Planning is happening at a pace at Modernlifeisgood Towers for our upcoming visit to Walt Disney World. Over dinner tonight we discussed what were our favorite attractions at the Magic Kingdom and which we wouldn’t mind skipping. The whole family chipped in and here are our Top & Bottom Attractions at the Magic Kingdom.
Our Top Attractions at the Magic Kingdom
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was top of mine & Mrs Modernlifeisgood’s list. It also came second on Little Modernlifeisgood’s(age 8) list too.
Big Thunder Mountain opened at the Magic Kingdom on November 15, 1980. The project had been postponed several times during the early 1970s. The premise of the attraction is that a former gold mine has been abandoned and found to be haunted. The trains were discovered racing through tunnels by themselves. It is these trains guests board for a high-speed ride.
The actual story of Big Thunder Mountain isn’t easy to pick up from the attraction, but it is a great family coaster. The ride is fast and bumpy with plenty of sudden drops. It also, in my opinion, is better at night when it becomes a fantastic dark ride attraction. You must be 40in or taller to ride.
The Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion is an opening Walt Disney World attraction and has been scaring guests ever since. The attraction has had several updates over the years but remains similar to the opening day attraction. Guests board a Doom Buggy to explore the mansion and the haunted grounds. This was Miss Modernlifeisgood’s(age 15) rather surprising choice.
The attraction is dark but only the timidest children will find it too scary. There are some impressive special effects in this 7.5-minute attraction.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was added to the park during the Fantasyland expansions. The attraction opened on May 28, 2014, and has been the most popular attraction in the park ever since. This was Little Miss Modernlifeisgood’s choice and she thinks it is fantastic.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a great little roller coaster with very realistic audio-animatronics. Get a Fastpass or be ready for a very long wait.
Our Bottom Attractions at the Magic Kingdom
“it’s a small world”
How could you name an attraction which was designed by Walt himself and was an opening day attraction as your least favorite attraction in the park?
You can’t! “it’s a small world” is a classic.
However, if you are Mrs Modernlifeisgood or Little Miss Modernlifeisgood you can. Mrs Modernlifeisgood feels the tune is too annoying and Little Miss Modernlifeisgood thinks she is too old for the attraction.
In my opinion, both are wrong and you shouldn’t skip it.
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Perhaps it is a sign of how good the attractions are at the Magic Kingdom that Prince Charming Regal Carrousel hit our bottom list. However, Miss Modernlifeisgood felt it was her bottom attraction!
The actual carousel was built in 1917 and was located at Belle Isle Park in Michigan. The original name of the attraction was The Liberty Carousel. The carousel also spent time in New Jersey before being acquired by the Walt Disney Company in 1967.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
I know most people love this ride, but I don’t. Mrs Modernlifeisgood loves Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and the regular long lines suggest everybody else does too.
However; I have never got Buzz Lightyear. I’m rubbish at it and I find it a bit daft. I would never miss it if I never rode again.
Easier and less controversial choices would have included Hall of Presidents & The Enchanted Tiki Room. However, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin tops my list of Attractions to Skip at The Magic Kingdom.
We will be bringing our top and bottom rides at all the Walt Disney World parks in the coming days.
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