When Guests picture attractions and experiences in the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, they often conjure images of popular attractions that typically have long wait times and are busy throughout each day. Some attractions that are considered to be Guest favorites include Space Mountain, “it’s a small world,” Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Spaceship Earth, Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Frozen Ever After, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Avatar Flight of Passage, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, and Kilimanjaro Safaris.
While all of these attractions are absolutely amazing and deserve to be loved by Guests, there are also a handful of attractions and experiences in each of the Disney Parks that are considered by many to be unpopular. Whether because they are overlooked for more popular alternatives nearby, are in odd locations, or are considered to be dated, these unpopular attractions rarely ever have crowds and tend to be skipped by many Guests.
Let’s check out the least popular attractions in each Disney Park and you be the judge of whether they deserve the title or not.
Swiss Family Treehouse
Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom is home to several popular attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Cruise, but the area is also home to less popular experiences that many Guests tend to overlook. The Swiss Family Treehouse can be found just past the bridge that connects Main Street, U.S.A. with Adventureland and immerses Guests in the story of the Robinson family, who famously found themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island. The attraction invites Guests to climb several stories above the Magic Kingdom and check out all of the amazing and innovative ways that the family used items from the wreck and the island to create a new home for themselves.
While the sets are detailed and interesting and the view from the top is incredible, the Swiss Family Treehouse is considered by many to be unpopular due to the sheer amount of steps required to reach the top and other more entertaining options nearby.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Also found in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom are The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, which can be found in the center of a bustling marketplace just steps away from the entrance into Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin offer Guests the chance to hop aboard Aladdin’s magic carpet and take to the skies of Adventureland for a fun and scenic journey. Each carpet features two rows of seating and special levers that control the height of the carpet, as well as the tilt, making the experience controllable to a degree. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, the experience is essentially a spinner attraction that can be found in several other variations across the Walt Disney World Resort, including Dumbo the Flying Elephant in the Storybook Circus area of the Magic Kingdom.
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
The final less popular attraction in the Magic Kingdom that many Guests tend to skip is Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland. This interactive attraction welcomes Guests into Monstropolis where Mike, Sully, and the gang have discovered that human laughs have tons of energy to power their city. The result is a showcase of monster stand-up comedians who interact with the audience in real-time telling jokes and getting into different types of antics. While there are always a few good laughs (especially with that guy), Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor is often overlooked by Guests who are more focused on enjoying nearby popular attractions including Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain.
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Jumping over to EPCOT, many Guests love to head to the World Nature neighborhood to enjoy popular attractions including Soarin’ Around the World and Journey into Imagination with Figment, but the area is also home to an unpopular option that many Guests skip. The Seas with Nemo and Friends is a slow-moving attraction in the pavilion of the same name that partially retells the story of Finding Nemo while introducing several new scenes and the song “Big Blue World.” Guests board clamshells and can check out favorite characters such as Dory, Marlin, Crush, Bruce, and more while also getting glimpses into the pavilion’s actual aquarium tanks filled with sea creatures. The Seas with Nemo and Friends isn’t necessarily a bad attraction, it just tends to be overlooked by Guests who prioritize other more popular options throughout EPCOT.
Reflections of China
EPCOT’s World Showcase is one of the most beloved destinations at the Walt Disney World Resort thanks to its beautiful pavilions that transport Guests to eleven different countries from around the world. Each pavilion offers up dining, culture, architecture, and more, and several even feature unique attractions for Guests to enjoy. The China Pavilion is home to Reflections of China, a circle-vision film that uses special camera technology to surround Guests with massive screens offering a 360-degree journey through the various regions and cities of China. The film is a beautiful display of the unique culture found in China, however, it does tend to be skipped by many Guests who don’t love the fact that there is no seating and who would rather continue to explore other experiences found throughout the China Pavilion.
Impressions de France
Like Reflections of China, the film showcased in the France Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase is often overlooked by many and can be considered unpopular. Impressions de France welcomes Guests into a small and intimate theater where large screens bring them on a panoramic adventure through the romance, beauty, and culture of France. Guests are shown the unique geographical locations throughout the country as well as some of the most stunning architectural works of art all set to classical arrangements by French composers including Debussey. There’s no debating that Impressions de France is a visually stunning film, however, many Guests skip it in favor of continuing to explore the France Pavilion and enjoy other experiences found there.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney Presents
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is where Guests can find the highest concentration of thrilling and popular attractions, including Slinky Dog Dash, Toy Story Mania, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, but the Disney Park is also home to its fair share of unpopular attractions as well. Walt Disney Presents is one such overlooked experience that can be found in the Animation Courtyard area of the Disney Park that invites Guests to enjoy a walk-through exhibit that celebrates the legacy of Walt Disney. Throughout the experience, Guests can check out the artwork, historical items, props, large-scale models, and more before moving into a small theater to watch the film One Man’s Dream. While Walt Disney Presents is a really interesting experience, many Guests breeze right by it in favor of spending time in nearby Toy Story Land.
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
Sunset Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is always busy thanks to the very popular Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, but there is also a nearby unpopular attraction that is almost hiding. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is situated tucked behind the duo of popular attractions and invites Guests to check out a racing demo and career advice from an animatronic Lightning McQueen before an old adversary shows up looking for a new competition.
The technology is definitely cool at Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, but the attraction is never crowded and considered to be unpopular because a ton of Guests don’t even know that it’s there!
The final attraction that can be considered unpopular in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Muppet*Vision 3D in the Grand Avenue area of the Disney Park near Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano and PizzeRizzo. This immersive 3D show brings Guests into the chaotic and zany world of the Muppets where Dr. Honeydew and Beaker have discovered the spirit of 3D in their laboratories. With musical numbers, cheesy and fun 3D effects, and general hilarity that the Muppets are famous for, Muppet*Vision 3D is always a fun time, but it tends to be overlooked by Guests in general who instead head for nearby Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
It’s Tough to be a Bug
Every Guest who visits Disney’s Animal Kingdom knows and loves the stunning Tree of Life, which is the centerpiece of the Disney Park, representing the beauty and diversity of nature with hundreds of species carved onto its trunk. Despite its popularity, the Tree of Life is home to an attraction that many Guests tend to consider to be unpopular, which is located in a large theater housed inside of the tree’s roots. It’s Tough to be a Bug is a 3D production hosted by Flik from A Bug’s Life that introduces various species of insects and aims to teach Guests about how they are beneficial to the environment. There are funny, scary, and creepy moments throughout It’s Tough to be a Bug that makes the experience fun, but few Guests take the time to wander into the roots of the Tree of Life to enjoy the show.
Over in Dinoland, Guests can travel back to prehistoric times on Dinosaur and explore the Dino Institute, as well as Chester & Hester’s Din-O-Rama. This roadside attraction was created when dinosaur fossils were first discovered in the area and features carnival games and an attraction that falls into the unpopular category. TriceraTop Spin is yet another spinner attraction like The Magic Carpets of Aladdin that brings Guests in calm circles above the skies of Dinoland. Instead of a magic carpet, this attraction features cute green triceratops that Guests can ride in and control the height of, but it’s overall nothing special and tends to be passed over for nearby Dinosaur and other experiences.
Finally in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we have the Conservation Station in the Africa area of the Disney Park that is definitely unpopular due to two specific reasons. The first is that many Guests don’t even know it exists because it’s technically very removed from the main village of Harambe where Kilimanjaro Safaris is located. The second reason is that it is accessible only via the Wildlife Express Train in Harambe which many Guests don’t bother waiting for. Those who do take the time to travel to and explore the Conservation Station can enjoy animation classes, veterinary demonstrations, a petting zoo, and other exhibits that share about the environment, various species, and the daily operations of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.