Sometimes writing these articles feels like a death wish. When planning a Disney trip, it’s important to remember that every family has different traditions and loves when it comes to their day in the Park. Mine is different from yours, and that’s okay! That’s what makes Disney unique and important. For me, this list includes rides and experiences that I can skip in Walt Disney World if time is an issue and still feel the complete magic of the Parks.
1. Finding Nemo – The Musical
Finding Nemo is a fantastic story, and I love that Disney put it into musical form. I think they did a great job. The costumes are out of this world. The set and costumes are truly Broadway quality. I’m not a huge fan of the songs, however (as Peach says in the Nemo ride in Epcot: “It’s a nice song, but it just never ends…). This is a great attraction for people who just need a break, whether that be from the heat, crowds, or walking. But otherwise, I’d skip it.
2. TriceraTop Spin
I’m not the biggest fan of DinoLand U.S.A. in general, so perhaps this addition is slightly biased. TriceraTop Spin is a fun, high-flying, spin ride for all ages. It’s a great option for little kids. But it’s essentially Dumbo or Magic Carpets of Aladdin. I’ve never once ridden this ride and do not feel like I’m missing out. There are so many awesome things to do in Animal Kingdom, so if you don’t have time for this one: skip it.
3. Rivers of Light
Rivers of Light is a brand new water/light show in Animal Kingdom. It was a huge deal when it was being built and promoted. Once the sun goes down over the Tree of Life, Rivers of Light graces the lagoon with lush floats and soaring music. It’s very cool. But that’s about it. I found that the show lacked a solid story and, while it was pretty, I didn’t feel like I had gained a whole lot from it. I’d skip Rivers of Light for a sunset Safari any day.
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4. Let the Magic Begin
This is the stage show in front of Cinderella Castle to mark Park opening. I’ll admit it is a total Disney Magic type show. Mickey and the gang come out to say good morning and welcome everyone to Magic Kingdom. It’s very cute. I’d say skip this because it’s a crowd-grabbing attraction. People flock to see Mickey and miss the relaxation and elegance of Main Street. There’s so much to experience and see on the short walk to the stage show that is even more magical. Take it slow, hakuna matata.
5. Hall of Presidents
Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square is a great attraction for history buffs. The technology of the animatronics is incredibly advanced and allows all 45 Presidents to talk to the audience. It’s a very cool thing, but I don’t think it’s necessary for experiencing all of the magic of Disney. For those looking to hear and learn about American history, Epcot’s American Adventure is a much better bet.
6. Frozen Ever After
If your child is a die-hard Frozen fan: ignore this one. If not, listen up. Frozen Ever After is a super cute, boat ride through various scenes from the famous movie. The thing that makes it a skip option for me is that it really has nothing to do with Norway. Maelstrom was outdated and had its flaws, but at least it educated guests on the history and legends of Norway. It’s cute, well done, but if you’re interested in learning about the Epcot country and avoiding a crazy line, skip this one.
7. Club Cool
Club Cool in Epcot is a little spot in Future World that features international sodas for guests to taste test. It’s a fun thing, and people who love soda probably really enjoy this. I, however, hate soda, so it’s a bit of a bust for me. In the old days, Club Cool used to include a massive igloo as its entrance. You could have snowball fights and everything. Since they took out the igloo, there’s really no draw for me anymore. It’s a skip.
8. Voyage of the Little Mermaid
This Hollywood Studios attraction is perfect for little kids. It’s a short, simplified stage show of the Little Mermaid, complete with video clips, puppets, and a live Ariel and Eric. The theater is air conditioned with plenty of seats. But for those without little kids who need a break, Voyage is a skip for me. It’s clunky and rushed and kind of weirdly mashed together. For a Little Mermaid ride, I’d rather hang with Ariel in Magic Kingdom.
9. March of the First Order
Hollywood Studios is all about Star Wars right now. It’s pretty big – with good reason! March of the First Order is a cool ‘streetmosphere’ event where the entire First Order (from Force Awakens on) marches down Hollywood Boulevard. Here’s why I think you can skip. There are close to half a dozen Star Wars related things you can do in Hollywood Studios that are much more interactive and detailed than standing on your tip toes to get a look at 50 stormtroopers for five minutes.
10. Tom Sawyer’s Island
Tom Sawyer’s Island is a great addition to Magic Kingdom because it has an original design by Walt Disney. It’s also really cool because it’s totally secluded from the rest of the Park and has wide-open spaces for kids to run around. With that being said, if you’re short on time and wondering if you should sacrifice something to try out Tom Sawyer, I’d have to tell you to skip it. It’s fun and great for a break, but it’s not super exciting or pivotal to a magical Disney experience.