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5 Underrated Attractions at Magic Kingdom

For many, a trip to Magic Kingdom isn’t complete without riding the major attractions, grabbing a Mickey pretzel and taking in a show or two. Usually, people rush toward rides like Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain. While I love these rides and the other popular ones, I have a newfound appreciation for the ‘underrated’ attractions that are sprinkled all across the kingdom. Here are five attractions at Magic Kingdom that deserve a little love:

5. Mark Twain’s Riverboat – You’ve definitely seen this lavish boat as you’ve made your way into Liberty Square, but have you ever been on it? Go aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat and take a ride around Frontierland, getting beautiful views of Thunder Mountain and Tom Sawyer Island. It may not be the most exciting attraction, but it offers you a different view of Magic Kingdom and a rest break!

4. Tom Sawyer’s Island – If you enjoy exploring, Tom Sawyer’s Island is perfect for you! There are many nooks and crannies for you to crawl and walk through, plus plenty of photo opportunities that you wouldn’t normally have. When I explored it for the very first time, I wondered why I had never done it before! It’s a nice break from the regular ‘theme park’ offerings and allows you to see a different part of the park.

3. Astro Orbiter – Similar to Dumbo, Astro Orbiter takes you high in the sky in a rocket and allows you to go up and down as you go around and around above Tomorrowland. Many don’t realize this attraction exists because you have to take an elevator up to the loading platform, but it’s located right next to the Peoplemover! If you feel like you’re a little too old for Dumbo (which you shouldn’t!), this is a great alternative and the wait is usually fairly short.

2. The Peoplemover – This is one of my favorite attractions in the park, but it usually doesn’t get a lot of love! Take a tour above Tomorrowland as your guide points out all of the attractions and gives you a little background on some of them, too! The best part is going through Space Mountain and getting to hear the delightful screams of people are enjoying the ride. Here’s a little tip: sometimes when Space is down, the lights will go on and if you hop on the peoplemover, you’ll be able to see it!

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1. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – For me, a trip to Magic Kingdom isn’t complete without riding the Carousel of Progress. Brought to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, this attraction feels extra magical because Walt Disney’s genius mind was behind it. You are taken through several decades to see how technology progresses over time and how it impacts the modern family, and it’s really cool to see how Disney imagined the future would be. Plus, the theme song is sure to get stuck in your head because there really is a great, big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day!

While the big name attractions are fun, it’s always a good idea to check out some of the less popular attractions in Magic Kingdom, too! They may not be as thrilling, but they are packed with history and magic that is unmatched and shouldn’t be missed. Be sure to check out some of these underrated attractions during your next trip to the kingdom!

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About Monet

Monet is a senior majoring in journalism at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is a Disney AP holder and a Disney College Program alum. You can find her covered in pixie dust singing along to the Festival of Fantasy parade soundtrack while dreaming about dole whips and blogging her life away.