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20 Unusual and Amazing Things To Do At Walt Disney World

10. Take a dive in The Seas

DiveQuest

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The enormous Caribbean Coral Reef saltwater aquarium in Epcot's The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion hosts DiveQuest, a 40-minute diving experience. If you're SCUBA-certified, then you take the plunge, seeing sea turtles, angelfish, dolphins, eagle rays, sharks and more up close. The entire experience lasts 3 hours - you'll also get to tour the backstage infrastructure that maintains the 5.7 million gallon aquarium. Family members can tag along to view the dive through 56 giant windows. The cost for divers is $175 per adult, and bookings can be made by calling (407) WDW-TOUR.

9. Ride a Surrey bike along the Boardwalk

Surrey bikes

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The old-fashioned Boardwalk at Disney's Boardwalk Innis home to a range of fun activities, including midway games, jugglers and magic shows. One of the most popular is to rent a 2-person, 4-person or 6-person Surrey bike that you can pedal up and down the Boardwalk. Similar bikes are also available at the Wilderness Lodge, Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, Port Orleans Riverside, and Caribbean Beach Resort, priced at around $20-25 per half hour.

8. Get your hair cut on Main Street USA

Harmony Barber Shop

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On the left as you enter the Magic Kingdom is the Harmony Barber Shop. It's not just for show - it really is a working hair stylists. Options range from colored gel and "pixie dust", and you may even be entertained by the musical talents of the Dapper Dans, Disney's own barbershop quartet. A child's haircut cost $15, with a trim for adults costing $19. A special My First Haircut package for kids includes commemorative Mickey Ears and a certificate, and costs $19. Reservations are essential, and can be made by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.

7. Go parasailing on Bay Lake

Parasailing

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There are a range of watersports available at Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre, which operates on Bay Lake from the Disney's Contemporary Resort marina. One of the most exciting is parasailing, where you'll coast through the air for 8-10 minutes, 450-feet off the back of a boat. Deluxe flights last for 10-200 minutes, some 600 feet behind. You can fly solo or with a friend on a tandem flight, and you'll take off and land right from the boat - so no swimsuit is required. Prices range from $95-$170 for guests aged six and up, and you can make reservations by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.

6. Go underground at the Magic Kingdom

Utilidor map
The Magic Kingdom's utilidor network is extensive.
Image: John Corigliano, Flickr

One of the most unusual experiences at a Disney theme park is to head underground and explore the "utilidors" of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Many Disney fans will know that the Magic Kingdom's rides and attractions aren't actually situated at ground level. Instead, an immense network of utility corridors ("utilidors") was constructed before the park opened, and then covered over with earth that was excavated from the Seven Seas Lagoon. The theme park itself sits on top of them. The utilidors serve a number of backstage functions, and were installed so that guests don't have to see these being performed, thus breaking the "magic". This includes waste removal using an Automated Vacuum Collection system, computer systems, deliveries, kitchens for the park's restaurants and locker rooms for Cast Members. Until 2005, the costuming department - with over 1.2 million outfits - was also housed in this underground lair. The utilidors are generally off-limits to guests, and most visitors to the Magic Kingdom don't even know that they are there. But it ispossible to explore them as part of an organised tour. The Keys to the Kingdom tour, which includes visits to several other backstage areas, features a trip down into the utilidors. Want to check out what's underneath the Magic Kingdom? You'll need to call (407) WDW-TOUR to make a reservation. Expect to pay nearly $80 per person, with discounts for Annual Passholders.

5. Learn about an amazing hotel

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

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Many of the tours at Walt Disney World are very expensive. There are several free tours on offer, though, including the Wonders of the Lodge tour at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. This free, one-hour tour teaches guests about the design and architecture of the resort, as well as the neighboring Wilderness Lodge Villas. There's no need to be a guest to take the tour, just turn up in front of the Grand Canyon Fireplace in the Lodge's lobby at 9am, Wednesday through Saturday. You'll be rewarded with a detailed tour that covers the history of the lodge, a visit to the Carolwood Pacific Room to learn about Walt Disney's facination with steam trains, a visit to the Territory Lounge to see a US flag from 1961 and a viewing of a Fire Rock Geyser eruption.

4. Enjoy a sweet treat with your fireworks

Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party

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An hour before the Wishes fireworks display begins at the Magic Kingdom, a special Fireworks Dessert Party is held at the Tomorrowland Terrace. The self-service buffet offers a range of desserts and drinks, as well as an amazing view of the fireworks. You can book up to 180 days in advance via the Walt Disney World website. Prices vary depending on the season, but expect to pay around $30 for adults and half that for children aged 3-9.

3. Watch a movie outdoors

Movies Under the Stars

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Pretty much every Disney resort offers outdoor movie screenings in the evenings, often next to a swimming pool using inflatable screens. Details and timings are on offer via the excelelnt Build a Better Mouse Trip.

2. Learn to draw a Disney character

Magic of Disney Animation

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Many visitors skip The Magic of Disney Animationat Disney's Hollywood Studios, in favor of racing to the park's rides and shows. They are missing an opportunity to learn a uniquely Disney skill...that of learning to draw a Disney character.

1. Go fishing

Fishing

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If you're a fan of bass fishing, you can enjoy the activity all year round at Walt Disney World. Guided Bass Fishing Excursions can accommodate up to five guests in a 21-foot Tracker pontoon boat, while Bass Nitro Fishing features a tournament-stye Nitro Bass boat for one or two people. Two-hour or four-hour excurions are on offer from a range of Disney resorts, and you'll pay upwards of $250. Call (407) WDW-BASS to make reservations.

What have we missed?

What are your favorite unusual activities to undertake at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Children's Activities at the Grand Floridian. Pirate Cruise for kids 4-12 in the morning. Afternoon Wonderland Tea Party with Alice and Mad Hatter.

Don't forget the "Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show" in the open-air theatre in Luau Cove at the Polynesian Resort.

Ft. Wilderness offers carriage rides around the grounds.

Since I was a child, I have loved racing around Seven Seas Lagoon in a Water Sprite. These speed boats and other boat rentals are available from Polynesian's and Contemporary's docks. Floridian probably rents these, too.

FYI for anyone still referencing this list. #2, Learn to draw a Disney character, is no longer an option. The attraction closed permanently on July 12, 2015. This was one of our favorit things to do at WDW.

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