Unless you’re staying for an extended period of time, it’s nearly impossible to do it ALL at Walt Disney World in a single visit. That’s part of what keeps our family coming back for more, again and again. The choices among rides and attractions can be pretty overwhelming! It’s easy to find the thrill rides, if that’s your thing, and knock those off the to-do list. But what about the less thrilling rides? The movies and live shows? If you can’t do it all, which should you choose and which should you leave off for a later visit? For today’s Friday Five, I’d like to offer a few suggestions…
At WDW? Short on Time? Ride This OR That!
- Spinners- In Magic Kingdom, ride Dumbo or Magic Carpets of Aladdin or Astro Orbiter. Love Dinosaurs? Skip those two and ride Triceratops Spin in Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland U.S.A. My Opinion: Dumbo’s a classic but the wait can be long (and loud!). Magic Carpets of Aladdin is cute and our kids have always loved it.
- Under Sea Adventure- Both of these attractions have Clamobiles as ride vehicles, both take you back through popular Disney movies – Ride Under The Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid in Magic Kingdom (Fantasyland) OR The Seas With Nemo and Friends in Epcot (Future World). My favorite is the Nemo and Friends version, but my friend Heather and her family love the Little Mermaid best. Both are cute!
- 3D Movies- You have three choices: Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom), It’s Tough to Be a Bug (Disney’s Animal Kingdom) or MuppetVision 3D (Disney’s Hollywood Studios). My opinion: I don’t dislike any of them, but Mickey’s PhilharMagic is my favorite. Keep in mind: It’s Tough to Be a Bug can be very scary for little ones and people of all ages who are afraid of bugs.
- Kiddie Coaster- Barnstormer and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, both in Magic Kingdom, have low height requirements at 35″ and 38″ respectively. Barnstormer is great for very young, apprehensive riders (entire ride lasts about a minute). For brave first-timers (or Barnstormer graduates), Seven Dwarfs Mine Train lasts twice as long and has more to see.
- Live Stage Shows- Great choices abound: Festival of the Lion King (Animal Kingdom), Finding Nemo-The Musical (Disney’s Animal Kingdom), Beauty and The Beast Live on Stage (Disney’s Hollywood Studios), Disney Junior Live on Stage (Studios), and Voyage of the Little Mermaid (Studios). You’ll know best which of these will appeal most to your own Disney fans, but if you can’t decide, Festival of the Lion King is a crowd pleaser across all ages.
Which rides or attractions would you pick from the list?