/ Monday, April 28th, 2014

Caitlin CorselloWe all know that Walt Disney World® has its fair share of some seriously popular attractions.  From Space Mountain® to Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®, popular attractions are heavily advertised and almost always have a relatively long wait time. On the flip side, there are, what I consider to be, the underrated attractions of WDW. These attractions aren’t necessarily boring or not popular in their own way; they just tend to be overlooked by some guests and rarely ever have a wait time. Let’s check out some of WDW’s underrated attractions, and be sure to add your picks to the list in the comments below!

Magic Kingdom® Park

  1. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – This is hands down my favorite attraction in the Magic Kingdom, and it rarely (and I mean rarely) ever has a wait. It offers up a great opportunity to relax for a few minutes while you enjoy the breeze and take in a bird’s eye view of Tomorrowland® and its other attractions.
  2. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room – Again, this attraction barely ever has a wait. From corny jokes to catchy tunes, this is a classic attraction developed by Walt Disney himself. It is definitely worth a visit, especially since it has been restored to its original version.
  3. Country Bear Jamboree – A frolicking good time that will leave you clapping to the bear end….ahem…this is a great show for guests of all ages. You’ll definitely leave with one of their good old country songs stuck in your head.
  4. The Hall of Presidents – While some guests might consider this attraction to be boring, I think it is highly entertaining. There are some amazing artifacts to be found in the lobby while waiting to enter the theater, and the show itself is a stunning example of just how far Disney has come with its audio-animatronics.
  5. Swiss Family Treehouse – Okay, so maybe climbing dozens of stairs on a blistering hot day in Central Florida deters some guests, but this attraction offers one of the best views of the Magic Kingdom! Climb up, enjoy the props and story, and definitely take a few minutes just to enjoy the view.
  6. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – An original from the 1964 New York World’s Fair, this attraction never ever has a wait. It takes guests on a whirl through the century and focuses on the invention of new technologies along the way. That’s progress for you.

Caitlin CorselloEpcot®

  1. Living With The Land – This soothing boat ride affords guests a look into the greenhouses in The Land which are always overflowing with gorgeous plants and succulent fruits and vegetables. You don’t have to appreciate gardening to enjoy this relaxing cruise.
  2. Ellen’s Energy Adventure – Many guests opt out of this attraction as it is forty-five minutes long, which I admit is a good chunk of time. However, it is witty and clever, features some great actors (Bill Nye the Science Guy, people!), and also gives the rare opportunity to sit down in air conditioning!
  3. Journey Into Imagination with Figment – This is my favorite attraction in Epcot® stemming from its original days featuring Dreamfinder (RIP, my friend). While I miss the original version, Figment still shares his unique humor and silliness with guests, and it is worth visiting.
  4. Grand Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros – Admittedly, the Mexico Pavilion is my favorite in all of World Showcase, so I may be a little biased here. However, I adore this attraction. It’s silly, offers glimpses into some of Mexico’s most beautiful spots, and of course shows Donald getting into some hilarious situations.
  5. O Canada! – From Martin Short narrating to some breathtaking footage, O Canada! delivers a true feel of the culture in three hundred and sixty degree glory.

Caitlin CorselloDisney’s Hollywood Studios®

  1. The Magic of Disney Animation – Where else can guests go to take a free drawing class and learn how to create the Mouse himself? If you have never experienced this attraction- go do it right now!
  2. Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream – Some guests bypass this in their mad rush for the nearby Toy Story Mania!, but this exhibit is filled with so much history that I consider it a must see. From Disney’s childhood to models and props, you won’t be sorry for checking it out.
  3. Studio Backlot Tour – Okay, I know some people are probably groaning at this one, but it offers a glimpse into my favorite part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios® – the costume department! I’ve seen some awesome dresses for some pretty recognizable princesses being worked on in the past.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

  1. Maharajah Jungle Trek® – Nestled behind Kali River Rapids®, most guests pass right by this trail, and it is definitely their loss. Not only can you find some amazing animals, including tigers, but there is some of the most amazing detail and architecture to be found on your journey.
  2. Conservation Station® – While guests may bypass this attraction since they have to take the Wildlife Express Train from Africa to it, it offers up a behind the scenes glimpse of the park. Featuring a petting zoo and glimpses into a veterinary hospital, this is a total highlight for me.
  3. Primeval Whirl® – Okay, yes, this is just a carnival style Crazy Mouse type coaster, but it is deceivingly fast on those turns and leaves anyone giggling and dizzy by the time they get off!

So there you have some of what I consider to be the underrated attractions of WDW. If you haven’t experienced any of them before, I would definitely recommend a visit as they offer up some unique and fun experiences. Also, if you have an attraction that you feel is underrated share it with me below in the comments!

(Photos from the author’s personal collection.)

What is your favorite underrated WDW attraction and why? Be sure to let me know by leaving a comment below, I would love to hear from you!

Caitlin Corsello was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Adelphi University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2012. Her love for Disney started as an infant and has continued to grow with family vacations to Disney parks almost every year since. She holds a particular interest in WDW’s parks and attractions, never passing up an opportunity to visit. She looks forward to continuing to explore and learn about all things Disney and to share that passion with readers.

4 Responses to "Disney From The Twenty-Something: Underrated WDW Attractions"

  1. Wayne says:

    I will agree with you on all that you mentioned. Carousel of Progress is a real favorite of mine. I think it has to do with the fact that it’s a Walt Disney original attraction. On another note it’s a shame that journey into imagination will be closed by the time I get there in July. Dream finder and figment are a class act

  2. Steamboat Eddie says:

    Everytime I bring people to the Carousel of Progress they always say the same thing, I never knew this was here. Upon exiting the Carousel of Progress they always say the same thing as well, that was so cool.

    On another note, I think anybody and everybody who visits Walt Disney World should see One Man’s Dream at least once.

    Awesome post, have an great day!

  3. Ser Butters says:

    Totally agree! Enchanted Tiki Room and Carousel of Progress are my favorites for the entire resort! Primeval Whirl is a blast as well! TTA is always super relaxing, as is Ellen’s. Good list. I would recommend adding something that isn’t quite an attraction but most people seem to miss the opportunity anyway: waiting! With so many street performers and pop up actors, it’s a great idea to just hang around Sunset Blvd or Main St and just wait for someone to appear. Thanks for the read!

  4. Joe says:

    Yes, TTA PeopleMover is without a doubt a hidden gem; great way for my family to relax, and take some fun photos of the park and each other. Another overlooked attraction is Tom Sawyer Island, especially with kids – they love playing in the fort and the island offers a great refuge from the fast pace of MK.

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