When you think of Disney World attractions you probably imagine popular rides such as Space Mountain or Haunted Mansion. However, there are so many attractions that have a home at Disney World that aren’t on many guests’ radar. Each Disney park contains hidden gem attractions, whether they be rides or experiences. These lesser-known hidden gem attractions are what make guests want to return to the parks year after year. Read on for some of Disney World’s hidden gem attractions that are definitely worth your time.
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor – Magic Kingdom
One of Magic Kingdom‘s best hidden gem attractions is Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. Located in Tomorrowland, this attraction might not seem like it would be a gem at first glance. Admittedly, I only entered this attraction for the first time in search of a seat and some air-conditioning. But I’m so glad I did, because it quickly became one of my favorite attractions at Magic Kingdom. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor is a live show featuring heavy audience interaction. Mike Wazowski is in desperate need of audience laughter in order to power the show, and so a crew of stand-up monster comedians put on a show for the humans. The real-time interactions between monsters and guests are what really make this attraction great. Each show is different, and some audience participation makes it hilarious and an absolute must-do.
Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade – Magic Kingdom
This attraction might not seem like much but it is a childhood favorite of mine, and a fan favorite of many. The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade is located in Frontierland and features replica rifles using infrared light to shoot at nearly 100 targets. Each target is extremely interactive, and guests might find themselves coming back for more shootin’ throughout the day! This attraction does require an additional fee in order to play. Currently, the price is sitting at $1 for 35 shots.
Tom Sawyer Island – Magic Kingdom
So many guests visit Walt Disney World each year and don’t even realize that Tom Sawyer Island exists! This island is located in the middle of the lake in Frontierland, and guests must take a log raft in order to get there. Once guests arrive on Tom Sawyer Island they are surrounded by lush forest and adventure. The island is self-guided so guests can have fun exploring for as long as they wish. Stumble upon caves, bridges, and forts, as you explore the wilderness of the island and all it has to offer.
Walt Disney Presents – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios has several attractions, but Walt Disney Presents is a very special walkthrough exhibit that is located in Animation Courtyard. Walt Disney Presents tells the fascinating story of Walt Disney himself, as well as the history of Disney Studios and Disney Parks. This exhibit is self-guided and features photos, artifacts, and sketches. The exhibit ends with a showing of the short film “One Man’s Dream”. Currently, guests can meet Ariel from the new Little Mermaid motion picture at Walt Disney Presents.
Living With The Land – EPCOT
Located in EPCOT‘s The Land Pavilion, Living With The Land is an unassuming boat ride attraction that has become a fan favorite. This relaxing and slow-paced attraction takes guests on a journey in understanding modern agriculture and how humans utilize their resources. The attraction takes guests through several scenes, and even takes guests through an active greenhouse that grows much of the food that is served on Disney property. Living With The Land is an enjoyable educational experience.
Bijutsu-kan Gallery – EPCOT
Located in EPCOT’s Japan pavilion, the Bijutsu-kan Gallery is a delightful place for guests to take a break and gaze upon interesting artifacts. Currently, a Kawaii exhibit about Japan’s cute culture is residing in the Bijutsu-kan Gallery. This exhibit is not only interesting, but educational as well. This is a great attraction for guests who wish to learn more about other cultures, and a great place to take a break and grab some air-conditioning as well!
The Animation Experience at Conservation Station – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Not many guests realize that they can take a free 25 minute-long animation class at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park! Located at Conservation Station in Rafiki’s Planet Watch, The Animation Experience is a lesson from a Disney animator on how to draw a Disney character. The featured character changes for each lesson, so feel free to take the class several times over! Guests get to keep their drawing at the end of the class, which makes for a great souvenir as well.
What is your favorite attraction at Disney World? Have you experienced any of these hidden gem attractions? Let us know in the comments below!
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