During my time at Theme Park Tourist, I’ve touched on many taboo subjects, including ones likely to cause arguments among Disney fans. I want to take a different approach today. I’ve assembled a list of topics that unite us, ones that the overwhelming majority of people believe to be true. Here are nine universal truths about Walt Disney World.

The wafting fragrances from Main Street Bakery are the best smells in the world

Image: DisneyTo many people, Magic Kingdom is where every Disney vacation starts, and the entrance leads directly to Main Street, U.S.A. It’s not a coincidence. Park planners want to set the tone for a day at Disney. One of their strategies is Main Street Bakery, located on the first corner of Main Street, U.S.A. Your nose will notice this place long before you reach it and remember it long after you’re gone. It’s a treat for the (olfactory) senses.

Watching children meet their favorite Disney characters is pure joy

Everyone who has visited a Disney theme park has a favorite memory along these lines. Hearing the laughter of a child is one of the best things in life. No place on Earth features as much raucous laughter as a Disney theme park. The sight of Mickey Mouse, a Disney Princess, or some other giant costumed character brings delight into the hearts of children, and the sight of it reminds adults of their childhood trips to Disney.

You’ll always start planning your Disney trip the instant you finish the current one…

Image: DisneyAnd sometimes even before then. The worst part of a Disney vacation’s end is that you literally must leave the Happiest Place on Earth. Who wants to do that? It’s like getting kicked out of paradise. The only solace that theme park tourists find as they prepare to board Tragical Express is the thought of a return. Naturally, everyone starts to plan their next trip before they have even returned home from their current one.

Boarding the Magical Express is the greatest feeling on the planet

Image: DisneyThe inverse of this rule happens at the start of the trip. Guests staying at official Disney resorts receive free transportation from Orlando International Airport. The service is called Magical Express, and it’s aptly named. Nothing else can match the joy of departing your plane and then walking with purpose toward the check-in desk for Magical Express. You know that you’re only a short bus ride away from Walt Disney World. And the bus shows videos that will get you in the mood for your trip! Getting on the Magical Express provokes an almost Pavlovian response.

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