Top Ten Disney Overrated Disney Experiences
Some of you are probably thinking something has gone wrong with Grumpy. Has he finally gone off the deep end? After all who could think something is wrong with anything at Walt Disney World. Everything there is perfect right? Well not so much. Even Disney fails from time to time. This Top Ten Disney Overrated Disney Experiences.
I am not saying all of them are terrible. Some of them are and some are not. Some of them just fail to live up to their potential. Others are great but not as great as people make them out to be. They are, well as the title suggests, overrated.
Take a look at the list and as always feel free to tell me where I got it wrong in the comments section.
# 10 Kali River Rapids
Kali River Rapids is a decent ride. Guests board your standard river rapids raft and head out.
After the initial hill Disney does what Disney does best. They seek to immerse you in a story. This particular story has to do with man destroying nature by cutting down the forest and burning a lot of trees.
The ride is about five minutes long but it seems a lot shorter. Maybe it is the standing in a long hot Florida sun forever that makes the ride seem so short.
The ride itself is not terrible but compared to the wait it just doesn’t seem worth it to me.
# 9 Sci-Fi Dine In Theater
Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios Disney’s Sci-Fi Dine In Theater is a table service meal with a twist. Dinners sit at tables designed to resemble classic convertibles. All the tables face a movie screen that plays clips from vintage sci-fi movies. All of that is pretty cool.
What might not be is the food. My wife ordered steak and I ordered ribs. Neither were worth eating. which is why the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater is on the list.
To be fair many of my family members enjoy this one. They all ordered sandwiches though. Maybe those would be great but it might be a while before I am willing to try Sci-Fi out again.
# 8 Flame Tree BBQ
This one saddens me. I used to love the Animal Kingdom’s Flame Tree BBQ. I would talk about it when I was not at Disney World. I would look forward to it. The food was good. The location was great. There is even waterside seating that lets you look over at Expedition Everest.
But last time I went the chicken was mediocre and the ribs were terrible. I know that does not fit in with what most people say about Flame Tree BBQ. The reviews for this one are almost always good. Maybe I was just there on a bad day. Till I get some better food I will stick with calling it overrated.
# 7 Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
This ride is one of the newest attractions at the Magic Kingdom. Located in Fantasyland it was part of the New Fantasyland Expansion.
The outside of this ride is gorgeous. The ride itself has some good features, the audio-animatronics are top rate. The songs, taken from the movie, are great.
There is one major disappointment though, you are not on a boat. Imagine if the Jungle Cruise were not on a boat. Or if Pirates of the Caribbean were in a car like the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Neither ride would be the same because the stories are built around the water.
But for this ride guests are in cars, not unlike the doom buggies at the Haunted Mansion. Disney does realize that mermaids live in water right? I know the whole movie does not take place under the sea but the ride name kind of implies water too doesn’t it? I just cannot get over the fact its not on a boat. Somehow riding in a boat makes it more Disney to me. Maybe I am wrong.
# 6 Hollywood Studios
Wow you say. Really Grumpy an entire park makes your list! Why yes it does make my list and I will tell you why.
I am not a Hollywood Studios hater. You should know that from the beginning. Hollywood Studios has two of my favorite rides, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. It has also has one of my favorite shows, Fantasmic. Then there is The Fifties Prime Time Cafe which I also love.
But that is about it. Oh I enjoy Toy Story Midway Mania but good luck getting on it if you don’t have a Fastpass. The rest of the park just does not appeal to me too much. How many times can you see the same stunt shows and still be wowed by how they did that when you already knew? The layout of the park helps land Hollywood Studios on this list too. It is just not laid out well.
Again I am not saying I hate Hollywood Studios but as a full day destination it is overrated. It is a great park for park hopping though.
# 5 Walt Disney World Railroad
Probably everyone knows Walt Disney himself loved railroads. He even had one in his backyard. It should come as no surprise that when Disneyland was built it also included a railroad and so did the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. The Walt Disney World Railroad uses authentic steam engines and makes a complete circuit around the Magic Kingdom.
There are some good views of some of the other attractions. There are a few scenes that you can only see from the railroad. Mostly what you see, unfortunately, are just your typical Florida trees on either side of you. In the end it does not feel so much like a Disney attraction as just a train ride. In fact you might forget you are even in the Magic Kingdom if there were not a constant voice over reminding you about the attractions that can be found at the next stop.
# 4 Toy Story Midway Mania
This one is probably a surprise to many of you. I am not saying Toy Story Midway Mania is not a fun ride. It is. I like it.
What I am saying is that it is not as good as its reputation. I mean Fastpasses are gone almost immediately after park opening sometimes. The standby line is forever long. The ride is not worth that.
Then why are the lines so long and the Fastpasses gone? Long story short there is very little else to do at Hollywood Studios.
# 3 Anna and Elsa Meet and Greet
I know Frozen has made Disney over one billion dollars (no exaggeration) and is the most successful animated film in history. I know little girls love Anna and Elsa. So you are thinking how can the Anna and Elsa meet and greet at the Princess Fairytale Hall possibly make the list of Top Ten Overrated Disney Experiences?
Well the two Frozen princesses make the list because the line to greet them seems just as Frozen as the mythical kingdom they live in. Wait times for this one have stretched to six hours! If the Magic Kingdom opens at nine am and stays open till nine pm you could spend half of your day in this one line. That, my friends, is the definition of overrated.
Fortunately Disney is testing some ways to reduce the wait times. Hopefully they work but till then it stays on the list.
# 2 Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
You probably saw this one coming from a mile away. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority has to be one of, if not the, worst rides in all of Walt Disney World.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover. Is it the worst ride at Walt Disney World?
Billed as a tour of some of Tomorrowland’s attractions it feels more like a ride through the hallways of any nondescript building. Again in fairness you do get to see the inside of Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. You also get a good view of Tomorrowland. None of this, however, makes the ride worth your time unless you have a lot more time than I do.
# 1 Cinderella’s Royal Table
Say it isn’t so! Cinderella’s Royal Table is on Top Ten Disney Overrated Disney Experiences list! I am afraid it is.
I know that this is the one meal every little Disney princess looks forward to. I know that it is one of the hardest reservations to get. I know you get to eat in Cinderella’s Castle and there are photo ops. In fact it is all the great expectations for this one that land it at the number one place. When people think Disney World they think Cinderella’s Castle. Cinderella’s Royal Table just does not live up to expectations though.
But honestly, for the price, Cinderella’s Royal table is underwhelming. If you want to eat in the Castle it’s great. If you want good food you can get much better for a lot less at other Disney dining establishments.
There you have it my Top Ten Disney Overrated Disney Experiences. Again I am not saying everything on the list is terrible. I am just saying they are overrated. What are your thoughts? Am I more wrong than right? What would you take off the list and what would you add to it? Feel free to comment below.
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