Ten Classic Magic Kingdom Attractions that are Underrated

Ten Classic Magic Kingdom Attractions that are Underrated

Ten Classic but Underrated Magic Kingdom Attractions to Include in Your Next Visit

Your Magic Kingdom itinerary is already jam-packed and you’ve got to see princesses, ride a dwarf train, and have lunch inside a Beast’s Castle. Yep, I get it. When you need a filler between waiting in long lines for popular rides or maybe rain has pushed you to look for indoor fun, some of these overlooked Magic Kingdom attractions at Walt Disney World will provide unexpected amusement.

10 Overlooked Magic Kingdom Attractions

Let’s take a closer look at Ten Lesser Known Attractions to include in your next Magic Kingdom visit(s). These quintessential pastimes are great for the whole family.

Walt Disney World Railroad

It takes 20 minutes to do a full circuit on the Walt Disney World Railroad. Or you can alight from the train at any of the stations — Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, and Frontierland. Take some time off your feet and enjoy one of Walt Disney’s favorite pastimes. During one visit, our son was chosen to be a guest conductor aboard the WDW Railroad; it’s still a favorite memory.

WDW Railroad Engine

The Walt Disney World Railroad circles the Magic Kingdom

Swiss Family Treehouse

Okay, there are 116 stairs to climb at this Adventureland attraction. Unfortunately, folks with ambulatory issues will have to sit this one out. If you are able to make the climb, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful vistas and charming rooms nestled within the Robinson Family’s treehouse home. My favorite room is the library.

Child climbing Swiss Family Treehouse in Magic Kingdom

Climbing the Swiss Family Treehouse is a fun adventure!

Country Bear Jamboree

While tech-savvy kids may find this attraction dated, remind them that this is one of the attractions that Walt Disney helped create. Grizzly Hall is home to 18 bears proud of their hillbilly songs. Warning: You may find yourself singing and clapping. Reminder: You don’t know anybody so have some knee-slapping fun. I love watching the talking heads — Melvin, Buff, and Max.

Country Bear Jamboree sign at Grizzly Hall

A wild and wooly good time!

Tom Sawyer Island

As your log raft crosses the Rivers of America, you’ll leave even more of the real world behind. Go ahead and wander; Walt Disney made sure this island was full of exciting nooks and crannies to explore. I love the meandering paths and sitting for a spell (in the shade!) at Aunt Polly’s Dockside Inn.

Barrel Bridge on Tom Sawyer Island

Our son enjoying a snack on Tom Sawyer Island. Fun for all ages!

Liberty Square Riverboat

Embark on the Liberty Belle’s 17-minute, half-mile cruise around Tom Sawyer Island. Watch the river’s edge for unexpected scenes or sit back (note that seating is limited) and rest your park-weary feet. Visit the Salon on the Promenade deck to see historical photos and maps. You’ll also find padded benches in this interior area.

Liberty Belle Riverboat

Cruise aboard the Liberty Belle

The Hall of Presidents

This stirring, patriotic presentation inside a replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall offers a respite from rain, Florida humidity, and tired feet. If you or a traveling companion needs a rest, head to The Hall of Presidents. Here’s two options: you can enjoy the time to relax and enjoy a presentation on American History OR take a 23-minute nap. I’ve done both many times.

Hall of Presidents building

Hall of Presidents is a replica of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Don’t miss the roll call with the U.S. Presidents that follows the film. It’s a genius showcase of audio-animatronics.

Currently closed for renovation.

“it’s a small world”

A Walt Disney classic, “it’s a small world” showcases children from around the world. And yes, they sing this special little ditty during the entire voyage. 😉 The colorful collages created by Mary Blair delight visitors of all ages. Some people love it; some hate it. Confession: I’m a fan of the boat ride, costumes, Mary Blair artwork, and… the song.

Final scene in "it's a small world"

Cruise through “it’s a small world”

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Don your “opera glasses” to join Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse on a 3D musical adventure. Since I can’t hold a tune, I try to quietly sing along to my favorite Disney songs. 😉

Mickey's PhilharMagic sign at night

Join Mickey and Donald Duck in this 3D musical adventure.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Another piece of Disney history! Carousel of Progress was developed for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair by Walt Disney. Sit back in the revolving theater and watch the four nostalgic acts of the show presented by audio-animatronics. This 17-minute presentation will have you singing “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.” It’s been one of my all-time favorite Magic Kingdom attractions since my first trip at age 11.

Carousel of Progress sign

Carousel of Progress is a family favorite!

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

In a narrated ten-minute journey, you’ll get a relaxing tour of Tomorrowland as you weave in and out of the futuristic buildings. We’ve seen Space Mountain with the lights on a few times during rides on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. Wow! And of course, I love to hear one of my favorite quotes — “Paging Mr. Morrow. Mr. Tom Morrow“.


Of course, you can’t see and do everything on a visit, however I would highly recommend including at least one of these ten underrated Magic Kingdom attractions in your itinerary. Show some love to the classics!

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After you conquer the most popular rides, what attractions in the Magic Kingdom does your family recommend?

Top Ten Walt Disney World Quotes

Top Ten Walt Disney World Quotes

Our Top Ten Walt Disney World Quotes

First time visitors to Walt Disney World will quickly pick up some of the catchy phrases that make repeat guests smile. My family was thinking of some of our favorite Walt Disney World quotes recently and these are just some of them. Here we go…!

“Off to Neverland”, Peter Pan’s Flight, Magic Kingdom

Exclaimed by Peter Pan.

Peter Pan's Flight, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World. Off to Neverland

Peter Pan’s Flight

“It’s A Small World”

This one may be a little TOO catchy. 😉

It's a Small World, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

It’s a Small World

“Actually, we have 999 happy haunts here, but there’s room for 1000. Any volunteers, hmmm?”, Haunted Mansion, Magic Kingdom

The entire transcript at Haunted Mansion is filled with memorable sayings.

Favorite Walt Disney World Quotes. Haunted Mansion. 999 Happy Haunts.

Happy Haunts

“Paging Mr. Morrow—Mr. Tom Morrow.”, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, Magic Kingdom

I don’t know why; this one just makes us laugh.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

“We Wants the Redhead”/”Dead Men Tell No Tales”, Pirates of the Caribbean, Magic Kingdom

A classic attraction — you’ll hear some awesome oneliners on this boat ride.

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Favorite WDW Quotes

Dead Men Tell No Tales

“’cause this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!”, Big Thunder Mountain, Magic Kingdom

A fun quote from the Safety Announcer.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

“Remember how easy it was to learn your ABC’s? Thank the Phoenicians—they invented them.”, Spaceship Earth, Epcot

With a rich transcript, Spaceship Earth is filled with phrases that will stay with you long after the ride.

Spaceship Earth at Epcot in Walt Disney World

Spaceship Earth

“Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor manténgase alejado de las puertas.”, Monorail, Walt Disney World Resort

Even first time visitors will be quoting this phrase by the time they reach their destination!

WDW Monorail - please stand clear of the doors. Favorite WDW Quote

Please Stand Clear of the Doors

“…and it all starts with a wish!”, Wishes, Magic Kingdom

Jiminy Cricket makes me cry. 😉

Wishes Fireworks Show in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World from California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular Viewed from California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

“There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.”, Carousel of Progress, Magic Kingdom

Go ahead and sing the lyrics!

Carousel of Progress, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World. Favorite Walt Disney World Quotes.

Carousel of Progress

Now, I want to plan a trip to Disney World!

Are any of your favorite quotes from WDW attractions in this list?