Back and Disney-er than Ever

02 Aug 2016

(Originally posted on my old personal blog, Adventures with KHill!)

Kaitlyn, you just graduated from college! What will you do next? …I’m going to DISNEY WORLD!

I’ve been waiting to have that kind of exchange with someone and it hasn’t happened yet.

So after nearly a year of no foreign traveling or anything else extraordinary to write about, the blog is back in action. In less than two weeks, I’ll be starting the Disney College Program. This means I’ll be living (the literal dream) at Walt Disney World and working in attractions there for the next five months! I am so. ridiculously. excited. Also nervous because, well, I am me.

My DCP postcard (plus a tear to add some character)
My DCP postcard (plus a tear to add some character)

Anyway, in preparation for the semester, I’ve been thinking about all the things I want to do in my free time with basically unlimited access to the Disney parks. “Bucket list” seems like a weird title as I do not plan on this program being the end of my life, but I haven’t come up with any better names for it. I’ll keep everyone posted here on how I do on this list, and I hope to update this blog semi-regularly with other stuff about my Disney life! Here we go…

Disney College Program Bucket List

Magic Kingdom

  • Ride every ride (even the ones I'm scared of aka roller coasters)
  • Ride Jungle Cruise at night
  • Find the best spot for watching Wishes - try it from every land in the park
  • See the Welcome Show
  • See the Kiss Goodnight
  • Watch Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire
  • See Main Street *nearly empty* at night
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
  • Get a Mickey hat personalized at the Chapeau
  • See the Dapper Dans perform
  • Watch the Trolley Show
  • Ride the Astro Orbiter during Wishes
  • Ride Dumbo during Wishes
  • Beat someone - anyone - on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Participate in Dapper Day
  • See the Country Bear Jamboree
  • Play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
  • Visit Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Watch nightly parades from near the flagpole
  • Take a Sword in the Stone picture
  • Find a favorite carousel animal
  • Take a really good castle picture
  • Spend a whole day there open to close


  • Watch/ride attraction in every country in the World Showcase
  • Ride Soarin as often as possible
  • Ride every other ride even if it scares me (aka Test Track)
  • Do Agent P's World Showcase Adventure
  • Find the best spot for watching Illuminations
  • Food and Wine Festival
  • Holidays around the World
  • Spend a whole day open to close

Animal Kingdom

  • Ride Kilimanjaro Safaris at night
  • See The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic
  • Watch Rivers of Light
  • Ride the Wildlife Express Train
  • Ride most rides - excusing myself from Expedition Everest
  • Go to Discovery Island Carnivale
  • Go to Harambe Wildlife Parti
  • Sit in the front row at Festival of the Lion King
  • Sit in the front row at Finding Nemo: The Musical
  • Spend a whole day open to close

Hollywood Studios

  • Ride both tracks of the Great Movie Ride
  • Beat someone at Toy Story Mania
  • Ride all rides with the exception of Rockin Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror because I know my limits
  • Sit front row for Beauty and the Beast
  • Watch Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Sit front and center for Fantasmic
  • See Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
  • Spend a whole day open to close


  • Watch the Electrical Water Pageant
  • Visit all four parks in a day
  • Visit all resorts
  • Watch Wishes from the beach at the Polynesian and/or Grand Floridian
  • Collect character autographs
  • Collect free or super cheap souvenirs wherever possible
  • Do a RunDisney race if I'm feeling really sporty
  • Ride the whole monorail circuit

Food/Restaurants (they deserve their own category)

  • Eat Dole Whip as much as financially possible
  • Try food from every country in the World Showcase
  • LeFou's Brew
  • Mickey Pretzels
  • Mickey ice cream bar
  • Churro
  • Attempt the Kitchen Sink
  • Pizza Planet
  • Biergarten
  • Tony's Town Square Restaurant
  • 1900 Park Fare
  • 50's Prime Time Cafe
  • Mickey waffles
  • Mickey beignets
  • Mickey caramel apple
  • A few character breakfasts/dinners
  • Funnel cake
  • Sleepy Hollow fruit and nutella waffle sandwich
  • Find the best vegetarian cuisine in WDW

See ya real soon!