Our Winners for “The Most Underrated Attractions” in Walt Disney World

When going to Walt Disney World, there are some big ticket attractions people cannot wait to ride! From Slinky Dog Dash to Avatar Flight of Passage, and Pirates of the Caribbean to Frozen Ever After, there are some very popular attractions that are truly worth all the hype.

Slinky Dog Dash

But what about the underdogs? There are attractions at every park that don’t get a lot of attention – but that doesn’t mean you should skip them! Here is our favorite “Most Underrated Attraction” at each park.

Magic Kingdom

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Located above Tomorrowland is the PeopleMover! This 10-minute attraction takes you on a journey through the land, from a second-story view. You’ll travel through popular attractions Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, as well as past a large model of Walt Disney’s original concept for Epcot.

The Castle from the TTA

The whole family can ride along – kids will enjoy zooming around the track, and adults will enjoy a seat and the view for a few minutes! It’s also a great angle for photos of the castle!  The “PeopleMover “is the perfect way to sit back and relax for a few minutes on a hectic day in Magic Kingdom.

Epcot

Living with the Land

Hop aboard a boat in the Land Pavilion, and enjoy Living with the Land! This slow-moving, 14-minute attraction takes you behind the scenes of Epcot’s greenhouses. You’ll pass through various climates, and see how Disney is embracing new practices such as aquaculture and sustainable agriculture.

The Land’s restaurants, The Garden Grill and Sunshine Seasons, actually serve the produce you see on the attraction, so riding Living with the Land before eating is a fun way to teach kids about where their food comes from. And if you love Living with the Land like we do, check out the Behind the Seeds tour for an even further look into the greenhouses.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney Presents changing marquis

Walt Disney Presents

Most people are eager to run past this attraction en route to Toy Story Land, but don’t skip Walt Disney Presents! It’s the only attraction in Walt Disney World specifically dedicated to the man who started it all. You’ll see 100 years of Disney history on display – from recognizable costumes and film memorabilia to early animatronics and inventions Walt and his team created that changed the face of film forever.  There is also a short film about Walt Disney you can choose to watch narrated by the original Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews.

Walt Disney Presents is also a great place to learn about new attractions and lands coming to Walt Disney World – such as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Inside you’ll find models and concept art for the new area. You can also see renderings for the upcoming attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. 

Lastly, Walt Disney Presents is a great spot to find a hidden character or two! From Moana to Star-Lord, stars of new and favorite films can be found inside. Currently, Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc. are there meeting guests!

Mike and Sulley

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Blue and Yellow Macaws

Discovery Island Trails 

When visiting Animal Kingdom, don’t forget to check out the animals!  Most visitors make sure to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris, but that’s not the only place to see exotic creatures. There are several walking trails that are home to unique animals, including the Discovery Island Trails. These pathways loop you around the Tree of Life, and lots of people don’t even realize they are there!

Some of the animals you might find include birds, tortoises, otters, and even kangaroos and lemurs! Make sure to check out the trails at various times in the day – you  might see the animals engaging in different behaviors. Little ones especially love these trails – it’s a great way for them to do some “exploring” and burn off some energy. You might even find our favorite Native American princess along the way – Pocahontas does meet and greets here throughout the day!

Ring Tailed Lemur

So that’s it – the winners of our “Most Underrated Attractions!” Will you be checking out any of these on your next visit? What do you think are the “Most Underrated Attractions?” Let us know in the comments!

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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4 Replies to “Our Winners for “The Most Underrated Attractions” in Walt Disney World”

  1. Thanks for a great article. We love all of the ones you mentioned. I do feel that the Living with the Land, some sections, could be updated. BUT it is a working Greenhouse, so may not be possible. The farmhouse is our favorite section. The People Mover is such a nice break and great views. The Tree of Life trails take you away from the crowd. There are hidden benches and water features. You feel like you are alone! Walt Disney Presents is one of my daughters favorites. She is 13 and loves Walt Disney. She spends more time reading everything.

    Here are a few more we find to be underrated.

    MK = Carousel of Progress. This is my favorite and we never miss it. It is also a great break and place to nap 😉 That song is so catchy and love thinking of the technology Walt used so long ago.

    Epcot = Gallery of Arts & History (Morocco) & Stave Church Gallery(Norway) – I am sure it is hard to get your kids to stop to look at a museum, but I think where else can you find such exhibits and information about Morocco and Norway. Plus, the Norway one changes exhibits periodically.

    HS = Agree, Walt Disney Presents

    AK = The Oasis Exhibits – Like the Discovery Trails, I think people are usually rushing through to get to the line for Flight of Passage, but this something we enjoy whether when we enter or exit the park. there are two paths, left or right as well has more in the center. Includes bridges, waterfalls and caves. You get to see more animals and just a break from the sun.

  2. We love these especially Living with the Land and the Peoplemover. I had almost forgot about Discovery Trails. Planning to add that to our next trip.