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Top Overrated Rides at Walt Disney World

Although we love most rides and attractions at Walt Disney World, some experiences we feel slightly overrated. This may be personal, but we wanted to share these overrated rides with you. Knowing some of these overrated rides will help you make a better touring plan for your trip.

These rides are overrated for different reasons, from those that are too short to those that are just too intense for us. We wanted to share this so you can make the best decision for your travel party.

Dinosaur Animal Kingdom
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Rides That Are Too Rough

We find a few rides throughout Walt Disney World too rough. These experiences aren’t smooth and, to some, not worth the headaches that can result from riding them.

Dinosaur at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of these rides that we often skip because it is so rough. Guests board their ride vehicles before blasting off into the past in search of a specific dinosaur.

The ride vehicle is on a track that jerks Guests back and forth as they move throughout the ride. These sudden movements can be highly uncomfortable for some Guests. Because of this, some might find the ride overrated.

Space Mountain at Night
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Another ride that many Guests find rough is Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom. An iconic ride in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, Space Mountain, can be extremely rough, making it not worth it for some Guests to experience during their trip.

Space Mountain is a dark, indoor roller coaster through space. It features a lot of quick turns and short drops. These make it hard to brace yourself, causing your body to get tossed around as you race through the darkness.

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, many might find Rock n’ Roller Coaster too intense and therefore overrated. Rock n’ Roller Coaster is a fast-paced coaster that has multiple inversions and loops. Combine these elements with speed and darkness; the experience might not be worth the headache it could cause some people.

Flight Of Peter Pan

Short Rides- When the Wait Isn’t Worth the Ride Experience

One type of ride we find to be overrated is those that need longer to be worth those long wait times.

One of the most prominent examples is Peter Pan’s Flight in Magic Kingdom. The ride is slightly over two minutes. With wait times typically an hour or more long, for many, it doesn’t seem worth the wait for the experience.

Peter Pan’s Flight has been an iconic ride at the Park since 1971. There is something magical about flying high above Neverland and taking in the scenes from the beloved movie. For many, though, the long waits are a turn-off. If you want to experience Peter Pan’s Flight during your trip, consider riding first thing in the morning or using Genie+.

seven dwarfs mine train
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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is another ride in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland that is overrated regarding being too short for how long the wait typically is each day. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train lasts a little more than two minutes. As the wait times are typically hours or more long each day, this can seem like a waste of time for some.

If rides such as Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, or Triceritop Spin have long lines, these might also be overrated. Even though little ones enjoy these rides, they are very basic. Spending a long time in line may seem like something other than necessary.

We love these sweet rides; however, it isn’t always worth the long waits to experience them. If they are essential to your group, consider ways to share them with lower wait times. This might mean purchasing Genie+, arriving early, or attending a special event.

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
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Too Much Screen Usage

We love how Disney rides immerse us in the movies and shows that we love. They are unique and special to Disney. Something that needs to be revised is those rides that focus on screens.

Typically Universal Studios has been known for having a lot of their experiences use screens throughout the Parks. Disney recently has a few rides that focus on a lot of screens; these ones can be overrated for those with motion sickness issues.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, a family-friendly ride in EPCOT, is one example of a ride in Walt Disney World that uses more screens throughout the ride. Guests are shrunk to the size of Remy as they travel on board a cute trackless ride vehicle. Traveling through the kitchen, Guests try to avoid getting in trouble. A combination of screens and sets creates the effects of this ride.

For those with trouble with screens, there are a few spots in the ride that might cause issues. This is also a 3D ride that can add to some stomachs’ unease.

Also, EPCOT is the newest ride that features screens. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind features screens, a new omnicoaster ride vehicle, and even a reverse launch. Even though the ride is exceptionally smooth, there is much screen time. This, combined with the constant movement of the ride vehicle, can cause many issues for Guests.

In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are two rides that some Guests might find overrated due to the use of screens. Star Tours is one of the original screen experiences of Walt Disney World. Guests travel along with C-3PO through different Star Wars stories. This is a rough ride that has Guests crashing and blasting off.

The other ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios that can be overrated is Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. This ride puts Guests in charge of the biggest hunk of junk. Because Guests are in charge of the flying, it can be a rough ride. Combine that with the screen, and many might feel like this ride is overrated.

There are a lot of amazing ride experiences throughout the four Disney Parks, and even more, are coming in 2023. Although we love a lot of the rides at Disney, some need to be more rated for us. By sharing our thoughts, you can decide if your family needs to experience some of these rides during your Disney trip.






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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