Walt Disney said that “Disneyland would never be completed. It would continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” While this statement reminds us that the parks should constantly be changing and improving, there are some attractions that I hope will continue to remain at Walt Disney World:
7. Swiss Family Robinson
The Swiss Family Treehouse in Adventureland is a walk through attraction where guests can visit the island home of the Swiss family Robinson. While it may not be as popular as most of the other attractions in Adventureland, it is one of the few remaining walk through attractions in the Magic Kingdom. Literary fans will love to see Robert Louis Stevenson’s titular characters home come to life with their own eyes. As a fan of literature myself, I hope it never closes.
The Peoplemover in Tomorrowland (also known as the Tomorrowland Transit Authority) is one of my favorite rides. The Peoplemover is a grand circle tour around Tomorrowland, highlighting the major attractions around this side of the park. Because of this, it makes a great first stop when you reach Tomorrowland, especially for a first time visitor to the Magic Kingdom. A relaxing ride through the attractions lets you catch a glimpse of them before you ride them for yourself. Sometimes if you’re very lucky you can see Space Mountain with the lights on!
5. Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel
I’ve put this one on the list not because I feel like it’s going away anytime soon or that I don’t like it, but because I believe it’s a staple to the Magic Kingdom. When you walk through the castle to Fantasyland, it’s the first thing you see. Not only that, it’s a living antique brought to Magic Kingdom by Walt Disney in 1967 from and amusement park in New Jersey. In the world of theme parks where bigger and more exciting is always better, a classic like Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel is a breath of fresh air.
4. Enchanted Tiki Room
Another one of my favorites, The Enchanted Tiki Room located in Adventureland is an all audio animatronic show where dozens of birds “sing words and the flowers croon.” Not only is it a Walt Disney original, it’s also the first ever audio animatronic show, paving the way for most of the other rides and attractions in Walt Disney World. While some guests may think the show is boring, the history and catchy songs help solidify it as one of the best animatronic shows in Walt Disney World.
3. Country Bears Jamboree
The Country Bear Jamboree is on this list because even though it can sometimes be overlooked, it has a massive cult following and is a Walt Disney World original. This show is great for the whole family, where kids can enjoy the songs and the adults can enjoy the jokes that the kids may not get. I believe that the Country Bear Jamboree is a major part of Frontierland and as one of the park’s classic attractions, its closing would be unbearable.
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2. Pirates Of The Caribbean
Pirates Of The Caribbean located in Adventureland is a fan favorite and a must do for any visitor to the Magic Kingdom. While I don’t think this ride will close anytime soon, the ride has been through several closures with corrections made to mechanical problems as well as a scene change in place of what was the bride/auction scene. A ride like Pirates Of The Caribbean going down for any extended period of time causes headaches for guests, but the alternative of closing for good would be an even worse fate for Jack Sparrow and the other pirates of the high seas. Hopefully, this one will stay around for many years to come!
1. Carousel Of Progress
The Carousel Of Progress is another Walt Disney original that was first designed as part of the 1964 World’s Fair and now plays in Tomorrowland. The attraction takes you into a circular theater that rotates you around stages showing how a family lives through the turn of the century to the 1920s then the 1940s and finally into the future. While the show is historic, it has been rumored to close many times over the years. Perhaps some of this speculation comes from how dated the final show scene is, that is meant to depict the future, but I still enjoy the attraction and would prefer that it didn’t close. With its famous song and nostalgic looks at how people lived over the last century, The Carousel Of Progress should always stay at Magic Kingdom far into that “great big beautiful tomorrow that’s shining at the end of every day.”