The Most Overlooked Attractions at Magic Kingdom
Or… the best attractions with short wait times at Magic Kingdom
By Heather Malo
See how I did that? It’s all about how you look at things.
Overlooked doesn’t necessarily mean, “not as good” or “less exciting”.
In my opinion, these attractions are some of the most Disney-esque. Walt himself had a hand in all of them, so in some ways they feel like true, vintage Disney. The Disney that Walt dreamed of sharing with people.
You can almost sit back and imagine him next to you, enjoying you enjoying what he’s created. Don’t get me wrong, I love Splash Mountain and 7 Dwarves Mine Train but, there’s just something about the retro feel of these attractions that gives me a content and relaxed vibe.
Sure, everyone wants to ride Peter Pan and Space Mountain but sometimes, you just want to sit back and enjoy the magic of Disney World. And these attractions will offer you that opportunity.
Walt Disney was a train enthusiast, so it makes sense that he would implement steam engines at all of his parks. Disney World has four restored vintage steam trains (built between 1916 and 1928). A leisurely ride around the park will take about 20 minutes, or you can use the train as a sort of convenient In-Park Transit system and get off at one of three stops: Main St. USA, Frontierland or Fantasyland.
The Country Bear Jamboree
Country Bear is another longer attraction, coming in at approximately 16 minutes. That’s 16 minutes of climate-controlled Disney bliss, folks. Flag this one for those hot days! Located in Grizzly Hall in Adventureland, this is one of the very last attractions Walt had a hand in. The animatronics are a classic with the fun, humor and magic of talking bears.
Tom Sawyer Island
I’ve found that Tom Sawyer Island is often overlooked. But I can’t figure out why. It’s an adventure within an amusement park. You get to ride a log raft, trot over suspension bridges and explore a fort, among other treats. The best part about this hidden gem… it’s often far less crowded than many areas in the park… so if you need some time to get away from the bigger crowd, this is the perfect attraction for you.
Liberty Square Riverboat
Can you tell I’m a fan of longer attractions? Liberty Square Riverboat definitely ranks high on that list at 17 minutes. With four levels to choose from, you are usually guaranteed a little spot on the boat to enjoy the quiet sounds of the paddle wheel splashing and the unique views of Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder and Splash Mountains, not to mention a few other sites like Harpers Mill and Ft. Langhorn.
Enchanted Tiki Room
Birds, Flowers and Tiki statues all sing along to entertain you in this round theater setting. This is the perfect place to sit back and relax those feet for a few minutes. Located in Adventureland, near Pirates of the Caribbean, this oft overlooked attraction takes you back to the early years of Disney, when audio animatronics was groundbreaking entertainment. While not so groundbreaking anymore… it’s classic vintage Disney and is more than entertaining.
Swiss Family Robinson Tree House
To be fair, the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House is one of my favorite attractions. I loved the movie growing up, still love it today in fact. While it’s not air conditioned and does have a fair amount of steps, I love the idea of living in a tree. Who doesn’t? And Father Robinson said it best: The world is full of nice, ordinary little people who live in nice ordinary little houses on the ground. But didn’t you ever dream of a house up on a tree top?
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