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10 Most Underrated Attractions at Walt Disney World

We spend a lot of time looking at the top rides at Walt Disney World.  The thrills, the excitement, and the joy that they bring make them the best.  But what about those underrated attractions throughout the four Disney Parks.  Those attractions that don’t always get the love but are still just as wonderful and magical.  Today we are going to give some love to the 10 most underrated attractions at Walt Disney World.

carousel of progress
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10.  Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress- Magic Kingdom

Over in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom is one of the most historic rides at Walt Disney World.  Carousel of Progress is definitely an underrated attraction.  Not only do we enjoy this attraction because it is indoors and is longer, but the story is just fun.

Guests are taken through the story of how technology has changed over different eras.  They watch family progress through the years and they experience the new technology.  From electricity to video games, it is a fun way to see how we have progressed through time.

The theatre itself is unique in that it is a revolving theatre that moves Guests from scene to scene.  This attraction shouldn’t be overlooked.  It is one that Walt himself had a hand in making a truly magical experience.

The Little Mermaid

9.  Under the Sea- Voyage of the Little Mermaid- Magic Kingdom

Most Guests are rushing to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Peter Pan’s Flight when they are in Fantasyland.  We however think the hidden Under the Sea- Voyage of the Little Mermaid is underrated.

The beauty of this ride starts outside with Prince Eric’s castle, waterfalls, and hidden gems throughout the queue.  As we board our clamshell, we love becoming a part of Ariel’s story.  The music, beautiful scenes, and storytelling are wonderful.

We find that we are always smiling as we get off of this ride in Fantasyland.  It makes us happy to see Ariel and Eric get their happily ever after.

8.  Maharajah Jungle Trek- Disney’s Animal Kingdom

This is one of the many hidden trails found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Many Guests rush right by this on their way to Expedition Everest or back to Pandora.  Maharajah Jungle Trek is where Guests are able to see the beautiful tigers that make Disney’s Animal Kingdom home.

These animals are truly stunning and we love being able to see them in such a unique environment.  We also enjoy exploring the other animals and birds throughout the trail as well.

Gorilla Exploration Trail
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7.  Gorilla Falls Exploration- Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Just like with Maharajah Jungle Trek, many Guests rush right by Gorilla Falls Exploration.  This is where Guests can focus on the amazing family of gorillas that live at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  We love spending time relaxing and watching them play.  They are such magnificent animals that we can spend a while enjoying them.

6.  Tom Sawyer Island- Magic Kingdom

We know that it might seem like a lot of work to get over to Tom Sawyer Island, but we want you to know it is worth it.  Tom Sawyer Island is filled with underrated fun and excitement.

Kids will be able to run off some energy as they explore the caves, enjoy the bridges, and even hang out in the fort.  There is so much to see and do on the island including relaxing.  We love the views of Magic Kingdom from the island as they are truly unique.

living with the land
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5.  Living with the Land- EPCOT

Not everyone wants to learn during their vacation, but there is something so special about Living with the Land in EPCOT.  We love taking this slow-moving boat ride through the different gardens.  It is interesting to see what is being planted as well as learn about how EPCOT and the horticulture team are working to improve the farming methods.  This is definitely an underrated attraction at Walt Disney World.

4.  Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros- EPCOT

Who doesn’t love a boat ride through the Mexico Pavilion!  Gran Fiesta Tour is a fun ride featuring the three amigos.  Work with the 2 Caballeros to find Donald as he travels through Mexico.  This is a fun, relaxing boat ride that gives you an up-close look at the indoor volcano and pyramid.

Turtle Talk With Crush

3.  Turtle Talk with Crush- EPCOT

We absolutely love this show inside the Seas Pavilion at EPCOT.  Guests get to interact with our favorite sea turtle Crush.  Little ones are able to ask Crush questions about being a sea turtle and Crush does the same about being human.

It is a fun show that allows Guests to see some of their favorite sea pals from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.  The show is cute and Crush does a great job adding humor.

2.  Aquarium- EPCOT

Also in the Seas Pavilion is the large aquarium.  Guests often skip past this amazing experience as they rush out of the pavilion to their next ride.  We highly recommend slowing down and taking in the amazing aquarium.

Guests can see dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, and even manatees that all make EPCOT home.  We love this area for a nice break from the heat and crowds.

1. Mickey’s Philharmagic- Magic Kingdom

Our last underrated attraction at Walt Disney World is found in Magic KIngdom’s Fantasyland.  Mickey’s Philharmagic is a fun 4d show that brings some of our favorite movies to the big screen.  We love seeing scenes from Lion Kingdom, Aladdin, Little Mermaid, and now Coco comes to life on the large screen.  It is a feel-good show that is so wonderful.

Those are some of the most underrated attractions at Walt Disney World.  We hope you take time during your next vacation to experience them.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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