Overlooked Experiences at Disney World

Tree of Life
Tree of Life - Photo by Steps to Magic

If you’ve spent time on our site, you’re aware of the importance of Fastpass+ reservations to plan your day and spend as little time in line as possible. Well when you go through your plans before 11am…what do you do before lunch? What do you do in the evening before dinner? What about that awkward time between 8pm and fireworks?

These attractions are not just amazing experiences, but they are also great to put into a relaxing day plan!

Here’s my list of the Overlooked Disney Experiences


When you think about an ‘Overlooked’ Disney experience, it actually has a definition and criteria:

  1. You can’t get a FastPass+ for it
  2. 9 out of 10 dentists would recommend it! (a little #StepsToMagic Humour)

MAGIC KINGDOM

THE TOMORROWLAND TRANSIT AUTHORITY PEOPLEMOVER

Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover – Photo by Steps to Magic

“Paging Mr Morrow, Mr Tom Morrow. Please contact Mr Johnson in the control tower to confirm your flight to the moon.”

The TTA is a peoplemover system in Tomorrowland, themed as an urban mass transit system in the future, riders are taken on a ride around the second floor of some of the most popular attractions in the land. When I think about Walt Disney World, the TTA is one of the first things that pop into my mind, and it’s hard to explain until you’ve taken the trip on the Other highway in the Sky! (Monorail being the main one)

LIBERTY BELLE RIVERBOAT

Liberty Belle Riverboat
Liberty Belle Riverboat – Photo by Steps to Magic

Filled with nods to the past, the riverboat that takes guests on a trip around the Rivers of America is an overlooked and underrated attraction within the Magic Kingdom on a number of fronts.

First, the Liberty Belle isn’t an all-day attraction and closes around dusk every day. If you can score a seat on the final trip of the day…it’s pure magic! You get a sunset behind Splash Mountain and a nighttime photo of the Haunted Mansion on the same loop.

Secondly, the feeling like this piece of Americana has been left unaltered and de-franchised (although there was a successful Princess and the Frog tie-in at one point) it’s not as popular with trip planners. We, on the other hand, absolutely love the Riverboat and use it as an opportunity to recharge and get off your feet for 20 minutes and figure out the next adventure.

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TOM SAWYER ISLAND

Tom Sawyer Island
Tom Sawyer Island – Photo by Steps to Magic

Upside – Great photos, fun adventures through caves and Fort Langhorn.

Downside – You have to wait for the raft to go from the mainland to the Island…and then wait on the other side for the raft to take you back across the Rivers of America.

Is it worth it? Absolutely! Should you prioritize it over anything else in the Magic Kingdom? Probably not. This is on the list because of the exclusiveness of the activities on the island and that the rafts have a capacity of 20-30 guests and the lines can get incredibly long during the busy season.

Oh, and the paint brushes are no longer being hidden on Tom Sawyer’s Island in the morning, so don’t rush to the rafts. Some travel books still promote that Cast Members hide paint brushes around the island and if you find them…you get a free soda. Completely outdated information, so just know that things change often at Walt Disney World!

If you want free soda…head to Club Cool in EPCOT and get some Beverley😉

SORCERER’S OF THE MAGIC KINGDOM

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom – Photo by Steps to Magic

I love SOTMK (yes, that’s the acronym)

Learn more about the mystical game that’ll have you casting spells like a pro wizard!

Important Details

  • Sign up for the game at the Firehouse at Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Players will receive one map and pack of spell cards per day*
    • *You must open one portal per day to receive the spell cards
  • Missions last from 20 to 30 minutes, sometimes longer depending on the degree of difficulty.
  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is included in your theme park admission.

Definitely one of the most OVERLOOKED attractions in the Magic Kingdom!

Related Article: What’s Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom



EPCOT

Future World has always had a special place in my heart due to the classic futuristic feel that is often replicated by never duplicated. Keep an eye out as EPCOT’s Future World turns into a fully-reimagined area, with neighbourhoods and everything!

THE WORLD SHOWCASE PASSPORTS

World Showcase Passport
World Showcase Passport – Photo by Steps to Magic

Let’s talk about something as hands-on as you can get, with the passport that really changed my understanding of the World Showcase. These passports are available across the entire park, and it’s a fun way to interact with individuals from around the world. They stamp the page of their pavilion and then write a personal message in the language of their country. It’s educational and incredibly insightful!

Related Article: Best Things to do at EPCOT Without a FastPass+ Reservation

CANADIAN PAVILION

#FunFact Every pavilion around the World Showcase is staffed with Cultural Representatives from that country. In 2007/08 I had the opportunity to be one of the lucky participants from Canada to be in the Canadian Pavilion for a contract that changed my life forever.

On my first night in the park after getting fitted with my lumberjack costume, I went with my fellow Canadians to check out the O Canada film…and wow! Let’s just say that you have to go into it with a comedic sense of style and understand that those up north still have things like Starbucks and roads;) It’s definitely worth checking out!

Related Article: How To Do Disney World in the Summer



DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM

DISCOVERY ISLAND TRAILS

Discovery Island Trails
Discovery Island Trails – Photo by Steps to Magic

Recently re-opened, this escape to a garden paradise takes you into a world that most guests don’t even know about! It’s a self-guided tour that brings you to some of the coolest wildlife encounters at the park, including the Flamingos, Ring-Tailed Lemurs, and Red Kangaroos!

It also gives you a close-up view of the Tree of Life, which boasts more than 300 animal carvings into the base.

Definitely overlooked and worth the investment of time! It’s better with a Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar btw;)

Related Article: Top Tips Before You Go To the Animal Kingdom

THE BARK-O-LATOR

The Bark-o-Lator
The Bark-o-Lator at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Photo by Steps to Magic

Stop by the Meet and Greet for Dug and Russell from Up! and you’ll get a chance to experience the Bark-o-Lator from the movie! Yes…you can actually bark into the collar and you’ll find out what the translation is! #Epic

Related Article: Top Tips Before You Go To The Animal Kingdom

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Animal Kingdom Entertainment
Animal Kingdom Entertainment – Photo by Steps to Magic

As you walk throughout the park, your ears will participate in your enjoyment by way of live entertainment that’s been methodically placed in common-places. From African performers to direct-from-Pandora drummers, it’s definitely an overlooked part…because we’ve come to expect it from Disney.

Now you know what to look for though:)


DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

STREETSMOPSHERE

The Citizens of Hollywood are classic Disney storytelling brought to life right in front of you. These talented actors bring the silver screen to the streets with their hilarious antics that really showcase the original theme of Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Keep your eyes peeled, as the show could happen at any moment without any notice…and it’s definitely worth watching!

Related Article – Top 10 Things To Do at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


WALT DISNEY PRESENTS ONE MAN’S DREAM

Last on our list is actually my favourite!

Walt Disney Presents: One Man’s Dream brings you to a time when Walt was creating all the magic that we enjoy today! Photos, displays, videos, sketches and so much more is jam packed into a self-guided area within Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I can honestly spend hours and hours just wandering and taking in all the amazing artifacts and mementos.

If that doesn’t provide you with enough to check it out, then there’s also a 15-minute film tribute in Walt’s Own Words, hosted by Julie Andrews. I’ve watched this film like a hundred times and each time a tear comes to my eye because of how amazing of an icon Walt Disney was. So go watch it and let us know if he also inspires you to follow your dreams!

Related Article – Cool Things to look for in One Man’s Dream


Final Thoughts

Still wanting more ideas for experience on your next Disney World vacation? I love sharing more and more content to keep your trip planning juices flowing to build the excitement!

Overlooked Experiences at Disney World
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I’m Dustin Fuhs, a theme park fanatic that has created this platform to showcase my passion, tools and opinions to create a fun and interactive experience for everyone who visits. My goal is to help you and your family have the most magical experience at Walt Disney World. In reading my articles and ideas, I hope that you can find some fantastic ways to bring your dreams into reality!
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