With so much to see and do at Disney World, priorities are difficult! If you are going for a short trip, it becomes even more difficult. This is also very dependent on your family and the time of year you travel. For example, refurbishment is typically done in January and February and lines are often longer during spring break, summer, and over Christmas break making it more difficult to do as much in a short amount of time. In my opinion, these 10 attractions should be at or near to top of your must do list. In no particular order…
10. Haunted Mansion (Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom). This is must do multiple times on my Disney vacations. The line moves quickly, it’s a fun ride and there’s always something new to notice even after 20+ times being on it. This ride may be a bit scary for younger children, but it’s all in good fun.
9. Dumbo (Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom). This attraction screams Disney World. It’s something shown in every Disney commercial on TV. While it’s not the most exciting ride, it’s something to experience during every trip, especially with little ones.
8. Kilimanjaro Safari (Animal Kingdom). One of the longest attractions on Disney property, this is a different experience every time as live animals roam to 22 acres of Disney property. Keep your camera out, you can get some amazing photos of tons of different animals. This is a nice ride enjoyable for children and adults!
7. Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios). Let me start by saying this ride TERRIFIES me! I rode it for the first time in 2012 and the idea of riding again scares me a bit. The queue and trip through the hotel is very well done by Disney imagineers. But the screams heard throughout the park are real as no two rides are alike. The drops vary in height and timing. Please note, a height restriction for this ride.
6. Space Mountain (Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom). This dark ride/roller coaster has been thrilling Disney guests since its inception. Lines are often long, but it’s a fun ride. When I say dark ride, I mean pitch black! You can’t see the track in front of you to see where you’re going. It’s thrilling and scary at the same time. Please note, a height restriction for this ride. Also, for tall folks like me, it’s difficult to squeeze yourself into (your knees are often in your chest).
5. Rock n Roller Coaster (Hollywood Studios). I can’t say anything about my personal experience on this ride because I don’t do well going upside down. My husband loves it! He rides every time we travel. The ride begins going 0 to 60 in about 3 seconds and does have some loops. This ride also has a height restriction. There is also a single rider line for those that have little ones or families like ours who like to enjoy the Florida sun while thrill seekers ride!
4. Test Track (Epcot). The re-imagined Test Track is a fun, interactive ride with a little bit of thrill. Another ride you can hear the screams throughout the park as you get whipped around corners and twist and turn. This exciting ride also has a height restriction as well as a single rider line. Of note, this ride may close during heavy rains as a portion goes outside.
3. Splash Mountain (Frontierland, Magic Kingdom). Yet another attraction you can hear before you can see! Screams going down the almost 60 foot plunge down the end of the ride. You will get wet on this ride! As you are inside the mountain, you follow Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox from Song of the South and enjoy a nice round of Zippity Doo Dah before you going flying down, down, down! This ride also has a height restriction.
2. Toy Story Mania (Hollywood Studios). My favorite thing in all of Disney World. Seriously! It’s one of the most fun attractions. Many people agree with me as it’s typically one of the longest lines in all of Disney. Riders don 3D glasses and go into a virtual midway and shoot at targets to receive points. This is fun for all ages, even if you miss as much as I do! I could easily go again and again and again if my arm didn’t get tired and the line wasn’t so long. Thankfully Disney imagineers have a really fun and exciting queue. This is a 100% absolute must do at least 3-4 times per trip. We’ve got a lofty goal of 8-10 times for our next trip.
1. Soarin’ (Epcot). This ride makes you feel like you are flying! Another attraction with long, long lines and a great use of a FastPass! Taken from Disneyland, this ride flies you over some very recognizable landscapes. Feel the breeze in your face and the sounds and smells of your surroundings. Definitely a must do attraction. Worth a 70 minute standby wait? Maybe. Would I wait that long? Never! Catch it during extra magic hours or at rope drop.
Remember if you want to ride something and you have kids that are either too scared or too short, you can always use the rider swap option!
Honorable mention: Peter Pan’s Flight (Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom), It’s a Small World (Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom), Jungle Cruise (Adventureland, Magic Kingdom), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Frontierland, Magic Kingdom), DINOSAUR (Animal Kingdom).
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