Over the years there has been quite a bit of chatter on the Internet about the different scents people experience during a visit to Disney World. If you look hard enough, you can even find suggestions for how to bring some of those smells home (certain candles, air fresheners, bath products, etc.)…I’m going to look into some of these and get back to you. Anyway, whether it’s your first visit to Disney World or your 10th, there are a few smells you can’t help but notice. The really cool thing is, the next time you smell THAT smell, it’ll make you happy; immediately evoking memories of your Disney World vacation!
Main Street USA – freshly baked goodies. No matter what time of year or what time of day – when you walk down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, you will smell the delicious smell of baking cookies. To me it actually smells a bit like the waffle cones they sometimes bake in ice cream stores. However your own sniffer interprets it, you can’t deny that the Main Street-smell is fantastic! Puts a smile on my face every single time I smell it.
Staying with the Magic Kingdom, let’s talk about the smell in Mickey’s PhilharMagic…pretty darned super! If you’ve ever experienced this magical 3D marvel, you know what I’m talking about. It’s the smell of the berry pie that floats right by your face as Lumiere belts out “Be Our Guest”! Oh, how I love that smell! It’s not the only reason to adore Mickey’s PhilharMagic, though, so if you haven’t had the pleasure, add that attraction to your must-do list.
Moving on to Epcot, more great places to engage the old schnozzola await (wait…did I really just say that?). Space Ship Earth is a great place to start. As you’re riding along, the smell of Rome Burning is an awesome detail in this attraction! I tend to forget about it until it happens, then I’m thinking, “Oh, how COOL!” whenever we get to that part – probably not appropriate to the seriousness of the tragic losses Dame Judi Dench is busy describing in my ear, but there it is.
Ask anyone who’s been there about the smells of Disney World and they’ll be quick to mention Soarin’ if they’ve been on this extraordinary attraction in The Land at Epcot. There also tends to be some lively discussions when the subject of Soarin’ smells is brought up about the exact number of different scents there are to be enjoyed in Soarin’ – this seems to be up to the individual smeller – I am 100% positive I smell both orange groves and evergreen trees at different parts of the experience…as for any other scents that may be there, I’ll let you decide for yourself. There’s one more smell at Epcot I want to mention.
Over in World Showcase. I strongly suggest you stop in Germany’s Karamell-Kuche! At last, something to smell AND taste! Take the time to look around while you’re enjoying the smell of caramel and you’ll be tempted to try a taste of one of the many treats offered in this shop (owned by the makers of Wherther’s Original Caramels).
At Animal Kingdom, another 3D show offers another smelly experience. This one isn’t quite like the others I’ve mentioned, but certainly adds to the entertainment of, “It’s Tough to be a Bug”! Beneath the Tree of Life is the theater for this 9-minute show filled with some truly amazing details that include a very special smell. You’ll just have to try it for yourself if you’re there.
This list is by far not complete. There are many other aromas (good and bad) to experience at Disney World….What are some of your favorites?