Three, we only get three? Why do we do this to ourselves! It’s definitely going to be a challenge to whittle the list of underrated Magic Kingdom attractions down to just three. But, we’re always up for a challenge, like running a Disney half marathon in the Florida humidity. Oh, the memories of our Star Wars Rival Run. Alright, we’ve delayed our decisions long enough, it’s time to pick our top 3 underrated Magic Kingdom attractions. Let’s make our way down Main Street USA!
Structure. Every great list needs structure, or we would have chaos. For our underrated Magic Kingdom attractions list the rules are as follows. First and foremost, the attraction should not have a Fastpass. We’re looking for attractions that flying under the radar. Second, the attraction should be available on a regular park day, not just with special events or parties. Sorry, Tomorrowland Speedway Christmas Tree scroll. You are definitely, cool, but you’re not qualifying for this list. Lastly, no live entertainment. Whether it’s the castle show, parade or our favorite, the Dapper Dans, we’re only looking for attractions. Ah, with the rules in place whittling down our list just got a little easier. At least we hope!
Passholder Insights: Early in the morning is one of the best times to experience Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom. From the vehicles to the live performances, it definitely transports you to a different time.
Float where? We’re floating around the Rivers of America. Unless you’re from Branson, Missouri more than likely this may be one of the few times for you to experience a riverboat. In Liberty Square, you’ll find the first of our underrated Magic Kingdom attractions in the Liberty Square Riverboat, ie the Liberty Belle. For us this is perfect way to beat the midday crowds and take in some fantastic Disney views. With its giant paddlewheel propelling you through your 20 minute journey around Tom Sayer Island, it’s a great way to get unique perspective of Frontierland and Liberty Square. You pass by a couple of our favorite attractions in Big Thunder Mountain and the Haunted Mansion.
The Liberty Belle is more than just great views. While aboard the boat we definitely recommend taking a moment to explore. With tons of details, it always amazes us what we discover on the boat.
Passholder Insights: During special events, whether it be Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Christmas Party and even DVC Moonlight Magic events, usually you’ll a special character or two with the Liberty Belle dock area.
No, we’re not talking about Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean. Those are definitely classics, but far from underrated Magic Kingdom attractions. We’re talking about the classic animatronic shows. Ok, we’re going to bend the rules a little bit on this one. Aren’t rules meant to be broken? Within the Magic Kingdom, there are three classic shows that are quintessential Disney. We’re looking at you Carousel of Progress, Enchanted Tiki Room, and Country Bear Jamboree.
Each of the attractions is what made Disney different from any other theme park. For us, we enjoy these shows for a multitude of reasons. One of the big reasons is the animatronic themselves. If you’re a fan of Walt Disney or just looking for a glimpse into early animatronic technology these are definitely must-see shows. On top of the animatronics are the stories themselves, whether it’s the humor in Country Bears or message from Carousel of Progress, the stories are what continue to carry these shows forward. They are also a great way to avoid those afternoon thunderstorms.
Passholder Insights: Fun fact about the Enchanted Tiki Room, it’s one of the only attractions at Walt Disney World where you bring your Dole Whip in with you. Trust us the show is even better with a Dole Whip in hand.
Yes, there is an island in the Magic Kingdom. By far one of our most underrated Magic Kingdom attractions has to be Tom Sawyer Island. It’s a place where everyone instantly becomes a kid. Just outside the entrance to Big Thunder Mountain is a boat dock where you can board a raft that brings you this one of a kind theme park location. This one of kind spot is filled with caves to explore, floating bridges to cross, and even rocking chairs to rest our sore feet. You walk a lot of miles at Walt Disney World, trust us on that one.
What makes Tom Sawyer Island a special place is how you forget you’re in a theme park. While explore the different paths and discovering the animatronics within the caves, you’re brought to place that feels outside of the parks. Our words cannot do it justice, it’s something worthing checking out on second or later visit. A visit where you have time to take it all in and experience it for what it is.
Passholder Insights: When on Tom Sawyer Island keep an eye out for Aunt Polly’s on the island. The quick-service location is known for sandwiches, but it’s only open on rare occasions.
The Magic Kingdom is known for tons of great attractions. Trust us, the well-known ones, are infamous for a reason and definitely worth checking out. When you extra time or heading back for another trip is definitely worth taking in the underrated Magic Kingdom attractions. Alright, we’re off to day dream about the Disney views from the Liberty Belle!