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Best and Worst of Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World: Whats the best and worst of Walt Dinsey World?

From Javi Badillo
Posted August 1, 2010 at 6:37 AM
What do you consider to be the best and worst of Walt Disney World? Which is the best park? Which is the worst park? What are the best rides? What are the worst rides? What are the best theme lands? What are the worst themed lands? What are the best shows? What are the worst shows? Whats the best hotel? What is the worst hotel? Wheres the best place to eat? Whats the worst place to eat?


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From Nick Markham
Posted August 1, 2010 at 7:08 AM
Best Theme Park: Disney Hollywood Studios
Worst Theme Park: Magic Kingdom

Best Roller Coaster: Expedition Everest
Worst Roller Coaster: Space Mountain

Best Live Show: Fantasmic!
Worst Live Show: Stitch's Jam Party? (they have changed the name up so often, I don't even know its current name)

Best 3D Show: Mickey's Phillhar Magic
Worst 3D Show: Honey, I Shrunk The Audience/Captain EO (in my opinion, both aren't very good)

There is my list so far!

From David L.
Posted August 1, 2010 at 1:11 PM
Nick, DHS? really?

Best Theme park: Epcot
Worst: DHS

Best Ride: Everest
worst: Fingmint

Best 3d show: Philar Magic
Worst: Honey I...

Best Hotel: Port Orleans Riverside
worst: Pop Century
(those are the only 2 ive been to)

Best Show: Finding Nemo
worst: don't know

Best Land: Future World(ok, so, that's like a bunch of minilands put together... so i'll pick Wor... oh, yeah, that's one too. I'll pick Sunset Boulevard)
worst: planet watch

Best Restaurant: Le Celier(or however you spell it)
worst: THe fast food place in Japan...(disgusting)

From Formula 40
Posted August 1, 2010 at 3:06 PM
Best Park: Magic Kingdom
Worst Park: Disney's Hollywood Studios

Best Dark Ride: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Worst Dark Ride: Journey Into Imagination with Figment

Best Roller Coaster: Expedition Everest
Worst Roller Coaster: Barnstormer

Best Live Show: Illuminations: Reflections of Earth (Even though it's fireworks, it's still a live show)
Worst Live Show: That High School Musical crap @DHS, I don't know if they still do that though

Best 3D/4D/Animated Show: Mickey's PhilharMagic
Worst 3D/4D/Animated Show: Circle of Life: Environmental Fable

Best Land: World Showcase
Worst Land: Mickey's Toontown (Fortunately, it's goin DOWN!)

From Nick Markham
Posted August 1, 2010 at 3:52 PM
David, EPCOT is nice and all, but having 3 worth while rides does not cut it. It is a beautiful park, but it needs more rides. I also find it hard to rate a park without one coaster the best in anything.

Also, Port Orleans better than Wilderness Lodge AND Grand Floridian?

From Jay Glenn
Posted August 1, 2010 at 5:42 PM
Best- Animal Kingdom
Worst- I like them all, but my least my favorite is Epcot

Best Ride- DINOSAUR
Worst Ride- The Seas With Nemo and Friends (the ride part not SeaBase Alpha)

Best Live Action Show- Fantasmic!
Worst Live Action Show- Stitch's Show

Best 3-D show- Captain EO
Worst 3-D show- Honey I Shrunk The Audience

Best Hotel- Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas- Jambo House
Worst Hotel- Beach Club Villas

Best restaurant- Teppan Edo
Worst Restaurant- T-Rex Cafe

Best Store- Design a Tee
Worst Store- World of Disney

From David L.
Posted August 1, 2010 at 6:54 PM
I just like the feel of epcot. However i will argue that it has at least 7 worthwhile attractions(plus many smaller fun attractions and 100s of places to explore) depending what your considering.(I personally love SPaceship earth and think it's on par with the Haunted mansion and Pirates of the caribbean but i'm sure others think otherwise). Like i said, I've only been to port orleans riverside and pop century... If it was based on what ive seen, then i would say the polonesian because i love it's atmosphere but the flordian comes in a close second.

From David L.
Posted August 1, 2010 at 6:58 PM
Also Nick, why do you like DHS so much? i can see how toy story, TOT, the Great Movie ride, Fantasmic, and rock 'n roller coaster are amazing but the rest of the park is only decent.

From Nick Markham
Posted August 1, 2010 at 7:28 PM
The reason I like DHS so much is the same reason I loved USF and USH so much: my love for the film industry comes even before roller coasters and theme parks!

And really, there is know correct answer as to which is the best park at WDW, everyone has different things they are looking for, and in this case, you were going more for atmosphere than quantity of attractions.

From Katie White
Posted August 1, 2010 at 7:43 PM
Best Park- Magic Kingdom with Hollywood Studios close behind.
Worst Park- Epcot

Best Ride- Toy Story Mania
Worst Ride-DINOSAUR

Best Coaster-Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (If looking for thrill) Space Mountain other wise.
Worst Coaster-Goofy Coaster

Best Water Ride(in theme parks NOT water parks)- Splash Mountain
Worst- Kali River Rapids, only because its the only other water ride in all 4 theme parks although I do like it.

Best Theme Land- Frontierland and Tomorrowland
Worst Theme Land- Any of the Epcot ones.

Best Show-Monster Inc., Laugh Floor
Worst Show-Hall of Presidents

Best 3D/4D Show-Mickey's PhilharMagic
Worst 3D/4D Show- Honey I Shrunk the Audiance

Best Action Show- Fantasmic
Worst Action Show- Stich's

Best Hotel- Port Orleans Riverside, or Polynesian Resort
Worst Hotel- The All Star hotels or Pop Century

With Dining- I alot of the resteraunts are good in my opinion, so I cannot say. I have never eaten at a bad resteraunt in WDW.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted August 1, 2010 at 7:45 PM
Best- EPCOT
Worst- I too like the all, but I would say DHS

Best Ride- Tower of Terror
Worst Ride- Peter Pan's Flight (I think its because of the lines)

Best Live Action Show- Indy Stunt
Worst Live Action Show- Pocahantas and her forest friends (gone)

Best 3-D show- Its Tough to Be a Bug
Worst 3-D show- Captain Eo (but its so bad, its good!)

Best Hotel- Disney's Animal Kingdom
Worst Hotel- All Star Movies

Best restaurant- Le Celliler
Worst Restaurant- Liberty Inn

Best Store- World of Disney
Worst Store- Pooh's Thoughful Shop (too small)

Best Fireworks- Illuminations
Worst Fireworks-Fantasmic

Best Land- Japan
Worst Land- Camp Minnie Mickey

Best Roller Coaster- Rockin Roller Coaster
Worst Roller Coaster- Goofy's Barnstormer

From Tony Duda
Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:33 AM
Best Patrons - EPCOT
Worst Patrons - Magic Kingdom

From Scott B
Posted August 2, 2010 at 12:33 PM
Ha ha. Formula 40, why did you have to pick on the Barmstormer? I have a 3 year old daughter at home that would disagree with that.

I feel like so much of Disney is for different groups. Like when I was younger, I may have been less inclined to like Epcot. But now I love it (I mean where else can you walk around a Disney Park with a maragarita in your hand?)


Best Park: Magic Kingdom
My number four park (I refuse to say worst): Hollywood Studios.

Favorite Waterpark: Blizzard Beach
Close second: Typhoon Lagoon

Best Value: Hanging Out at Downtown Disney
Worst Value: Disney Quest

Best Coffee and Pastry: Main Street Bakery
Worst Coffee and Pastry: Animal Kingdom...because I couldn't find coffee there and almost had an attack

Best Elevator: Tower of Terror
Second Best Elevator: Haunted Mansion
Worst Elevator: Living Seas (Hydrolators)

Best Use of Smell: Soarin' Over California
Worst Use of Smell: Stitch's Great Escape

Best Up and Down and Up Ride: Dumbo
Worst Up and Down and Up Ride: Aladdin's Carpets

Worst obstacle to get to something boring: Conservation Station. "Man, you have to board a train to get to this thing....it must be awesome!" And it isn't.

Worst Conversation to have with your child because of a ride: Spalsh Mountain. Okay this hasn't happened to me yet, but I am prepared for the day when I have to explain who those guys are in Splash Mountain and why you can't watch their movie.

Best Ride in a fake car: Test Track
Worst Ride in a fake car: Tomorrowland Speedway

Best case for requesting the old management back: The Enchanted Tiki Room

Best "I have never been on that and am not even sure what it is": Swiss Family Treehouse
Second Best: Tom Sawyer Island


Best Mode of Transportation: Monorail
Worst Mode of Transportation: Parking Lot Tram
Second Worst Mode of Transportation: Tomorrowland Transit Authority Okay, this is technically a ride. But there seems to be an empty promise of "transit" in the title that just isn't delivered.

From Katie White
Posted August 2, 2010 at 12:32 PM
The transit is great on hot days though. Partial air conditioner in the buildings and rest your feet.

From Scott B
Posted August 2, 2010 at 12:39 PM
I agree Katie. They should change the name to The Tomorrowland Give Your Feet a Break Authority

From Montana Martzall
Posted August 2, 2010 at 2:07 PM
Favorite Park- Hollywood Studios
Least favorite Park- Magic Kingdom

Best Downtown Disney Attraction- Cirque De Sol
Worst Downtown Disney Attraction- Disney Quest

Best Ride- Rockin Roller coaster
Worst Ride-Tomorrowland Speedway for sure.

Best Coaster-Rock 'n' Roller Coaster with Everest a close second.
Worst Coaster-Triceratop spin

Best Theme Land- World Showcase
Worst Theme Land- Camp Minnie Mickey

Best Show- Finding Nemo Musical
Worst Show- ????

Best 3D/4D Show-Mickey's PhilharMagic
Worst 3D/4D Show- Star Tours

Best Action Show- Indiana Jones but I didn't get to see the Extreme Stunt show so...
Worst Action Show- Not sure

Best Hotel- Animal Kingdom with Wilderness Lodge a close second
Worst Hotel-Pop Century

Best Dining- I love the wings at Flame Tree but I did work there but over all Sunshine Seasons
Worst Dining- Restaurantosaurus or Pizzafari

Best Street Parade- Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade
Worst Street Parade- A Dream Come True Parade

From Katie White
Posted August 2, 2010 at 2:30 PM
Haha Scott.

From Tim W
Posted August 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM
Ill give it a try...

Best Park: Magic Kingdom
Worst Park: Animal Kingdom

Best Dry Ride: Tower of Terror
Worst Dry Ride: Journey into Imagination with Figment

Best Coaster: Expedition Everest
Worst Coaster: Primeval Whirl

Best Water Ride: Splash Mountain
Worst Water Ride: Kali River Rapids

Best Themed Land: Soon to be Fantasyland
Worst Themed Land: Camp Minnie Mickey, followed by Chester and Hester's in Dinoland, and Planet Watch (This is why its my least favorite park, I hate these 3 lands!)

Best Live Show: Finding Nemo the Musical
Worst Live Show: Lights, Motors, Action!

Best 3D/4D: Philharmagic
Worst 3D/4D: Honey I Shrunk the Audience

Best Movie: One Man's Dream
Worst Movie: Sounds Dangerous

Best Hotel: Animal Kingdom Lodge
Worst Hotel: Pop Century

Best Park Dining: 50's Prime Time Cafe
Worst Park Dining: T-Rex Cafe

Best Hotel Dining: Olivia's Cafe at old Key West
Worst Hotel Dining: Shutters at Caribbean Beach

Best Street Parade: SpectroMagic
Worst Street Parade: HSM 3

From Will Chilcote
Posted August 2, 2010 at 5:06 PM
Best Park: Magic Kingdom;
Worst Park: Epcot (All of the Disney parks are good.)

Best Ride: Tower of Terror or Kilimanjaro Safaris
Worst Ride: Stitch's Great Escape

Best Show: Mickey's PhilharMagic or IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth or Fantasmic!
Worst Show: Hall of Presidents or Country Bear Jamboree

Best Disney Dining: The Buffet at Animal Kingdom Lodge
Worst Disney Dining: Don't really remember a really bad one.

From Christine Gallaugher
Posted August 16, 2010 at 8:38 AM
Best Park: DHS
-the theme is the most consistent and entertaining, and it has the best rides, and mix of shows and good eats! The little touches make it: the street performers are hilarious!
Worst Park: Animal Kingdom
-tight, crammed, and hot...with few benefits. It's mostly a glorified zoo which, having grown up with the Columbus Zoo next door, doesn't do it for me. The Dinosaur ride is good once, and the coaster is pretty good too, but that's it!

Best Coaster: Rockin' Roller Coaster
-indoors, fast, good inversions, and music the whole time? Awesome.
Worst Coaster: N/A
-I really don't have negative feelings about any coaster at Disneyworld. Which is saying something, since I'm such a coaster fan.

Best Ride: Tower of Terror
-always a thrill, plus I'm a major Rod Serling fan
Worst Ride: Nemo
-had the potential of a fun aquarium view, but was just a glorified summary of the movie.

Best Show: Beauty and the Beast
-I'm biased here...it's my favorite movie.
Worst Show: The Little Mermaid
-the effects are dated, and the only live acting is Ariel...who has been bad the past few times I've seen the show. Really? Does Eric need to pantomime those two lines? And poorly lip sync?

Best 3/4-D: Phillarmagic
-so cool, with the added bonus of watching the little kids reach out to try to touch the gems.
Worst 3/4-D: Hone I Shrunk...
-used to love the movies and books, but found the attraction rather horrifying what with things under my feet. Although I hear it's been replaced recently?

Best Interactive Experience: Spaceship Earth
-They've updated the ride part to be cuter, and I love the room it ends in! When I was little, they featured an interactive tv that featured Alice in Wonderland, you could have conversations with the characters! That tech later went into Laugh Floor and Crush.
Worst 'Interactive' Experience: Stitch
-ugh. so bad. so awful.

Best Hotel: Yacht Club
-this is our home for Disney Vacation Club. we love it.
Worst Hotel: N/A
-Granted, I'm not hard to please with a hotel-if it's clean, and fairly up to date, I'm happy, but I can't find anything to complain about with the Disney hotels I've stayed at.

Best Dining: Teppan Edo
-so good. The food was incredible!
Worst Dining: Biergarten
-Food was mediocre, and I'm not a fan of the ambiance-which is exactly what it was promised. I went because my family wanted to :]

Best Virtual Reality: Soarin'
-incredible experience.
Worst Virtual Reality: N/A
-the ones I consider bad are probably not even enough to be called virtual reality...lol

Best Day to hit the parks: Thursday

-no idea why, but it's been the least crowded day in my personal experience
Worst day to hit the parks: Sunday
-oh man. Sundays are a nightmare.

From Bob Miller
Posted August 19, 2010 at 2:51 PM
BEST PARK epcot or Hollywood studios
Worst park Magic Kingdom
Best Ride Tower of Terror
worst ride it's a small world
bEST THING OVERALL the theming on some of the rides
WORST THING OVERALL assinging rows and putting single riders in every seat on Test Track RNR Coaster and Expedition Everset. It's not magical when you have some stranger sitting next to you

From Tim W
Posted August 19, 2010 at 3:35 PM
I'm finding it hard to believe all these people when they say MK is the worst park. It has great rides and the classic dark rides Disney became famous for.

From Nick Markham
Posted August 19, 2010 at 6:08 PM
^^Bob, do you understand that it is the point of Single Rider lines to fill every car up. It does not look good to have half empty cars.

What would be the point of single rider lines if they just use them like a normal line. If you have a row of four and a three person group in that row, you put in a single rider. You can't actually be that uncomfortable as most single riders are actually very friendly (cough...usually me...cough)

From Tim W
Posted August 19, 2010 at 6:55 PM
I usually don't face the fill-in seat problem unless we ride Test Track. With families in mind, Disney has utilized using pretty standard 2 person or 4 person vehicles. I will admit that I am a bit uncofortable when a stranger takes a seat next to me for the next approximate 3-5 mins. But some of these people are nice, as long as they introduce themselves. Last trip on test track, a little boy about 7 or 8 was the fill in for our car, with a family that tried to avoid the hour wait. We felt so bad, and tried to make the kid feel somewhat comfortable. It's probably just as akward for them as the family surrounding them. Soarin' is just impossible not to be sitting next to someone you don't know unless your in the midst of your group. But in other words, it does work to have to single rider lines to fill in that 1 empty space on test track that our family always has.

From Bob Miller
Posted August 19, 2010 at 7:31 PM
I know it's just that at Six Flags Great America on Rajun Cajun which is similiar to Primeval Whirl they have a single rider line but the ride ops give the normal line people the OPTION to have a single rider. If they say no then no single rider. I can understand parks not wanting to have 2 or 3 empty seats on a 4 row ride but on two row rides unless the wait time is 90 mins or over than it should be an option

From Anthony Murphy
Posted August 19, 2010 at 9:03 PM
Ragin Cajun has horrible loading speed. It makes Primevil Whirl look like Space Mountain!

Anyhow, I really think its hard to defend the "worst" park at WDW since they are all very good. I would say, with sadness, that AK would get that vote for me, but thats because I HATED it when it opened. Its now one of my favorites, but I am bias on that!

From Bradley Keith
Posted August 20, 2010 at 2:42 PM
Best: The amazing enviorment and attractions.
Worst: Outdated and not enough big thrill rides.

From TH Creative
Posted August 20, 2010 at 4:42 PM
Best Park: Magic Kingdom (Home to the Jungle Cruise).
Worst Post: Nick Markham

Best Animal: Hippo.
Wurst Lunch: Braut.

Best Seat on the Jungle Cruise: Port Side/Stern
Worst Seat on Journey Into the Imagination With Figment: All of Them.

Best guy who ran up the pole because he was being attacked by a rhino: The guy on top.
Worst Joke in the Spiel: "I want to point out some plants ..."

Best snake related punchline: "No, plastic."
Worst attraction featuring three animated figures that look like Johnny Depp: 'Pirates of the Caribbean' at Walt Disney World.

Best One-Liner at Unload, "Spend four years getting a degree in musical theatre and here's where I end up? Stay in school kids." NOTE: That joke was tossed out BEFORE Weird Al wrote "Skipper Dan" (A YouTube clip confirms it).
Worst Part of the Jungle Cruise: As you walk thru unload and up the short hill, you glance back over your shoulder and quietly whisper, "It's over." But then you smile, because you know, someday in the future ... you would return, and trek into the jungle ... again.

Best Hippo: Charger off the starboard bow.
Worst Jungle Cruise Post: I couldn't imagine.

From Bill Mason
Posted February 5, 2011 at 7:08 PM
I just spent 6 days at Walt Disney World and by far the worst thing I saw was Sounds
Dangerous with Drew Carey. It was embarrassing how bad it was. Drew should be ashamed to be involved in this one.

The best thing I saw was the Kilimanjaro Safari ride at Animal Kingdom. Very well done and a memory of a lifetime for me.

I also liked Monsters Inc Laughing Floor which was very well done and involved the audience.


As far as best park I would put Hollywood Studios and
Animal Kingdom on the top of my list followed by Epcot and finally Magic Kingdom. I'M 53 and I think when I was 7; I would have loved Magic Kingdom. As an adult it was the least enjoyable of the parks to me.


From Sylvain Comeau
Posted February 6, 2011 at 1:16 AM
Best rides: Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder, Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania, Dinosaur, Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Mission: Space, Soarin'.
Honorable mentions: Pirates, Jungle Cruise, Rock n' Roller Coaster, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, Buzz Lightyear.

Best shows/3D movies: Mickey's PhilharMagic, Fantasmic! Indiana Jones, Festival of the Lion King, The American Adventure, Country Bears Jamboree, Carousel of Progress, It's Tough to be a bug. Honorable mention: The Muppets 3D, Little Mermaid.

The worst attractions are Tiki Room Under New Management, Stitch's Great Escape, the Backlot Tour, and Sounds Dangerous.

Everything else in the parks is probably of interest to the average person, depending on taste. In other words, check them out at least once, to see if you like 'em.

From Samantha McCrae
Posted February 7, 2011 at 8:02 AM
I'll give this a go, but I can only comment on the things that I've experienced :)

Best Park - Hollywood Studios
4th Best Park (cause they're all good) - Magic Kingdom

Best Ride - Tower of Terror
Worst Ride - Stitch's Great Escape

Best Rollercoaster - Expedition Everest
Worst Rollercoaster - Big Thunder Mountain

Best Show - Finding Nemo: The Musical
Worst Show - Indiana Jones (possibly because i've seen it too many time and it hasn't changed one bit!)

Best 3/4-D Show - Muppet Vision 3D
Worst 3/4-D Show - It's Tough to be a Bug

aaaand I think thats me :)
Although there are TOO many great rides, it was difficult to choose a favourite!

From Joshua Counsil
Posted February 7, 2011 at 2:07 PM
Best Park: Epcot
Worst Park: Magic Kingdom

Best Live Shows: Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba and Fantasmic!
Worst Live Shows: Voyage of the Little Mermaid, anything on Cinderella's Castle stage

Best Places to Have a Drink: Adventurer's Club (R.I.P.) and Raglan Road
Worst Place to Have a Drink: Magic Kingdom

Best Restaurants: California Grill and Jiko
Worst Restaurants: Fulton's Crab Shack and just about everything at Magic Kingdom

Best Thrill Ride: Tower of Terror
Worst Thrill Ride: Test Track

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