Don’t Forget About Us: Magic Kingdom

22 Aug

One of my coworkers and I were fortunate enough to snag a table for two at Be Our Guest restaurant after my friend’s shift ended yesterday. The food! The atmosphere! The Beast! The ballroom! It was enough to make a Beauty and the Beast fan nearly faint from excitement.

After we finished our incredible meal, Meagan and I walked around Fantasyland looking for something else to do. We decided to dedicate the rest of our night to visiting the overlooked attractions. You know the ones; they’re the blurs you see out of the corner of your eye as you race to the Space Mountain FastPass line, or the attractions you only go on if it’s pouring down rain and you’ve forgotten your poncho.

While it’s easy to pass over some of these attractions due to their age (and not being nearly as imposing as a log ride with a 50-foot drop), they shouldn’t be entirely forgotten. Here are some of the ones I rediscovered yesterday:

* The Hall of Presidents (Liberty Square): It doesn’t matter if you can name all US presidents in order or if you can barely remember who’s currently in office, The Hall of Presidents offers a moving tribute to the American spirit. Plus, it pays homage to Walt Disney’s love of history and his adoration to one president in particular, Abraham Lincoln (aka my homeboy). The approximately 13 minute show consists of animatronic presidents speaking on what it means to embrace the American spirit, all narrated by Morgan Freeman.

* The Carousel of Progress (Tomorrowland): Don’t forget about Carousel. It recently reopened after some refurbishment on the father, and it looks great. CoP is a display of holidays in the past, present, and “future,” plus it’s air-conditioned and the lines are virutally non-existent.

* The Country Bear Jamboree (Frontierland): I don’t believe people when they tell me The Country Bears are their least favorite Disney attraction (cough cough my mother cough cough) because it’s a fun, corny little show. And if you didn’t enjoy corny things in the slightest capacity, you would not be at Magic Kingdom. Animatronic bears put on a show of country/folk singing and the music will be stuck in your head the rest of the night. “There’s blooood on the saaaaaddle, There’s bloooood on the grooooound.”

* Philharmagic (Fantasyland): For some reason, this one easily forgotten by most. Maybe it’s because of a close proximity to the new Little Mermaid attraction, or maybe everyone is just too in shock by the Peter Pan’s Flight wait time to check it out. Philharmagic is an all-around sensory explosion starring Donald Duck attempting to conduct a concert after stealing Mickey’s sorcerer hat. Magic breaks loose, sending Guests on an adventure through some of the most memorable Disney moments.

These are just a few of the ones coming to mind now. Leave some of your favorite attractions in the comments below. Are there any attractions no longer at the Magic Kingdom you wish would return?

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