Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Kill, Refurb, Marry: Aerial Spinner Rides at Walt Disney World

This month's topic for "Kill, Refurb, Marry" is Aerial Spinner Rides. My blog plan for January is to review different attractions at Magic Kingdom, so first I thought of the "aerial spinner rides" there: Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Astro Orbiter. I couldn't decide which of those three I would "kill". But, then I was quickly reminded of TriceraTop Spin at Animal Kingdom...
In fact, this attraction is so bad to me, this is the only photo I had...
I was actually trying to get a picture of Brian Urlacher! :)
KILL:TriceraTop Spin.  I'm not a fan of Dinoland USA or this attraction.  Magic Kingdom already has three perfectly good aerial spinner rides.  There really is no need for another one at Animal Kingdom.  If your kid loves these type of attractions, this is the best one to ride because it will have the shortest lines, but it's no Dumbo...

Astro Orbiter.  I LOVE the views from this attraction!  I love being able to look out over the Magic Kingdom and see the sights.  I think it's beautiful.  However, I hate the queue for this attraction!  I hate the line under the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and it takes forever to get up that elevator.  I don't know how it should be refurbed, but it needs to be.  We hardly ever ride it just because the queue stinks!

This was tough!  It's a toss up between Dumbo and Aladdin... Both are great characters.  Both are awesome rides.  Aladdin has spitting camels.  Dumbo has double spinners.  Aladdin has shorter lines (at times).  Dumbo has an interactive queue.  But because Aladdin seems to clog up traffic in Adventureland in a bad way, Dumbo wins!

Dumbo the Flying Elephant is near perfect since the recent overhaul.  I do miss it being right behind the castle and I miss being able to see so much during the ride, but I love the look of the new attraction.  I can't wait to take my boys on it later this year- especially at night!

So, which aerial spinners would you kill, refurb and marry?


  1. So glad you played along this month, Beth! It's always so fun to see how our opinions match and diverge!

    1. I always look forward to this hop! Before I post, I ask my hubby to guess what my three will be... fun game! :)