Underrated Attractions at Walt Disney World

Donald Duck at Mickeys Philharmagic
Donald Duck at Mickeys Philharmagic - Photo by Steps to Magic

There are experiences at Disney World that we will plan a trip around and attractions that we just don’t want to miss. Then we’ve got a list of things that it’s okay to skip...but what about the things that are just happy accidents and leave you feeling like you didn’t waste your time.

Disney has some amazing attractions that folks may undervalue, underestimate and flat out sell short…so let’s take a look at them!

5 Underrated Attractions at Disney World


Mickey’s Philharmagic

This 3-D film attraction from 2003 is a hidden gem in a land that includes Peter Pan’s Flight and Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train. Although it’s completely acceptable to sit through…it’s not worth a FastPass or more than a 10-minute ride. This is why it’s underrated, because most folks don’t get excited about it due to the lack of exposure in the neighbourhood.

I’ve been in a showing of the film with a packed house and I’ve also had the opportunity to see it alone with Jill and another friend! Still a great glimpse into the history of Disney movies!

Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom

Even to this very day, I’m introducing people to this complex and exciting interactive card deck building game that takes place in the Magic Kingdom.

But why is Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom underrated?

The answer is a mix of a lack of revenue on the books to allow for expansion (and honestly upkeep) and overall complexity that may deter guests from investing time. With no charge to play the game AND free souvenirs, because you get a free pack of cards from the Fire Station on Main Street USA, it’s completely something to check out!


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Navi River Journey

As much as I can’t stand that this attraction is in the same category as Flight of Passage, it’s not a horrible experience. In fact, if you’re wandering through Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom during an Extra Magic Hours or Party Night and it’s a walk-on…there’s no reason why you wouldn’t enjoy it.

I wouldn’t use a FastPass+ reservation on it or wait more than 30 minutes in a standby line, but that’s just me:)

Alien Swirling Saucers

Toy Story Land has two attractions in it – one family-style coaster and one that spins. We’re talking about that one! Most of the comments that are being shared involve comparisons between Alien Swirling Saucers and Maters Junkyard Jamboree in Disney’s California Adventure Park…and it’s a valid topic. They are both the same ride mechanism and are both Pixar themed, but if you have a chance to walk-on or experience it at night, it’s not a bad ride.

Primeval Whirl

Here it is folks…your chance to really get a glimpse into my psyche. I actually like Primeval Whirl!

  • Yes, you spin a lot AND feel like you’re going to throw up once you get off
  • It’s not made for tall guests and you will definitely have a sore back & knees after
  • The ride is also a clone of an “off the shelf” coaster that you can find at your local fair

All that being said, it’s still an attraction that will make me yell “WHEEEE” at the top of my lungs! Sometimes you just gotta have a little fun and not worry about how “themed” something is.


What do you think are a few of your favorite underrated attractions at Disney World? Let me know via social media @StepstoMagic!

Underrated Attractions at Walt Disney World - #StepstoMagic
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Written by Dustin Fuhs

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! If you want more Theme Park fun - listen to the We Like Theme Parks Podcast at https://welikethemeparks.podbean.com/

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