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Thanks, but We’re Good- One and Done Experiences at Disney

We would love to say that we enjoy every single experience at Walt Disney World, but the truth is that isn’t the case.  There are some experiences throughout the Walt Disney World Resort property that we just find not doing again.  

Some of these are rides, while others are overall experiences.  We know that not everyone will agree with these opinions.  Our goal is to share our thoughts as we thought it might help others as they are planning their Walt Disney World vacations.

Here are our one-and-done experiences at Walt Disney World.

Mission Space
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Mission Space:  EPCOT

Mission: SPACE if found in EPCOT’s World Discovery.  This thrilling ride simulates a NASA-style mission to Mars.  There are two versions of the ride; however, we won’t be riding either anytime soon.

Guests can choose either the orange (higher intensity) where Guests orbit Mars or the green (lower intensity) version of the ride as Guests orbit the Earth.  Both are piloted by a 4-cadet crew that is assigned the role of either a navigator, pilot, commander, or engineer.  

So why is this ride one and done for us?  It is because of the spinning that goes along with it.  We can’t handle the combination of a tight space, spinning, as well as the overall simulation experience.  For us, Mission: SPACE is one that we won’t be riding again.

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

Over in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Guests can find Alien Swirling Saucers.  This intergalactic ride takes Guests on a spin with the cute aliens from Toy Story.

There are a few reasons why Alien Swirling Saucers is a one-and-done experience for us.  Again, we don’t really enjoy spinning.  Even though there isn’t intense or constant spinning during this ride, there is enough that we still can feel a little off afterward.

The second reason we don’t do Alien Swirling Saucers while visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios is that we feel like there are so many other experiences that are way better.  If we are going to wait in line, we prefer to wait in line for rides such s Slinky Dog Dash, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, or even hang out in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

A lot of little ones love the excitement of Alien Swirling Saucers, but for us, we prefer other experiences.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Experiencing Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

If you have little ones, you have probably heard about the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience.  Kids can be transferred into knights or princesses through this magical opportunity.  Although we agree that it is amazing, it isn’t one that we need to do each and every time we are at Walt Disney World.

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience is an expensive one.  This is one of the main reasons that we won’t be doing it each visit.  Packages start at $69.95 and reach well into the hundreds.  The other reason we will skip this is that our little one wasn’t thrilled with having to were the dress.  

The princess dresses are beautiful; however, they aren’t super comfortable.  When it is super hot outside or rainy, these dresses don’t stand up to the elements very well. 

During our next trip, we looked at bringing out our own princess costume or evening having little ones Disney-bound (dress similar to a princess) during the trip.  This would make them a lot more comfortable as we tour the Disney Parks and save us some money along the way as well.

It's Tough to Be a Bug

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

Guests are able to experience what it is like to be a bug during the 3D show that is inspired by the movie A Bug’s Life.  Hosted by Flick, Guests are educated about bugs.  This might seem like a good show, but it becomes super intense.

Hopper takes over (the villain from the movie that is a rather large grasshopper) and the story becomes very overwhelming.  There are loud noises, it gets dark, and there are creepy crawlers everywhere.

Even with our kids being older, this is one show that we will be skipping.  We don’t like how intense it gets and prefer to not be stressed during our trip any more than we have to be.  If you have little ones, we highly recommend skipping this show.

AStro Orbiter
Astro Orbiter

Astro Orbiter- Magic Kingdom

One ride in Magic Kingdom that was a one-and-done for us was Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland.  This ride is a two-passenger spacecraft that is high above Tomorrowland.  Guests orbit while taking in the beauty of Tomorrowland.

We skip Astro Orbiter for two reasons.  First- it spins.  Although it looks like a nice Dumbo the Flying Elephant or Magic Carpets of Aladdin, it spins a lot faster.  That is not something that we like or enjoy.

The second reason we skip this ride is because of the queue.  Guests have to wait to board an elevator that is the only way up and down from the loading platform.  As the process is time-consuming, we prefer to skip it for other experiences throughout Magic Kingdom.

Although we wish we loved everything at Walt Disney World, there are some experiences that were one and done for us. It might have been because of how it made us feel, the cost, or even the overall experience.  Either way, these are some of the things we choose to pass over now at Walt Disney World.  It is all our opinion, but we hope it will help you as you plan.


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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