Generally accepted as one of the happiest places on Earth, Disney have a lot to live up to when it comes to the attractions that pull people from all over the world to visit. Sure, people are here to be pulled into the fun and majesty of a fairytale land, but they also want to be entertained, which is why this place has such a huge number of attractions that it can often be difficult to keep track of all of them!
What we've decided to do for everyone is pull together some of the attractions on offer, letting them know exactly which ones are worth the wait and which should probably be left alone! We're hoping that this list will ensure everyone is happy with their time on holiday, and that nobody finds themselves disappointed by an attraction that wasn't worth the wait.
So, is everyone ready to have a look at the best and worst attractions that Disney has to offer?! Shall we get started so that Disney is able to live up to its name? Well then, let's get going!
25 not worth the wait: The Seas with Nemo & Friends
If they had done it better, this ride could be something fun for all the family, but it sadly falls short due to a lack of effort on the part of Disney.
"Epcot is home to a massive and impressive aquarium that, unfortunately, the Pixar characters shoehorned into this tame ride-through wholly take away from."
Yes, if they had just made more of an effort to incorporate Nemo and his friends, this attraction could've been worth a look!
24 not worth the wait: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
"This Magic Kingdom attraction is near-identical to Astro Orbiter, with rockets swapped for colorful carpets, minimal Aladdin theming, and a diminished view." Another example of the way that Disney swapping out cosmetic differences in a cynical attempt to get another attraction out of it! Disney are hardly known for their great business practices, but even a child can see through this sort of basic deception!
23 Not worth the wait: Swiss Family Treehouse
"A staircase towards the treetops would be stellar anywhere else, but with such fantastic rides at the Magic Kingdom, a walk through an abandoned home simply can't compare."
Rather than being a bad attraction in its own right, we just don't think it's worth visiting when there are other things on offer, and it would seem that TravelAndLeisure agrees with us on this one!
Anywhere else, this would've been a hit, but not at Disneyland!
22 not worth the wait: Primeval Whirl
"This Wild Mouse-style spinning coaster attempts to be a time-traveling adrenaline rush, but results in simply being a confusing carnival attraction shoehorned into Animal Kingdom park." We know Disney can't be expected to make everything feel like it fits, but this ride feels very token, not really offering anything in keeping with the theme set out by the attractions that are placed around it!
21 worth it: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
This is a controversial one, as many people still argue that this ride can be enjoyed at times, but others think that it should've been left behind many years ago!
Yes, believe it or not, there actually are some people who manage to have fun on this ancient ride, a sentiment that is best explained by TravelAndLeisure.
"Though one must acknowledge its age to fully enjoy it, the chorus of singing fauna and flora remains pure retro entertainment."
20 Not worth the wait: Journey Into Imagination With Figment
What was once an interesting attraction has since been turned into something not worth bothering with due to a huge number of changes.
"The Epcot linchpin has been so plagued with changes throughout its various iterations that it remains today a simple shell of its cherished Figment-filled past."
It would seem that this ride has fallen victim to design by committee, as it can no longer live up to the legacy its past version left behind!
19 worth it: Space Mountain
"Board a rocket to zip past the stars on Magic Kingdom's most iconic ride, which hurles guests into pitch-black darkness for a riveting herky-jerky ride that’s stood the test of time." Do we need to say more than this? As long as Disney have attractions, this will continue to be the most famous, offering something that most other attractions, including the good ones, just don't offer an audience!
18 worth it: Toy Story Mania!
Perfect for both children and adults, this Toy Story ride offers something unlike many of the other attractions.
"The wildly popular 4D shoot-'em-up game rises above its all-ages carnival format to mix sheer joy with overzealous competition that's well worth the resulting arm cramp."
This ride has become so popular, Disney have attempted to capitalize on this popularity and turn the experience into a home video game!
17 Not worth the wait: Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
"Incredibly nostalgic and necessary to preserve Disney's history, the famed rotating theatre is a historic gem — but considering its slow-paced trip through old technological developments, it is more often used as a nap vessel than entertainment. "It's a sad fact of life that as we move forward in the world of technology, old attractions just aren't going to be able to entertain as much as they used to, with this particular ride being a perfect example of that.
16 Worth it: Haunted Mansion
It's a classic for a reason, and while other attractions should be dropped, we hope they keep this one around forever.
"Hop inside a doom buggy and prepare to be spooked and stirred on Magic Kingdom's most brilliantly executed dark ride. The cult following that continues to surround its characters, décor, and story only proves it retains an elusive uniqueness."
This is one that people will never forget!
15 not worth the wait: Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
This is just a carousel, plain and simple!
"A fine model with ferociously maintained horses holding historical significance, but when juxtaposed against some of the best attractions on the planet, it's hard for a Cinderella-themed carousel to rise above its simple roots."
While it may hold some significance to a young child that loves the story of Cinderella, it will never be of interest to anyone else that wants to have some fun with Disney.
14 worth it: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Is there a more famous Disney attraction out there at this point? Does it live up to the hype?!
"The iconic Hollywood Tower Hotel haunts visitors from its cobwebbed lobby to the very last plunge past the 'fifth dimension,' utilizing an ever-changing drop sequence for endless thrills, whether or not you're familiar with its namesake program."
Listen to TravelAndLeisure on this one! Nobody will leave this attraction disappointed with what they found.
13 not worth the wait: Country Bear Jamboree
"Sure, this anthropomorphic bear-led musical revue has lost some of its allure over the years, but crowds continue to file in for the western show regardless."
After the success of video games like Five Nights At Freddy's, it's impossible to go through this ride without worrying the bears will come alive and take everyone out!
Blame movies for turning this one into something much scarier than it used to be.
12 not worth the wait: Walt Disney World Railroad
"Though the Magic Kingdom's steam-powered train often gets top billing for being near and dear to Walt's heart, at the end of the day, a mode of modern transportation can't compare to the likes of fully executed attractions." TravelAndLeisure point out here that this is yet another ride that doesn't benefit from the way that the passing of time and technology have rendered it obsolete. Sorry Walt, but your favorite attraction is no good!
11 not worth the wait: Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
"This cute, colorful boat ride in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase is as middle-of-the-road as it gets, only worth a ride if the wait time is walk-on, which it usually is."
If people have children that want to take a look and have some time to spare, then this might be worth a few minutes of your time.
If this isn't the case, then we agree with TravelAndLeisure. People should just walk away.
10 not worth the wait: The Hall of Presidents
It shouldn't be surprising to anyone that this is making it onto a list of attractions that are not worth the wait.
The kids will find the whole thing boring, and any adult that doesn't find basic robot technology to their taste will be bored out of their minds as well!
More than anything, it's worth going to see now that the entire attraction is shrouded in somewhat of a controversy, but for no other reason than that!
9 not worth the wait: TriceraTop Spin
Disney have a habit of keeping a ride but merely swapping out certain parts of it so that it seems different, which TravelAndLeisure point out can leave a sour taste in the mouth...
"The same attraction, but with a worse atmosphere and ride vehicle? Believe it. Wait it out for Dumbo, or skip the concept entirely."
Believe it or not, but if people don't like a ride, they're unlikely to change their mind because of a couple of cosmetic differences!
8 not worth the wait: Astro Orbiter
Not only does the Aladdin ride steal, but it steals from a not very good attraction in the first place!
"If you took Dumbo The Flying Elephant and replaced all that classic fairytale whimsy with, well, height, you'd have this not-worth-the-wait Tomorrowland attraction."
Yes, TravelAndLeisure have it right here. There are too many better attractions to be wasting your time with the likes of this!
7 not worth the wait: Muppet*Vision 3D
"The attraction's storyline, which is led by a computer-generated muppet, feels outdated and amiss at times."
Do we have to keep coming back to the fact that Disney hold onto attractions for far longer than is needed?!
Look, we know that some people have been visiting these attractions since they were children, but nostalgia is not a good enough reason to keep this one going!
6 worth it: Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
It's time to move onto the best rides Disney has to offer, and we're excited just thinking about them!
"Animal Kingdom’s prized coaster housed inside a Himalayan ascent has it all — unexpected surprises, constant thrills, and the type of compelling story that would have made Walt proud."
Even if you have to wait all day, make sure you get to see this one in action!
5 worth it: Soarin’ Around The World
While other rides show how Disney clings onto the past for far too long, Epcot gives people a chance to take in attractions right on the cutting edge.
"Epcot's virtual hang glide above the most impressive sights (and smells!) across the globe is as Disney as it gets: perfect for all ages, thrilling without fear, and equal parts informative and magical."
As things move forward, this will age quite rapidly, but for now, it continues to be a must see.
4 worth it: Splash Mountain
"Even the cheerful sing-song chants of Splash Mountain’s animal inhabitants can’t quell the anticipation and ultimate excitement for this log flume’s steep drop and iconic photo op." Although TravelAndLeisure are right to say that the excitement wins out, we still find it difficult to look past the annoying singing animals... Still, this ride manages to be a lot better than many of the other attractions, even with this annoying distraction!
3 worth it: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Many of the attractions created by Disney are for everyone, but this is probably for people a little bit older.
"The banked turns and exciting lurches from aboard this abandoned mine shaft train are made even more exciting with ever-changing Western scenery, particularly the stunning southwestern rock formations."
While it may not be one for the children, anyone older owes it to themselves to get on this thing for a real laugh!
2 worth it: Avatar Flight of Passage
While many of the rides were created out of nowhere, this one utilizes a modern movie to thrill the audience.
"Based on James Cameron's top-grossing Avatar film, this ride-theater hybrid seamlessly transports visitors to the body of an Avatar for an immersive, three-dimensional ride."
This is a perfect example of how Disney can take a movie and turn it into a tangible real world ride for audiences to enjoy!
1 worth it: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
They may always be looking forward, but Disney have no problem with going back into their catalogue of hits to create something new!
"As a newer addition to the Magic Kingdom, this smooth-as-silk family coaster hasn’t been around long enough to bud nostalgia, but with its lickety-split travels clocking wait times as high as its mph, it's bound for long-term greatness."
Yes, no matter how many people you have in your party, make sure you all experience this one.