This week we’re celebrating The Disney People blog’s one year anniversary by updating some of our original posts on the site. If you want to start from the beginning and read every single post on the blog this year, you can go HERE.
One of the blog’s very first posts was my Top 8 Disney World attractions. The traditional gift for the first anniversary is paper. Instead of paper, I hope our loyal readers will enjoy this MASSIVE expansion to my original list of attractions. Without further ado, here are my top 10 attractions at Walt Disney World.
So I may have set myself up for a bit of a boring read, but my top 8 honestly has not shifted much in a year. Most of these will be the same attractions in a slightly different order. As I mentioned in the original post, this list is completely subjective, based only on my personal opinion. That said, I do consider this to be the definitive top 10 attractions list on the internet. This list will change your life.
10. Kilimanjaro Safaris
To be completely frank, we don’t go to Animal Kingdom very much. In fact, in one of our “Hot Take” posts, I suggested that you do not go to Animal Kingdom until the Pandora: World of Avatar area opens at the end of May 2017. You can see that post HERE. In spite of my feelings on Animal Kingdom, Kilimanjaro Safaris remains among my top 10 Disney World attractions. It’s the closest you can get to a real safari in a theme park. Every ride can be a new and exciting experience.
9. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Also known as the Peoplemover, TTA is probably our most visited attraction. It’s very rare that any trip to Magic Kingdom does not include at least one ride around Tomorrowland on the TTA. If this attraction somehow expanded to include every land in Magic Kingdom, it would be our favorite attraction. The TTA is also a great place to catch parts of the evening fireworks if you can time things just right.
8. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Carousel of Progress, like TTA, is part of nearly every visit to Magic Kingdom for us. Carousel of Progress is an audio-animatronic show created by Walt himself for the 1964 World’s Fair. The Carousel takes you on a magical journey through different decades of America. While I would love to see an update for Carousel, nostalgia will always make this one of our favorites. Don’t forget, “There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow…”
7. Peter Pan’s Flight
Peter Pan’s Flight is the quintessential Disney dark ride. Everything about Peter Pan is excellent from the music, to each room, to the flight of your Pirate Ship. Wait times can make this ride an easy skip for us, but Peter Pan is always the first Fastpass we check for at Magic Kingdom.
6. American Adventure
I like to think of The American Adventure as The Notebook for Americans. The American Adventure is the perfect love story about America and its incredible citizens. The American pavilion building and the Voices of Liberty pre-show are a perfect warm-up. Just be warned that this show can cause some mild eye watering and intense desire to applaud.
5. Frozen Ever After
When the original announcement came for a Frozen ride replacing Maelstrom, I was skeptical. Frozen mania took Disney by storm and it was very easy to tire of Frozen being added to every Disney show, snack, and bathroom area. When we finally rode Frozen Ever After, I was blown away. Our spoiler-free review covers some thoughts. Suffice to say, Frozen Ever After is the best dark ride at Walt Disney World and an absolute must-see attraction.
4. Spaceship Earth
Our favorite ride inside of a giant golf ball moves up a few spots in this ranking update. Spaceship Earth is everything Disney World should be. The ride is fun, informative, personalized, and often has low wait times. Epcot is one of our favorite places in Disney World and Spaceship Earth is part of every day at Epcot.
3. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
If you remember the original list, Fantasmic was the number 3 attraction for me. Times have changed and I have seen the light. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular has been covered multiple times by The Disney People. We have our review of the Galactic Spectacular show, including some viewing tips, and we have done a review of the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party. We recommend both. Disney has fulfilled every expectation I could have thus far with their treatment of the Star Wars franchise and Star Wars Galactic Spectacular is the headliner right now. The show’s use of scenes and music from the films mixed with fireworks, FIRE, and LASERS! is worth your time. It is my favorite nighttime show at Disney World and I never thought anything could top Fantasmic. I could go on about the excellence of this fireworks show for days. 10/10.
2. Tower of Terror
These last two are the same from my original list and I consider them 1A and 1B. Tower of Terror is the perfect marriage of theme and fun. The Hollywood Tower Hotel exterior, queue, and interior are all incredibly detailed and worth a walk-through even if you take the chicken exit (which I had to do once, as my Dad often reminds me). Brittany isn’t a huge fan of the drops so I’m limited to riding this myself and that may have cost Tower the top spot in my personal rankings. Tower of Terror is an incredible theme park attraction and once of the best in the World.
1. Haunted Mansion
If TTA is not our most visited attraction, Haunted Mansion certainly tops the list. We can’t make a visit to Magic Kingdom without at least one ride in a Doombuggy. Our secret insider (but not really) Haunted Mansion tip is to ride this attraction multiple times during the last hour Magic Kingdom is open. Nothing is more fun than surrounding yourself with other visitors that adore Haunted Mansion.
That does it for my updated Top 10 Attractions at Walt Disney World. If you have not yet read it, please check out Brittany’s Top 10 Attractions post for a different perspective on WDW. Only 4 attractions made the list for both of us, so see her post to find them.
If you’re visiting Disney World soon, be sure to read our Ultimate Fastpass+ Guide to make sure you don’t miss anything on our top 10 lists.
As Brittany mentioned in her top 10 update, we will be doing another giveaway next week to celebrate the one year anniversary of The Disney People. Stay tuned for more details. As always, like us on Facebook and Twitter @_DisneyPeople to be updated on every new post.
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