Many Skip These Disney World Rides, But They Are Some of the Best

When we think of Walt Disney World, the first attractions that come to mind might be Soarin’ Around the World in EPCOT, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom. But there are some attractions and experiences at Walt Disney World that often get overlooked as they are overshadowed by those most popular rides! Keep reading for the 10 most underrated rides at Disney World so you can make sure you don’t miss a second of the magic.

Swiss Family Treehouse

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Guests can visit the ultimate treehouse in the Swiss Family Treehouse, which is located in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. This attraction is inspired by the classic Disney film, Swiss Family Robinson.

Guests will climb handcrafted wooden stairs to a 6-story-high summit and see the living quarters of this beloved family along the way. When guests reach the top, they can enjoy 360-degree views of Adventureland and Magic Kingdom park, including Jungle Cruise river. Guests of all ages and heights can enjoy this attraction, but they must be able to climb a total of 116 stairs.

The detail in this treehouse is amazing and should not be overlooked! Take the time to pause and enjoy our favorite treehouse in our list of underrated rides at Disney World.

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

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Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room was the first Disney Parks attraction to feature audio-animatronics and was Walt Disney World’s favorite! The Disney World version is located in Adventureland and is based on the original from 1963, featuring over 225 audio-animatronics dancing and singing in an engaging theatre-in-the-round format.

Take a trip to the Enchanted Tiki Room and marvel in the magic of the small details and music.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

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Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is also located in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park. This Audio-Animatronics show takes guests through the 20th century and demonstrates the evolution of technology. Guests will follow an American family through four generations of progress and observe how technology transforms their lives.

Technology evolves from gas lamps and hand-cranked washing machines to the advent of electricity and the electric iron, radio, and light bulb.  The journey also shows the impact of the automatic dishwasher and television and then concludes with virtual-reality games, high-definition televisions, and voice-activated household appliances. Guests of all ages and heights can enjoy Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, and it is considered a slow ride.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is one of the most underrated rides at Disney World despite the amount of Disney magic and history it holds. Make sure you take the time to enjoy it on your trip!

Kali River Rapids

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The Kali River Rapids is an attraction located in Asia at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Guests will board a round tube raft that seats several people on this whitewater adventure.

Rafters will sail along fast-moving rapids, pass gushing waterfalls, and enjoy beautiful views of the lush jungle in the heart of Asia. Please note that you will most likely get wet on this ride! Rafters will plummet down a dramatic 20-foot slope.

Lockers for mobile devices and other items you want to stay dry are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The lockers are across from the entrance to Kali River Rapids. Guests must be 38” (97cm) or taller to enjoy this attraction, and it is considered a thrill ride with small drops and spinning.

This is not one of the majorly underrated rides at Disney World, but it can easily get overlooked since Animal Kingdom also holds the world of Pandora! Take the time to come back to earth and go spinning down the river in this water ride.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

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The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is located in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park. Travelers can embark on a 10-minute tour of Tomorrowland aboard this “mass transit system of the future.” This narrated tour takes Disney fans behind the scenes of attractions like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain, and Mickey’s Star Traders retail shop. Guests will also see architectural models of Progress City, which is the prototype for EPCOT. This unique ride accelerates magnetically using linear induction motors. Kids of all ages and heights can enjoy this attraction, which is considered a slow ride!

The PeopleMover offers splendid views of Tomorrowland and is one of the underrated rides at Disney World, as guests are too busy bustling their way over to the major ticket rides in Magic Kingdom. Take some time to slow down in the afternoon and take in the views!


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The DINOSAUR attraction is located in DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Thrill-seekers are recruited by a paleontologist to race back in time to rescue a dinosaur before a meteor strikes.

Disney fans will board rugged Time Rover vehicle and careen through a primeval forest filled with lifelike dinosaurs. Be sure to avoid the fearsome Velociraptor and the flying Cearadactylus, who are hunting for prey!

Guests must be 40” (102cm) or taller to enjoy this attraction. Additionally, DINOSAUR includes loud sounds in the dark and menacing dinosaurs that may scare some children.

DINOSAUR is often mistaken for a slow ride, but this underrated ride in Disney World is actually bouncy and fun! For Disneyland fans, DINOSAUR’s mechanics are often compared to the Indiana Jones Adventure ride.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

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Animal lovers can set off in an open-air vehicle when they board Kilimanjaro Safaris. This attraction is located in Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and provides a guided tour of an African savanna.

Guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the Harambe Wildlife Reserve, which is home to over 30 species of animals.  The Harambe Wildlife Reserve includes 110 acres of beautiful open plains, shady forest landscapes, and picturesque rocky wetlands. The safari vehicle is driven by an expert guide who narrates this 18-minute expedition and points out the animals. Guests can catch glimpses of hippopotamus, lions, giraffe, rhinos, cheetahs, crocodiles, elephants, hyenas and zebras! Animal and nature lovers of all ages will enjoy this safari.

Kilimanjaro Safaris is more than just a “trip to the zoo,” and that misconception has made this one of the most underrated rides at Animal Kingdom. Make sure you don’t miss this amazing safari, and even better, enjoy it at night!

Living with the Land

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Living with the Land is located in Future World at EPCOT.  This enchanting ride takes guests on a gentle boat tour, where they cruise past greenhouses and learn about the history of farming. Guests will learn how Walt Disney World horticulturalists “utilize innovative growing techniques and cross-breed high-yield crops to help feed our growing planet.”

Fans of all ages will marvel at modified fruits and vegetables, such as 9-pound lemons, Mickey-shaped pumpkins, and more. Disney fans will also see eels, tilapia, catfish, and freshwater shrimp in the fish farm. All ages and heights can enjoy this attraction, as it is considered a slow ride. After the ride, be sure to enjoy a meal at Sunshine Seasons or the Garden Grill Restaurant in The Land Pavilion. Both of these restaurants serve fresh produce and seafood grown in Disney World!

This ride is pure EPCOT magic, so make sure you don’t miss it on your trip.

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

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¿Dónde Está Donald Duck? Donald has gone missing and it’s up to you to find him! Guests can take in the sights of Mexico when they visit the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros in World Showcase at EPCOT. This ride is inspired by the 1944 Disney film The Three Caballeros.

Riders will sail on a gentle boat ride through the Mexico Pavilion and down the Rio Grande, where they will be entertained by the antics of Donald Duck and his two feathered amigos, Panchito the charro rooster and José Carioca the parrot. This hilarious boat ride includes live-action footage, hand-drawn animation, and an upbeat musical score from the movie. Guests of all ages and heights can enjoy this boat ride.

This easy-going boat ride is pure Disney magic and history, and you don’t want to miss it!

Beauty & the Beast Live on Stage

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Be our Guest! Guests of all ages can relive a tale as old as time when they watch Beauty & the Beast Live on Stage at Sunset Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This 25-minute show is an enchanting Broadway-style musical version of the beloved movie, Beauty and the Beast.

The musical features colorful costumes, gorgeous scenery, and talented performers. Guests can check the Entertainment Schedule or the My Disney Experience app for daily showtimes. Please note this is an outdoor show that is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

The perception that this show is meant for small children has pushed it into the underrated rides at Disney World category, but fear not! This is a Broadway quality production, and the young and old alike will enjoy it.

Eight Classic Rides in Magic Kingdom That You Can’t Miss!

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During your visit to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, there are several rides that you need to go on for the full Disney experience! From thrilling high-speed adventures to dark rides and water rides, read our eight classic rides in Magic Kingdom that you won’t want to miss.

10 Can’t-Miss Disney World Rides Based on Movies

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At Disney World, there are several attractions that bring our favorite movies and characters to life. To find out which ones are the best and why, read our 10 Disney World rides based on movies that you can’t miss during your trip!

These 10 Celebrities Worked at Disney Parks Before Their Big Break

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Many Disney fans don’t know that some big stars got their start at a Disney park before their careers took off. Read about some of their experiences in our list of 10 celebrities who used to work at Disney parks!

Newest Additions to Disney World You Can’t Miss

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From new attractions to shows and festivals, there are several new additions to Disney World that we are excited about. In our
10 Newest Additions to Disney World, we walk you through each of these so that you have something to look forward to for your next Disney World vacation!

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About Monique Smalling

Monique and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento, California with their two daughters, Sydney (14) and Reagan (13). Sydney's first trip to Disneyland was at one year old, and the family has been hooked ever since. The family has been annual pass holders for several years and visit the Happiest Place on Earth every couple of months. Each visit includes 3 to 4 days in the parks before heading to the beach. Monique and her daughters consider themselves huge Disney fans, and love sharing their knowledge and tips on the parks.

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