My 2024 Orlando Bucket List: Creating the Ultimate Vacation Experience!

What do you have on your Orlando bucket list?

Whelp, it’s a new year again and like most people I’ve made resolutions for this year.

Believe it or not, my resolutions involve animals of Africa, food from France, and a voyage on the Titanic ThemeParkHipster style!

I am determined to conquer my Orlando bucket list this year.

Last year I procrastinated half way through, which led to my disappointing letdown of my goals. But Hipsters please trust me when I say that I will do it this year…

… seriously, I’m for real (I write this as I think of the readers laughing at my failed attempt to convince the masses of my determination).

I know at the beginning of each year, everyone focuses on losing weight, saving money, or starting that business/blog.

However, you know I always have to be different so my resolution involves doing things around Orlando that you may not have known existed.

Check out my Orlando resolutions below and let me know what you think.

Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando with high rise building and white swans floating. One of the best places to put on your Orlando bucket list!

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1. Eat at Chefs de France in EPCOT

The experience of true, authentic French cuisine has not cross my path in life yet…and I don’t think that I will get it from here.

I do think that this will be a decent introduction to the French food that I may come to love.

COMPLETED: Read my adventure here!

2. Do the World Showcase Drinking Tour at Epcot

It may seem as if this task should have already been completed, but honestly when I go to Epcot I usually have my same favorite spots that I love to post up at with a nice glass of Cabernet and a novel.

This year I want to really dive into the cocktail scene and taste beverages known specifically to a certain country.

I think that this is going to be my favorite Orlando bucket list item to complete and one that will be completed quickly.

COMPLETED: Read my adventure here!

3. Safari Tour at Busch Gardens in Tampa

Although it’s not technically Orlando, out of all of the Florida theme parks, Busch Gardens Tampa is the one that I’ve done the most.

Safari Tour at Busch Gardens Serengeti

Probably because my schools were always able to get good deals and it’s always been an affordable theme park for my parents to take me and my siblings in the 1990s and 2000s.

Now that I come on my own quite frequently and have done so many things I am starting to run out of cool ideas.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Christmas Town Serengeti Safari

Doing the official Safari tour will be a wonderful way to explore another side of this incredible park.

4. Do the Keys to the Kingdom tour at the Magic Kingdom

The Keys to the Kingdom is the particular tour that I’ve heard great things about.

New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Cinderella Castle

I’ve done so many different activities at Walt Disney World that taking a behind the scenes look will hopefully bring about a new and exciting adventure to my park hopping experience.

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5. Titanic Experience on International Drive

Besides the box office success of the film Titanic, the interest surrounding the account of this famous ship has been embedded in America’s history for decades affecting many generations.

titanic post card

I hope to not only have fun, but to also learn interesting facts about this vessel.

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6. Stay at the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

I am not a fan of the wild animals and creepy bugs that are associated with the great outdoors, but doing it Disney style may be the right catalyst for my transition into this great American pastime.

Disney Fort Wilderness Cabins in the Woods

This is one of my resolutions that I am pretty curious to try.

7. Enjoy Movie and Dinner at AMC in Disney Springs

Who wouldn’t want to have the whole movie, cocktail, and food experience with the Disney magic surrounding you?

I know that I would! Now I just have to decide on the perfect movie…

COMPLETED: Read the best things to do in Disney Springs here!

8. Attend a Cirque de Soleil Experience in Disney Springs

For this to be such a famous brand, I have never attended any show….not even a show in Las Vegas (which by the way is another one of my favorite cities for adult fun). 

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Hopefully my introduction to this grandiose performance will leave me wanting more and more!

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9. Have an Exquisite Dining Experience at Victoria and Albert’s in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

This restaurant will be by far the most expensive venture this year.

I consider myself a foodie girl who cherishes and appreciates the love and care that great chefs put into their nutritiously prepared art form.

All I have to do now is starting saving my dollars 🙂

COMPLETED: Read my adventure here!

10. Join the Fun in the Sleuths Mystery Dinner

If you’re a resident of Orlando or even a frequent visitor, then you will know that the heart of Florida is known for many dinner shows that have come and gone.

Disney Wilderness Lodge Resort Sangria at Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue. One of the best places to put on your Orlando bucket list!

Shows from the heart of the south with Dolly Parton to the mystical Arabian Nights stories that are no longer here.

I have always been of fan of these quirky shows, but I have never done the Sleuths Mystery Dinner. I’ve seen the billboards and touristy magazine advertisements for this show and now

I will finally get to enjoy an entertaining dinner experience with a side of suspicion.

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11. Chill Out in the ICEBAR

To list the ICEBAR as a resolution makes me a bit embarrassed.

I only say this because being the Hipster that I’ve labeled myself and having Orlando as my second city, I should have done this when it first opened up back in the fall of 2008.

Icebar Orlando with NikkyJ a fun place to put on your Orlando bucket list.

The Orlando theme park distractions can sometimes cause a slight case of ADHD and I need to reel it in at times.

This year I will drag one of my other theme park cohorts and we will spend an evening partying away with both locals and tourist on I-Drive.

This should be fun 🙂

COMPLETED: Check out more fun things to do in Orlando at night!

My Final Thoughts

As you can see, I am just breaking the ice on all the fun things you can do here in central Florida.

I hope this Orlando bucket list inspires you to get out there and create your own vacation adventure!

Florida Travel Guide to the Orlando bucket list with things to do besides theme parks with skyline and lake eola in the background
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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

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About the Author

My name is Nikky. I’m a wife, a mother, a pharmacist turned theme park blogger, USA Today 10Best Contributor, and a writer who loves ALL things amusement park related!

Traveling alone to the parks has changed my life and I want to show how you can create your own solo theme park memories.

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(Original Article date: January 8, 2014/Updated July 13, 2024)

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10 thoughts on “My 2024 Orlando Bucket List: Creating the Ultimate Vacation Experience!”

  1. I love this list! I actually have had the pleasure of staying at the Fort Wilderness Cabins and it was lovely. I’m a camper and I wouldn’t call it camping by any means. The cabins are more like a VRBO. 😉

    Last year, I stayed at the Grand Floridian for a conference and it was lovely, but then I love all the Disney hotels. My theme park resolution is to return to Universal. We haven’t been there in a couple of years.

    • I may have to come to you for tips on maximizing my weekend at Ft Wilderness Cabins.
      I also kind of brush Universal off, except for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter 🙂


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