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10 Best Attractions Often Overlooked by Walt Disney World Rookies

10. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Running non-stop around the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, the PeopleMover at first glance may appear to be a simple tram ride. Serious Disney fans know that the PeopleMover is one of Walt’s only plans for the original concept of “EPCOT” that came to fruition. First-time guests may pass on this ride because of its simple appearance, but for those interested in learning more about how the parks were designed and to get a glimpse of the original concept for Epcot as a community rather than a theme park, a spin around Tomorrowland via PeopleMover car is a must.

9. Country Bear Jamboree

The Country Bear Jamboree is often overshadowed by its more thrilling neighbors, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. While this Audio Animatronic show is not at all comparable to its adjacent thrill rides, it’s still worth seeing. The experience showcases classic Disney storytelling with catchy tunes, memorable characters, and all around family fun. It’s also a great way to get out of the heat or spend some time enjoying a show while you wait for your Splash or Thunder Mountain FastPass windows.

8. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

What’s so special about this carrousel? It’s actually the oldest ride in the Magic Kingdom! The Walt Disney Company purchased it from a defunct amusement park in New Jersey, though the carrousel originally operated in the Detroit Palace Garden Park in Michigan beginning in 1917. It was designed and built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, and it’s a true piece of theme park history in its own right.

7. Mission: Space

Epcot’s Future World is home to this space-themed attraction that should not be missed for a couple of reasons. First, this single attraction offers multiple experiences, so you can opt for the most thrilling version of the ride, a more tame version, or simply learn about space by enjoying the ride’s post-show gift shop, and even facade that features monumental advances in the history of space travel. The ride itself may not be for everyone, but the opportunities for learning about how humans have traveled to space certainly should not be missed.

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6. Living with the Land

On the other side of Future World, the Living with the Land boat ride offers another important educational opportunity that should not be overlooked. This ride gives guests a look into Epcot’s greenhouse facilities that are constantly working towards more sustainable farming practices. While on the ride, guests encounter technological advances that farms around the world use to better their practices, and they even get a glimpse into aquaculture practices and how produce grown in the Land pavilion is used around the Walt Disney World Resort.

5. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

All the attention in Disney’s Hollywood Studios may be focused on Toy Story Land and the future opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the moment, but there are plenty of entertaining shows in other areas of the park that you should not miss. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular takes guests right into a backstage take on how the various stunts in Raiders of the Lost Ark were filmed. There is even an opportunity for members of the audience to participate in the show! This attraction may not necessarily be everyone’s first choice, but once guests do it they tend to leave with fond memories of the show.

4. Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

Think sing-alongs are just for kids? Think again! The Frozen Sing-Along Celebration is one of the most entertaining shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and perhaps at the Walt Disney World Resort. The show features historians who re-tell the story of Frozen from their points of view and hilarity ensues. This experience features everything you’d really want in a Disney show, with music you love from the film, entertaining storytelling, and even a snowy finale.

3. Walt Disney Presents

Guests are not often fans of walkthrough attractions but this is definitely one that should not be missed. The exhibits in Walt Disney Presents in Disney’s Hollywood Studios cover the life of Walt Disney, the creation of classic films, and the design of the theme parks. It’s a wonderful way for guests who are new to the Disney fandom to learn more about the company’s history and for longtime fans to celebration what they love about Disney.

2. Finding Nemo: The Musical

The majority of guests tend to prefer Festival of the Lion King when looking for a musical experience in Disney’s Animal Kingdom but Finding Nemo: The Musical offers a similarly memorable musical experience. This show is unique because all of the music is original to the show as the movie was not a musical. It’s a whimsical experience into the world of Finding Nemo with songs you’ll only hear there and fun for the whole family.

1. Primeval Whirl

This DinoLand attraction is typically far from the top of anyone’s favorite attractions list, but it’s still worth going for a spin if you’re new to the Walt Disney World Resort. The ride itself features a very popular carnival ride layout but the theme actually follows the same storyline as the Dinosaur ride. Look closely for details about traveling back in time and coming meteor showers to see how much of the storyline you can spot in this attraction.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.