Going to Disneyworld is what every kid dreams of from the moment they find out about its existence. This is going to be pretty early on in life as the Disney Channel, which they are likely glued to, advertises their most famous park around the clock. The channel is well known for not showing any outside advertisements that aren’t Disney related. They keep everything in-house, which means their commercials are strictly Disney material. If your child has watched any of their programming, they are well aware of Mickey’s magical world in Orlando, Florida. Don’t be surprised if they even bring it up at the dinner table.
At some point, essentially all parents think of planning a trip to Disneyworld for their kids and a significant number of them follow through. It’s a fairly expensive trip as nothing comes cheap when it comes to the Mouse House and his famous friends. But that’s because Disney spares no expense. They truly do go above and beyond to give guests the trip of a lifetime.
The detail and care that goes into each attraction is evident. But they aren’t perfect. Sometimes they do fall short, despite their best efforts. Here are nine of the most overrated Disney attractions that aren’t worth the wait and eleven awesome ones that definitely are!
20 OVERRATED: Stitch’s Great Escape (Magic Kingdom)
Based on the movie Lilo and Stitch, this attraction replaced the previous ride, ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter back in 2004 and has occupied the space since then. The ride is an interactive theatre experience which gives strapped in guests a 4D journey into Stitch’s world, complete with laser cannons and the smell of his recently eaten chili dogs. The ride can be fun for the little ones, but that might be a stretch as it has failed to consistently stay busy.
It’s just a bit underwhelming to put it plainly. There are even times when they convert the attraction into a showroom for meet and greets with other famed Disney characters.
19 WORTH THE WAIT: Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom)
Introduced to Disney World in 1969, one of the park’s most famous attractions has been spooking guests for decades now. It has been able to withstand the test of time and stay relevant despite newer and more exciting looking rides because of its interactive fun. The ride consists of two to three guests per buggy which take you through a giant ominous looking mansion in the dark with incredible special effects as ghosts, ghouls, mummies, and other scary creatures of the night scare riders.
The ride has been so wildly popular it was turned into a successful Disney movie of the same name in 2004.
18 OVERRATED: Journey into Imagination with Figment (Epcot)
Epcot’s Journey Into Imagination is a six-minute ride that uses Figment, a small purple dragon, to take guests through all five of the human senses. Each sense gets their dedicated portion of the attraction, giving riders an experience with sound, sight, smell, touch and taste.
The ride has received underwhelming feedback, sometimes downright negative, from park guests so often that it’s on its third iteration now, with engineers going back often to update the attraction to make it more captivating. They still haven’t quite figured it out yet.
17 WORTH IT: Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (Animal Kingdom)
Expedition Everest, found in the Animal Kingdom park of Disneyworld, was a highly anticipated project for Disney with a lot of fanfare going into it.
The ride took six years of planning and construction and a $100 million dollar budget, the most expensive ride ever built. Luckily for Disney, the time and money were well worth it, as Expedition Everest is one of the park’s most popular rides. The roller coaster takes riders through and above an artificial mountain that resembles the real-life Mount Everest with the monster Yeti making several appearances to thrill guests.
The ride’s high speeds of 50 miles per hour and sudden drops from high above, nearly 200 feet, keep guests coming back for screams and excitement.
16 OVERRATED: Country Bear Jamboree (Magic Kingdom)
This animatronic show with country-singing bears was once so popular that it had its own stage show, led to an expansion in the park to accommodate long lines, caused the folks in Los Angeles to make their own version in Disneyland, and even had its own movie titled The Country Bears which released in 2002.
Times have since changed in the last decade as guests have been more attracted to the high thrill rides rather than this family-friendly attraction which is now seen as dated and underwhelming. It has even closed in some of the other Disney parks as attendance has dropped significantly from its heyday.
15 WORTH IT: It’s A Small World (Magic Kingdom)
Located in Magic Kingdom, It’s A Small World is an animatronic show that makes our list of attractions that are too awesome to miss!
Opening to the public nearly four decades ago in 1971, this attraction takes riders on a calm boat ride through dark tunnels filled with colorful lights, passing by hundreds of singing animatronic children.
These children represent all of the different cultures from around the world with each of them dressed in their respective country’s traditional attire. As they sing the song “It’s a Small World” together, this attraction is meant to inspire global unity and is definitely one that cannot be missed as it hits its intended mark.
14 WORTH IT: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom)
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has been thrilling guests since its opening in 1980. The roller coaster reaches speeds of 35 miles per hour and goes up over 100 feet and includes sudden drops, twists and turns through an artificial canyon, meant to resemble Utah’s real-life Bryce Canyon.
Riders are taken right through the middle of the canyon as the roller coaster mimics a mine train. This ride has been around for a while, but the attention to real-life detail and thrilling speeds has kept it one of the more fun and sought after attractions in the park.
13 OVERRATED: Tom Sawyer Island (Magic Kingdom)
This attraction is quite literally its own island within the park. The island includes a show, a cabin, a telescope overlook to get views of the rest of the expansive park and a giant tree house.
The unfortunate truth is Tom Sawyer Island has become outdated, offers very little thrills and has had some of the lowest attendance of any attraction in the park in recent years. It also doesn’t help that it is off on its own, making it unknown to the average guest. Because of the decline in popularity, Disney has already begun a transformation of the attraction which will convert it into a Pirates of the Caribbean island.
12 WORTH IT: Splash Mountain (Magic Kingdom)
Splash Mountain continues to be one of Magic Kingdom’s most attended rides since its introduction in 1992. It doesn’t hurt that riders can get wet and get some relief in what are often hot days at the park. The attraction is a log ride which seats several guests, taking them on a leisurely boat stroll up and through a giant mountain. The ride picks up speed when going down waterfalls and slows back down to allow guests to see all of the incredible detail around them. The grand finale includes a very steep fifty-foot waterfall drop at forty miles per hour!
11 OVERRATED: The Barnstormer (Magic Kingdom)
The Barnstormer is on its third iteration, having gone through several transformations, with hopes to meet the expectations and demands of its riders. With some not so great feedback, the last edition, specifically titled The Great Goofini’s Barnstormer, opened in 2011. The ride, themed after Mickey’s pal, Goofy, takes guests on a 25 mile per hour journey on a train.
Although the twists and turns can make for a fun ride, the one-minute duration makes for an underwhelming time.
10 WORTH IT: Muppet Vision 3D (Hollywood Studios)
Located in the Hollywood Studios park of Disneyworld, Muppet Vision 3D is an attraction that will make a lot of not-hot lists and that’s unfortunate because the truth is, it’s pretty awesome.
Sure it’s an old animatronics show which hasn’t been changed much since its inception into the park back in 1991, but it doesn’t need to be updated. Everything that makes this attraction so great is the sky-high nostalgia factor. Guests line up and walk to their seats in a 564 seat historic looking grand theatre, covered in plush red, which adds to the old time feel they are going for. Once the show starts, all of our favorite Muppet characters make an appearance in this funny and light-hearted show that not only keeps the little ones laughing but engages adults who grew up with the beloved puppets.
Muppet Vision 3D may not keep you on the edge of your seat, but the trip down memory lane is worth it.
9 OVERRATED: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (Magic Kingdom)
Opened in 2001, this attraction isn’t meant to thrill riders as it is geared toward smaller children. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Magic Kingdom is a giant carousel so it doesn’t seem fair to call it overrated because riders know what it is beforehand.
The only reason why it’s listed is the inexplicably long lines for the attraction. It’s hard to pinpoint why the wait times for this ride are so long, but the lines just aren’t worth getting on these flying rugs for a minute and a half. There are other kid-friendly attractions that are worth standing in the sun for.
8 WORTH IT: Avatar Flight of Passage (Animal Kingdom)
Located within Animal Kingdom’s incredibly expansive and mind-boggling park dedicated to the hit movie Avatar, this ride is just icing on the cake.
The World of Pandora is enough of a treat for park goers as they can walk through the beautiful universe, but the ride only adds to the magic of the area.
Flight of Passage is an immersive and interactive attraction that takes guests on a simulated flight over the world of Pandora. The ride is pure fun and exhilarating through such realistic depictions of flight. So much so that it now has to warn riders before they strap in that it can be hazardous to those who have a fear of heights because of past incidents.
7 OVERRATED: Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress (Magic Kingdom)
Introduced in 1975, this is one of the older attractions in the park and it definitely feels like it. That’s not a good thing. With a capacity of 240 guests, this show is 21 minutes long which definitely doesn’t do it any favors.
The show’s premise is the progress humans have made when it comes to technological advances, taking audiences through the strides we have made, showing how far we have come through the centuries.
The Carousel of Progress feels more like a history lesson than a fun-based attraction. Rumored to be Walt Disney’s favorite of all during his time, it’s definitely run its course by now.
6 WORTH IT: Soarin’ Around the World (Epcot)
Located in Epcot, Soarin’ Around the World is a simulation attraction that gives riders the experience of flight motion. Much like Avatar’s Flight of Passage, Soarin’ is pretty thrilling as it simulates a very real experience while taking guests around the world, hence the name of the ride.
Riders are taken over some of the world’s most beloved landmarks like the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, The Great Wall of China and The Great Pyramids of Egypt, to name just a few. At right under five minutes, guests will be itching to get back on!
5 WORTH IT: Rock N Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Hollywood Studios)
Located in the Hollywood Studios park of Disneyworld, Rock N Roller Coaster is often considered the most physically thrilling ride of any at all of its parks.
With speeds reaching nearly 60 miles per hour, guests accelerate from zero to sixty in under three seconds, making this an intense ride. As riders experience the thrills, the sounds of Aerosmith’s greatest hits play in the background, making this one of the most fun attractions around. Expect long wait times, as this one is in very high demand.
4 OVERRATED: Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros (Epcot)
Opening in Epcot in 2007, the Gran Fiesta is in line with the park’s theme of world heritage and unity, focusing on the country of Mexico. The ride takes guests on a boat through the Mayan pyramids, entering tunnels and floating around a replica of Mexico City while famous Disney characters like Donald Duck make an appearance.
The reality is this attraction doesn’t offer many thrills and can definitely be skipped considering some of the longer lines it tends to have in Epcot.
3 WORTH IT: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios)
Located in Hollywood Studios, the Tower of Terror is easily one of Disney’s most popular attractions and for all the right reasons. The nearly 200-foot tower soars above the park, visible from just about everywhere and is everything it promises to be.
The ride is a thrill, but even the waiting is fun. With wait times that can exceed an hour, Disney has done a great job of providing entertainment in line and giving guests plenty to look at and enjoy.
Once on the ride, park goers take their seats in an elevator that slowly goes all the way to the top while experiencing everything from fifth dimension scenes, thunderstorms, disappearing corridors and more.
Once at the top, the Tower of Terror becomes a free fall ride dropping at intense speeds, making this one for serious thrill seekers.
2 OVERRATED: Tomorrowland Speedway (Magic Kingdom)
Operating in Magic Kingdom since 1971, this attraction was once a fun ride, but has lost its allure over the years as it simply has not kept up with the times. Still looking like it’s very much stuck in the 70’s, Tomorrowland Speedway is up for a serious renovation or at the very least, a makeover.
The track takes riders on cars at pretty low speeds. The attraction is geared for children, but the general look and feel have taken away from its once main-attraction glory.
1 WORTH IT: Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom)
Probably considered the king of all rides at Disneyworld, Space Mountain has been thrilling guests since 1975 and hasn’t skipped a beat. Riders are taken through an intense rollercoaster ride in complete darkness, making the thrills even more exhilarating as the twists and turns are entirely unexpected.
The coaster sometimes passes under stars which can be seen above, giving the appearance of space, as the name suggests. Be prepared for a long wait, as this attraction tends to be one of the busier ones in all of Disney. It’s well worth the wait though!