My top 10 favorite Disney World attractions
Previously, I've written about which rides or shows I'd recommend skipping, but what about the ones I think you should do?
These are so many to choose from, but these are the 10 Disney World attractions I don't think anybody should miss...
10. Enchanted Tales with Belle
I think this super new attraction has become the most difficult thing to do in all of Disney World since it's new, lines build up quickly and there's no FastPass (yet!).
We are not even into characters at our house, but loved this for the technology. After you see the animatronics on Enchanted Tales with Belle, everything else will seem old-fashioned.
Let's take a look, shall we?
Tip: Arrive at Magic Kingdom by 8:15 or so and head straight to this attraction to avoid long lines. You could also wait until later in the day when lines have gone down.
9. Kali River Rapids
Ahhh, the ride that so many avoid because they don't want to get soaked. They're missing out on a great experience all because of a little (OK, a lot) water.
I've mostly visited Disney World when it's hot and I wear flip flops a lot, so getting wet doesn't really bother me. Wearing a poncho is always an option for people who are freaked out by being doused.
We've been to a lot of theme parks and most have a river rapids-style ride, but you'll never see one as beautiful as Kali River Rapids. If you can stop thinking about if/when you'll get hit by a rush of water, take a moment to look around at the scenery.
Let's ride along from the comfort of home where we can stay nice and dry and watch other people get their shorts wet...
Tip: Aside from wearing a poncho, another good tip for this ride is that it's often dead in the morning, so if you ride Expedition Everest and head over to Kali, there's a good chance you'll get to ride multiple times.
8. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor and Turtle Talk with Crush
OK, this might seem like cheating to put 2 different attractions from 2 different parks together, but the reason that we love them so much is the same: the technology behind both.
Actors with controllers are out-of-sight and maneuvering the animated characters on screen that interact with the audience. Every showing of each of these attractions follows the same format, but they turn out differently depending on the audience.
Watch Crush assist in a wedding proposal (this video was taken at California Adventure but Turtle Talk with Crush is the same at Disney World). Awwww...
Tip: Before heading into Monsters, Inc., Laugh Floor, think of a corny joke that you can text in and you might see it on the screen.
7. Tower of Terror
At our local Six Flags, I will ride all rides except for the one that lifts you up and drops you several stories over and over again, but....
...I love Tower of Terror. I know; it doesn't make any sense.
The theming is some of the best Disney has ever done and the drops are randomized each time so it's slightly different each time you ride.
Take a look...
Tip: Lines on this ride have been fairly long recently. If you can, grab a FP for this before riding Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and then head back to ride it after RnR.
6. Toy Story Midway Mania
For many years, this has been the most popular ride at Disney World with the longest lines and FastPass return times that can be sooo far away.
But it's fun. Especially when you're the third person of the day to ride (like my son and I were on our last trip) and can avoid the lines.
It's hard to capture this ride since you wear 3D glasses the whole time but this will give you an idea...
Tip: Check out this list of tips to learn some of the secrets to getting a high score.
5. Festival of the Lion King
Lion King is my favorite Disney movie, my favorite soundtrack (especially the Broadway version), we've seen the live version of the Broadway production and the beginning of "Circle of Life" was my ring tone for a long time until just recently.
No big shock: I looove the production of Festival of the Lion King at Animal Kingdom as well.
Side note: A few months after Animal Kingdom opened in the 90s (and way before I had been to AK), I sat next to a guy on an airplane ride who explained to me that he was a professional gymnast who worked in a Lion King show at Animal Kingdom. I had no idea what he was saying, but now I realize that he must have been one of the flying monkeys in the show.
Here's a clip...
Tip: Try to sit in one of the first few rows, but since they aren't elevated, make sure your view isn't obstructed by people in front of you.
4. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
At the risk of sounding like a fan girl of everything, I also totally love Aerosmith. The music that plays while waiting on this ride makes me happy.
And no matter how many times I ride it, I'll never not scream as soon as it takes off. There's none of that build up that you'd normally have on a roller coaster; you just TAKE OFF.
Tip: The ride photo for this ride is taken as soon as it takes off so smile big while you wait for it to launch (or close your eyes and scream like I do).
3. Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
We've clocked dozens of rides on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. It's probably my very favorite ride for the whole family.
If you hit it at the right time (within the first hour or so of the Magic Kingdom opening), you should be able to ride it over and over without a line. Lots of kids love it, so being able to do it multiple times is a lot of fun.
Here's a taste....
Tip: Get the low down on how to score high on Buzz with these tips.
Awww, the ride that turns me into a total sap for some reason. I love, love, love sitting next to first-time riders because the ride is so unique that they never know what to expect and almost always results in "wowwwww" from them.
Although it's impossible to get the full effect from a video, here's a preview....
Tip: Request to sit in the front row to avoid having dangling feet obstruct your view.
1. Expedition Everest
I love this ride so much.
I'd love it even more if the Yeti worked.
I'm not normally a fan of rides that go backward, but this one is amazing. Like Kali River Rapids, it's just gorgeous to view the scenery as you ride and the ride itself is so much fun.
From the safety of your couch, let's ride along...
Tip: Although the height requirement will allow anybody over 44" to ride, I'd caution you against taking young kids on it. I've seen more than one first grader shaking and crying afterward because they weren't prepared for the intensity of the ride.