7 Dwarfs Mine Train

Walt Disney World’s Most Overrated Attractions

I have to start this article by saying I love all things Disney. That said, while there are many amazing rides in the parks that are well worth waiting for, there are also several that are perhaps a little overhyped. This isn’t to say all of these overrated rides need to go away. In fact, I really do enjoy most of them. However, the amount of time people will put into waiting for these attractions seems ridiculous to me when there are so many other amazing options in the parks. The list below includes ten attractions that I think are a bit overrated. This doesn’t mean you should skip these rides entirely. Instead, I hope you use the list to get a better understanding of how long you should actually wait for each ride, so you aren’t disappointed when you finally reach the end of the 90-minute wait. Here goes!

1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

This is a must-do ride when visiting Disney, but it isn’t a “wait in line for two hours” kind of ride. Basically, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a well-themed kiddie coaster with a short section of traditional dark ride added in for good measure. It’s fun, and well done, but isn’t a big thrill ride that deserves super long wait times. I recommend hopping in line for this one first thing in the morning in order to avoid the longest wait. A 45-minute wait seems reasonable for this experience.

2. Peter Pan’s Flight

This is a Disney World classic, and absolutely deserves its place in Fantasyland. That said, for some reason this ride will often have a wait time of an hour or more. Considering this is a relatively short dark ride that is intended for younger children—the old ride technology still being used certainly won’t wow any adults—this seems a little excessive. Fortunately, I’ve been seeing some shorter wait times for this one during certain parts of the day lately. Watch for the wait to be 30 minutes or less and then hop in line.

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3. “it’s a small world”

Another Disney classic, I couldn’t ever bear to see “it’s a small world” go away completely. That said, for whatever reason, this ride has become “untouchable,” meaning it hasn’t been updated in years and has become incredibly worn and tired looking. On top of that, we will often see 60-minute waits for this ride in the afternoons. We wish Disney would do a refurbishment of this ride, adding in some fun modern elements like they have over at Disneyland in California. That said, we do still recommend riding the current version if you have small children in tow, but we recommend waiting until the ride is closer to the 20- or 30-minute mark.

it's a small world
it’s a small world

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About Chelsea

Chelsea is a lifelong Disney fanatic who lives and travels full time in an RV with her son and husband. Their family takes full advantage of their unique living situation by visiting Disney parks on both sides of the country as often as possible. In doing so, the Gonzales family gathers loads of great tips and info about the parks, which Chelsea is thrilled to share with readers here. Visit Chelsea's blog: Wonder Wherever We Wander! Here you’ll find a wealth of valuable information as well as a variety of reviews and resources to help you navigate the often uncharted territory of roadschooling.