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6 Disney Experiences We Walk On By During Our Trip

There is so much to experience at Walt Disney World that you sometimes have to choose what you want to do during your vacation. If you have a limited time, there might be some experiences you cannot do.

We have a few throughout the four Disney Parks that we often walk right past during our Walt Disney World vacations. These are experiences we don’t care for and choose to skip over so we can enjoy other options.

We will share these six experiences and why we walk right past them during our Walt Disney World vacations.

Family on Kali River Rapids in Disney's Animal Kingdom
Family on Kali River Rapids in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Kali River Rapids- Disney’s Animal Kingdom

No matter what time of year we visit, we walk right past Kali River Rapids in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You might think we would want to cool off during those hot summer days, but that isn’t the case.

As we don’t like walking around the Theme Park soaked, this is the biggest reason we pass by Kali River Rapids. We will likely get wet, even drenched, on this ride, which we don’t want to deal with.

We also feel Kali River Rapids isn’t a ride with much to offer beyond the chance of cooling off. The storyline is somewhat lacking and could use some updates. There are much better rides and shows throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom that we prioritize over Kali River Rapids.

It's Tough to Be a Bug
It’s Tough to Be a Bug

It’s Tough to Be a Bug- Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Another experience in Disney’s Animal Kingdom that we walk right past during the majority of our trips is the show It’s Tough to Be a Bug. We love seeing even more details of the Tree of the Life throughout the queue, but the show isn’t one we enjoy.

When our kids were little, we skipped this ride because they did not enjoy it. The loud noises and intense scenes were just too much. As our kids have grown older, we often bypass this experience, as there are many other rides they would prefer to do instead. Be aware that even with older kids or adults, if they aren’t fans of bugs, spiders, or grasshoppers, they will not enjoy this show.

It is nice to have some air conditioning and sit down; It’s Tough to Be A Bug is one experience we pass by in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Alien Swirling Saucers
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Alien Swirling Saucers- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has one ride we tend to pass by during our visits: Alien Swirling Saucers. Found back in Toy Story Land, Alien Swirling Saucers is one of three rides in this land and the least exciting.

Although we prefer to avoid this ride because of the little spinning, overall, we feel like this ride doesn’t have much to offer. Little ones might enjoy this ride; however, if you have older children, there are a lot of other choices in Disney’s Hollywood Studios that will be more of a priority.

Because of all the other options in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we pass by Alien Swirling Saucers while visiting Walt Disney World.

Mission Space
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In EPCOT, the one ride we pass by during our visit is Mission: SPACE. The main reason we skip this ride is that it gives us significant issues due to motion sickness.

Even though there are two different versions of this ride that Guests can choose from, orange or green, they both cause discomfort when it comes to motion sickness.

Having a simulation of a launch to outer space is extremely neat; however, we avoid Mission: SPACE, so our whole day at EPCOT isn’t impacted by us feeling off the rest of the day.

AStro Orbiter
Astro Orbiter

Astro Orbiter- Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom has so many great rides and experiences to choose from, but there are some that we choose to walk past. The first one we skip is Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland. This is a typical spinner ride, very much like the beloved Dumbo. What makes Astro Orbiter not one we need to experience often is the long waits.

Because Guests have to take the elevator up to load and then back down again, the wait times can be longer than Dumbo or Magic Carpets of Aladdin. With longer wait times, we often skip Astro Orbiter and head to our favorite spinner ride, Dumbo in Storybook Circus.

If Astro Orbiter is a ride you are interested in, think about riding at night to see all the lights above Magic Kingdom.


Swiss Family Treehouse- Magic Kingdom

The other experience that we often walk past in Magic Kingdom is the Swiss Family Treehouse. The main reason we skipped this experience is because of the 116 stairs that you have to climb when you are already tired.

The treehouse is based on the Swiss Family Robinson story and shows how they built the treehouse after they were shipwrecked. Although it is interesting to see the details of the treehouse, we prefer not to climb up six stories in the heat of the day.

Even though we think the imagining that brought this treehouse to Magic Kingdom is fantastic, it isn’t an experience we enjoy on our vacations.

If you do find the motivation to climb high up in the treehouse, there are some fantastic views of Adventureland.

Walt Disney World has many amazing rides and shows throughout the four Disney Parks. Because there is so much to do, getting it all done in one trip is hard. This means that some attractions are skipped.

This list will help you plan your days in the Parks and prioritize what you want to experience.









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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