Thursday, March 22, 2012

Destination Disney: Top 10 WDW Attractions

I can't tell you how excited I am that "Destination Disney" meme is back!!  My sweet friend, Heidi, hosts this and she's taken a break from hosting this meme for a while.  I love the themes she provided in the past and was thrilled when she asked for ideas and actually accepted mine!

So, for this weeks "Destination Disney" we are highlighting our TOP 10 Attractions!  This was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be.  I mentally walked through each park and each "land" thinking of all the attractions- which one's I loved, which ones I liked, which ones I tolerated and which ones I skipped!  I think I've come up with my final list, but I'm still not sure I have all 10 in the proper order, with #1 being my top choice.... but, here is my list anyway!
10. Spaceship Earth
Depending on the day I'm asked, Epcot is my favorite park along with Magic Kingdom.  To me, Spaceship Earth exemplifies Epcot.  The "ball" is the first thing I think of when I hear the word Epcot.  Everyone in my family enjoys this attraction and I like the changes that were made a few years ago.  I like the addition of the interactive ending.  It reminds me a tad of Horizons!

9. Splash Mountain
This is one of the best attractions because of the length and use of audio-animatronics!  While I have been known to skip this attraction on cold days and evenings (due to getting wet), it still ranks in my top 10.  On a hot summer day, it's the perfect way to cool off!

8. Living with the Land
For some reason, our family loves this attraction.   I think for me, it reminds me of Walt's original idea for Epcot.  The crops grown on this attraction are actually used throughout the restaurants in Epcot.  While Epcot as we know it is not a true community as Walt wanted, this ride shows community by providing the food.  Each time I go on this attraction, I see something new and learn new things.

7. Haunted Mansion
This is a classic!  I loved the way it was, but I love it more after the recent renovations to the actual ride and the queue.  The back story is awesome and everyone can ride it- unless the little ones are too scared!  While I haven't taken my 3 year old on it yet, I look forward to the day he rides for the first time.

6. Jungle Cruise
Maybe I should say "Jungle Cruise at Night" is one of my top 10 attractions!  While I love this ride during the day, it's 10 times better at night!  I think later in the day the skippers get a tad cornier and the ride through the rivers are a tad creepier.  This is another attraction all of my family enjoys and looks forward to riding.

5. Toy Story Mania
This ride is fabulous for anyone who has any type of competitiveness in their blood!  When I go on this ride I even find myself "competing" with guests I don't even know!  Again, everyone in my family enjoys this- even when my son was 2.  The theming of the queue is outstanding and the attention to detail in the actual ride is great.  The only downside to this one is the wait times.  You have to be there first thing in the morning to grab a Fastpass or else you're standing in line for well over an hour.

4. Space Mountain
This roller coaster has moved around over the years on my "top roller coaster list."  When I was younger, it was my least favorite at WDW.  For some reason now it's number 2 on my roller coaster list!  Maybe it was the refurb a few years ago, or maybe it's because I'm getting older!?!

3. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
Hands down, my favorite coaster at WDW.  (It still doesn't compare to California Screamin' at California Adventure though!!)  I love the music, the speed, the theming, the twists and turns.  I'll continue to ride it as long as my body, equilibrium and stomach will allow!

2. Kilimanjaro Safari
This is the only Animal Kingdom attraction on my top 10 list, but it made it to #2 overall!  While I do find the story of "Little Red" hokey (and I'm glad there are rumors that this will be ending soon) I love this attraction!  Each time I've been on this attraction it's been totally different.  I've only seen the male lion walking around once and some animals I've never spotted- even though the tour guide has pointed them out!  The theming and attention to detail, again, make this attraction fantastic!  While I've never been to Africa, and probably never will, I feel like I've experienced part of Africa by going on this ride.

1. Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
My top attraction is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.  While the name has changed several times over the years, I still call it the WEDWay Peoplemover!  I'm not sure why this is my favorite.  There isn't a lot of theming, it isn't a thrill ride and it doesn't scream Disney, but it's still my #1 go to attraction.  Maybe it's the corny jokes (Paging Mr. Morrow, Mr. Tom Morrow!), the wind blowing in my hair, the views of the castle or the idea that there is hardly ever a line... I don't know.  But if I go to WDW I have to ride this.  If I could only choose 1 ride to ride on a trip, this is it.  Call me crazy after looking at #10-2, but I love the WEDWay Peoplemover!


  1. I love your list, Beth!  I totally forgot to put Living with the Land on mine - I love that attraction!  And I'm so happy that you listed the Wedway People Mover as your #1 - I love it too, and still call it by it's old name.  Thanks for your great idea for a topic!

  2. Nice to see someone else added Living with the Land! : ) Stopping by from Destination Disney to say hello!

  3. Great list!  I love Living with the Land!  I am always amazed at how they grow things!

  4. Love this list! :) I totally should've included the Peoplemover on mine! Though if it was up to me I'd have a top 100 list!
    Rosanne @ The Disney Point

  5. We haven't been on Toy Story Mania yet, but my son and husband love the video game rides.  Who doesn't like trying to beat their family members in a fun game of shooting targets?  Great list!

  6. This may sound horrible, but I've never ridden the TTA Peoplemover. Shhhh...don't tell anyone. I'll put it on my to-do list for ya!

  7. Awesome list. I'm so glad that we got to ride the Jungle Cruise and the Haunted Mansion together! You need to ride Rock n Roller Coaster with me next!