Walt Disney World has so many great attractions. With so much to see and do, it’s inevitable some attractions will have to be skipped for sake of time. Of course, you’ll want to do the Must Do’s in each park, but it’s also important not to skip over some of the amazing, yet underrated attractions in the parks. Let’s take a look at some of the best underrated attractions you simply must visit on your Walt Disney World Vacation.
The American Adventure
In the very back of Epcot’s World Showcase is The American Adventure pavilion which is home to a wonderful show of the same name. This 30 minute audio-animatronic show details the history of the United States of America. Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain serve as the guides for your journey through the history of America. Along the way, you’ll meet numerous historical figures from the country’s history including Susan B. Anthony, Alexander Graham Bell, Chief Joseph, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Will Rogers, Teddy Roosevelt, and more. In addition to providing an entertaining look at America’s history, The American Adventure is also a fantastic was to cool off from a hot day exploring the park. Next time you’re at Epcot, be sure to stop by The American Adventure. If you time it right, you can also hear the sensational music of The Voices of Liberty in the rotunda prior to the show.
Carousel of Progress
Located in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom is one of my favorite Disney attractions, The Carousel of Progress. This was also one of Walt Disney’s favorite attractions. He saw The Carousel of Progress through from development to completion. The attraction debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Walt loved the idea of progress and thought it would be fun to watch the American family go through all of the progress experienced throughout the 20th century. This attraction, which was later transported to Disneyland and then Walt Disney World, is housed in a special round theater which literally transports guests from one scene to the next. The show begins around the turn of the century where guests meet John and his family. Each scene in the show highlights the progress of a different decade of the century. Much like Walt, John is fascinated by progress. He enjoys telling guests about the latest news and inventions through each decade. In between scenes, as the theater rotates to the next decade, John sings a wonderful chorus of “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.” The Carousel of Progress leaves guests with an optimistic look at the progress the future may hold.
The Country Bear Jamboree
Also at Magic Kingdom, The Country Bear Jamboree is a wonderful but often overlooked classic Disney attraction. The Country Bears can often be found wandering around Frontierland near their theater. If you happen to see walking around, be sure to say hello. Inside the theater, guests are in for a treat. This hilarious hoedown will have guests clapping and singing along. Throughout the 16-minute show, several different acts will take over the 5 different stages as they share country-western songs. The Country Bear Jamboree is sure to delight guests of all ages.
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
My favorite attraction at Epcot can be found in the Mexico pavilion. You’ll find a lovely boat ride hidden in the back left corner of Mexico’s nighttime marketplace. If you don’t know this attraction is there, it can be very easy to miss. In addition to being a wonderful attraction, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros rarely has a wait, making it an attraction you can easily ride over and over again, which I have been known to do. The attraction takes guests on a boat ride through Mexico showcasing the history and culture of the country. Guests will join José Carioca and Panchito as they search throughout Mexico for Donald Duck. Between searching for Donald and seeing the colorful Festival of The Children, there is so much to see at Gran Fiesta Tour. Of course, no attraction starring The Three Caballeros would be complete without music. The attraction’s soundtrack will have you singing along with The Three Caballeros.
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Also at Epcot is an attraction which is home to one of the Disney parks’ most beloved characters, Figment. This adorable little purple dragon has been delighting guests since the early days of Epcot. Through his attraction has undergone some changes over the years, Figment has remained a fan favorite. In the current version of Figment’s attraction, guests join Dr. Nigel Channing takes guests on a tour of the Imagination Institute. When Figment comes along for the ride, things get a bit out of hand. After incidents with the senses of sound, sight, and a big stink in the Smell Lab, Figment turns things upside down. Journey Into Imagination With Figment is a fun reminder that anything is possible when we use our imaginations.
Living With The Land
Located in The Land pavilion at Epcot is another fascinating boat ride. Living With The Land takes guests through Disney’s greenhouses where they can see unique ways Disney is working to improve agriculture. Guests will see innovative techniques used to grow produce, including growing certain plants without soil. Guests who look closely may even find a few hidden Mickeys, as well as, some Mickey Mouse shaped produce along the way. Food grown in the greenhouse is actually served at Sunshine Seasons and The Garden Grill restaurants in The Land pavilion. Because this attraction is a working greenhouse, guests may even see Disney horticulturalists working in the greenhouse. For guests interested in a backstage look at Disney’s greenhouse, they offer the Behind The Seeds tour which provides a more in depth look at this attraction.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Above Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom is another of Disney’s often overlooked gems. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is a transportation system of the future which takes guests on a journey throughout Tomorrowland. Propelled by magnets, the TTA takes passengers past Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, inside Space Mountain, and past an early model of Progress City. While the TTA provides a great experiences during the daytime, the sights are even more amazing after dark. Tomorrowland comes alive with beautiful neon lights at night. This attraction also provides great views of Cinderella Castle.
Have you visited any of these underrated Disney attractions? Would you remove any from the list? Are there any others you would add? Let us know your favorite underrated Disney attractions in the comments below.
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