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By Nick the Disney Devo

My wife Barbie and I are extremely fortunate to be able to visit Walt Disney World each year, sometimes multiple times.

For this reason, we don’t feel the need to tour the parks “Commando Style,” getting to the parks at opening and staying all day hitting every ride, attraction, parade and show. Don’t get me wrong, we usually do get to parks for rope drop, but we usually leave mid-day, sometimes going to a different park in the evening, sometimes opting to not return to a park at all.

Still, there are a few rides we feel we MUST do on each visit to a particular park, unless time is a strict consideration. Sometimes we are with friends who may not want to go or visit a particular favorite, and as we are perhaps acting as guide, we take their decision into consideration. Occasionally, this unfortunately works against us, as we may end up experiencing something we really don’t like.

Without further ado, here are our Must Do, Maybe Do, and Don’ts:

Must Do:

Magic Kingdom

  • Haunted Mansion
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Dumbo
  • Carousel of Progress

Epcot

  • Spaceship Earth
  • Soarin’
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Rock’n’ Roller Coaster
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream

Animal Kingdom

  • Expedition Everest (For my wife. Sadly, this gives me severe motion sickness.)
  • Kilimanjaro Safari
  • Dinosaur

Maybe Do:
This group consists of rides and attractions we enjoy, but if time is a consideration, we don’t need to experience on each and every visit.


Magic Kingdom

  • It’s a Small World
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Space Mountain
  • Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Hall of Presidents
  • Walt Disney World Railroad
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • The Barnstormer
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Tom Sawyer Island

Epcot

  • Maelstrom (Closed. Makes me wish we’d ridden it on our last trip.)
  • O Canada
  • Reflections of China
  • Impressions de France
  • Living with the Land
  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure
  • The American Adventure
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Innoventions attractions

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • The Magic of Disney Animation
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Star Tours (This used to be a must, but because of motion sickness, it’s a maybe now.)

Animal Kingdom

  • It’s Tough to be a Bug
  • Primeval Whirl (Barbie likes it, I cannot ride it however. Yep, motion sickness!)
  • Flights of Wonder
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Pangani Forrest Exploration Trail
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch and Affection Section
  • Wildlife Express Train
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical

The following rides are those I won’t do again, or perhaps will only do under duress. A couple, shocking as it may seem, I’ve never done! These I feel deserve a bit of an explanation.

Don’t Do:

The following rides are those I won’t do again, or perhaps will only do under duress. A couple, shocking as it may seem, I’ve never done! These I feel deserve a bit of an explanation.

Magic Kingdom

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  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin (Never been on it, and really don’t see a need to ever be.)
  • Tomorrowland Speedway (I did it once with friends, and actually did have fun but there is too long a line. Always!)
  • Stitch’s Great Escape ( I can’t say we’ll NEVER do this again. Here’s the thing, this was the first ever attraction Barbie and I experienced together at Walt Disney World, so it has a special place in my heart. We just haven’t been on it since that first visit in September of 2006)
  • Astro Orbiter (Went on once, but am still not sure why, and there is that whole motion sickness thing again.)
  • Country Bear Jamboree (I’d go to see it, but Barbie hates this attraction. See this article from our blog for the reason why.)
  • Swiss Family Tree House
  • Mad Tea Party-due to Motion Sickness. Me, that one time I was talked into going on this:
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Epcot

  • Mission: Space (motion sickness, even the orange or easy side.)
  • Test Track (I don’t like the redo but would ride this with friends.)
  • Captain EO (Another one I’d do with friends.)
  • The Circle of Life
  • Studio Backlot Tour (Just closed. It was a very sad shadow of it’s former self that we only did once on our first trip.)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Lights, Motors, Action – Extreme Stunt Show (Barbie literally fell asleep at this show.)
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage (Every trip I say we are going to see this, and then it’s too hot out, or something else comes up. We’ll get there eventually.)
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (Would probably go again, but have only seen it once. And I was one of the audience members chosen to be in it!)

Animal Kingdom

  • TriceraTop Spin (motion sickness)
  • Kali River Rapids (Only ever rode it once, but would go on with friends)

Well, there you have it. Do you have a must do ride you visit every trip?

Portions of this article were originally posted on the Disney Musings Blog, which Nick edits and Co-writes.

Hi, I'm Nick the Disney Devo, (short for Devotee). I've been a Disney devotee for a majority of my life, starting with the animated classics. My first trip to Walt Disney World was in 1992, and I was such a fan, I became a Cast Member for a few years at a local Disney Store. My wife and I joined the Disney Vacation Club in 2007, and it was one of the best decisions we've ever made. We've also been to Disneyland, my favorite park, several times, as well as a Disney Cruise on the Wonder to Alaska. I hope my love of Disney shows in my articles.