Editor: As we prepare to welcome a New Year, many places are filled with end-of-the-year lists. With this in mind, Debbie thought it would be fun to do a Top 5 Disney World attractions list. Here then, is her Top 5 Terrific Disney attractions list:
When thinking about the Top 5, my mind immediately went to my 5 must-do rides. I decided instead to list the Top 5 Terrific Attractions that sum up what Walt Disney World is all about. So here we go……….
#5; The Haunted Mansion; I consider The Haunted Mansion both a ride and an attraction. Although it has changed slightly over the years, the basics have stayed with the ride, starting in Disneyland with Walt’s touch. The Haunted Mansion takes you to a land of ghosts and goblins without going over the edge. It still makes me smile, when I hear guest tell others in their party – I really don’t want to ride, I just don’t like to be scared. This is Walt Disney World and Walt always made sure it could be enjoyed by kids of all ages, even the youngest can enjoy The Haunted Mansion as long as they can handle the dark.
#4; Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse; This attraction has gotten somewhat of a bad rap over the years. Yes, it is a lot of steps, but as you walk up, around, in, and back down again you are on the island enjoying the simpler things in life with the Robinson family. You are completely absorbed into island the hardships, the pleasures and ingenuity of this great movie from 1960. It is also hard to believe this awesome attraction is all man-made and the only thing real is the Spanish moss strung through the giant tree. The technology of the giant tree was the forerunner for The Tree of Life in Animal Kingdom.
Which brings me to my #3 pick for Top Attractions………..
#3; The Tree of Life; After passing thru the Oasis and into Animal Kingdom, you will see The Tree of Life towering in front of you. At first glance this tree doesn’t seem as large, but walking up to it; you have a of sense of its grandeur. In order to truly appreciate The Tree of Life you have to walk the trails around it, taking in all the carvings and intricacy of the bark, the leaves, the limbs and the massive trunk. There are over 300 animals strategically carved into the trunk and limbs, giving us a sense of how nature intertwines with life as the animals take on their own shapes and still are a part of The Tree of Life. Exactly how Walt would want it.
#2; Festival of the Lion King; The larger than life stage play puts guest right in the middle of a Broadway play with bouncing & tumbling monkeys, flying birds, fire twirlers, singers, acrobats and dancers. The audience is separated into 4 areas where you become an elephant, a warthog, a giraffe, or a lion. The songs from the movie take over ensuring all guest will know the words to the tunes before the show is over.
#1; Main Street, Magic Kingdom; Walking down Main Street brings together everything that Walt wanted for all to enjoy. Main Street has the ambiance and the essence of Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie and Pluto. You can feel Walt walking beside you and hear him saying “To all who come to this happy place; Welcome!” I’ve been asked by many people, what is Walt Disney World – that is easy – walk down Main Street and you will know without a doubt!
I’m sure not everyone will agree with my choices, but to me these really bring together what Walt had intended for Walt Disney World. What are your top 5 Attractions?
Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.