Weekly Top 10: The Most Underrated Attractions on Theme Park Insider

April 27, 2015, 11:18 AM · Devoted theme parks fans are always looking for a fresh experience. So this week, let's honor some of the most underrated attractions in America. And by "underrated," we mean that literally. These attractions have earned high praise from the Theme Park Insider readers who've rated them, but they have received relatively few rating votes overall.

Let's not let great attractions go underrated. You can follow the links below to rate and review these 10 attractions. Then click to our Park Reviews page to start rating all the rides and shows you've visited recently, so that we can build an even better database of reader ratings for top parks around the world.

10. Falcon's Fury
Busch Gardens Tampa

Falcon's Fury

Newer attractions dominate this list, simply because they've not had as much time to attract as much attention as the classics have. But with its thrilling views and unique, face-down drop, Falcon's Fury appears well on its way to becoming one of those theme park classics.

9. Firechaser Express

Firechaser Express

Dollywood's themed family coaster debuted last year to positive reviews from readers.

8. Pets Rule!
SeaWorld San Diego

Pets Rule!

The marine mammals get almost all the attention, but many fans think that this show, featuring rescue dogs and other pets, deserves to be rated among the best at SeaWorld.

7. Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre

Yeah, we get it. If you're over the age of 10, you're probably getting a little sick of Frozen at this point. But Mister Smyth and Mister Jones deliver a charming take on Disney's "hottest" hit that will entertain even the jaded parents in the audience.

6. Calico Mine Ride
Knott's Berry Farm

Knott's refurbishment of its iconic Timber Mountain Log Ride two years ago earned raves. Now, it appears that last year's refurb of the Calico Mine Ride is on its way to earning the same praise.

5. Driving School
Legoland Florida

Driving School

With a sharply targeted audience of families with elementary-ages children, the Legoland parks don't do the huge traffic of Disney, Universal, and other theme park chains. But those who do visit love seeing their children enjoy this fun, yet practical, first experience behind the wheel.

4. Miniland
Legoland California


Switching to the other coast, Miniland is the heart of a Legoland park, and California's offers everything from a whimsical look around its home state to an impressive collection of Star Wars scenes.

3. Marvel Cave
Silver Dollar City

Marvel Cave

Our James Rao wrote about this unique theme park experience for us several years back.

2. Zumanjaro Drop of Doom
Six Flags Great Adventure

And don't miss Bobbie Butterfield's review of the world's tallest drop ride.

1. Iron Rattler
Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Iron Rattler

With two new Rocky Mountain Construction I-Box retracks debuting next month (at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags New England), our top spot goes to one of their elder siblings, San Antonio's retrack of its classic Rattler coaster.

Replies (6)

April 27, 2015 at 4:20 PM · I agree with all of these. I've been on some of these rides and i've watched the povs for all of them and they are all good experiences that are highly underrated.
April 27, 2015 at 5:26 PM · Fun list! I will highlight the fact that a visit to Silver Dollar City is not complete without a tour through the Marvel Cave!
April 28, 2015 at 1:44 PM · I'd like to give a nod to the PeopleMover and Stitch's Great Escape
April 28, 2015 at 2:35 PM · And Disaster! and Terminator 2 3D. Those are criminally underrated as well.
April 29, 2015 at 5:25 PM · Ariel's undersea adventure is also super underrated.
April 29, 2015 at 6:07 PM · I thought the Calico Mine Train was looking really tired and stale in 2003, a prime example of what happens when rides aren't regularly plussed. Now when I ride, I want to get right back on to sit on the other side.

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