When you think of Walt Disney World, you think of Cinderella Castle, right? The Magic Kingdom IS Walt Disney World to many people! But as much as I love Magic Kingdom, there are a few attractions that just don’t make my “must do” list every trip. This is the first in a series of which attractions I skip at each theme park!
A while back Sharla wrote a post of her favorite Magic Kingdom attractions. I stumbled across the post the other day and it got me thinking. I can be contrary by nature, so of course my first thought was, “Ha, I should write a post about which attractions I skip!” I went on my merry way and got back to work, but I found myself mentally compiling a list. When that happens it is time to write a blog!
Disclaimer time – there is not one single ride or attraction that I will refuse to ride given the right circumstances. All of the attractions on this list are good attractions! (With the possible exception of one… you’ll see!) They just aren’t at the top of my favorites list for reasons I will list below. Don’t come for me in the comments if one of your favorites is on this list! If you love it, ride it! No judgment here.
Let’s start with Adventureland – typically my first stop in Magic Kingdom. (Remember – always go left!)
Adventureland Attractions I Skip
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – This ride was adorable when I had a small child who thought going in a circle and being able to move up and down was thrilling. As an adult, I just won’t waste precious time in line for something as basic as this ride. If I have a sudden urge for this type of ride, I’ll choose Dumbo which at least has a great air conditioned queue and nostalgia factor!
Swiss Family Treehouse – I do this walk-through attraction about once every few years or so, usually when I am killing time waiting for a meal at Skipper Canteen. It’s cute but was basically designed to be a people magnet – something to absorb crowds and ease congestion in Adventureland. It has A LOT of stairs and you really don’t have enough time to appreciate the fun details without holding up the line behind you.
“Watch out for the camels. They spit!”
Frontierland Attractions I Skip
Country Bear Jamboree – I can feel the comments coming. “How dare you! The Country Bear Jamboree is a Disney Classic!” Yes. Yes, it is. Everyone should see it at least once. I love the Bears, I do! But look – those bears have not changed in a LONG TIME. This is an every 5-10 years attraction for me!
Liberty Square Attractions I Skip
Liberty Square Riverboat – This is another one that everyone should do once. But at 17 minutes long, it is just not enticing enough to make my regular rotation! (UNLESS I am specifically enjoying a “Do Less, Enjoy More” kind of day. The Riverboat is perfect for this!)
The Hall of Presidents – I have been avoiding the Hall of Presidents since 2016. (#ifyouknowyouknow) In a few months, it may be safe to go back but until then, I will continue to avoid this attraction for my mental health! Once the attraction has been “fixed” it will go back on my regular rotation, not for its scintillating content, but for its merits as an amazing spot to cool off and grab a quick nap.
Fantasyland Attractions I Skip
Dumbo – See The Magic Carpets of Aladdin above!
Prince Charming Regal Carousel – This one falls under the heading of, “I try not to ride anything that I can do at home.” The Carousel, while pretty, is just a carousel. And I have a gorgeous carousel at home. It’s the same reason I won’t eat at McDonald’s at Walt Disney World. Just… why?
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – This ride is sweet and has a cute interactive queue but it has been a long time since I had a child young enough to enjoy this ride. Since Pooh and Friends aren’t my personal faves, this one is on the skip list!
Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid – I wanted to like this attraction, I did! I was very excited when “New” Fantasyland reopened. I love this movie and the soundtrack. But the audio-animatronics felt kind of “meh” compared to other newer attractions. It was a one and done for me!
Tomorrowland Attractions I Skip
Astro Orbiter – See the Magic Carpets of Aladdin and Dumbo above, but add motion sickness from heights. No, thank you. This is possibly the only ride at Walt Disney World that I will really argue with you about riding. I mean, I’ll do it if HAVE to but I won’t be happy about it. And you may not be either!
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor – I can’t quite put my finger on why this one is not a must do for me! I like Monster’s Inc, and I am a huge fan of stand-up. And yet, I honestly can’t remember the last time I stopped for this attraction. Even with the air conditioning which will often tempt me on a hot day. And apparently I am not alone as this attraction is closed indefinitely and rumored to be going away permanently!
Main Street U.S.A.
There are technically no “attractions” i.e. rides, on Main Street U.S.A. So what do I skip? NOTHING. This may actually my favorite “land” at Magic Kingdom! Then again, I consider shopping an attraction, so maybe that is why! And don’t forget the Dapper Dans. I will stop for them every time!
If this is your first visit to Walt Disney World, please don’t let this list deter you from trying any of these attractions! But if this is a return visit, which attractions do you skip at the Magic Kingdom and why? Let me know in the comments! And feel free to let me know if there are any that I should give a second chance. Change my mind!
Coming up next? Which Attractions I Skip in Animal Kingdom!
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