Five most underrated attractions at Magic Kingdom

Everyone comes to the Magic Kingdom to ride the trio of Mountains, to see the grim grinning ghosts at the Haunted Mansion, to see Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean, and to catch a ride on Peter Pan's Flight. But what about underrated attractions at the Magic Kingdom?

We continue our underrated attraction series here with our top five most underrated attractions at the Magic Kingdom!

5. Swiss Family Treehouse. It's an oldie but a goody! Sure, no big thrills here, but it is fun to climb 6 stories high and see the details of how the Robinsons lived. Show the movie to your kids prior to your next trip to help make the connection.

4. Hall of Presidents. It seems the only time this show gets any buzz is when a new U.S. President is installed into the attraction. Truth is, it's awe-inspiring! The kids may not be the most excited about this one, but if you're at all into U.S. History, it's a great "refresher" for the adults and a great learning tool for the kids.

3. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. This attraction was well-loved and crowded -- until Toy Story Mania opened at Hollywood Studios! Now it seems to have a reputation as TSM's little brother. But it is a fun attraction in its own right, and kids will definitely want to go on both Space Ranger Spin and Toy Story Mania -- but there will definitely be a shorter line here! Don't miss it.

2. Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover. One of those hidden gems that not everyone experiences, the Peoplemover is a leisurely ride through Tomorrowland -- you even get to peek inside Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin! This is a great relaxing ride for people of all ages. When you're done, head across the way to another underrated attraction, the Carousel of Progress.

1. Mickey's Philharmagic. I first experienced Mickey's Philharmagic in 2006, and couldn't imagine a trip to Disney World without it! I credit this attraction for reigniting my love for the movies of the Disney Renaissance era of the early 1990s. Who can resist singing along with Lumiere and Simba? And with constant shows, odds are you won't have to wait long to experience the magic here.

We're all going to have differing opinions here, so go on, share your top five most underrated attractions at the Magic Kingdom!

caitiesus wrote on Mon, 03/07/2011 - 17:05:

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I don't really agree with Swiss Family, it is just eh to me...but if you had kids, I would get the appeal!

I think it is funny that you put three of my favorites in the top three positions! Philharmagic is the BEST 3D movie in any of the parks! And I love Space Ranger Spin, it is just SO much fun!

Amy wrote on Mon, 03/07/2011 - 18:32:

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I totally agree with TTA, Hall of Presidents and Mickey's Philharmagic. It is the best 3-D movie in all 4 parks! And it's very kid friendly! My must see underrated attraction is Carousel of Progress! Maybe it's a sentimental thing because it is very corny, but I have to see it every time we go to Magic Kingdom!

Mary@The Mouse Record wrote on Tue, 03/08/2011 - 15:54:

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I have to go with the classics: Carousel of Progress, Hall of Presidents & the TTA!

Great picks!

Tink *~*~* wrote on Thu, 03/10/2011 - 05:23:

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You've managed to hit upon my favorites!

The Morgan Freeman version of Hall of Presidents is just about the best, most compelling narration of that attraction ever. Love it.

CoP is something I remember from the 1964 Worlds Fair in New York; my family lived close by and we went to the Fair a lot. Thus began my love affair with all things Disney :)

TTA is good for when you just need a rest from the sun and the heat and the roar of the crowds. At the end of the ride, if there isn't a huge crowd waiting to get on, just stay in your seat and ask nicely if you can go again; your chances increase exponentially if the CM sees that one of you has "fallen asleep" ;)

One thing I always loved but is not accessible at the moment is the little theater in the back of the Exhibition hall. It was a quiet, dimly lit place to rest in the air conditioning and watch some toons. You could definitely catch a nap in there. I asked a CM in the Exhibition Hall last weekend if it was coming back and he was hopeful that it would. Everyone keep your fingers crossed!

Tink *~*~*

Kristen H wrote on Mon, 03/14/2011 - 01:46:

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I'm so excited that everyone agreed with at least one of my picks! I was sweating bullets! haha (:

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