A True Classic: The Magic KingdomWalt Disney World: A look at some of the classic rides in the Magic Kingdom
From Matt BabiakThis is a board for anyone to discuss what MK or Disneyland attractions they consider "classics". My list is as follows.
Posted March 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM
"Left Side"(Everything BUT Fantasy and Tomorrowland)
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From Andy MilitoMy classics:
Posted March 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM
From Mark FairleighI love this...should do one for each Disney/Universal park. :)
Posted March 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM
My list aka my favorites:
From Manny BarronTo me classic is something thats been around since the opening decade of the MK(The 70's and early 80's in Magic Kingdom) and the window for Disneyland is larger since its older(1955-mid 70's).
Posted March 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM
Having said that, while Splash Mountain is beyond awesome, it opened over 20 years after the Magic Kingdom first opened its doors. I wouldn't consider it a classic just yet but whatever it still rocks.
From David L.I consider classics as rides you have stood the the test of time(at least 10 years) and are still enjoyable experiences that stand out. Here is a list of those who don't meet my criteria for Magic Kingdom:
Posted March 14, 2012 at 3:53 PM
-The Magic Carpets of Aladdin-this attraction is a duplicate, could be better themed, and isn't unique or very old.
-Tiki Room-The New Management version really set this attraction back so I can't say it's stood the test of time. The one in Disneyland is a classic though.
-Pooh, the new queue hasn't stood the test of time and the attraction could be so much more(see Tokyo's)
-PhilharMagic-It needs one more year...
-The Barnstormer-It need time, I don't know how the new version compares to the old, but it needs time. It also needs to have a layout that can't be found at tons of other parks...but if the new theme is good enough, time will give it a place among the classics.
-Stitch-Age and you know what...
-Astro Orbiter-Isn't unique enough to make the cut, but maybe if it was updated...
-Speedway-while it has long lines(I think due to small capacity), it isn't interesting enough to make the cut.
Those are mine!
From Manny BarronTiki Room is back to its old-school self at the Magic Kingdom as of late last year.
Posted March 14, 2012 at 5:21 PM
From David L.Manny, There are differences(center piece, some missing songs according to a miceage article when the attraction reopened, and probably something else that I'm forgetting) and an attraction can't instantly become a classic after many years as a different, less worthy attraction, in my opinion of course, maybe you think otherwise.
Posted March 14, 2012 at 7:23 PM
From Manny BarronDavid, I don't think it's a classic for that very same reason you mentioned. But I saw the show two or so months ago and it really feels like the Disneyland show minus water coming out of the fountain(this one had mist). I was looking for the missing song but the show seemed identical to me on both coasts.
Posted March 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM
Question for anybody- Would you consider the Country Bears a classic? Nobody has mentioned it and it's been around for decades since the park opened.
From Matt BabiakCountry Bears is an interesting one. It's old, but apparently pretty bad (I've never seen it). It doesn't have to be a great ride, but it has to be decent. Example:the carousel has been around forever, but that ride can't really be considered a "classic".
Posted March 15, 2012 at 3:22 AM
From Tom RiggAside from the fountain, the Tiki rooms are now identical (unless you are counting updated lighting) The song that is missing, called the "Offenbach Number" was taken out of both shows. It was a slow, quiet song that focused on the fountain and was taken out of the DL show to pick up the pace of the show and shorten it. When they switched out the "New (Mis)Management" version they used a the exact same show from DL.
Posted March 15, 2012 at 9:57 AM
As far as classics, I would argue that anything that still has Walt Disney's hand on it would automatically be a classic: Country Bears, Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan, Small World, WEDway People Mover, Pirates, Carousel of Progress, MK railroad, and Hall of Presidents (by way of Great moments with Lincoln.) While some of these weren't realized during his lifetime, Walt had some contact with all of these attractions and in some way encouraged them.
I would also add to my list: Dumbo, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, the River Boat, Snow White, and Swiss Family Tree House.
Even though Splash is younger, I think it deserves the "Classic" title because it has defined its corner of MK and truly encapsulates the best of imagineering and Disney brand story telling.
From Dominick DWith all the opening day attractions (I'm gonna include Tiki Room since it's identical to DL), here are the ones I consider classic:
Posted March 15, 2012 at 10:40 AM
From Mark FairleighManny, I wouldn't consider Country a classic. We always skip it. If "classic" just means surviving for a long period of time, than anything old is classic. To me a classic is any ride that is excellent regardless of age. Forbidden Journey, for instance, is a classic. Can a classic lose that status...yes. Splash with all it's maintenance issues could eventually lose that status if it doesn't improve down the road. As great as it is...if more often than not you have a negative experience on it, then it's no longer a classic. To use a sports analogy, Notre Dame was a "classic" program, but now it's mediocre.
Posted March 15, 2012 at 10:46 AM
From Becky WheelerDefinitely TTA formerly known as WEDway Peoplemover, and believe it or not, Astro Orbiter. Both would be sorely missed, at least to the eye, because they've been with us since the beginning. CoP is another classic - I missed it when it was closed for a time.
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Peter Pan, Small World, HM and HoP. All original, all classic.
This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.
Theme Park Insider: Orlando 2014
Get all of Theme Park Insider's reader ratings, tips, and advice for planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, or SeaWorld, in our new 2014 Orlando guidebook! It's more than 200 pages of well-tested, insider information that will help you get the most from your vacation.
Order now: Kindle | iBooks | Paperback | Kindle (UK)
Connect with Theme Park Insider
Top U.S. Theme Parks
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Other Top International Parks
Readers' Top Themed Rides
Top Roller Coasters
Top Theme Park Shows
Features, News and Advice
2014 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
2013 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2010 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2009 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2008 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2007 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2006 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2005 Blog PostsDec.
2004-2005Staff column archive