The Most Underrated Rides at Disney World

by | Mar 22, 2024 | Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog

Wondering what the most underrated rides at Disney World are? We’re going park by park to share what attractions deserve a little more recognition!

There are plenty of must-do rides at Walt Disney World, the thrilling attractions or nostalgic favorites that inspire early morning wake-ups to rope drop or snag a Lightning Lane. Along with these fan favorites, there are rides at Disney World that tend to fly under the radar as underrated classics. While there may not be as hurried a rush to hop in line for these rides first thing, we’re sharing our picks for the most underrated rides at Disney World.

Underrated Rides at Disney World

We’ll be sharing our top pick for the most underrated ride at each Disney World park, along with some of our contenders for runner-ups. These are the rides (and attractions!) that may not be the headliners for the park or perhaps don’t get the love we think they deserve. Either way, they’re the underrated picks, and we suggest checking out next time you’re in each of the parks.

Magic Kingdom: PeopleMover

When you’re in Tomorrowland, chances are your first stop is to grab your place in the virtual queue or Lightning Lane to snag a ride on TRON Lightcycle / Run. And, yes, as the biggest and fastest ride in the park, it’s understandable. But we love starting our mornings at Magic Kingdom at a slower pace with a stop on one of our favorites: the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. This elevated tram will take you on a leisurely tour of Tomorrowland, going behind the scenes of attractions like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain, and even up close for views of TRON.

If you get the chance, take a whirl on this one closer to sunset in the late afternoon for some truly stunning photo ops of Cinderella Castle from a unique angle!

Other Underrated Rides:

  • Carousel of Progress: Another Tomorrowland favorite, this show follows an American family over four generations of technological transformation and progress.
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic: This 12-minute 3-D show brings you into the Concert Hall, where Donald Duck is brought into a world of classic Disney animated musical sequences after putting on Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat. Kids and parents alike won’t want to miss this fun attraction.

EPCOT: Gran Fiesta Tour With The Three Caballeros

Located in the pyramid at the Mexico Pavilion, the Gran Fiesta Tour, which starts with The Three Caballeros, is a relaxing boat ride down the Rio Grande showcasing some of the most famous sights in Mexico. The ride incorporates some Disney characters with the Three Caballeros as you join José Carioca and Panchito to help find Donald.

Your options for rides in World Showcase are fairly limited, but this one is a true underrated classic. When you simply need to get into some air conditioning and out of the sun blazing down at EPCOT’s World Showcase, step inside this dark ride for a truly relaxing attraction (that more often than not has a short wait time).

Other Underrated Rides:

  • Living With the LandTake a gentle boat ride through a Disney World greenhouse, enjoying a look at the edible crops grown at EPCOT. If you have a meal later on in the day at Garden Grill or Sunshine Seasons, know that you may be enjoying some of what’s grown here!
  • The Seas With Nemo & Friends: Board a “clamobile” and explore EPCOT’s massive 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium with characters from Finding Nemo! Not only is this a fun one for fans of the film franchise, but it’s also a stunning look at the massive structure EPCOT has available to view.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

There may be some that argue that Star Tours is not what they’d consider “underrated,” considering it’s based on Star Wars and is even getting 2024 updates. However, with the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019, there’s no arguing that this ride is the more “forgotten” of Star Wars attractions within the park. But, even though it’s located outside of Batuu, it’s well worth a ride for fans of a galaxy far, far away.

This 3-D space flight takes you onto a Starspeeder 1000 alongside C-3PO. However, your ship is intercepted by Imperio (or First Order) forces searching for a rebel spy. From there, you’ll go on an unpredictable flight, with an endless amount of destinations that will switch up depending on your ride. This variability makes for an exciting ride. You can enjoy new experiences again and again.

Other Underrated Rides:

  • Walt Disney PresentsIn a park with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land, you’d be forgiven for not realizing this walkthrough attraction exists. But Walt Disney Presents is worth a look. The gallery includes sketches, photos, models, artwork, and more, celebrating the life of Walt Disney and the creation of Disneyland and Disney World. The area is also home to sneak peeks of upcoming Disney or Pixar films, as well as occasional meet and greets.
  • Muppet Vision 3DThis 3-D attraction brings you into the world of the Muppets, incorporating 4-D effects and Audio-Animatronics. It’s a hilarious way to spend some time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Rafiki’s Planet Watch

While everyone knows about the Walt Disney World Railroad, did you know there’s actually a train ride in Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well? The Wildlife Express Train is only part of this attraction, and it takes you to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Here, you’ll find the Conservation Station and Affection Section, where you can find a petting zoo and get an in-depth look at the veterinary care the animals of the park receive.

It’s an incredible look at the work that the Cast Members of Disney’s Animal Kingdom are getting to do, and it’s a fun spot for kids to meet some animals! It’s a truly overlooked part of the park and one you’ll want to make sure to enjoy the next time you’re there.

Other Underrated Rides:

  • Festival of the Lion King: Whether or not you’re a fan of The Lion King, this show is a must-do at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. While the 40-minute show is longer in length, you’ll get to experience an incredible performance that includes songs, puppets, dancing, and more.
  • Dinosaur: When Dinosaur first opened with the park, it was one of the major E-ticket attractions. Nowadays, it’s gone further down on that list, but is absolutely still worth a ride. The thrilling dark ride takes you back in time, where you’ll come face to face with (you guessed it) dinosaurs.

Posts by Morgan Flaherty

Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.

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Morgan Flaherty

Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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