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 Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.