The Five Walt Disney World Attractions That Casual Fans Wouldn’t Know About
These are the attractions that are not mentioned on Disney Channel…
This list goes in no particular order. When casual fans think of Walt Disney World. They think of the core of the Disney brand. Peter Pan’s Flight and Space Mountain would be quick to mention. These five attractions aren’t mentioned often, and are relatively unknown to the casual fan. These are my personal favorites that they wouldn’t know about.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
What word comes to mind when I think of the PeopleMover? Lyrical. The music and the narration while being surrounded by impressive views of the park makes this a great experience. Favorite bit of the attraction is passing the model of “Progress City” which was Walt Disney’s original vision for Epcot. The attraction is comfortable and creative. Going inside Space Mountain and passing attractions through is thrilling. The PeopleMover is the single most important attraction to Tomorrowland. Showing that the future is constantly in motion, and that tomorrow is just a dream away.
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room was first conceived as a restaurant concept. Which included guests dining with animatronic birds. If you asked a casual Disney World fan about the Tiki Room they probably wouldn’t even know it existed. The attraction is blocked by Aladdin’s Magic Carpets and that gigantic, stupid camel that spits at guests. This hideaway attraction is a hidden gem of the Magic Kingdom due to its obvious connection to Walt. For the standards of 1971 the attraction is incredible. Yes, it isn’t as exciting as what comes out today but it is a nice piece of history that connects us to the opening day of Walt Disney World.
Living with the Land
This is another non-flashy attraction but it serves a purpose at Walt Disney World. Showcasing the natural beauty of The Land pavilion while taking guests on a slow-moving boat ride. Guests even encounter an animatronic scene near the beginning if you look up you’ll be able to see the Garden Grill restaurant. Living with the Land gives a look at the future of food production and the measures Walt Disney World takes to ensure an excellent product.
I would also recommend the “Behind the Seeds” tour. It’s a great behind the scenes look at the attraction and how high-tech horticulture happens at Epcot.
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Walt Disney’s favorite attraction was about progress. The moving theater concept isn’t a radical one but how Carousel of Progress uses it makes it seem like a masterful invention. It’s another simple Tomorrowland attraction similar to the PeopleMover I mentioned earlier. The premise of the attraction is to show how technology has improved our lives. The attraction first appeared at the 1964 World’s Fair. It also holds the record for most shows in the history of American theater. This iconic attraction is not known by casual fans but it should be.
“It’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” is also an incredible tune.
Even some hardcore Disney fans might have not even noticed this attraction unless they read a blog. O’Canada with Martin Short is one of the funniest theme park attractions ever. The circle-vision experience is located in the World Showcase at Epcot. Short’s great personality makes the attraction enjoyable. The attraction is something to do at Epcot and is worth your time. Due to its age and Disney rapidly closing attractions you never know when it might get cut. So I recommend getting a chance to see it in the flesh before it leaves forever.
The five attractions I listed above are usually not known by the casual Disney fans. These attractions are special and I would hope the casual fans would get a chance to see them. At Walt Disney World it is sometimes better to go outside the box. Be different.
Zach Perilstein is the Editor-in-Chief at the Boardwalk Times.