Hawaii Hula girls did not disappoint either! They look like they learned their moves from the fabulous dancers of Hawaii Luaus!
As we were exiting the ride I was excited to spot this Disney Hawaii Aloha sign!
It’s a Small World is not the only place in Disney’s Magic Kingdom with references to Hawaii. In Adventureland you can stop at Aloha Isle for a delicious Dole Whip!
Adventureland is home to the Enchanted Tiki Room! The famous Hawaiian themed musical show “where the birds sing and the flowers bloom” includes hula dancing flowers!
One of my favorite things at Disney World is the Wishes Fireworks Show. I love to get a spot near Tomorrowland so I can see Tinkerbell zipline over the crowd from the top of Cinderella’s castle. I think with all of my zipline experience (read about my adventures on the Big Island Zipline Tour and my Kauai Zipline Tour) I should apply for Tinkerbell’s job!
Magic Kingdom is not the only park with Disney Hawaii love! During the Festival of the Lion King show at the Animal Kingdom I was dazzled by the fire dancers that reminded me of the amazing fire dancing I have seen at Hawaii Luaus.
The Festival of the Lion King also had amazing acrobatics similar to Maui’s Ulalena.
Goofy rode by at the Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle parade in a float decorated with a surfboard!
Epcot was a part of the Disney Hawaii love with the boat ride The Land. We rode through the greenhouse and saw many things grown in Hawaii such as Pineapples, Papayas, and Macadamia Nut Trees.
We went to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Hawaii was featured with a booth that offered Hawaiian Food and drinks including a Kalua Pork Slider, Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and their Seven Tiki Mai Tai. They even offered one of my favorite drinks – Kona Brewing Company Big Wave Golden Ale.
One place I would have loved to see Hawaii was the Epcot ride Soarin’. This incredible ride gives you the feeling you are flying over beautiful locations such as San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs and San Diego. I think Kauai’s gorgeous Na Pali Coast should have been one of the destinations on this ride! If you plan to ride Soarin’ be sure to get a fastpass as soon as you arrive at the park – this ride is very popular!
Disney’s Polynesian Resort will immerse you in the Hawaiian Culture! As we walked into the resort we received a lei greeting. From the Hawaiian themed decor to the hula lessons in the lobby, the Polynesian Resort may be the closest experience to Hawaii without leaving the mainland. They even offer a Disney Luau – Spirit of Aloha.
Minnie Mouse gets in the Aloha Spirit as she sports a hula skirt and flower leis at this display seen at the Polynesian Resort.
Disney has the Aloha Spirit! You can even experience Disney on Oahu at the new Disney Hawaii Resort – Disney Aulani Resort and Spa in Ko Olina. If you are at the Disney Hawaii Resort in Ko Olina be sure to check out one of my favorite Hawaii Activities – Ko Olina Snorkeling and Dolphin Encounter.
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What is your favorite thing to do at Disney World?