Of course the Frog Family loves those 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 top 10 list of Walt Disney World attractions we think deserve a bit more respect.
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. For an even better experience, do it at night! (Watch our video of Tomorrowland® Area Transit Authority)
2. Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream (Disney’s Hollywood Studios®)
Believe it or not, Tad and Lily didn’t know Walt Disney was a real person before they visited this walk-through exhibit of hundreds of Disney artifacts. It’s an interesting and moving tribute to the Man Behind the Magic; we think it should be required viewing for every guest. (Watch our video of Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream)
3. 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.)
4. 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! An often-missed aspect of this attraction is the Discovery Club right outside where you’ll get to meet the real stars of the show.
5. 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)
6. 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 Gabelleros)
7. 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)
8. The Great Movie Ride® Attraction (Disney’s Hollywood Studios®)
Before the construction of the Sorcerer Hat, this was the first attraction you encountered when you entered Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. 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. (Watch our video of The Great Movie Ride® Attraction)
9. 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)
10. 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 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 the attractions as they each offer something special and are worth experiencing at least once! What are your favorites?