Theme Park of the Day: Islands of Adventure

Least favorite attractions.

For Disney Parks and Universal Parks.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted June 17, 2012 at 9:22 AM
What is your least favorite Disney and Universal Attractions?

From Dominick D
Posted June 17, 2012 at 9:57 AM
Stitch and Twister.

From Matthew Malin
Posted June 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Its A Small World and Shrek 4d

From Karly Tenney
Posted June 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Come on Matthew it's a small world is a classic but I understand ya. My least favorites are MIB and Winnie the pooh

From Andy Milito
Posted June 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Disney: Since I haven't bothered to ride Stitch (and I don't plan on doing it any time soon), I guess I'll go with Pooh.

Universal: There's really nothing at Universal that I don't like, but my least favorite would be Shrek 4D.

From Dan S
Posted June 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM
The shuttle between Orlando airport terminals. But its only the worst on the way home. and the best attraction on the way there.

From Karly Tenney
Posted June 17, 2012 at 7:05 PM
Good one Dan I've never been on it but it probably is like that

From Matthew Malin
Posted June 17, 2012 at 7:52 PM
Its a Small World is awful. A bunch of plastic dolls spinning and singing the words "its a small world after all" over and over and over and over sounds like a bad horror movie to me. But it is a nice repreive from scorching sun at an already overpacked magic kingdom.

From Alan Hiscutt
Posted June 18, 2012 at 3:21 AM
I dont think I have been on 'Small world' since I was like 8 and I wasnt too bothered by it then, in fact I remeber my brother and I singing the song over and over and over again just to annoy our parents so I cant say too much about it, however, the fact I refuse to go back on it probbably says enough.

On the other hand, I do groan whenever its suggested we ride the Liberty Belle. I think I love looking at it but its like going to Seattle and going up the Space Needle. You take away the one thing you went to see, ride the 'Belle, you cant see the belle. Did I make any sense?

From David L.
Posted June 18, 2012 at 7:02 AM
Dan, when leaving Orlando, the terminal is by far my favorite ride! Anything immediately after their incredibly slow security is amazing.

As for least favorites, Simpsons Ride, Caro-suess-el, Triceratopspin, backlot tour, journey into imagination, and the carousel.

From Tim Odom
Posted June 18, 2012 at 7:34 AM
it's a small world is, by far, my least favorite ride ever. Any ride that creeps you out is, by definition, awful.

Other bad rides would be the Back Lot tour at DHS, Stitch's Great Escape, and Twister. But, I would go in all of these 100 times each before I would go near it's a small world.

From Anita Norman
Posted June 18, 2012 at 8:12 AM
Prince Caspian at DHS is by far the worst attraction I have come across at any theme is closely followed (for me at least) by Stitch at the MK.

From James Trexen
Posted June 18, 2012 at 8:29 AM
Nothing stinks quite as much as Prince Caspian at Disney. And Fear Factor has got to go immediately.

From Dominick D
Posted June 18, 2012 at 8:39 AM
Prince Caspian has been gone since September....

From James Trexen
Posted June 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM
^I know, one of the happiest days of my life. But like garlic, you just can't get the stink out of your mouth.

From Kelly Muggleton
Posted June 19, 2012 at 6:18 AM
Ugh Fear Factor
Ugh Stitch
just UGH to them both!

From Brian Emery
Posted June 19, 2012 at 7:35 AM
Any ride/attraction line queue I get stick in for 1 hour while someone keeps passing wind…

From Ben Horner
Posted June 20, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Every time we go to Florida we end up seeing Fear Factor and it *never* changes! Even then it's essentially just a rip off of the wild west stunt show that was there before.

Nothing is quite as mind-numbingly dull as the conservation station at AK. We went there once and it felt like someone was trying to take the fun out of my holiday. But wait, I hear you say, I can pet a goat!

I do respect Disney for it's efforts but considering how much money put into AK it seems a shame that if you are unknowingly duped into visiting Rafiki's Planet Watch (as I believe it's known now) it wipes out half your day!

Also The Simpson's Ride to me always felt like the ba****d child who'd killed his older brother (Back To The Future) and taken the throne. These combined with The American Adventure and the Hall of Presidents is practically torture!

From Brandon Townsend
Posted June 20, 2012 at 5:20 AM
The Simpson's at Universal Studios is a study in nauseating riders the INSTANT it begins. It's only slightly less annoying and debilitating than the now defunct Body Wars at Epcot.

The American Adventure at Epcot is my least favorite Disney attraction. Not very informative or even vaguely interesting. Only good for a nap on a hot day.

From Dominick D
Posted June 20, 2012 at 7:20 AM
What's all the hate on Simpsons and American Adventure???

From Thomas Caselli
Posted June 20, 2012 at 8:20 AM
If you don't like The American Adventure or The Hall of Presidents, don't do them! Save them for the people who appreciate them. Everything doesn't have to be "shoot em up" or a thrill ride to be interesting or fun.

From Dominick D
Posted June 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM
+1 to Thomas.

From Brandon Townsend
Posted June 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Thomas- I'm happy to let others "do" my least favorite attractions, but I had to try them at least once.
And I agree, everything doesn't have to be shoot em up or a thrill ride to be interesting and fun. Unfortunately The American Adventure is neither interesting nor fun. (In my lowly opinion).
But it is my favorite Disney napping location, after a room at the Boardwalk Inn.
Cynical and gloomy is what Robert seemed to be going for with the question.

From AJ Hummel
Posted June 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM
This is only based on the California parks since I haven't been to Florida.

Disneyland: Astro Orbitor and Tarzan's Treehouse

Disney California Adventure Park: Tuck & Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies (I don't really care for any of the Bug's Land attractions, even It's Tough to Be a Bug)

Universal Studios Hollywood: Universal's Animal Actors

In general, I'll still do these if I'm with someone who wants to ride, but I never bother with them if I'm on my own.

From Bryce McGibeny
Posted June 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM
MK - The Enchanted Tiki Room, Stitch's Great Escape
DHS - Backlot Tour
AK - Conservation Station Train
Epcot - Ellen's Energy Adventure, Journey into Imagination

USF - Twister
IOA - Dr. Doom's Fear Fall, that stupid High in the Sky trolley thing, hahaha.

From James Rao
Posted June 20, 2012 at 4:28 PM
Tomorrowland Speedway and Dr. Doom's Crapfall. The Speedway is a huge wasted footprint in a very valuable area, Doom is an absolute eyesore in an otherwise lovely park.

From Dominick D
Posted June 20, 2012 at 4:36 PM
^Ok, so the queue is Doom's body, the vehicles are toilets, and we the guests are poop? XD

From James Rao
Posted June 20, 2012 at 4:40 PM

From Bob Liebe
Posted June 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

MK- Stich

Epcot- Captain EO. They should have never brought it out of retirement! Just because Michael Jackson is in it, doesn't mean it's good.

DHS- Muppet Vision 3D. I grew up watching the Muppets and I'm sad that this is how they are represented. I always skipped this attraction in the past just because lack of time, but now I will skip it because it's a bad attraction. It's old and outdated. Also most of the jokes aren't even funny. True disappointment.


USF- Fear Factor Live & Animal Actors

From Matt Babiak
Posted June 20, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I'm not a fan of HOP, but the seats are almost as nice as the Poly hotel beds-great to sleep on.

From Eric Malone
Posted June 20, 2012 at 6:28 PM
I could write a novel about all the rides I dislike, but if I had to pick at least one, I'd say Twister. For starters, it didn't help that it replaced the old Ghostbusters attraction, which was a lot of fun and could've benefited from an update.

But it shows its age by this point, and I'm amazed nothing's been considered to replace it.

From Danny McNeil
Posted June 20, 2012 at 7:37 PM
Storm force acceleration. It's just another version of teacups and a big waste of space.

From Dominick D
Posted June 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM
^Sounds Dangerous is closed for good.

From Ben Horner
Posted June 22, 2012 at 9:37 AM
Sounds Dangerous should have closed eons ago but hopefully now something worthy will replace it.

Why so much hate for Twister? I always love doing it and the effects (while obviously not up there with todays advances in tech) are still impressive as ever. It's an experience and is a bit of variety in a park choc full of 3D shows. This along with Disaster (sadly Jaws is extinct) feel like attractions that were built to impress not just to cash in on the latest reasonably successful film Universal happens to have out.

[Yes, I know Twister was a shameless cash-in but at least it was original]

From Michelle Kowalski
Posted June 22, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Disney: Carousel of Progress
Universal:I love everything at Universal but The Simpsons ride just makes me really sick.

From Dominick D
Posted June 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM
I think the verdict here is everyone hates AA shows and Simpsons makes them sick.

From Skipper Adam
Posted June 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Not everyone hates AA shows but everyone does hate Twister. However, I hate Simpsons, Shrek, High in the Sky, Dr. Doom and E.T. before those. In Disney, The Imagination and Stitch suck any happiness from my day. I'd rather ride Ellen for 43 minutes or Backlot than those two.

I'm indifferent to Small World and Tiki. Everything Else I like.

From Ben Horner
Posted June 22, 2012 at 3:38 PM
I literally just said I liked Twister!

I have to agree with the Carousel of Progress. What a snooze fest! I kinda like Stitch but it's no where near as good as the ExtraTERRORestrial Encounter that was there before. Now that is a ride I miss a lot.

From Dominick D
Posted June 22, 2012 at 3:58 PM
Skipper, why dont you like E.T.?

From Frankie F
Posted June 22, 2012 at 10:14 PM
By far the worst ride ever created was Superstar Limo, thank god its gone now... though a current attraction I hate is Innoventions at Disneyland, it takes up so much space and is so pointless (though I do really enjoy the Asimo show).

From Skipper Adam
Posted June 22, 2012 at 10:55 PM
E.T. is so outdated. It's not really timeless. It was tacky to begin with, though it takes itself seriously. My favorite part is the queue, and I could skip the ride. Which I do often. The lack of a line will also attest that most people aren't huge fans of it either. As timeless as I want to think E.T. is, most kids have no idea who he is anymore anyway.

From Dominick D
Posted June 23, 2012 at 6:30 AM
Then why the heck do I see kids always begging to go there first when the park opens?

From Andy Milito
Posted June 23, 2012 at 6:54 AM
What else are they gonna want to ride? Mummy? Rip Ride Rockit?

Kids ride it, and they probably love it, but do any of them actually know the story of E.T.?

From Dominick D
Posted June 23, 2012 at 7:13 AM
If their parents showed them the movie they would know the story :P

From Orrin Carstarphen
Posted June 23, 2012 at 8:33 AM
Disney: Stitch ( wish they would bring Alien Encounter back)

Universal: Simpsons (sick) also I loved back to the future.

As far as ET goes my 3 yr old Granddaughter loves the movie but the ride scared her pretty good.

From Dominick D
Posted June 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM
Since Simpsons makes a lot of you sick, how about posting a different ride?

From Orrin Carstarphen
Posted June 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM
This thread is for least favorite rides/atrractions at Universal and Disney, I am sorry if someones honest opinion offends you. There are a lot of people that do NOT like the Simpsons Ride, get over it already.

From Dominick D
Posted June 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM
I know, but it seems everyone hates it because it makes them sick.

From James Rao
Posted June 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM
The Simpsons attraction has an overall 8/10 rating on this site. Either you all aren't voting, or you are clearly in the minority.

From Dominick D
Posted June 23, 2012 at 4:35 PM
It has an 8 in USF, but a 9 at USH.

From James Rao
Posted June 23, 2012 at 7:54 PM
Agreed. Doesn't really sound like "everybody hates it" to me.

From Phil B.
Posted June 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Not saying that every kid knows who ET is, but my buddy has a 3 and 7 year old and they love the movie and ET. So much so that he had to go onto ebay to find ET stuffed dolls when he couldnt find any in the local spots. The movie is a timeless classic, and if parents who saw it introduce the film to their children I have no doubt it will affect them much in the same way it affected the generations before.

Oh and I hate Stitch for taking over Alien Encounter.

Alien Encounter = refreshing change of pace attraction in MK and brilliant use of the available tech and theater in the round format.

Stitch = poor excuse for a replacement layover when the original was a far stronger, more well executed experience, even if it was too traumatic for younger children.

From James Trexen
Posted June 24, 2012 at 1:55 PM
Ratings have nothing to do with how rides make people feel. Rides are mostly rated based on how well they accomplish their goal. Take Mission Space for example. Even though numerous times it leaves me feeling queasy afterwards, I can't rate it lower than a 9 because it does what it's supposed to: provide a realistic sensation of a rocket launch. Because The Simpsons is supposed to be a wild and wacky ride through Springfield, it does what it needs to and gets the 8. So even though a ride may be rated good for what it's supposed to do, keep in mind that we here at TPI try to look for the best in rides and not point out all the flaws when rating.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 24, 2012 at 3:04 PM
With all the unpopular attractions, somebody is seriously going to say the American Adventure, one of the most sought after attractions in EPCOT? I am open to opinions, but come on now!

From James Rao
Posted June 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM
So, James, it is a great/good attraction, just not a favorite because it makes some folks sick? So, if it didn't make folks sick it would be a favorite, right? I get it... I guess.

From Ben Horner
Posted June 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM
The American Adventure may well be sought after by American tourists, but as a Brit I find it very hard to connect with it or even particularly entertaining. It's slow and quite dull but I admit it is a change of pace. Having said that I find all the World Showcase attractions pretty poor compared to the rest of EPCOT (but the theming and atmosphere is second to none).

In regards to the Simpsons ride, it doesn't make me sick, I just don't like it.

From charles henderson
Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM
No body said the Country Bears jamboree? This is so aweful.... wow a waste for Disney Magic.

The Storm Force Accelatron... so weak.

From Skipper Adam
Posted June 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM
Country Bears is awesome. Also suffers the problem of what would fit in that space otherwise? It draws in far more people than Stitch and surprisingly is liked by more people than people think, or want to admit.

I'm always for progress and updating/ replacing older attractions. However, Country Bears and Tiki Room I don't want to replace. And they probably won't. And if they do take them out, we probably will just see more merchandise movie in, not another show.

From Orrin Carstarphen
Posted June 26, 2012 at 7:11 PM
I am for progress as well, unfortunately WDW's idea of progress is taking out a ride such as Snow White and replacing it with a Meet-N-Greet.

From James Rao
Posted June 27, 2012 at 3:53 AM
^Or replacing it with a Seven Dwarves Coaster in a location better suited for a 4th mountain.

From Skipper Adam
Posted June 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM
I second James.

I'm not a fan of meeting the characters. There is a huge amount of people where that is very important to them. So I don't criticize the investment in setting up good areas. However, if you remember the original plan, having separate meet and greets for all the princesses was slightly absurd. Sacrificing Snow White for a new coaster, and using the old space to create a high-tech interactive meet and greet (which screams new tech and progress, just not the way you want) is a good trade for me.

In reality, the Snow White ride space is tiny. At this point, trying to fit in a new ride with decent capacity is improbable. Could be worse...could be another store.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted June 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Well even though the snow white space was small why not a omni-mover style Brave ride or a motion simulator for something.

From Andy Milito
Posted June 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM
^ I don't think Brave has received enough critical acclaim for it to earn a ride at Disney World. I mean, it's a good Pixar film, but it just doesn't have the same appeal as many of the other classic Disney films that have rides.

From Skipper Adam
Posted June 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM
Besides Brave not beingexactly ride worthy, the fact is the only thing that would really fit in is a low capacity dark ride with small number if scenes that are tiny. I think, if anything, a lower capacity show about the size of the Tiki room or Country Bears could fit it. But building something so small in MK isn't practical anymore.

On another note...we have all of the new Fantasyland, a promised Avatar land and a very probably redo of Tomorrowland to look forward to. I think we can give the princesses a tiny corner.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted July 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM
My least favorites

USF: Mem In Black: Alien Attack
IOA: Flight of the Hippogryf
MK: Laugh Floor
EPCOT: The ride in Mexico's pavilion (forgot name)
HS: Backlot Tour
AK: Dinosaur
USH: Terminator 2: 3D
Disneyland: Pinnichio's Daring Journey
CA: Grizzly River Rapids

From Matt Babiak
Posted July 2, 2012 at 5:33 AM
Get comfy, this could take a while. (Top 3 rides I hate in some random parks that I've been to)
MK- Stitch, Tiki Room, Its a small world
DHS- Beauty and the Beast, Backlot Tour, LMA
Ak- Camp Minnie Mickey (minus lion king), Planet Watch, Chester and Hesters (It's easier to name 3 lands with this park)
IOA- Ollivanders, Storm Force, Peterdon... no. Pteredon... still no. I'll say short ride in Jurassic Park with the long waits
Epcot- Soarin, Malestrom, figment

Bottom 5 overall-
5)Tiki Room. This one was a really big disappointment. I heard that the California one was great, so I wanted to try the Florida one. The show felt dull and annoying.

4)Chester and Hesters. My county fair has cheaper admission prices, and we can't keep pretending that it's a different experience.

3)Figment. I really don't know where this ride went wrong. I remember liking it more in my youth...

2)Stitch. I truly think this is the worst ride in the world. However, I was there on its opening day. I was in the 4th or 5th official show ever. So for sentimental reasons, it can't be number 1.

From N B
Posted July 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM
We rode Simpsons and MIB a lot this past week... MIB suddenly powered off and the floodlights came on the last night we were there. I had a score of 925K just minutes before and I was well on my way to the coveted 999,999 this time around... Almost 200K coming out of the training area and just starting to take aim at the eyes in the trees when the whole smash went down.

We were the absolute last group evacuated, but we got a great behind the scenes tour of the ride. The cast members escorting us back stopped along the way and pointed out all sorts of hidden targets.

We were glad to get stuck on that ride, my wife and I were taking pictures of everything, I will post those later tonight with some SS44 deconstruction pics as well.

Matt, the wait for the Flyers in Jurassic Park is virtually zero these days. Adults have to ride with a child, so no more Brazilian tour groups jamming up the queue.

Despicable Me combines a parabolic screen and 3D, the Simpsons has nothing on this ride if you are prone to motion sickness. We sat front row center, nothing but screen in your peripheral vision.

From Skipper Adam
Posted July 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Did I miss something? NB's post seems to be posted in the wrong place.

However, I've decided to add Dr. Doom to my list of least favorites. As tower rides go, it's probably the dullest.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted July 3, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Wow. N B when I rode the construction lights/floodlights were on the WHOLE time! It sucked plus the que was taken Dow on the exterior due to the Nevermorw house next door

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