Fear of missing out (FOMO) is a real thing at Disney theme parks. Whenever you visit, you’ll feel compelled to do some stuff. As I recently pointed out, the harsh truth is that some of them aren’t worth your time. Others are, though. Here are the Disney FOMOs that you will never regret doing.

Attend a ticketed event

Image: DisneyDisney's upsell events aren't cheap. Most of them cost $100 or more. What you get for the money is jaw-dropping, though. You'll get to visit a Disney theme park at a time when it's otherwise closed to the public. The lines will be shorter than you'll ever see otherwise, and special character meetings are available, too. Plus, exclusive shows and parades are often a part of the proceedings. Whether you prefer Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, or Disney After Hours, you’ll never forget the experience.

Embrace your inner pirate

Image: DisneyFew rides are as closely associated with a theme park as Pirates of the Caribbean is with Disney. Decades before anyone had heard of Johnny Depp or Captain Jack Sparrow, guests were already head over heels in love with this dark ride.

In fact, park officials famously miscalculated when they decided not to build this attraction in Florida. They believed that the locals wouldn’t want a ride based on history that Floridians knew well. They were very, very wrong. Guests immediately lamented the absence of the attraction and demanded its presence at Walt Disney World.

Almost 50 years later, everyone's glad that they did. A visit to Pirates of the Caribbean remains a fundamental part of a Disney vacation. Your FOMO won't lead you astray here. You absolutely should ride it at least once every time you're at Magic Kingdom. It never gets old, and the lines are thankfully never that long.

Enter the Twilight Zone

Image: DisneyThe Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is the most lauded attractions of all-time. It's an award-winning ride that somehow combines the brilliance of Disney theming with the malice of Twilight Zone storytelling. Disney honored Twilight Zone host Rod Serling by using actual show video and dialogue of his on the ride.

You'll be captivated by the visual of the Hollywood Tower Hotel long before you enter the building. Then, you'll get chills as you appreciate the details of the abandoned hotel lobby. Once you enter the elevator and reach the end of the path, you'll suddenly get thrust up and down at breakneck speed. And they’ve improved the drop tower elements over the years by randomizing sequences. This ride is as thrilling as anything that Disney’s ever done.


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