Disney is without a doubt the happiest place on Earth, but not all rides live up to their popularity. Certain rides have cult followings, but they’re not always worth an hour long wait. Below is a list of what I believe to be the most overrated rides in Disney World.
The story of Peter Pan is imaginative and magical, so it makes sense that Disney would take advantage of this movie and make a ride out of it. The concept of the ride is great, you take flight in a pirate ship over London and fly to Neverland where you see the story of Peter Pan play out. While this ride is fun, it is simply mediocre and not worth waiting any longer than twenty minutes to ride. In my opinion, the queue is actually more fun than the ride. The ride is not interactive at all, and it feels like just another slow ride, comparable to The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Journey of the Little Mermaid, or The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
While Toy Story Mania is a very fun and interactive game-like ride, it is not worth the almost two hour long waits it rakes in. Toy Story Mania is another slow ride, but it takes riders through different screens where they can play different target games using the “gun” they have on their vehicle. This ride is nice, but if you’re not into standing in line listening to an animatronic Mr. Potato head talk for an hour straight, opt for the shorter wait at Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland.
Yes, I said it. While your little princess or prince may love Anna and Elsa, you will not love the whining that they’ll put up while waiting for two or more hours in line. The ride is at best okay, and definitely not worth the pain you’ll get from standing for hours on end. The animatronics are cool, but the story-line isn’t that great, and the drops are not nearly as thrilling as they were on the previous ride, Maelstrom. If you or your children insist on going on this ride, you absolutely should get a fastpass.
I’ll admit, I absolutely loved this ride when I was little, but numerous years of aging have not been good to the ride. There seem to always be at least three broken down cars at all times, and cars are constantly running out of gas on the track. Besides this, it is nearly impossible to actually “drive” the car along the track. The steering wheel is either super sensitive, or it won’t move at all. This ride can be fun but it is not worth any more than a twenty minute wait.
The Barnstormer can be a fun ride for preschoolers and young kids, but it is definitely not worth any more than a fifteen minute wait. Once you’re strapped into the ride, if you blink you’ll have missed it. The ride lasts one minute and three seconds, but most of it is going up the first hill. This ride is a fastpass option, but I wouldn’t recommend wasting one on this ride.
Dumbo is a classic ride, but with waits reaching triple digits, you can get a similar or even better experience on Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland, The Magic Carpets with Aladdin in Adventureland, or TriceraTop Spin in Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland. Dumbo’s wait is fun for little kids because they can play in a Chuckie Cheese style playground, but it’s not worth taking time out of your day for. I recommend either Astro Orbiter or The Magic Carpets because they both offer different unique experiences. The Astro Orbiter is up on a platform, so you can get a good view of the park, and while on The Magic Carpets, you might get “spit on” by a camel!
So there you have it! A list of, in my opinion, the most overrated rides in Disney World. All of these rides are great, but some of them just aren’t worth the long lines.
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Mark Plante and his family have been visitors to the Orlando area for 15+ years. They are using information, tricks and knowledge that they have accumulated during that time to create this blog.