Turn on those Scent Memories: We’re Bringing You the Top Nine Smellitzer Scents at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World vacations are opportunities to make lifelong memories, from the most complex attractions to most simplistic sensory experiences.

Making memories at Epcot and beyond!

While the atmosphere, attractions, and characters contribute to the nostalgia, we’re tackling one memory-maker you might not have considered: smells. The Disney Parks famously incorporate pleasant aromas via Smellitzers that pump in powerful scents that leave indelible impressions on our gray matter.

The best Smellitzer scents at Disney World not only give us some serious nostalgia, but they also remind us of all those little Disney details, too!

1) Candy and Pastries Near Main Street Bakery and the Confectionery

There’s nothing better than the aroma of your mom’s freshly baked cookies wafting through the kitchen or the smell of delicious candy that satisfies your sweet tooth. When you pass by Main Street Bakery and Confectionery in Magic Kingdom, you can’t help but want to pop in to pick up a treat!

The Confectionery on Main Street, U.S.A.

2. Popcorn on Main Street, U.S.A.

The salty, buttery smell of fresh popcorn always makes my mouth water! I can’t help but crave a big bag of this snack whenever I’m walking down Main Street, which is Disney’s goal! I mean, after all, isn’t popcorn a theme park staple? You basically have to get some.

Hot, Fresh Popcorn!

3. The Apple Pie During “Be Our Guest” in PhilharMagic

Honestly, I think this is my all-time favorite smell at Disney World. Once the Beauty and the Beast music starts up, I get excited in my seat for the fragrance of fruity and sugary pastry to fill the theater at PhilharMagic. Can someone seriously point me in the direction of a themed candle? Because I could use a lil’ bit of this scent in my life every day!!

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

4. The Entirety of Soarin’ Around the World

As the wind machine creates the gusts that blow through your hair as you travel around our beautiful Earth, so many aromas fill the artificial breeze. The dirt and grass as you soar past the elephants in Africa, the jasmine as you near the Taj Mahal, and the tropical plants and sea breeze as you glide over the Pacific Ocean just happen to be some of our faves on this Epcot ride.

Soarin’ Around the World

5. Burning Rome on Spaceship Earth

Although the actual history behind Rome’s burning under the rule of Emperor Nero is pretty unpleasant, the smell during this scene on Spaceship Earth is wonderful. If you like the scent of a crackling fire, whether it’s in your own fireplace or out camping, the Burning Rome Smellitzer is a comforting addition to the famous ride in the “Epcot Ball.” (We know this is supposed to be Alexandria, Egypt, now, it’s always Rome Burning to us!)

Spaceship Earth Rome Scene

6. Disney Resort Lobbies

If you’ve stayed at numerous Disney resorts during your vacations at Disney World, you might have recognized that each lobby has a different fragrance! Um, how cool is that?! From the jasmine, lily of the valley, ylang, and cedar at the Grand Floridian

Grand Floridian Resort Lobby

… to the citrus, ginger, and green tea at the Polynesian, I can’t help but be impressed by the level of dedication Disney has to making sure the scents match the resort atmosphere. (I wish my house smelled as good as this, tbh.)

Polynesian Village Resort Lobby

7. Water Rides

Okay, so I’ve been on a lot of water rides in my day, but they usually have a weird (kinda gross) smell to them. But, not at Disney World, friends! The bromine used for water sanitation in these rides gives their memorable — although chemically — scent.

Splash Mountain

Also, don’t forget to breathe in all the old, wet wood and sea salt Smellitzers in Pirates of the Caribbean on top of the smell of the water!

Pirates of the Caribbean

8. The Holidays at Disney World

Spending your holidays in the “Most Magical Place on Earth?” I’m not sure anything could really beat that! Visiting Disney World during Christmas and Halloween times is enjoyable with the decorations and treats galore, but you can’t forget the special holiday smells that are pumped into the parks during this time!

Magic Kingdom in its Holiday Best!

The candy corn scent at Halloween and the aroma of cookies and peppermints at Christmas never fail to put a huge smile on my face as I walk down the spooky street or through the winter wonderland.

Halloween Decorations

9. Flight of Passage

This E-ticket attraction in Animal Kingdom not only happens to be one of the coolest rides at Disney World, but it is also home to one of the best smells. As your Banshee stops inside a cave in the Valley of Mo’ara during your flight, a floral perfume fragrance fills the air (which only adds to the beauty of Pandora in general). Next time you’re on Flight of Passage, pay attention during this scene to catch a whiff of this delightful smell!

Flight of Passage Queue

While I love the decorations, atmosphere, and other elements of Disney World that make it so magical, and these scents win me over every time I visit.

Is there a favorite Smellitzer scent you love that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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6 Replies to “Turn on those Scent Memories: We’re Bringing You the Top Nine Smellitzer Scents at Walt Disney World”

  1. This is a miserable experience for people with respiratory disabilities/multiple chemical sensitivities/sensory disorders. I thought Disney was supposed to be inclusive and accommodating??? I guess I won’t ever be visiting the parks, since I developed a severe fragrance allergy several years ago.

  2. ‘Green Mango’ in the lobby of Art of Animation resort.
    We are in the UK and have tried for years to get a scent which smells like this. I would love to replicate this smell in my home. Its amazing.

  3. You should visit the Magic Candle Company. They have air fresheners, candles, and shower bombs in scents from all over WDW, DCL and Disneyland. They even have the orange from Soaring over CA. Walt’s Office and so many many more.

    We also just love the smell of Florida in general. Hard to describe but when I exit the airport I feel at home, my 2nd home!

  4. YES!!! The scents used near the beginning of the Universe of Energy ride are still some of the strongest memories I have of visiting Epcot as a child in the 80’s. That and sprinting with my dad to the video phones at rope drop to make World Showcase dining reservations for later in the day.