6 Things to Skip at Magic Kingdom

Ready to start planning your trip to the Magic Kingdom? You’ve come to the right place.

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.

Tomorrowland Speedway

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.

Astro Orbiter

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.

Are any of these skip-worthy attractions on your favorites list?


2 thoughts on “6 Things to Skip at Magic Kingdom”

  1. The last visit – the Wicked Stepmother and Stepsisters were riding the carousel at the same time as my niece and daughter. That was awesome!!! I wouldn’t normally make is a must-do but it made the ride unforgettable!

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