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Top 9 Most Underappreciated Disney World Attractions

by Leap on March 29, 2016 9   Video

Of course the Frog Family loves the Disney attractions that get all the attention. You know the ones … Rock ’n Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith, Splash Mountain® Attraction, Expedition Everest® Attraction etc. But what about the ones, that for one reason or another, seem to get left behind? Here’s our list of the Disney attractions we think deserve a bit more respect.

Underappreciated Disney World Attractions - The Great Movie Ride

9 Most Underappreciated Disney World Attractions

1. Tomorrowland® Area Transit Authority (Magic Kingdom® Park)

This is one of Tad and Lily’s absolute favorite attractions at Magic Kingdom® Park. There’s rarely ever a line, and if there is, it is VERY short. The views of Tomorrowland® Area are second to none, and the peek inside of Space Mountain® Attraction is really cool. When nearby attractions are really crowded, we hop on Tomorrowland® Area Transit Authority and are never disappointed. It's also a great way to just give your feet a rest if you've been on them for too long. For an even better experience, do it at night!

2. Journey into Imagination with Figment (Epcot®)

No, it’s not the most exciting attraction in the world, but it’s colorful, funny, entertainingly educational, and there’s rarely a line. The kids especially love the interactive play area at the end of the ride, ImageWorks. They could stay there for hours! (Watch our video of Journey into Imagination with Figment.) 

Underappreciated Disney World Attractions - It's Tough to be a Bug

3. It’s Tough to be a Bug!® Attraction (Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park)

It’s 3-D, it’s hilarious and it’s a nice air-conditioned break. The show is about the difficulty of being a tiny creature—something we frogs can certainly relate to!

4. Country Bear Jamboree Show (Magic Kingdom® Park)

Yes, the over-sized stuffed bears are the same ones who starred in the show when we were kids, but Country Bear Jamboree Show is a Magic Kingdom® Park classic that is sure to bring back great memories for the adults and a smile to the faces of the little ones. (Watch our video of Country Bear Jamboree Show)

5. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros (Epcot®)

With the same feel as It’s a Small World® Attraction, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros is a colorful, relaxing boat ride that is great for kids and adults alike. With only a few “rides” available on that side of Epcot®, this attraction is a great way to break up the long walk around World Showcase. (Watch our video of Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Cabelleros)

Underappreciated Disney World Attractions - Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

6. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress (Magic Kingdom® Park)

This attraction is popular among Disney regulars, but is often overlooked by newcomers. We’ve dragged friends along with us who would’ve otherwise skipped it, and they’re often surprised at how much they and their kids enjoyed it. We think it’s relatable and charming! (Watch our video of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress)

Underappreciated Disney World Attractions - The Great Movie Ride7. The Great Movie Ride® Attraction (Disney’s Hollywood Studios®)

Back in the day, this was the first attraction you encountered when you entered Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Then the Sorcerer's Hat went up—blocking the views of this replica of the iconic Grauman's Chinese Theatre—now it's back down again. The Great Movie Ride® Attraction captures the cinematic theme of the park and the live- action aspects of it break up the longer-than-average duration of this attraction. Thanks to an update, in partnership with Turner Classic Movies, it's getting more attention these days. (Watch our video of The Great Movie Ride® Attraction)

8. Voyage of the Little Mermaid (Disney’s Hollywood Studios®)

This is a much-loved show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, but we still don’t think it gets the credit it deserves. It does draw large crowds, but mostly from families with young children. The live talent and romantic story is impressive for guests of all ages. (Watch our video of Voyage of the Little Mermaid)

9. Swiss Family Treehouse (Magic Kingdom® Park)

We don’t know how anyone can visit Magic Kingdom® Park and not take at least 15 minutes to wander through the Swiss Family Treehouse. Beware: You will be asked to build an exact replica for your kids as their current treehouse will seem pathetic in comparison. ;) (Watch our video of Swiss Family Treehouse)

Here’s to all of the underappreciated Disney World attractions, as they each offer something special and are worth experiencing at least once! What are your favorites? Did we miss any other underappreciated Disney World attractions? Let us know in the comments below!

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rob smith Oct 15, 2012 at 10:21 p.m.

i am a Disney fanatic, and you're right. my personal favorite ride is Dumbo ( so very magical!), but it doesn't get overlooked.

Liz Feb 20, 2013 at 3:32 p.m.

I hate the Carousel of Progress. There. I said it. My favourite attractions are the same as most people's favourites. So they are usually pretty busy. I guess they are popular for a reason. One thing I really like and you don't even need a ticket is riding the Friendship boats.

Kristin Vigil Jul 30, 2013 at 6:08 p.m.

I will admit I have passed up the Hall of Presidents many times! Last year my kids asked to go in. I thought what the heck its hot out..... What I loved was how excited my young kids were. They were able to relate what they had learned in school to the Presidents. They were engaged and yes I was shocked. I think this has got to be an overlooked activity that might be worth stopping in to see!

JoAnn Aug 2, 2013 at 12:13 p.m.

UGH, The Country Bear Jamboree??! No WAY! I hate it!

Sara Aug 8, 2013 at 2:48 p.m.

I was disappointed when we went to Disneyland and the Swiss Family Treehouse was converted over to Tarzans Treehouse. I am sure none of the kids know the Swiss Family Robinson movie, but still a disappointment when I went there and saw it as Tarzans treehouse. Not sure if it switched over in Disneyworld as well.

Jay Apr 20, 2016 at 1:31 a.m.

No, it's still Swiss family Robinson tree house at Magic Kingdom in WDW.

Sandy Mar 29, 2016 at 9 p.m.

I love every one of the ones you've mentioned and can honestly say I would never skip any of them!! People are missing out on some awesome entertainment if they skip these attractions.

Donna Blais May 11, 2016 at 8:36 p.m.

You're right! I have now been to Disney 24 times (twice to Califonia, once to Paris and the rest to Orlando) and I never miss these attractions. Spot on!!

Jlynn Jun 11, 2016 at 6:21 p.m.

I have to weigh in here that the Tomorrowland® Area Transit Authority (Magic Kingdom® Park) is also a GREAT place for a nap. When my DD was 3 she and I rode it for an hour and a half while she slept. The Cast Members kept joking each time I went around. I almost asked one of them to get me coffee. But figured they probably couldn't leave their post.

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