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9 Overlooked Attractions in Walt Disney World Parks

Everyone knows the Disney big-shot rides: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Avatar Flight of Passage, Expedition Everest, Soarin’, Space Mountain…but what about the little guys? The attractions that get passed over on the way to these other rides? Well here are 9 overlooked attractions that might deserve another shot:

9. Living With the Land:

This ride often gets overlooked because of its neighbor: Soarin’. People are usually so excited to go on the high-flying, simulator ride that they completely forget about Living With the Land. This boat ride is older, but it’s a great learning experience for guests of all ages. It really teaches you how working the land goes, specifically how Walt Disney World utilizes the world around them.

8. The Seas With Nemo and Friends:

This slow-moving ride gets overlooked only if you don’t have kids. If you do have kids, you clearly know this ride inside and out. But for the kid-less, why bother? Well it is a pretty cute clam-shell ride, I must say. The different scenes and use of technology is cool. And only adults would get the last-ditch pleas of Peach at the end to take her with you…

7. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros:

A lot of Epcot’s pavilion rides get overlooked. I think this is simply because people tend to have a “grab and go” type attitude in World Showcase. Not to mention, the Mexico pavilion is dark and full of other stuff to look at. Despite this, The Three Caballeros is still a fun ride with silly characters and rich history.

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6. The Train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch:

There is a lot to get swept up in at Animal Kingdom. Between Pandora and Kilimanjaro Safaris, it’s easy to miss everything else. This is especially true for Rafiki’s Planet Watch. The train to get there is kind of tucked away past the safari area and usually gets passed over. But it’s a beautiful backstage train ride to a really cool educational center and petting zoo! NOTE – the last day to enjoy this attraction is on October 20. As of October 21, 2018, Rafiki’s Planet Watch will be closing. 

5. Swiss Family Treehouse:

For such a large attraction, it’s amazing how often it gets overlooked. Towering above Adventureland in Magic Kingdom, this treehouse is mostly unknown to people. The Swiss Family Robinson is such an old movie. While it is classic Disney, not many people are familiar with it, so they don’t care much about the tree – even though they should, because it’s a really cool experience!

4. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor:

This attraction gets overlooked because for a long time people didn’t realize what was happening with it or what its purpose was. Monsters Inc. never seems to be anyone’s favorite Pixar movie (although it is one of mine!) and a comedy club in Tomorrowland seems a bit out of place. But the Laugh Floor is a really fun, silly break from the Magic Kingdom hustle.

3. Walt Disney Presents:

Directly on the way to Toy Story Land, it’s easy to ignore Walt Disney Presents. It’s admittedly not a thrill ride or very exciting, but it’s still important because it’s all about the man who started it all: Walt Disney. This attraction is a multi-media experience and very educational. Check out the models of what’s to come to Hollywood Studios, such as a model of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

2. Tom Sawyer Island:

Some people don’t even know that this attraction exists! Magic Kingdom is known for a lot of really cool things, but this isn’t one of them. A little barge carries you to Tom Sawyer Island where you can explore the story of Huck and Tom. Mark Twain’s novels come to life in this space that most people just overlook.

1. Epcot’s Country Movies:

Like I said before, attractions within the World Showcase pavilions get overlooked a lot of the time. This is especially true of the country movies. Some of them are quite long and involve standing – two things Disney guests tend to get tired of. But the movies in the Canada, China, America, and France pavilions are a feast for eyes and a great way to learn about different cultures.

About Molly Elias

Molly Elias has been a dedicated Disney fan since she was 18-months old. She has grown up with and learned from Disney her whole life. As her family's main vacation spot, Disney World is a place of love and laughter and magic for her. Her family also prides themselves on their Disney Cruise Line knowledge and would rather be on the high seas with Mickey than anywhere else in the world. Molly plans to keep Disney in her life forever, while also pursuing a writing career. She recently completed a master's program in creative writing in the hopes that someday she will be able to be a writer for the Happiest Company on Earth. Molly keeps Walt's famous quote at the forefront of her life: "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."