We all enjoy the “biggies” when we visit Walt Disney World. There is Space Mountain and Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom, Soarin’ and Test Track at Epcot, Toy Story Midway Mania and the Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Stidios, and Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. These are just a very few of them but most folks consider it a rewarding vacation to Walt Disney World if they can hit all of the E-Ticket (to use an older description of the biggies) attractions as often as they want. That used to be my goal too but there are so many “minor” attractions at Disney that deserve attention that most of us just walk on by.
There are just too many to outline in detail so I’ll just mention a couple at each park that I think are worth your time. You can find information on virtually every attraction on your own by using one of the more detailed guide books like Passporter or the Unofficial Guide. Both of these books have all of the attractions listed and described.
- Magic Kingdom – So many people ignore the Walt Disney World Railroad but it’s a wonderful and relaxing way to get an overview of the park. Another wonderful way to get views of the park that one would not ordinarily see is to take a ride on the Liberty Square Riverboat.
- Epcot – Both of the Innoventions Pavilions (East and West) are at least worth a walk through. You never know what little bit of fun and excitement (and knowledge too) you might come across. Over in the World Showcase you might give Maelstrom a try. It’s relaxing, it’s somewhat educational, and you might want to try to find the Viking Hidden Mickey on the wall mural as you wait for the doors to the short movie to open after you have finished the ride itself.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – I may be somewhat biased here but Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream presented by D23 is one of my favorite attractions, Major or Minor, it’s a very rewarding experience. The Studios Backlot Tour is another that most folks pass up. It’s good fun and after the tour is finished you get to explore the warehouse that houses some of the most famous props seen in Disney movies.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Don’t just run through The Oasis, or if you do, come back before you leave for the day. There are lots of delightful shady paths (great because it’s hot at this park) leading to several small animal exhibits. Take a walk through the Maharajah Jungle Trek to enjoy a wonderful Asian setting and some of the more exotic animals in the park.
Take a bit of time from your visit to see some of these “lesser” attractions. You will be rewarded with some very pleasant experiences as well as a bit of very painless education not generally available anywhere else. As always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!
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