I have in-laws in Florida that have always said they hated Disney and never wanted to go. But being from a cold northern border state I loved coming to Florida, but mostly coming to Walt Disney World. My family invited these haters to come along just one time with us, and they agreed. They seemed to have a good time, but they wanted to leave before the park closed. No way! Fortunately they drove separately so they left and we stayed for everything Magic Kingdom had to offer that day. As far as I know, they have never come back. If they did, and purchased a Park Hopper option on their ticket I would recommend the following attractions. I would encourage them to read about the attractions on the Disney website, or here on DisneyDining.com and choose at least one thing they would like to experience. That is a start, and hopefully they won’t complain about an attraction they picked themselves. If you can discover what they are interested in, it could help in steering them to a specific attraction. I hope that this list is helpful to any of you who may be traveling with someone who doesn’t think they would enjoy a Disney trip.
8. Hall Of Presidents, Magic Kingdom
This attraction will appeal to history buffs especially, but also for those patriotic US citizens, and others wanting to learn more about this host country’s leaders. The entrance is in Liberty Square, opposite the Liberty Bell replica. In the waiting area you will see portraits, clothing, accessories used by past President’s and their First Ladies. There is also one of the rugs that graced the Oval Office. It literally took an act of congress to allow it to be placed here. The theater is large and the seats are comfortable. You will be given a short overview of US History, politics, a speech by Abraham Lincoln, and then you are introduced to each of the Presidents of the United States. These are full size Audio Animatronic figures that move during the time they are on stage. Some of them talk. Currently it is undergoing refurbishment to add President Trump. With the regular addition of presidents, this attraction changes slightly every 4 years! This should appeal to those guests who think Disney is only about a mouse and singing dolls!
7. Toy Story Mania, Hollywood Studios
You are basically riding inside a video game, how cool is that? You board ride vehicles that have cannons on board that you shoot at targets and try to outscore your opponent. At the end you will see how your final score did against the best score for the hour, day and month. You can even check the Accuracy of your shots to see what percentage of shots you made actually hit targets. Your arm will be a bit tired after doing all that shooting. Make sure you try for a FastPass+ for this ride and you will enjoy it much more than snaking through the long queue for standby.
6. Tower of Tower / Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Hollywood Studios
These two rides are so well themed and a blast to ride, I believe it will cure the haters. They can’t help but be affected by these rides, hopefully in a good way. The music on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster combined with that super-fast takeoff sets this coaster ahead of the other ones. Tower of Terror, based on the Twilight Zone, and a great background story takes them on something a great deal more intense than the “elevator ride” they may have in their heads. Check their photo for the look of fright or thrill, but they can’t be indifferent to it after they have experienced it.
5. Test Track, Epcot
This attraction allows guests to design their dream vehicle using computer software while you are waiting to board the cars. When you get to the boarding area, you swipe your card and then as you move your way through the vehicle testing you will see a board that scores how your dream vehicle would have performed on that test. At the post show you can again swipe your card/Magic Band and play racing games against other guests in a three dimensional race track. There are new cars, vans, and trucks on display that you can climb in and test the seats, etc. You can get details on all these new cars and get your photo taken in them. There is so much personalization in this experience that I think it would surprise any hater how much fun they can find there.
4. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Magic Kingdom
This attraction is a state-of-the-art coaster with new patented swinging cars. The cars actually swing back and forth as you swoop through curves and turns. It is extremely quiet and takes the hills quickly. You will run all over the mountain covered with trees, flowers, and waterfalls while giving you excellent views of Magic Kingdom. Then you travel inside and see the Seven Dwarfs working in the mines discovering dozens and dozens of jewels. You caught them right at quitting time and begin their trek home. At the end of the ride you see their little cottage in the woods and they are dancing inside with Snow White. There is a cackling witch listening in at the door. There were many, many hours and new technology created to make this attraction. Try to get a FastPass+ for this ride since it is the newest ride at the Magic Kingdom and has quite a long standby line.
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3. Avatar Flight of Passage, Animal Kingdom
Avatar Flight of Passage is one of the two attractions located in the new Pandora – The World of Avatar area within Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Prepare to straddle what feels somewhat like one of those motorcycles at an arcade, be secured in, and then using 3D screen technology, awesome 4D effects, and motion simulation – feel like you are literally flying on the back of a mountain banshee in the most exhilarating way. Your banshee (somewhat like a flying dragon) will soar through the sky as it takes you on the ride of a lifetime through Pandora – The World of Avatar.
2. World Showcase, Epcot
Who doesn’t like Word Showcase, right? Even the grumpiest guest can find something they love here! Food, beverages, alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, travel movies, architecture, shopping, even the costumes from the different countries are fun to see. There is so much to pick from at World Showcase you are bound to find something you enjoy.
1. Kilimanjaro Safaris / Animal Trails, Animal Kingdom
This attraction brought the unexpected guest experience to Walt Disney World. You will ride in an open truck and tour several habitats from Africa seeing a large variety of animals you might see on a real African safari. Some of the animals are loose and can come right up to the ride vehicle. You can get incredible photos from your ride that you could not get at a zoo. The driver is also the narrator for the ride and shares bits of information about the animals you are seeing. When you depart the Safari vehicle look for the entrance to the trails nearby to see even more animals. There are baby gorillas presently being viewed along with their family and a group of male gorillas who are separated from the rest of the gorillas. Wander about and see the wildlife! Nature is always impressive!