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There’s tons of articles out there in cyberspace about all the things you have to do when you head to Magic Kingdom, including this one. But, you’ll be hard pressed to find many that tell you about all the things to flat-out avoid.
The thing is, you can’t possibly do everything at Magic Kingdom in a single trip. And honestly, not everything is even worth your time. If you’ve already visited Magic Kingdom a few times, or if you’ve got several days to spend there – well I still wouldn’t recommend many of these.
They’re not bad, they’re just meh. But ultimately, they’re utterly skipable.
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Where is it?: Fantasyland
What is it?: A Carousel
What’s the Problem?: It’s a carousel, ya know like they have pretty much all over the place. Now carousels can be lots of fun, and some have huge historical significance (like the Disneyland carousel that Walt actually rode). But this one isn’t anything special. And with the price of admission being what it is; there’s so many better ways to spend that 30 minutes of your life.
Where is it?: Tomorrowland
What is it?: Sort of like go-karts, except not as much fun
What’s the Problem?: If the Tomorrowland Speedway were a go-kart track, I’d give it a fair chance. However, this isn’t even true go-karts. The cars are attached to one of several tracks, so you’re not able to steer the vehicle in any manner. You also have no control over the power. So you’re just sitting in a slow moving car shaped ride vehicle traveling along a track. No story, no special effects. No thanks.
Where is it?: Tomrrowland
What is it?: Sort of an elevated carousel in the sky
What’s the Problem?: Well, we already talked about carousels. So there’s that. I don’t mind this type of ride in general though, because there is the added element of height. However, there are 3 of this exact ride in Magic Kingdom. And the other 2 do it better. Magic Carpets of Aladdin has infinitely better themeing as it relates to a Disney film, you also get to ride the actual magic carpets. Then there is Dumbo, which is even better because you have control over the height of your elephant. I’ll concede that the wait for Astro Orbiter is usually shortest of these 3, but there’s a reason for that.
The Hall of Presidents
Where is it?: Liberty Square
What is it?: Historical Animatronics Show
What’s the Problem?: This show in itself is actually not all that bad, but it’s got no place in Magic Kingdom. If this were in say Epcot at the American Pavilion, it would be a great attraction. But it’s not, and quite honestly there’s just so many better things to do in Magic Kingdom. In fact I would even recommend Muppets Great Moments in History before I suggest wasting any part of your MK day in Hall of Presidents.
Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor
Where is it?: Tomorrowland
What is it?: Interactive screen show
What’s the Problem?: The technology behind Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor is impressive. But you can see the same thing at Epcot’s Turtle Talk with Crush (though, I don’t really recommend that one either). The problem here, like several of these other attractions is that it’s just not good enough.
Tom Swayer Island
Where is it?: Frontierland
What is it?: An island
What’s the Problem?: It’s an island, that’s it. If you’ve got rambunctious little ones who need to run out some energy, this could be a good place to let them do that. But otherwise it’s just an island and it takes a big chunk of your day. You have to wait for the raft to take you from the main area of the park to the island, then once you’re done exploring you have to wait for it to take you back to the rest of the park. And, there’s nothing on that island worth this much of your day.