Creating A Personal Disney 'Bucket List'

A Bucket List is a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before they die - or "kick the bucket." The lists are full of goals and dreams, and the concept of them has inspired many creative visions that celebrate living your life with joy to the fullest. Disney fans around the world have hijacked the concept and created their own Disney themed Bucket Lists full of adventures and activities to do on their Disney Vacations.

What's On Your Disney Bucket List?What's On Your Disney Bucket List?

The objective of creating a bucket list isn't to instill some kind of a race against time, it's simply to make a tangible reminder of the things that bring you joy and to encourage you to put yourself first now and again. Starting a list of your own is as easy as grabbing a piece of paper and a pencil. However creating a useful list, might take a little bit more thought.

Things to include could be places to visit, foods you would like to taste, and activities you would like to try. Maybe you'd even like to re-create a Disney Movie Scene in real life, that would be a great addition to your list! Be sure that your bucket list has some easily attainable goals on it as well as the big dramatic dreams - this will help you stay motivated to check them off.

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Do you need some help getting started? Here are 10 random things on my Disney Bucket List to give you some ideas.

  • Stay ay Disney's Polynesian Resort (concierge room, MK view) for my birthday
  • Eat at Victoria & Alberts
  • Eat at Disneyland's Club 33
  • Visit Disney's Aulani Resort & Spa
  • Visit Tokyo Disneyland Resort
  • Visit Disneyland Paris
  • Attend a Disney Movie Premier
  • Take a Transatlantic Disney Cruise
  • Take an Adventures by Disney Trip
  • Have a Disney Wedding's vow renewal

It's okay if your bucketlist grows and changes, because as you cross things off you will inevitably discover new things that you want to do. Feel free to keep adding on to your list, just be sure that you keep crossing things off by completing them too. Bucket lists are great tools to help you plan your next travel experience, and when someone questions "You're going on a Disney vacation AGAIN?" You can simply reply "Yep! I'm checking another activity off of my bucket list."

What's on your Disney Bucket List? Stop by our member forms or leave a comment below share a few of the things on your Disney bucket list with us!

Paula B. wrote on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 10:39:

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Great idea - Disney bucket list! I've never gone to Disneyland, and growing up that was the place many kids in America dreamed of visiting. So, that would top my list. And, then, to visit Disney, Paris - would love to see the continental "spin" on things. And, of course, with so many things changing/updating at the Florida parks, there would be a number of items for the list right there. (Eating at the chef's table at Victoria and Albert would be amazing.)

Randi Redington wrote on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 13:14:

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To visit every Disney Park in the world and go via Disney Cruise Line

Angela Pugliese wrote on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 13:24:

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1.) See the suite in Cinderella Castle
2.) Take a Disney cruise to Castaway Cay
3.) Get my hair done at The Bibbidi Bobbity Boutique
4.) Eat at Club 33 at Disneyland
5.) Get married at The Wedding Pavillion at WDW
6.) Ride the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland
7.) Visit Disneyland during "Haunted Mansion Holidays"
8.) Eat the Blue Bayou restaurant at Disneyland
9.) Become a member of the Disney Vacation Club
10.) Stay at The Polynesian Resort at WDW

Liz wrote on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 13:34:

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Our Disney bucket list includes visiting all the parks to take part in the special events. So far we've hit Not-So-Scary, Food and Wine and Flower and Garden Festivals. We just keep coming back for the same events :D Also, a while ago a friend posted a graphic with all the WDW cupcakes on it and when/where you can get them. That too has become a bucket list. Obviously visiting an international park and Club 33 are on the list, but we've been keeping it easy so far.

Debbie S. wrote on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 13:46:

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One thing my bucket list is doing more Disney Runs. Tinkerbell has moved to the top of my list and I had planned to do it this year with my daughter but we were out of internet access when it opened and when we checked one day later - SOLD OUT - So disappointing! We really want to do the Disneyworld Marathon 25th anniversary - the whole 26.2! Really hope it doesn't sell out before we get in!

Debbie S. wrote on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 15:14:

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First on my Disney bucket list was the Tinkerbell half marathon this year with my daughter. Sadly we were out of internet access when registration opened and one day later when we checked - SOLD OUT - very disappointing. Maybe next year... Also on my list is the 25th anniversary of the Disneyworld Marathon, the whole 26.2! Hopefully I'll get my registration in before it sells out!

Kris1971 wrote on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 15:33:

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I'm crossing two things off of my Disney Bucket List this year...A Disney Cruise in October and seeing WDW decorated for Christmas at Christmas time during a brief weekend trip in December!!! I'm so excited!!!

Bill wrote on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 16:21:

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My real dream is to be able to sit in Magic Kingdom all nigth when the park is closed to see what goes on. This is especially true at Christmas switch over. It relates to my field of work and fascinates me tono end.

V No Privacy wrote on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 20:26:

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I have one that I keep track of with every visit! (Okay I have three, this is the main one though). So many new things to do and try!

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 13:02:

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What fantastic lists everyone has! I hope that everyone gets to check them off a little at a time.

Liz - I have the same goal of visiting all the special events, but also keep going back for my favorites! LoL! I need to book a Christmas break, however I'm so in love with Food & Wine Festival I don't know if I could give it up.

Debbie - Keep trying to get in on those races! These days you've really got to be right on top of the registration openings!

I've been trying to do at least one new things on every vacation!

salejune wrote on Sun, 07/28/2013 - 15:50:

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One thing for sure on my bucket list is to stay at the AKL concierge level at the Jambo House. I hear it's awesome. I also have soo many more.. staying at the Grand Floridian Villas and also eating at the Chef's table at Victoria & Albert's... Also, going to WDW during Halloween... Mickey's Not So Scary Party.

Elizabeth Koppa wrote on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 18:44:

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I have done quite a few things one my bucket list but the one that I really want to do that I haven't yet is stay at the Grand Floridian and be pampered at the spa! That would be just awesome!!

Suzie wrote on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 18:59:

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I want to live inWDW.

Stan wrote on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 19:11:

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to create an encyclopedia of "all" Disney walkaround characters that have 'EVER' been represented at all of the Disney parks over the years.

A former co worker told me that (supposedly) a walkaround has been created for "all" film characters, which I find hard to believe.

pam TX wrote on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 19:39:

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Great article! I do wonder what people think when I tell them that I would love to go to Disney World AGAIN, so thanks for the idea of a good response..."I'm checking another activity off of my bucket list." I'm going to use that : )
Of course, thanks to the Disney Food Blog, most of these "activities" revolve themselves around food and restaurants that I want to try, but not all...

Marici wrote on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 19:43:

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Stay one night at Cinderella's Suite, in the Castle.....

Mike wrote on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 19:44:

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1) Stay at every resort at WDW
2) Have a meal (not a snack) in each country in Epcot
3) Get back to California and stay in a Disney resort
4) Go to the Paris and Tokyo parks
5) Take a Disney cruise
6) Be the Rebel spy
7) Stay in the Cinderella Suite
8) Eat at Club 33
9) Eat at Victoria and Albert's
10) The balloon ride at Downtown Disney
11) Play a game a Splitsville

Bobby wrote on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 20:04:

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In no specific order
1. Ride Mission Earth
2. Ride Expedition Everest
3. Drink a beer in Germany
4. Eat at Be Our Guest
5. See the Electric Light Parade
6. Ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
7. See a Cheetah and Lion on the safari
8. Ride the balloon in Downtown Disney
9. Ride my own rollercoaster at Disney Quest
10. Typhoon Lagoon

Marie wrote on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 20:09:

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I would love to take a Disney Cruise through the Panama Canal. (15 day trip) !
I would love to go to the Christmas show.
I would love to meet Cinderella.
I would love to see Radiator Springs at night when all the neon is lit up.
I would love to finish a whole turkey leg !

A lot of things you all mentioned sound neat but I don't know a thing about them.
Ex. What is so great about staying at particular resorts?
What is Victoria & Alberts' about? I know who they are but I don't know what
What this is about?
All of everyone's ideas sound interesting !

Kristin wrote on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 20:09:

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I tried this on my last trip (although I honestly thought i was the first to think Of it. I should have known better lol)
Included were such things as:
1) take a picture with 5,10,15 etc. characters
2) ride the haunted mansion 10 times
3) eat at be our guest restaurant

I had way more but I won't list them all. It was a little hard to make some of these happen because I was with my elderly parents. I will just save them for my next trip! Thanks for the ideas for some new editions!

Patrick wrote on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 20:52:

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I have a Disney Bucket list!

Two of my bucket lists item came true last November! Staying last November at Contemporary Resort, MK View, Concierge level and also going on a Disney Cruise! It was just amazing. The view from Contemporary just cannot beat beat. And it was my first ever cruise and having a verandah and eating at Palo... I felt like royalty. It was simply amazing.
Some of my other bucket lists:

  • Go to all of the Asian Disney parks at once for a once in a lifetime Disney trip once Shanghai is all finished (second park opens)
  • Go to Aulani
  • Do an Adventures by Disney trip
  • Stay at all the Disney Resorts at Walt Disney World (9 resorts so far! But I keep going to the same ones as I just love them... and sometimes I go on a budget so the Value ones are on the list when it's the case).
  • Tour the Archives

Jay C. wrote on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 21:15:

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To stay overnight at every Walt Disney World Resort at least once.

alicemouse wrote on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 22:50:

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I think Bill's idea sounds awesome and Disney After Dark would be a really cool behind the scenes tour.

Awesome article, Kristen! My bucket list gets longer every day. Here are 10 items off the top of my head:

1. Disneyland
2. Disney Cruise
4. Do a runDisney event
5. Food & Wine
6. Disneyland Paris
7. Backstage Magic Tour
8. Stay at a monorail resort
9. Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour at Disneyland
10. Walt Disney Family Museum

AnnWilly wrote on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 01:58:

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My husband and I are hitting our list next week. We have always wanted to spend a day, taking our time going though Epcot. Have gone to Disney several times with children but never get to spend enough timeslot all of Epcot Center.
Now we will. No kids. It's a grownup time for us.

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