Walt Disney World is the most magical place on Earth, but it is physically impossible to enjoy every show, ride, and attraction it has to offer. So the question is what things to skip at Disney World? Time is precious at Disney World and you don’t want to waste time at attractions that just aren’t for you. There is no such thing as a bad Disney attraction, but some are just meant for niche audiences or are just “meh” in comparison to other things.
10. Mad Tea Party
Ok, I’ll be honest here – Mad Tea Party makes the list because frankly, it makes me sick. In fact, besides being known from original Disneyland promotional material, the Mad Tea Party is also known for crazy spinning which makes a lot of people queasy. Nothing will ruin a day faster than a visit to Pukeville, USA.
9. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Magic Kingdom is filled with family-friendly rides that have no height requirements, more than any other park in Walt Disney World. Since Magic Carpets of Aladdin is the exact same ride as Dumbo, just with different vehicles, of course, you’re better off spending your time at the OG, especially since Dumbo has that amazing playground in the cue!
You will notice that Triceratops Spin in Animal Kingdom will not make this list. Yes, this is the same ride, with different seats, but the biggest difference is that Magic Kingdom has 12 family-friendly rides, while Animal Kingdom only has 3.
8. The Barnstormer
Goofy’s Barnstormer in New Fantasyland is a great little coaster. Little being the operative word. This is a great coaster for a first-timer since it is so smooth and lasts only 53 seconds. Even though the line is never very long, unless you’re a small child excited to try out your first coaster, you can probably skip this and not feel like you’re missing anything.
7. The Seas with Nemo and Friends
The Sea Base in EPCOT is filled with so many great attractions and even a scavenger hunt amongst real fish. While it may make sense to include Nemo in the Sea Base, after exploring the real deals, Nemo and Friends just seems… sorry, Nemo… Lame.
6. Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid
Woah, I’m not hating on Disney’s dark rides! Okay, maybe a little bit, but with how amazingly advanced Disney’s attractions have become we can’t ignore the ones that are not up to snuff. Have you seen the animatronics on the Journey of The Little Mermaid?? They did my girl, Ursula, dirty.
I’m cheating here, but I’m also including Grand Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros for the same reason. Remember, in 2021 when Disney replaced Donald Duck’s animatronic with a bush and a sombrero? Exactly, no one rides this thing so no one saw the ridiculousness. To be fair, the bush was pretty funny.
5. It’s Tough to be a Bug
This one is a tough one for me to admit. I love It’s Tough to be a Bug, but it has to be on this list because if you have ever enjoyed this attraction, you have certainly heard many people NOT enjoying it. I have yet to go to this show and not hear tons of people screaming and crying. It’s a good show, buuuuuuut just possibly, too scary. Maybe it was the giant spider that descends from the ceiling… Or the puffs of air in the face like bee stings… Or maybe it’s the feeling of creepy crawlies running over your seat…
4. Country Bear Jamboree
If you have no idea what in the world Country Bear Jamboree is, or where it is, I think my point is made. It is a very, shall we say quirky, show with some oddball bear animatronics. Remember the possum show that Goofy took Max to in A Goofy Movie? Yeah, it’s a lot like that.
3. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
This attraction is basically the birthplace of animatronics. No, really, there is a whole backstory. If you love Disney history, then read this and then absolutely go visit this attraction. But wait, why is it on the skip list? This is really a one and done attraction.
While looking at the tiki birds knowing they are what started a Disney revolution, this room is a torture chamber for 10 of the longest minutes of my life… The song is cute, but it is basically a few lines on repeat the whole time, and it’s not really much of a show with a beginning, middle, and end. Also worth mentioning, the seating isn’t great either. You sit on backless benches, which are murder on the back.
2. Tomorrowland Speedway
Remember how I said that Walt Disney World has no bad rides? I lied. Kidding! Tomorrowland Speedway isn’t a bad ride, it’s just definitely skippable. Sure, driving a car isn’t fun for adults, but this isn’t even a home run for kids because it is really loud, really smelly, and the cars are hard to drive.
Basically, this was once a great attraction that has since become quite outdated. My hope is that maybe Disney can renew their partnership with General Motors and reimagine this attraction as a zippier version with electric cars.
1. Rise of the Resistance
Woah, now, don’t start a riot! Rise of the Resistance is one of Walt Disney World’s newest attractions and is to date the most complicated attraction they have ever had. It is a super immersive experience that puts you in the Star Wars galaxy that is dramatic and so much fun. All of that being said, don’t stress your whole vacation around this experiencing Rise of the Resistance.
Because it is such a great attraction, it will have the highest waits in the parks, sometimes as long as 3 and ½ hours. Put that in perspective: you could watch Titanic and have a popcorn and bathroom break and still be done before you get on the Rise of the Resistance. With all that advanced technology it also tends to break a lot and we often see this ride down. As great as it is, Rise is not worth wasting your vacation.
Yes, you can wait up at the butt crack of dawn to score an Individual Lightning Lane, but that is not guaranteed because they sell out within seconds. Make peace with the fact that you might not be able to reasonably ride this attraction on this trip. All too often we have seen people stress out over this attraction to the point that no one is having any fun.
Here are some tips to help you get on Rise of the Resistance
You really want to ride this attraction and we really don’t want you to wait more than 3 hours for it. Follow these tips to have fun and keep your sanity around Rise of the Resistance:
- Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort: Resort guests get to enter the parks earlier than other guests, so run to that line! Just kidding! Do not run. Walk briskly.
- Resort guests also can reserve Individual Lightning Lanes at 7:00 AM EST, whereas everyone else must wait until 9:00. Rise of the Resistance ILLs is almost never available at 9:00 AM.
- Rope drop the park: Be to the park even before it opens to get right to Galaxy’s edge. Remember, while this time of day will be less busy than the afternoon, you will be waiting with about 1,000 of your closest friends.
- Try to avoid weekends: Weekdays are far less busy than weekends any time of year. Hollywood Studios is the busiest park, so avoid the busiest days
WHAT RIDE DO YOU THINK IS SKIPPABLE? Drop in the comments below what you think are things to skip at Disney World.
I am a mother of three that has refused to grow up. Adulting is for the birds, so I go to Disney World every chance I get for that magical escape from reality. I believe that Haunted Mansion is the best ride in all of the Disney Parks, and I am fervently in team Happily Ever After for fireworks spectaculars, (sorry, not sorry, Enchanted). Finally, I hope I never grow tired of skipping down Main Street, USA, and my dream come true would be “friends with” the Fairy Godmother in my old age.