There are many reasons to visit Disney but for some, it is all about the rides and attractions. Some of these are easy to miss and others you may miss out on just because you don’t know about them.
One reason why you may be missing some of the best rides at Disney is that they don’t always look like an attraction. We become accustomed to outdoor rides that are found in many amusement parks but at Disney, some of the rides are fully indoors.
Don’t overlook the possibility of some of the unusual stores you may see along the way actually being a ride. Pirates of the Caribbean is a perfect example of this! others include “soarin” and living with the land located in the Land Pavillion at Epcot.
Also don’t miss Gran Fiesta Tour located in the Mexico Pavillion at Epcot.
Here’s a great YouTube video that clearly shows how easily you could walk past this attraction.
You can usually overcome this by mapping your trip out in advance and knowing what you want to do once you enter the park.
On the other hand, there are some hidden gems that you might miss if you don’t know about them in advance. Here are some of those rides and attractions and some of them are even available for free!
Disney Attraction Easily Missed
- Take the monorail from WDW
One of the free options you have available at Disney is the ride on the monorail. You can access the monorail near the entrance of the Magic Kingdom or at any of the stops along the way.
Riding the monorail gives you a birds-eye view of the area and also allows you to access some fantastic resorts. These are open to anyone, and you can take part in some interesting events while you are there.
This particular monorail passes through The Grand Floridian, The Polynesian, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, and the Contemporary before going back to the Magic Kingdom. You can stop at any of the resorts for as long as you like.
You might also consider taking one of the boats from the Magic Kingdom for a trip around the lake as well. It’s free and it’s a great way to sit down for a while and enjoy a slow-moving ride.
- Swiss Family Treehouse
This is an often overlooked attraction found in the Magic Kingdom Park. It provides you an opportunity to tour the home that was built by the Swiss Family Robinson. You will appreciate all of the detail that went into this attraction, not to mention the view from the six-story high treehouse.
Keep in mind that this ride does require some physical exertion. There are 116 stairs in total, but you will want to climb all of them if possible to reach the top.
- Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas
This culinary delight, located at Disney Springs allows you to take a tour through South, North, and Central America to taste the cuisine they have to offer. You also get a beautiful view of the waterfront from your seat, which is well worth the visit.
If you are interested in visiting for some live music, make sure you show up after 5 PM. There is also a tequila tower running during that time, so if you are over the age of 21, you will be in for a treat.
- Order the Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream
If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, you should try the Kitchen Sink, at the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop. Head over to Disney’s Beach Club Resort, which is an easy walk from Epcot if you exit by the back entrance.
The Kitchen Sink is exactly what it sounds like, a delicious treat for you and your family that includes everything you can possibly imagine. You can also soak in the ambiance that is offered in this retro soda shop.
- Hoop-De-Doo Musical Review
Are you in the mood for dinner and a show? This is a fun way to spend an evening with the entire family. You get two hours of knee-slapping, singing, dancing, and comedy, along with some down-home cooking that you are sure to appreciate.
Some of the food that is offered at the Hoop-De-Doo Review includes fried chicken, barbecued ribs, cowboy beans, salad, cornbread, and macaroni and cheese. They will top off the delight with some strawberry shortcake.
This is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. One thing is certain, you will be singing Hoop-De-Doo long after you leave.
- Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
If you happen to be in the Animal Kingdom theme park, make sure that you don’t miss the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride. It provides you an up close and personal view of the African savanna and you will be amazed at how many different animals you can see.
The Kilimanjaro Safaris adventure takes you through the Harambe Wildlife Reserve, which is 110 acres of beautifully landscaped property. 34 species of animals can be found on the reserve, including a hippopotamus, lions, giraffes, and even a baboon. How many animals will you be able to see?
If you can’t make it to the Kilimanjaro Safari adventure, make sure you at least swing by the Animal Kingdom Resort for a nice view of some interesting animals. Simply take Disney transportation for free to the resort.
Take a look at this YouTube video that shows this attraction.
- Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long
This is a secret that many people are not aware of. There are campfires at many of the resorts throughout Disney, and you don’t even have to be staying at the resort in order to take part in it. All you have to do is show up and enjoy some of the fun.
One of the most popular of those campfires is the Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long. Stop by Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground for some details and movie schedules. Once you are there, you can enjoy roasting some marshmallows along with the Chip and Dale characters. There’s a sing-along and plenty of opportunities for pictures.
- Horse Drawn Excursion at Fort Wilderness
As long as you are at Fort wilderness, you might want to consider taking a ride on a horse-drawn carriage. The ride costs $55 and you can fit up to four people in the carriage for a 25-minute ride. Be sure to make your reservations in advance because they sell out quickly. There are also other carriage rides in other resorts.
- All You Can Eat at Cape May Cafe
One of the things we might bring with us to Disney is an appetite. You can fulfill that appetite and more at the Cape May Café located at Disney’s Beach club resort.
I would recommend the dinner buffet, which features some delicious seafood such as clams and peel-and-eat shrimp. It’s all-you-can-eat, so it’s worth the trip.
These and many more hidden gems are available at Disney. If you look for them in advance, you might be surprised by what you can find.