10 Walt Disney World Attractions You Pass by That Are Awesome


6) Discovery Island Trails – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

If you’re looking for a place to unwind, take a stroll and experience nature, don’t pass up the Discovery Island Trails at the Tree of Life on Discovery Island. Along the base of the park’s icon, Guests can walk leisurely around meandering paths that take them through lush landscapes, cave-like tunnels and across wood bridges. There are multiple opportunities to view wildlife while on the trail, including white storks, Red Kangaroos, a Galapagos Tortoise, Macaws, Lappet Face Vultures, Asian Small-Clawed Otters and more. Several observation stations along the paths allow Guests to stop and take pictures of the lush vegetation and beautiful wildlife. (Photo credit: Disney)


5) Tree of Life – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The iconic Tree of Life sits in the center of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park on Discovery Island. Guests can see it from many places in the park, but they often know it only as a symbol of Animal Kingdom, rather than an attraction unto itself. The 145-foot tall “tree” is actually a sculpture of a baobab tree. It was engineered from a refitted oil platform. It is 50 feet wide at its base, and over 325 carvings are featured on its trunk and surrounding roots—carvings of existing and extinct animals. Some of the animals among the carvings include a scorpion, an owl, a dolphin, a flamingo, a lion, a tortoise, a hippo, a peacock, an iguana, an alligator, a ram, an elephant, a porcupine and a peacock. Guests can see the carvings as they enjoy the Discovery Island Trail that encircles the base of the Tree of Life. Also at the base are trees, pools and meadows that serve as homes to flamingos, kangaroos and other animals. If you thought the Tree of Life was an icon and nothing more, you’re in for a nice surprise.

4) Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor – Magic Kingdom

Because the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor is listed as a show, some people choose to bypass it on their way to Space Mountain in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom. But this show isn’t just any show—it’s a fantastic attraction presented in the format of a show. Guests enter the 400-seat comedy club inside the only laugh factory in all of Monstropolis. Once the show begins, Guests are invited to participate in this interactive improvisational comedy show starring monsters from Disney/PIXAR’s Monsters, Inc.

Because of interaction from audience members, no two shows are the same. Guests can even text their favorite jokes to the Comedy Club before the show begins. Their jokes may be read aloud to the audience during the show. Wisecracks, puns, knock-knock jokes and other silliness ensues as Mike Wazowski and his pals keep the audience in stitches.

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About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!