Walt Disney World reopened this morning - with a very limited number of visitors - and I must say, between the rise of cases in Florida and my love for Disney, I am cautiously excited to return. I do plan on eventually going back, when I feel it’s safe, and plan on riding my all-time favorite rides. (I’ll probably go back when all these rides reopen, and I can visit multiple parks in one day.)
So here is my top 10 list of Disney World rides worth returning for - most not in any particular order, except for the top three.
Pirates of Caribbean - This ride invoked my sense of wonder and amazement when I first came to Magic Kingdom as a child. The full immersion into the swashbuckling world of pirates wasn’t all that scary, but I remember my heart racing as we meandered through all cannon fire for the first time. Now, what keeps it a great ride for is that it’s a fun relaxing boat ride that starts with a mostly air-conditioned queue, which makes it a nice respite from the harsh Florida heat.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - Okay, so this ride did scare me when I was young, and it still does now. I’ve always been a big fan of the Twilight Zone and the way this ride mixes such a cool series with a mysterious, but frightening, story and ride is just perfect. I’m sorry it was changed to Guardians of the Galaxy in California, but I'm happy it retains its ominous presence at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Jungle Cruise - I always appreciate this Magic Kingdom ride’s boat captain’s corny sense of humor. They’re very punny. Anyway, I always try to spot items I haven't noticed in the queue before, but my favorite time going on this cruise is during Christmastime when it’s transformed into the Jingle Cruise and decorated with nostalgic holiday decorations. I’m excited for the movie inspired by the ride as well.
Expedition Everest - I always get my thrills at this Animal Kingdom ride. Traversing through peaks and the valleys in a railcar is a fun experience, and it’s nice to catch glimpses of the beautifully green park when on top of the mountain.
Space Mountain - It’s hard not to think about Space Mountain when you talk about Tomorrowland. The Magic Kingdom ride invokes a sense of nostalgia inside me with hearing all those 70’s stylized space sounds while feeling every imperfection of the steel roller coaster.
Kilimanjaro Safaris - I love seeing animals and personally want to see how they fared during this pandemic. They probably enjoyed not having trucks driven though every few minutes, but who knows, maybe they like seeing new people? In all, seeing the animals hang out brings a sense of normalcy back to a world that will be forever changed.
Spaceship Earth - Speaking of changes, this is a ride that demonstrates how far the human race has gone. I’m always in awe of the first scene where ancient hunters are trying to down the giant wooly mammoth in the snow all the way up to the present day where someone is probably figuring out why they haven’t received their Amazon package. I’m also happy that Disney is still going to update the ride sometime in the future.
3. Toy Story Mania - This is one of the newer rides on my list, but it goes to show you that Disney has evolved in some of its rides to include more interaction. The ride at Hollywood Studios mixes lighthearted fun competition with one of Disney’s most memorable properties for children. Call me a kid at heart.
2. Haunted Mansion - This ride has been going strong since the opening of Magic Kingdom and is one of my favorites. The experience begins in queue where you walk around the graveyard where you eventually reach a Ghost Host that escorts you in little doom buggies through the many rooms of the spooky mansion. It’s an example of Walt Disney Imagineering at its finest with dancing apparitions to a few hitch-hiking ones. I always enjoy my time touring this old house.
1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - It was hard to put Haunted Mansion as number two, but Big Thunder is my absolute favorite because I’m always having a good time riding this little coaster. The way you ride through all those bunny hills along with its twists and turns makes it for good ol’ fashion family fun. The Western mine theme queue is fun to look at and the ride itself can be ridden many times. It’s even more fun at night and riding in the very back (just ask a cast member). The ride also offers a good view of Cinderella Castle.
And there you have it, the rides I plan on riding when I get back. Eventually, this pandemic will be over. So, keep your chin up, stay safe, and we will enjoy these rides again, together.
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