Happy first day of Spring! Today is the Disney People blog’s one year anniversary! Colton and I have accomplished tons of Disney to-do things this year. We became annual pass holders at Walt Disney World for the first time, we traveled to Tokyo Disneyland Resort, and I ran my first runDisney race with the Glass Slipper Challenge!
In celebration of our one year blog anniversary, we are going to redo some of our very first posts, with one being our Top 8 Attractions at Walt Disney World. We will also be holding a giveaway to celebrate our one year anniversary, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
A lot can change in a year, including the rides that you love at Walt Disney World. Some of the rides from my original post, which you can read here, may still be on this list, but there are some changes. In honor of our one year anniversary, we’re improving our list to a top 10. Here is my list of the Top 10 Attractions at Walt Disney World as of right now!
10. Soarin’ Around the World
I loved Soarin’ over California, but with the updated destinations I love it so much more. I plan to travel the world and this is a great way to see some amazing locations such as the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Egypt, and many more! Wait times have reduced since another concourse was added, which is another bonus of the updated attraction. So fasten your seatbelt and get ready to soar!
9. Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train
I remember being at the parks when they first started construction on this attraction and when they began doing soft openings for the ride. Colton and I would walk by hoping to be let in before it officially opened to the public, but no such luck. The swinging cart makes this ride different from others and you can feel the difference. The queue for this ride is a lot of fun with interactive games to find and earn gems, but my favorite part of this attraction is singing “Heigh-Ho” and seeing the dwarfs at work collecting gems. Rider tip: the wait time for Seven Dwarfs tends to stay long, so hop in line just before park closing. The wait time may say 30+ minutes, but we haven’t ever waited more than 20 minutes at the end of the night.
8. Enchanted Tales with Belle
We haven’t visited this attraction on our last few trips, but it remains one of my favorites. You get to visit Maurice’s workshop, magically travel to Beast’s castle, and of course see all of your favorite castle furniture come to life! This attraction is mostly geared towards children as they get to play a role in the retelling of Belle and Beast’s story, but there are a few adults chosen to play! Colton was once a brave knight.
7. Pirates of the Caribbean
I have always enjoyed Pirates, but for some reason recently I have been enjoying it more and more over time. My favorite part of the ride is one of the first rooms with Captain Barbosa shooting cannons and yelling at other pirates from his ship. This part of the ride makes you feel as if you are truly in the middle of a battle and the attention to detail is top-notch. Of course, I cannot make it through the ride without singing one good verse of “Yo ho, Yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.”
6. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
One of my favorite nighttime attractions is the Star Wars show in Hollywood Studios. The use of pyrotechnics and scenes from the films on the big-screens makes it a must-see. Even if you aren’t a fan of Star Wars (seriously, who isn’t?), you’ll enjoy this show. The fireworks finale is one that cannot be missed and it’s a perfect way to end the night. If it’s your first time watching it, I encourage you not to pull out your phone to take pictures or videos, and just enjoy the show!
5. Peter Pan’s Flight
Another one of my favorites since the first time I flew in a pirate ship. This ride was on my original Top 8 and every time we walk past it in Magic Kingdom, I love to look at it for just a moment, even if we aren’t riding. The updated queue is one of my favorites to walk through, which is why I don’t really mind waiting in line for this ride. We usually end up using a FastPass because lines can get pretty long, but if you haven’t walked through the queue for Peter Pan’s Flight at least once, do it!
4. Toy Story Mania
I grew up with Toy Story, so one reason I really love this attraction is that it has all of my favorite characters in different parts of the game: from Woody and Buzz to Jessie or the Aliens. This ride is one that guarantees fun, even if you don’t beat the high score of the month (which I never have)! Since Disney added a third track, the wait-times tend to be shorter, but we still prefer to use a FastPass. I may not have very good aim, but I still have so much fun trying to beat Colton’s score.
3. Haunted Mansion
Since the first time I walked into the Mansion, hopped into the doom buggy, and took a chilling ride through the Mansion, I’ve loved it. Even though we’ve been to other parks and rode the different versions, Haunted Mansion at WDW will always be my favorite. I feel like I’ve become more obsessed with this ride recently, which is why I bought the runDisney New Balance shoes at the Princess Weekend Expo and why I continuously want new Haunted Mansion items. I think Disney is helping with this obsession, because they keep putting new merchandise out!
2. “Once Upon a Time” Castle Projection Show
This has become one of my favorite nighttime shows. We saw this show for the first time when we were visiting Tokyo Disneyland and I kid you not, there were tears. Mrs. Potts and Chip are two of my favorite Disney characters and Mrs. Potts’ narration of this story makes it absolutely perfect. Once Upon a Time tells the stories we love using castle projections, pyrotechnics, and of course fireworks. Whether you’re an adult reliving your favorite childhood memories or a child seeing your new favorite Disney characters, the show is magical and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear the whole time you’re watching.
1. Frozen Ever After
This is by far my number one attraction at Walt Disney World right now. When this ride debuted, I had high expectations and it surpassed all of them. With our most recent trips being last minute bookings, we haven’t been able to get a FastPass for it, but I love it all the same. You’ll see all of your favorite characters and even if you don’t want to, you’ll catch yourself singing that famous song we ALL know the words to! Rider tip: grab a School Bread from the Kringla Bakery before getting in line. It won’t last you the whole time you’re waiting because it’s delicious and you’ll eat it quickly, but it makes the waiting much more enjoyable.
As I mentioned earlier, we are celebrating our one year anniversary of starting The Disney People blog and what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway?!
Next week, we will be visiting Walt Disney World during the Flower and Garden Festival. This is one of our favorite festivals at Disney World and we cannot wait to see the new merchandise and eat delicious food. Our giveaway will be for a Flower and Garden themed item from Walt Disney World. We will be posting more details about what you could win once we get to the parks next week, so make sure you are following us to see any future posts!
What is your favorite attraction at Walt Disney World? Let us know!