#10 Conservation Station – located in Animal Kingdom’s Africa section, Conservation Station is part of Rafiki’s Planet Watch. A short train ride from Harambe village on the Wildlife Express will take you to this overlooked and environmentally-friendly wildlife center. Conservation Station is home to a veterinary lab, educational activities, and conservation tips. This attraction is a great place to rest, relax, and learn about wildlife.
#9 Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail – another overlooked attraction at the Animal Kingdom and formerly known as Pangani Trail. This self-guided walking tour is located next to Kilimanjaro Safaris and features gorillas, fish, birds, and hippos. We love to get a fast pass for the Safari ride and walk along the trail until it’s time for our safari. The gorillas almost always put on a show and it is a great place for taking incredible pictures.
#8 Liberty Belle Riverboat – this steam-powered boat is known for is enormous paddle wheel and resides in the Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland in the Rivers of America. The 17 minute boat ride is narrated by Mark Twain and guests can witness a variety of Wild West effects as they cruise along the river. We can’t figure out why anyone would overlook this relaxing attraction…its one of our favorites.
#7. Mexico’s Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros – located in Epcot’s World Showcase Mexico pavilion, guests are taken on a journey through this beautiful country in search of Donald Duck “himself.” Guests get an up close look at Mexico’s landmarks and culture as they cruise through the water. We feel this attraction is overlooked because we’ve never have to wait to board a boat and we’ve seen visitors walk directly past this ride without ever entering the queue. We loved this attraction when it was named El Rio del Tiempo, and we still love it!
#6. The American Adventure Show – located inside the American pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase, this 26 minute animatronic-packed patriotic presentation is a must see. In the late 1990’s, the theater would be packed with visitors who wished to see the story of America featuring the most lifelike and unique animatronics on Disney property. Now, we can choose any seat in the house when we visit the show, and we feel it is the 6th most overlooked attraction at WDW. We’re not sure why!
#5 Carousel of Progress – some say Walt Disney proclaimed this overlooked attraction to be his favorite after it made its debut at the 1964 World’s Fair. This 20-minute attraction opened in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland in 1975; two years after its twin closed at Disneyland. This presentation shows the life of the American family through the ages in a theater which literally moves like a carousel. We not only love it because it was near and dear to Walt, but we love it for the nostalgia of days gone by. **Rumor has it that Disney plans to add a scene to the ending. Yet another reason not to miss this attraction.
#4 Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room – featuring over 200 animatronic birds and plant life, this fourth most overlooked attraction is located in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. This musical presentation with a South Seas theme lasts a little over 15 minutes and features singing birds, plants, tikis, and a thunderstorm. This was one of Walt’s first animatronic projects for Disneyland and we can’t figure out why every seat in the room is not taken for every show. We love it!!
#3 Tom Sawyer Island – this overlooked island is located in the middle of Rivers of America in the Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland. After taking a motor-powered raft over to this peaceful parcel of land, visitors forget they are right in the middle of a busy theme park. From barrel bridges to dark caves, guests will feel like they have been taken back to the days of Tom Sawyer. We love to read the signs, listen to the hoot owl in the old windmill, and rock on the different porches while watching park guests scurry around Frontierland. We used to take a raft over and grab a cold chicken leg at Aunt Polly’s Landing (closed) back in the 1990’s, but now we just go over to enjoy the peace and quiet.
#2 Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover (aka WEDway) – named for its ability to “move” people quickly about, this attraction literally never stops! The different views of Tomorrowland are incredible and guests who shy away from Space Mountain still get to catch a glimpse of the inner workings of the coaster. The entire ride takes about 10 minutes from start to finish and is a great way to rest your feet or cool off from the constant breeze. This attraction can get crowded at certain times of the year, but most of the time there is a zero wait. Because of our love for this (usually) uncrowded ride, we named it our number two overlooked attraction at Walt Disney World. We NEVER miss a trip on the “WEDway!”.
#1 Overlooked attraction at Walt Disney World is…..One Man’s Dream – although we have seen many visitors inside this attraction admiring Walt-related artifacts, the movie of Walt Disney’s life located in the attraction’s theater often goes overlooked by its guests. Whether guests enter the attraction to beat the heat or they truly want to see a piece of Walt Disney history, the majority seem to forego the movie in the back of the attraction (based on the available seating). Narrated by Julie Andrews, the movie outlines Walt’s life growing up as a boy in Marceline, Missouri to his success with films, opening Disneyland, and finally his plans for Disney World. This movie is like a dose of relaxation to us, as there is nothing better than the soothing voice of Walt Disney. The film turns Walt’s famous words into, “Let’s not forget….it was all started by a man.” Because of the history of this attraction and its incredible meaning to Walt Disney World, visitors should be lined up “100 deep” out the door. For these reasons, we have awarded this attraction the “number one” most overlooked attraction at Disney World.
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