We’ve all heard it before while walking through the parks; guests who walk past attractions like Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress or Living with the Land while writing them off as boring or not worth their time. Or the lists online that talk about “Top 30 things Disney Obsessed Fans do” and one of the numbers talks about falling asleep on the Peoplemover. Well today, I’m here to plead my case on why these rides are worth your attention and love.
- Immersed in history
A lot of these attractions have been around the parks for quite a long time, and as such have beautiful rich histories just waiting to be explored. Walt was a big believer in getting more out of an attraction than just thrills, he wanted these rides to make you feel something. As such quite a few of these overlooked attractions are some of Walt’s absolute favorites, like Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress!
Complete with the song that will never leave your head until you die!
He loved this attraction so much he was said to ride it 14 times in his lifetime! There are great attractions in all four Disney Parks that have wonderful histories about the parks, Walt, even future park designs and plans!
- Great ways to pass time
We all know how each park has attractions that are the big ticket attractions. They’re the ones you get fastpasses or wait in massive queues for. The great thing about these smaller attractions is that because they are, often, overlooked they have relatively short queue lines and can help you kill time while you wait to ride Soarin’ or Tower of Terror.
I mean where else can you learn about energy with Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy?
Sometimes, when you go to Walt Disney World you’re so focused on riding all of the big ticket attractions that you miss ones that could easily fill your time waiting for the next fastpass to start! There’s no such thing as being bored at a Disney Park, and the tinier attractions are a fun way to take a quick break while enjoying some much needed A/C and making memorie
3. Edutainment Value
Disney Parks are well known for sneaking in educational values into attractions in subtle or obvious ways, but because the attractions are so fun you normally don’t notice! One of the main core’s of Walt Disney is education and entertainment, rarely do you see those two not intertwined in any attraction.
Watch out for Aliens on this, and munchkins..
This is what sets the Disney Parks apart from most other theme parks. It’s not just about thrills and which ride can go the fastest or highest. Disney wants you to leave the parks having learned something and wanting to learn more! So many of these overlooked attractions have so much more to offer than meets the eye, you never know what you’re going to learn on them!
What good is me telling you about the benefits of riding the not-so-ridden attractions if I don’t even give you a list of some attractions at each park worth checking out?
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
- The Tomorrowland Transit Authorities Peoplemover
- The Hall of Presidents
- Mickey’s Philharmagic
- Walt Disney World Railroad
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
- Living With the Land
- Universe of Energy: Ellen’s Energy Adventure
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
- The Great Movie Ride
- One Man’s Dream
- Muppet Vision 3D
- Wildlife Express Train
- Primevil Whirl
- It’s Tough to be a Bug!
Not a restaurant, not a dark ride, but still an amazing attraction!
One of my favorite things about the Disney parks is that it has something for everyone, and with there being well over 115 attractions, there’s certainly a lot that can’t be covered in one trip. I think the thing that makes these not so well known attractions so great is that so many of them have a lot of ties to Walt himself, and riding them makes me feel like he would be proud that they’re still around. When you start going to the parks frequently, you start branching out from the typical routine, looking more for things that are off the beaten path. Because I was introduced to rides like Carousel of Progress and Living with the Land when I started going to the parks, I consider them staples for any of my visits. My trips don’t feel complete if I don’t show any of these attractions some love. So the next time you’ve got some free time in the parks, step outside of your comfort zone and ride an attraction that you’d normally walk right by! You never know what kind of memories or experience you’ll have!