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Finding Your Disney Side (At Any Age)

02/10/2014 11:55 EST | Updated 02/10/2014 11:59 EST
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - AUGUST 05: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, the Gaither Quintuplets, from Indianapolis, Ind., celebrated their 30th birthdays in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World August 5, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (L-R): Joshua Gaither, Ashlee Gaither, Renee Gaither-Williams, Brandon Gaither and Rhealyn Gaither-Thomas. The five siblings, the first surviving set of African-American quintuplets born in the U.S., posed with five of Disney's most famous characters, Pluto, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck. The quintuplets, born Aug. 3, 1983, last visited Walt Disney World as a family to celebrate their 10th birthdays. (Photo by Gene Duncan/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

The joy of Disney is that there is something for all age groups and something that everyone can enjoy as a family. Walt Disney World Resort is on the “to-do” list of many people, young and old, and especially those young at heart. There’s something for everyone, if you’re willing to look.

Finding Your Disney Side (At Any Age)

Rides

From roller coasters to a trip through your favourite movie adventure, Walt Disney World has it all. The older family members might like Expedition Everest while the smaller family members may prefer the Astro Orbiter. Of course, there’s something to be said about the classics; that’s where Space Mountain comes in.

Science and Learning

Both curious young learners and adults nostalgic for the age of the space race will have much to see at Tomorrowland. You may have accepted the basics of everyday life, but your Disney Side is still full of wonder about what the future could bring; to infinity and beyond! Learn about space travel and indulge your inner astronaut at the Advanced Training Lab.

For a more practical learning experience, The Great Piggy Bank Adventure at INNOVENTIONS WEST teaches young children (and adults!) the importance of saving towards a life goal.

Culture

Epcot is the cultural hub of Walt Disney World. There you can learn more about different cultures from around the world or marvel at treasures in the Gallery of Arts and History. If you love anime, then a trip to the Bijutsu Kan gallery offers insight on how the ancient myths of Japan lead to modern-day anime.

Your Favourite Character

Mickey Mouse burst into the world's consciousness with Steamboat Willie, and Disney characters have had a huge cultural presence ever since. Every generation can find their favourite characters; from Walt’s original creations, to the first Disney Princesses, to Aladdin and Simba from Disney’s renaissance, all the way to Elsa and Anna from Frozen.

Show your Disney Side and take advantage of these once-in-a-lifetime meetings to do what you’ve always wanted; from getting in a muscle flexing competition with Gaston, to singing a few bars with Belle. Deep down, you’re their biggest fan, so why hide it?

Shows

If you feel like taking in a show, there's something for all ages; from Beauty and the Beast live on stage to The American Idol Experience. If you’re with a family member who has more of a classic taste in music, why not enjoy a little live rock 'n roll at the British Revolution performance?

Of course, you can't forget the amazing parades held at Walt Disney World. You'll be spoiled for choice because there's the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It parade which features stilt walkers, floats, Disney characters AND guest participation. This parade heads down Main Street several times a day.

The Main Street Electrical Parade returns for an extended run. This parade features new lighting effects thanks to new technology. It starts with Tinkerbell leading the show with several familiar Disney characters.

Food

One of the best times for family bonding is over a great meal. It could be over breakfast at one of the great resorts such as the Grand Floridian Resort or the Wilderness Lodge or dinner at one of the many restaurants scattered throughout Disney. Enjoy great food at all price points while you reminisce about your day.

Fireworks

There’s one sure-fire way to entertain an entire multi-generational family: fireworks. The Fantasmic! show at the Hollywood Studios is on every night, early enough for the little ones to take in some excitement before going to bed.

On your second night, try the Wishes nighttime spectacular (we did say you'd be spoiled for choice) at the Magic Kingdom. Watch as fireworks decorate the night sky as Disney characters narrate the show. If you want to be part of show, and who doesn't, you can get Glow with the Show Mickey Mouse ears. The ears light up in time to the fireworks displays throughout the park.